Twenty years in the business!
Today Lanta Diver celebrates 20 years as a Dive center on Koh Lanta!! The business was established by Swedish partners Maj-Britt Palm Pettersson, Ulf Pettersson and Thomas Karlsson in 1999, and was one of the first Dive centers on the island. In 2000 Lanta Diver joined PADI, the most well known Dive organizations for professional Divers. The business started small with Maj-Britt, Ulf and Thomas working day and night to get everything up and running. Over the years the business has grown to be one of Lanta’s largest Dive centers with three different boats and four booking offices along the beaches of Koh Lanta. In the beginning the center’s name was “Scandinavian Lanta Diver” but when me and my husband acquired the business we decided to remove “Scandinavian” since the Dive center attracts people from all over the world, not only Scandinavia, and our staff is also a mix from many different countries.
Old photos of the Main Dive center in Saladan.
In year 2017 me and my husband Raymond acquired the business, sold everything we had in Sweden and moved to Koh Lanta! Exciting first years I must say! Bringing our three kids to this new way of living. The Swedish school Sanuk in Klong Dao Beach is one of the main reasons for choosing Koh Lanta, plus we have spent a lot of time on the island. Koh Lanta is one of the most calm and beautiful islands in Thailand and there is something for everyone here, even for divers! The diving is fantastic around Koh Lanta and Hin Daeng/Hin Muang is one of the best dive sites in Thailand. This site is for advanced divers bur if you are a beginner, newly certified or just want to dive an easy dive site Koh Haa, Bida islands and Koh Rok are excellent choises! Since we acquired the business some things have changed and some things are the same. The biggest change over the years is for sure that Lanta Diver has been awarded the esteemed distinction of PADI Career Development Centre – CDC! This is the highest level of educational professionalism in the Dive industry. The CDC classifications is awarded to PADI 5 Star instructor development centers that dedicate their businesses to professional development for Dive Instructors. A CDC Dive center meet the highest requirements for training PADI professionals and offer career-oriented programs to prepare scuba diving professionals for employment in the Dive industry, as well as offer job placement assistance for program graduates. Lanta Diver is the only 5 Star PADI CDC on Koh Lanta and one out of 10 in Thailand! We also are fortunate to have our very own Platinum PADI Course director Richard Reardon, who run all of our Dive Master and IDC courses. This is something we are very proud of!
Christmas is just a few days away and I have not cleaned the house or bought any Christmas gifts…Nor have I baked any cookies or made the Glogg. But Christmas on Lanta is a stress-free Christmas and I am sure I will get everything ready in time! I wish you all a stress-free Christmas too, enjoy your holiday and happy bubbles!!
Ps Don’t forget that we have 20% of on everything in the Dive shop TODAY!