MRCI is proud to announce that Gariste has recently acquired his PADI open water dive certification. PADI, Professional Association of Dive Instructors, is the world’s leading scuba diver training organization whose qualifications are internationally recognized and respected.
Gariste is the grounds keeper at MRCI’s Turtle Cove Base Camp. He has been with MRCI longer than any other member of staff, having started work during the original construction phase of our base camp. Gariste is originally from Ambanja, but has been living and working on Nosy Komba for over 12 years.
We’re sure that many past MRCI volunteers and staff will fondly remember Gariste for his friendly nature and willingness to help. During his time with MRCI, Gariste has become an integral member of the team. Over the years he has become proficient in English by attending camp classes and through conversational learning, he is also an accomplished small boat captain.
All the staff at MRCI are extremely proud of Gariste and we look forward to helping him achieve his next level PADI certification, and in due course his Dive Masters. Special thanks need to go out to Jacques van Wyk, past MRCI Director of Diving and Health and Safety, and to the MRCI Marine Conservation Team who contributed to Gariste’s training.
It is through the continued support of our volunteers and staff that MRCI is able to put programs into place that uplift our local communities and staff. We wouldn’t be able to do it without all of you. Wishing everyone a prosperous new year filled with opportunities for all!
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