Coral Grand Divers Koh Tao http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com Dive Koh Tao - Experience paradise | PADI 5 Star Dive Resort Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:07:55 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 PADI Women Dive Day 2016 http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/padi-women-dive-day-2016/ http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/padi-women-dive-day-2016/#respond Sat, 04 Jun 2016 00:41:39 +0000 http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/?p=25118 Ladies, it is time to celebrate again! Last year, the first PADI Women's Dive Day featured 335 events across 65 countries. More than 6000 divers on all continents enjoyed a day of diving together to celebrate the contributions of women to the sport. We now invite you to join Coral Grand Divers and all women around the globe on the 16th of July 2016!

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Ladies, it is time to celebrate again! Last year, the first PADI Women’s Dive Day featured 335 events across 65 countries. More than 6000 divers on all continents enjoyed a day of diving together to celebrate the contributions of women to the sport. We now invite you to join this year’s celebration around the globe on the 16th of July 2016 and benefit from our Women Dive Day special offers! 

Get in touch with us today to be part of Coral Grand Diver’s Women Dive Day. Mention the promo-code ‘womendive‘ to benefit from our special offers!

Celebrate Women Dive Day with Coral Grand Divers

Our Women Dive Day Specials:

  • Get 10% discount if you sign up for any PADI course or fun dives
  • Not sure if you like scuba diving? Join a free try-dive in our swimming pool
  • Enjoy the sunset and sip a free drink to celebrate the day
  • Receive a limited edition PADI Diver t-shirt

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What’s the idea behind the Women Dive Day?

Did you know that female divers account only for 35% of open water divers and 23% of divers in continuing education courses? The idea by coming together as an industry is to grow the female diver community, motivate existing female divers to get back in the water and encourage new women to start scuba diving and freediving. Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI says: “Women Dive Day was originally conceived by PADI as a way to celebrate women’s contributions to diving throughout history and bring more women into the sport today. However, Women Dive Day has a special significance for PADI this year. 2016 is PADI’s 50th anniversary, and as we celebrate our place as both today’s leader and yesterday’s trailblazer in the dive industry, we want to emphasise the critical role women have played — and continue to play — in what is sometimes perceived as a man’s sport.”

Ladies, let’s go diving! No matter if you have never dived before, feeling a bit rusty because you have been out of the water for a while or if you are looking for your next scuba adventure, we have the perfect activity for you.

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Project Aware Day Coral Grand Divers, Divers with rubbish on boat

Coral Grand Divers is a 100% Project Aware Dive Centre. What does this mean? We support this dedicated non-profit organisation with donations, help raising awareness by educating people and last but not least we regularly organise Project Aware Days. They can be anything related to protecting the ocean, but we decided to do a Beach and Reef Clean up for the

Project Aware Day on April 14th

After the Thai New Year celebrations, Sonkran, Sairee Beach seemed like a good place to start. As expected we filled bags with bottles, straws, cigarette butts and plastic. After a well deserved lunch-break a crew of 8 dedicated divers joined our afternoon dive trip to collect debris from 2 different dive sites. First heading to Lighthouse and then Twins, equipped with Project Aware mesh bags, our divers collected every piece of debris they came across. We were positively surprised by how little rubbish we found! Back on shore after a rewarding afternoon of diving, the only thing left to do was sorting through the rubbish, recording the data and ensure the correct disposal of waste. We would like to thank everyone who participated – you made a difference!

Do you want to get involved yourself? Contact us for more information regarding our next Project Aware Day and other future events.  If you are a certified diver, you can also directly sign up for an AWARE Specialty course. Everyone likes to scuba dive or snorkel in warm, clear water on a vibrant coral reef, yet many people know little about what they’re seeing or the importance of reef ecosystems. The AWARE courses help you appreciate the complexity of the underwater world and teach how you can help conserve these vital systems.

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
~ Ryunosuke Sataro

 

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5 ways how to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/how-to-get-from-bangkok-to-koh-tao/ http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/how-to-get-from-bangkok-to-koh-tao/#respond Sat, 09 Apr 2016 13:54:11 +0000 http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/?p=24951 There are a variety of options on how to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao and no, there is no ‘best’ way. It depends on...

