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PHUKET: As promised, let’s dig into two of the biggest questions professionals in the industry are faced with in Phuket: “can we bend the rules to take photos on a Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) course” and “what counts as a ‘confined water environment’ for DSD”.

Even at the PADI seminar on March 8 (story here), which included some of the most interested and concerned PADI professionals on the island with regards to violations of regulations in Phuket, these questions were floated, with the instructors outlining ways in which perhaps regulations could be circumvented.

Before diving in, it’s necessary to understand why the questions are being asked in the first place. Despite living costs in Phuket skyrocketing, the salaries for those in the dive industry haven’t really budged in more than a decade. However, snapping a few photos of a DSD student while underwater provides an instructor with some additional revenue, allowing them to make more than 3,000 baht a day in some cases.

One such example of bending the rules that was aired at the meeting was whether or not a DSD student could be loaned a camera or bring their own camera on the dive – thus not violating the rule that states that instructors should not bring a camera while managing uncertified divers in a foreign environment.

The simple answer provided by Robert J Scammell, a PADI instructor examiner, at the seminar was, “No”. Having been an expert witness for the prosecution in diving related cases in the past, Mr Scammell illustrated how easy it is to decide on whether or not something is in line with regulations.

Simply ask yourself, if there was an accident, how would these actions appear in the black and white of a police report? Are any of the justifications used to make something an acceptable level of gray going to hold up as ‘prudent judgment’ in the court of law?

An instructor’s first priority should neither be making more money, nor should it be having a happy client – it is the student’s safety. The instructor taking pictures of a student on a DSD course, or after it, is in violation of regulations, as it puts the uncertified diver at an increased level of risk.

Additionally, handing a camera to someone who has just learned to breathe underwater and has no sense of buoyancy is just as irresponsible. If an accident does occur underwater – which has happened too often in the region recently – it would be very hard for a judge and jury to see such an action as one that would have been taken by a ‘prudent’ instructor.

That is the key, as within the industry, the underlying rule for all certified dive professionals is whether or not the actions were in line with those of a ‘prudent’ professional. So, if pictures are essential to a customer enjoying their underwater experience, an instructor is better off coordinating with an on-boat photographer and just skimming commissions off the top.

The same process of determining prudence can be applied to whether or not a dive site is a ‘confined water environment’. One doesn’t have to listen to a dive instructor griping for very long to hear about people feeling forced by dive companies and tour agencies on the island to do DSD courses in the strong currents that often rip across King Cruiser.

A closed water environment, required for a DSD course, is a pool or site that offers ‘pool like conditions’ in regards to clarity, calmness and depth – it should be shallow enough to stand in. Of course, this means DSD courses could easily be held in some of the Racha Island bays. However, King Cruiser with a max depth of about 30 meters would require an extremely tall student for it to be considered ‘shallow enough to stand in’.

“Standards for ratios and depths are listed as maximum limits. This means that you must apply sound
judgment in determining what is appropriate for training each time you conduct a course or program,” the PADI instructor manual states. This means that even if something isn’t clearly banned by the manual, such as bringing your dog diving on a DSD course, the responsibility to know that it is an unsafe idea comes back to the dive instructor.

“The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program introduces people to scuba diving in a highly supervised, controlled and relaxed manner. It dispels common misconceptions about scuba by letting individuals try it for themselves,” states PADI’s Guide to Teaching. “These participants need and deserve a high level of patience, attention and sensitivity, both for their safety and for their enjoyment of the program. The real reward for the PADI professional offering the Discover Scuba Diving program is the day-to-day opportunity to guide people through, and share with them, a truly remarkable experience in discovering diving.”

However, the tough reality of the industry is that if you turn down the work, there is always another diving instructor or dive master willing to step in for a day’s wages. So, despite individual diving professionals being fully responsible for the consequences of their imprudent judgment, change must come from dive operations, which can ensure that DSD are being taken to appropriate dive locations and instructors are paired with cameramen on the dives. This way, everyone gets a little more cash and the budding scuba divers have a safer, more enjoyable experience, perhaps getting hooked on the underwater wonders that has drawn countless thousands below the surface of the Andaman.

— Isaac Stone Simonelli

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Phuket holds vaccine administration rehearsal as it waits for green light

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Phuket is rehearsing procedures to ready themselves for the Covid‐19 vaccine administration green light. A rehearsal at Vachira Hospital’s Lan Muang Khao open area was held late yesterday to iron out any kinks in the administration process. Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong watched over the procedures along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

“The government recognises the importance of the affected areas of the economy where the epidemic situation of COVID-19 must be stopped and has allocated the COVID-19 vaccine to Phuket Province to build herd immunity, restore the economy, return a smile to Thailand.”

“We are preparing to COVID-19 mass vaccination to build confidence among the people that they will receive a quality, safe vaccine and to receive follow-up care after it has been administered.”

Pichet says Phuket’s first target groups to receive the vaccine include medical and public health personnel, with others on the frontlines to come next.

Then, workers aged 18-59 years old, people with underlying diseases including chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity will follow.

“People with severe neurological conditions and pregnant women should be wary of taking the vaccine, as well as women who are breastfeeding and people with immunodeficiency.”

