My name is Giovanni Cacchione. I was born in Zimbabwe but lived in South Africa first and Argentina after till the age of five. I then grew up in Italy where I spent most of my life. In 2006 I moved once again, this time to London in the UK.
I've done a fair amount of traveling and don't intend to stop now. I believe that visiting new places and discovering new cultures really broadens your mind.
During a round the world trip I did a while ago I discovered scuba diving. It was love at first site, I was truly amazed of the underwater world. This newly acquired passion soon became a real carrier. Go places, meet people, do things: this is my life....AND I LOVE IT!!!
I now live in Thailand on a small little island on the east coast called Koh Tao. I work for a PADI 5* IDC centre called Coral Grand Divers where I'm the Lead Instructor and Manager for all professional development courses.
Everyday I have the good fortune to talk about the importance of ocean conservation to students and customers...from entry level courses all the way up to Instructor candidates.
Since becoming a passionate diver I've always been massively involved in marine conservation. Qualifying as an Instructor first and getting promoted as Team Leader after were important steps in my diving career that allowed me to extend my reach to as many people as possible, to talk about the huge support our oceans desperatly need from all of us.
The numbers of Sharks are massively declining worldwide due to over fishing and we must act fast before it is too late. At Coral Grand Divers everybody is putting a huge effort in shouting out for sharks in order to protect them. I have set up a stand with the Project AWARE petition and encourage all of our customers to sign it. I'm also busy teaching the Shark Conservation program to divers and non-divers in order to create Shark Advocates and spread the message as much as possible that sharks are incredibly important to our oceans and their eco-systems.