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There are a variety of options on how to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao and no, there is no ‘best’ way. It depends on your budget, arrival time in Bangkok and also how much in advance you are booking your trip. If you are booking ahead of time, the flight prices are a lot cheaper and a good alternative to the train and bus. Last but not least, it obviously also depends on you personal preference of travel method. One thing they all have in common is the ferry ride, as Koh Tao does not have an airport. So no matter how you plan it, you will end up on a ferry for the last leg. There are other personally organised options, like renting a car or a bike but we have focused our list on the most popular

5 ways how to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao

 

1. By bus and ferry (Bangkok – Chumphon – Koh Tao)

How to get from bangkok to koh tao by bus, mapThe most popular way to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao is by bus & ferry. The Lomprayah bus departs from Khao San Road in Bangkok at two times: 06:00 (arrival in Koh Tao 14:45) and 21:30 (arrival in Koh Tao 08:45). The bus ride is approx. 8 hours and they will take you directly to the pier in Chumphon for the departure to Koh Tao. It takes about 2 hours by ferry from Chumphon to Koh Tao. The connection is great but you will sit in a bus for a long time. Songserm offers a similar trip, however we recommend Lomprayah.
Cost: THB 1,100 | Price ♦♦♦♦♦ | Comfort ♦♦

 


2. By train and ferry (Bangkok – Chumphon – Koh Tao) 

How to get from bangkok to koh tao by train, mapMore comfort but worse connection you have if you travel by night train. It leaves Bangkok at 19:30 and arrives in Chumphon at 04:15 the next morning. Inside tip: book the lower sleeper berth, we recommend the air-conditioned option. Then a minibus picks you up at Chumphon train terminal bringing you to the ferry which leaves 07:00 and arrives on Koh Tao at 08:45 or 09:30. For the bus/ferry transfer from the train station you have the option between Songserm and Lomprayah, again we recommend Lomprayah.
Cost: from THB 940 | Price ♦♦♦♦♦ | Comfort ♦♦

 


3. By plane and ferry (Bangkok – Chumphon – Koh Tao)

How to get from bangkok to koh tao by plane, mapYou can fly from Bangkok, Don Muang Airport to Chumphon Airport with Nok Air. The flight time is only about 1 hour. From Chumphon airport, you will be transferred  to the pier where you take the ferry to Koh Tao. Sailing time is approx. 1.5 hours between Koh Tao and Chumphon, transfer time from the airport approx. 45 mins. Departure is at 05:45 from Don Muag Airport, arrival on Koh Tao at 15:00. You can book the flight & ferry combined directly on their homepage, the earlier you book the cheaper it is!
Cost: from THB 2,200 | Price ♦♦♦ | Comfort ♦♦♦♦

 


4. By plane and ferry (Bangkok – Koh Samui – Koh Tao)

How to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui by plane, mapYou can also fly from Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Koh Samui via Bangkok Airways. The flight time is approx. 1 hour. This option is usually more expensive than flying to Chumphon but offers the best connections. In Koh Samui you have the choice between the Seatran and Lomprayah ferry which leave at around 08:30, 12:30 and 17:00. Sailing time is approx. 2.5 hours between the islands. From the airport to the Seatran pier the transfer is 10 mins, to the Lomprayah pier instead it’s about 45 mins, therefore we recommend Seatran.
Cost: from THB 3,900 | Price ♦♦ | Comfort ♦♦♦♦

  


5. By plane and ferry (Bangkok – Surat Thani – Koh Tao)

How to get from Bangkok to Koh Surat Thani by plane, mapThe last fligh option is from Bangkok, Don Muang Airport to Surat Thani Airport with Air Asia. The flight time is again about 1 hour. You can book an ‘all-in’ fare including the transfer from the airport to the Seatran pier and the ferry ticket to Koh Tao. Sailing time is approx. 4 hours between Surat Thani and Koh Tao, transfer time from the airport to the pier approx. 1.5 hours. You can leave Bangkok at 07:00 or 09:30 and arrive on Koh Tao at 14:30 or 18:30. The connections are good but you have the longest transfer time from the airport and the longest ferry ride.
Cost: from THB 1,990 | Price ♦ | Comfort ♦♦

 


Now that you know the best ways of how to get from Bangkok to Koh tao: Take your pick, book your ticket and be sure to plan enough time for your stay on Koh Tao – because more than likely you will fall in love with it! You can check out what to do on our About Koh Tao page. The island is most famous for Scuba Diving, so why not enrich your travels with a little bit of adventure and discover what lies beneath the surface of the ocean!

