Congratulations to Stephanie who has completed her PADI Open Water course with us at Eco Divers Lembeh Cottages. Stephanie is a Veterinarian from France who has given both her time and skills to Tasikoki Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre here in North Sulawesi.
After hearing Richard Carman (a Tasikoki Volunteer who completed his PADI Open Water course with us a couple of weeks ago) talk so much about the crazy critters he was seeing, Stephanie decided to do the course herself so she could see what all the fuss was about! On her very first Open Water dive she saw a Frogfish sitting in the shallows!! Throughout the 4 Open Water dives she saw a whole host of amazing creatures including Porcelain Crabs, Cleaner Shrimp, Snake Eels, Ribbon Eels, Sea Snakes and baby Banggai Cardinalfish.
Also thanks goes to Paul Gillingham who is currently doing his Divemaster course with us at Eco Divers Lembeh Cottages. He very ably assisted Lou (Stephanie's instructor), during Stephanie's Confined and Open Water dives and he is now a little closer to getting his professional qualification.
Here's a great photo taken by our Photo Pro, Christian Loader, of Paul Gillingham, Stephanie and Louise Kraechter straight after Stephanie's final Open Water qualifying dive. Congratulations again!!
Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre is one of the several wildlife rescue centres and wildlife transfer stations originally set up by the Gibbon Foundation to care for the ever increasing influx of confiscated, illegally kept and traded wildlife within Indonesia. The Tasikoki centre has been established in a strategic location to tackle the cross-border trade from Indonesia towards the Philippines and onwards to China, Taiwan and Japan. Guests staying at Eco Divers Lembeh Cottages can take a morning tour to Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre as it is located just 20 minutes drive from the Cottages. For more information about Tasikoki or to give a donation please visit www.tasikoki.org