Now this is one association that is supposed to be representing Malaysian divers, but is doing exactly the opposite. Well, I may be lying there, actually. Sorry, guys. But the real fact is IT IS NOT DOING ANYTHING AT ALL!
It hasn’t said anything about the Tioman Marina Project (which is now destroying one of Tioman’s good dive sites), it hasn’t issued any statement to correct the UK press about the action taken by the local authorities against a local boatman that caused the death of a British open water student in Sabah. The only thing it has done was to organise a dive expo some years back. Yet it claims to be doing a lot with the Tourism Ministry and “other government agencies.” Which ones? It also claims to be THE AUTHORITY in setting standards for dive operators, instructors and DMs. What on earth for? If the instructors are not up to standard, complain to the respective IDC. I have seen an instructor who does shortcuts while teaching open water students..and he is one of the MSDA committee members. If this is the kind of standard MSDA wants to impose unto others, then they’d better forget it.
If you are just a limp cock new diver, you can’t join the association. You can only join if you are a resort owner, a dive shop operator, a scuba instructor or divemaster etc etc. But I see many instructors and divemasters who are not members of this association, nor do they know of its existence. The MSDA claims to have had an AGM last May. What was the outcome? Do we limp dick new divers know anything?
Is this an association only for the scuba diving “master race”? Is it still alive? And who does it really represent?