New Mermaids Dive Center Pattaya, Beach Road Thailand
Mermaids PADI CDC (PADI Career Development Center) has been offering PADI daily dive trips to divers, dive courses to tourists and many other dive services in Pattaya / Jomtien for the best part of 2 decades. Professional diver training became a large integral part of Mermaids Dive Center business when it became an one of the first IDC’s (Scuba Diving Instructor Development Center) locally in Pattaya in the early 90’s. Steve Blumenthal a co-founder, Managing Director of Mermaids steered Mermaids into directions off of the usual beaten path of a dive center with being a fore-runner in technical dive services, disabled led diving access and training, and of course the scuba diving internships that are main stream today. Steve’s personal achievements astounded many by being the world’s youngest PADI Course Director globally at his time of certification and much hard personal dedicated work towards local charities, fund raising issues and free training for certain Thai institutions.
Predominantly based in Soi Whitehouse, Jomtien Beach, Mermaids has established as a dive center leader but also into a dive institution. Mermaids have recreational divers enjoying diving world wide due to great training but also professional divers working globally in dive jobs due to Mermaids dive career development. Very much of Mermaids’ divers and repeat divers have bee through word of mouth and good experiences with us.
2008, is the beginning if a new chapter in Mermaids Dive Centers’ arriving 2nd decade. Tuesday 1st July 2008 saw the opening of the Mermaids Pattaya Dive Center. As well as a well stocked dive retail outlet it will act as a meeting point and dive information center for scuba divers in Pattaya.
Peter Thorand Director and VP Community Affiliated Membership and Charter President of The RC Taksin Pattaya opened the New Pattaya Beach road Center with a speech and cutting the ribbon. Peter’s speech was moving – “I welcome everyone here today, to this important event which has a big impact to this town and our community.
My involvement with Mermaids Dive Center goes back to the time when Khun Steve Blumnethal, a friend of mine and many people in Pattaya was at the helm and steering wheel of this Company. We all miss him since him since he pased away too early for all of us.
Steve and the Mermaid Diving Center has always being a great supporter for community projects not only for the visiting US Navy Ships but they support any good cause in our Community.
The new Management has informed me that they will follow this well path and they are committed to do what ever is required to offer the best service to visit lots in the diving societies, and will continue to be a household name for scuba divers around the world.
Mermaids are providing top dive services in all aspects of the diving industries and in the same time they are much concerned about our environment and have demonstrated this by their commitment to hold clean up’s on the popular diving sites around our area. This trend will continue just like in the past. I wish the Mermaid Dive Center a prosperous business year with huge success.”
Peter cut the ceremonial ribbon to the new dive center which was appreciated by all of the staff at Mermaids happy to do anything to assist the US Navy league and friends in Pattaya and surrounding community.
A large spit-roast pig party was open to all in the evening but please take some time to see the pictures of the day. Photos open in a new window – i,e, Pop Up. A great day was had by all – Notable local press such as Pattaya Mail Newspaper, Pattaya People – from the scuba diving community Bruce Knoneffe (renowned Cave Diver and Cavern Diver), Joe Keiser of PERT (Professional Emergency Response Team) and many others from local dive centers and further a field.