The procedure to get vaccinated starts by recipients undergoing screening by having their temperatures taken, and then sanitising their hands before entering the administration area. Then, they will move their way through a series of steps, detailed below:

Step 1: Register

Step 2: Record weight and blood pressure

Step 3: Pass the screening process by have their medical history and risk assessment recorded and then signing a consent to receive the vaccine

Step 4: Wait for vaccination

Step 5: Vaccination

Step 6: Rest for 30 minutes, while being observed for symptoms. Then scan the official Line account “หมอพร้อม” (“Doctor Ready”)

Step 7: Pass a final check before receiving a document confirming vaccination

Pichet says health workers will follow up with vaccine recipients after 1,7, and 30 days from being vaccinated to monitor any adverse reactions.

Those who are set to receive their second jab will have appointments made for them. Those who receive the Sinovac vaccine will be scheduled to have their second doses 2 to 4 weeks after the first. AstraZeneca vaccine receivers will be scheduled for their second doses 10 to 12 weeks after the first.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket police officer charged with attempted murder for shooting and critically injuring a noodle vendor

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The drunk, off-duty police officer in Phuket who has caught on camera shooting and beating a noodle vendor on Bangla Road is now facing attempted murder charges as well as charges of carrying a firearm in public without a necessary reason and firing a weapon in a public area. The commander of the Phuket police station said he ordered investigators to prosecute the officer Pornthep Channarong with every criminal charge that can be applied.

The officer had gotten into an altercation just before dawn yesterday and shot a young vendor who was walking by. Surveillance camera footage show the 25 year old suddenly falling to the ground after being shot. The officer walks up and shoots the vendor at a close range, but it appears the second shot did not hit the vendor. The officer also slapped the vendor in the face, picked him up and shoved him over, and then kicked him as he lay on the ground.

The vendor has a 4 year old daughter and 3 month old son. His wife says normally he works as a motorbike driver, but he was helping his mother selling noodles. He was shot while he was walking back from collecting a noodle bowl, she says. The vendor is in critical condition and being cared for at Vachira Phuket Hospital’s intensive care unit. He’s in need of Type B blood.

“For his condition, the doctor told me that the bullet went through his lung. He lost a lot of blood. We need a lot of Type B blood for him.”

A disciplinary investigation into the incident was launched by police and Pornthep was officially dismissed from the Royal Thai Police force. Region 8 Police Commander Kitrat Panpetch says the incident does not reflect the police force in Phuket.

“The incident was caused by an officer who did something wrong that our organisation does not want. We are a big organisation with more than 200,000 officers under our control. Our officers are not all bad like this.”

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pornsak Nuannu says he has reminded the police chiefs across the island to discuss reasons for carrying firearms in public.

“Carrying firearms is to prevent any type of crime that may happen, not to commit a crime by themselves like this incident. If I see any police doing such a thing, I will decisively proceed in terms of both officer discipline and criminal charges.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Thai Vietjet resumes Phuket-Chiang Rai flights, launches promotion on air fare

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The following is a press release from Thai Vietjet on its new promotion “Welcome Back to the Sky” and the resumption of Phuket-Chiang Rai flights.

Thai Vietjet today announced the flight resumption of its domestic cross-regional service between Phuket – Chiang Rai, in response to the increasing travel demand after the government began relaxing travel measures in each province. The airline will resume the service for four (04) round-trip flights a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with the flight duration around 2 hours and 5 minutes, starting from 26 February 2021 onwards. The flight details are as follows:

Flight No.Departure from PhuketArrival at Chiang Rai Flight No. Departure from Chiang RaiArrival in Phuket
VZ4008:15am10:20amVZ40110:50am12:55pm

In addition, the airline also announced the resumption of other domestic cross-regional services including the flight between Hat Yai – Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai – Nakhon Si Thammarat from 19 March 2021 onwards.

Following the service resumption announcement, the airline launched special promotion “Welcome Back to the Sky”, offering special fares from just THB 99 (not inclusive of taxes, fees, surcharges, and add-ons) for Thai Vietjet’s flights between Phuket – Chiang Rai and the flights to/from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi). The special fares are available for booking from 24 – 28 February 2021, with travel period between 8 March – 30 June 2021 on SkyFUN.vietjetair.com

As the COVID-19 situation is under control, Thai Vietjet has been adding flight frequency in line with the increasing demand for travel. The airline has also recently introduced its new product on SkyFUN, the ‘TRIP EASY PLUS’ – travel insurance with coverage of COVID-19 starting from THB 180, which provides further convenience and travel confidence to passengers to travel with the highest level of safety during the pandemic. For more information, please visit https://skyfun.vietjetair.com/insurance.

The promotional fares are available on SkyFUN.vietjetair.com, applied to Thai Vietjet’s domestic flights in Thailand from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Krabi, Udon Thani, Hat Yai , Khon Kaen, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ubon Ratchathani and the domestic cross-regional flight Phuket – Chiang Rai. The tickets are also available on all other distribution channels including www.vietjetair.com, mobile app “Vietjet Air”, via Facebook at facebook.com/VietJetThailand by clicking “Booking” tab, as well as travel agencies and booking offices. Payment can be easily made with ‘True Money Wallet’ and international debit/credit cards.

Thai Vietjet is committed to providing on time scheduled flights with the highest safety complied with the standards and regulations of the relevant authorities. Thai Vietjet was named the fastest growing low-cost airline in Thailand 2020 by The Global Business Outlook Award. The airline also owns one of the worlds newest and most modern fleet with an average age of only 2.7 years and was awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7 stars by the world’s only safety and product rating website airlineratings.com. The carrier has been strictly performing aircraft disinfection dailythroughout its fleet in compliance with Thai Ministry of Public Health.

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