Every dive center will claim the same for itself but I believe we really are! Who am I? I am one of the 150 staff members working for the KSA family (short for Khao Lak Scuba Adventures) and my name is Fabian.
I came to the little town of Khao Lak 16 years ago as a PADI dive instructor working by then as a dive guide and PADI instructor on one of the many liveaboards by this time at the beautiful Similan Islands. Thailand was somehow so enchanting and the diving so great that I stayed a little longer than the 6 month diving season I was planning to stay for.
I have been working before already in the diving industry in the Caribbean, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Spain and South Africa for several years and when I look over the past 20 years no other dive centre has ever caught my attention as much as Khao Lak Scuba Adventures.
Being one of our main competitors when I was partner in my own dive shop long before the 2004 Tsunami, Khao Lak Scuba Adventures was my much hated competitor. Khao Lak Scuba Adventures was founded 2003 by our current CEO Mr. Cherdchoo Chatpong a Thai business man with a passion for scuba diving. As destiny plays by its own rules after the devastating 2004 Tsunami and the lost of my own dive shops and boats I was stranded with nothing except my life hospitalised in Bangkok.
After I returned to Khao Lak, KSA was the first dive center to fully recover and started to operate dive trips again in the season after but without a dedicated manager so I was offered the opportunity to become a part of the team. Being in charge of the small dive shop we soon began to grow.
The secret to our success was a mix of a fantastic dive team from all over the world with some of the most experienced dive guides available, our ability to learn from our mistakes and to adapt quick to any kind of situation, offering some of the best valued liveaboard trips with every day departures, understanding early the potential of social media hiring dedicated staff to manage emerging social media platforms and offering high quality PADI dive courses.
Last but not least our amazing Thai ground support and boat staff that are doing their outmost possible to keep the operation running every day. As the only dive centre in Khao Lak keeping our Thai staff (100 members) employed during the 5 month low season where diving is prohibited at the Similan Islands and we don´t earn any income at all. We feel an ethical responsibility to maintain our Thai staff and their families rather than dismissing them each season. Our Thai crews are some of the most experienced and have been working with us for many years.
Now after 13 years with more than 3000 liveaboards trips and counting we have becomed the single largest and most experience liveaboard operator in Thailand and South East Asia. Our passion is still diving and fun. We like to pass our passion to our students, fun divers and our very loyal customer that are diving with us year by year sometimes even several times per year.
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