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Professional training at Ban’s is headed by a highly experienced Course Director. Guillaume and his team will guide you through your Divemaster and Instructor courses sharing their knowledge, developing your skills and overall shaping you as a dive professional.

Guillaume Fargues

Platinum PADI Course Director
EFR Instructor Trainer

Guillaume took his first dive over 20 years ago in the cold waters of Northern France.

Before becoming a dive professional, he was working as a management consultant in his hometown: Paris, France. Realizing he was more passionate about being underwater than behind a desk, he decided to pack his diving gear and a pair of boardshorts and headed to Thailand. 

With 14 years of teaching experience he has trained many students from Open Water Diver to Instructor. As a PADI Course Director, Guillaume has been running the IDCs and other professional courses at Ban’s Diving Resort for over 8 years. 

Guillaume’s focus is training role model and professional PADI Instructors who care for their students and the environment. He and his team of IDC Staff Instructors will spend as much as needed to achieve this goal by going beyond the minimum IDC requirements. Learning with Guillaume, candidates will not only be prepared for the Instructor Examination, they will also be ready to teach all around the world.

With over 1,300 pro level PADI certifications, Guillaume has been awarded Platinum Course Director status every year since 2012.

When he is not training Dive Instructors, he is often seen on the boat ready to jump in with his sidemount set.

To read what Guillaume’s students say about him, click here.

LEE NIGHTINGALE

Divemaster Trainer

Lee Nightingale has been training the Divemaster Candidates at Ban’s Diving for over 7 years now.
Lee was teaching diving in another location  before but when he came here for the first time, he saw an ideal teaching environment and never looked back.

As a perfectionist and lover of the underwater realm, Lee teaches a course that exceeds most industry standards. His students not only complete the PADI curriculum but they also receive in depth training in diving theory and skills overall. Those carrying on to the IDC will be fully prepared.

Lee truly embodies the definition of a “mentor”. Our Divemaster Candidates see him has a model, a big brother and a guardian. And he always great stories to tell!

CHRIS PEARSON

IDC Staff Instructor
EFR Instructor Trainer

On top of being a highly experienced PADI Instructor, Chris Pearson is also a certified Dive Medical Technician who serves as the coordinator for Koh Tao Rescue our local volunteer emergency response team.

We are very fortunate to have him at Ban’s Diving as our Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer. He brings his extensive knowledge and experience of emergency management to deliver a an outstanding course.

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