Mermaids Pattaya Appoint the Only Japanese PADI Course Director in Thailand

Only Japanese PADI Course Director in Thailand

Only Japanese PADI Course Director in Thailand
Only Japanese PADI Course Director in Thailand

Morihiko-Saito PADI Course Director

Mermaids Dive Center is delighted to announce the appointment of PADI Course Director, Morihiko Saito June 2014.

Born in Yokohoma, Japan in 1980, Mori started to dive at the age of 20, even though he didn’t know how to swim. He was certified as a PADI Divemaster in 2002 and diving changed his life so much he wanted to experience every aspect of his passion and a became a PADI Instructor in 2004. Mori carries on this passion and loves to share this with his students and fellow divers, now at Mermaids.

Mori not only became a PADI Course Director in 2013, he is also the only Japanese PADI Course Director in Thailand.

He has dived extensively in Thailand and also Australia, amongst other destinations. Mori was a travel agent and Magazine Editor before taking up scuba diving as a full time career.

Mori joins Mermaids Dive Center on 11th June 2014 and brings the Education Standards to an all new high with 3 PADI Course Directors on the team, with Russell Martin covering the English Market and Sanya Lohitnavy teaching in Thai. Mori is an Instructor Trainer in many specialties including Enriched Air, Deep and Wreck.

Sheena Walls, General Manager of Mermaids Dive Center said, “We are excited to have Mori as a member of our team. Japanese divers are a huge part of the Mermaids family and he will be able to continue their diving education and experiences in their own language”.

With so many Japanese divers coming to these shores Mori won’t be the only Japanese PADI Course Director in Thailand for very long. Maybe we’ll help to train the next Japanese CD professional on their journey.

With Mori’s CD appointment this lets Japanese divers wishing to become instructors the professional resource here in Thailand to achieve this. Check out the professional instructor training at Mermaids.


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When we decided to travel to Thailand to do an Internship, everyone said to us you must be crazy!!! Sure with an 8 month old baby, we almost thought the same thing. Choosing the right Dive School was crucial for us to make our new life work and after many ups and downs searching for the right place and at the point of almost giving up our dream we contacted PJ and within hours joined up with Mermaids. Wow, they helped us with everything including finding us a fabulous nanny and a great apartment (all this before we even arrived) We have been here 7 months and are working on our MSDT and IDC Staff.

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Hey everyone, I just want to thank you all for a great 8 months in Pattaya. When I saw the website offering a scuba diving internship in Thailand I was a bit skeptical, but I have to admit it was one of the smartest moves I have made up to this point in my life. When you consider that I had NEVER been diving before coming to Thailand, and now I am a PADI professional, it is unbelievable. The hands on training provided by mermaids staff is second to none. They went out of their way to take the time to make sure I mastered the skills necessary to become not just a competent diver, but to excel and that’s what made it so special. So thanks to all you instructors, Russell, Claus, Manx, Dave...


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Several instructors I have worked with since have completed what is billed as "zero to hero" internships yet none of them have come out of their program with the kind of hands on experience and skills that I gained working under the likes of Russell, Desi, Ian B and Slinky and the awesome support staff at Mermaids.


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