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realise that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.
~ Dave Barry

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We are emptying the ocean of sharks. Thankfully, divers are some of sharks’ closest and most influential allies. Project AWARE, together with all divers worldwide, are creating a powerful, collective voice to lead global grass-roots change. You’ve helped us secure a stronger EU finning ban and bring about safeguards for highly traded shark and ray species under CITES.

Here’s why your actions to protect sharks matter:

Nearly one out of four shark and ray species is classified by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as Threatened with extinction and ray species are found to be at higher risks than sharks. That doesn’t even include almost half of all sharks and ray species whose population status cannot be assessed because of lack of information.

Why do we worry about shark populations? A healthy and abundant ocean depends on predators like sharks keeping ecosystems balanced. And living sharks fuel local economies in some places, like Palau where sharks bring in an estimated $18 million per year through dive tourism.

They may rule the ocean, but sharks are vulnerable. They grow slowly, produce few young, and, as such, are exceptionally susceptible to overexploitation.

Overfishing iSharks in Perils driving sharks to the brink – with many populations down by 80 percent. Tens of millions are killed each year for their meat, fins, liver, and other products.

By-catch– or catching sharks incidentally while fishing for other commercial species – poses a significant threat to sharks. At the same time, new markets for shark products are blurring the line between targeted and accidental catches.

Finning– Shark fins usually fetch a much higher price than shark meat, providing an economic incentive for the wasteful and indefensible practice of “finning” (removing shark fins and discarding the often still alive shark at sea).  Finning is often associated with shark overfishing, especially as keeping only the fins allows fishermen to kill many more sharks in a trip than if they were required to bring back the entire animal.

Shark fishing continues largely unregulated in most of the world’s ocean. Yet the future of sharks hinges on holding shark fishing and trade to sustainable levels. The best way to ensure an end to finning is to require that sharks are landed with their fins still “naturally” attached. Fishing limits must be guided by science and reflect a precautionary approach while trade must be controlled and monitored. Project AWARE is also investing in shark research and catch reporting, in order to protect vital shark habitats. We can lead change locally through innovative, results orientated action on the ground. And last, but most definitely not least, if you choose to eat seafood, refrain from a purchase unless you can be certain that it’s coming from a sustainable source.

If you want to learn more about sharks or the underwater environment, the PADI AWARE Specialties are a great way to do so!

Source: Project AWARE

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5 Reasons why you should scuba dive http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-scuba-dive/ http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-scuba-dive/#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:12:11 +0000 http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/?p=24897   Honestly, it had to be said. The question is not why people dive, it is why wouldn’t they? If you are already a scuba...

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5 Reasons you should scuba dive. Don't ask me why I dive - ask yourself why you don't.

Honestly, it had to be said. The question is not why people dive, it is why wouldn’t they? If you are already a scuba diver, you probably know what I am talking about. There is just nothing that compares to it, for a variety of reason. If you are not a scuba diver yet, see below our top

5 reasons why you should scuba dive:

 

1. Take your beach holiday to a new level

Do you enjoy spending your holiday in a tropical environment and relax on the beach? Maybe sometimes you get bored of doing the same thing day after day? Scuba diving can add some extra adventure to any beach holiday. Discover new underwater sceneries, species and maybe even wrecks while doing something active. Diving is also a great activity for the whole family, children form the age of 8 can start blowing bubbles underwater! Travelling alone? There is no better way to meet like-minded, adventurous people than by taking a PADI course.

2. Experience new sensations

Scuba diving is not only about seeing marine life, one of the most surprising things about being underwater is the complete weightlessness you feel. Move freely in all directions without the restriction of gravity you are used to feel. If there is anything that comes close to flying, diving is probably it. Another feeling that you just have to experience yourself is the complete silence once you are submerged in the big blue. Diving is not only exciting, it can also be very relaxing when you glide through the water, only hearing your breath.

3. You get to really see the world

5 Reasons you should scuba dive. 71 % for divers, 29% for everyone else

It’s funny how our planet is called Earth, although oceans cover 71% of it. If you really want to ‘see the world’, scuba diving gives you access to the 2/3 that you have been missing out on. The best thing? You don’t need a lot of time and no experience to get started. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience will introduce you to the underwater world in just one day.

4. Go to places you never thought you would

Once you discovered the amazing feeling of diving, you will plan your holidays in a completely different way. You search for new exciting places to dive, maybe even create your own scuba bucket list. Looking for ideas? Check out our this article featuring the 5 must-visit dive resorts for inspiration!

5. Keep travelling

This might be the best of the 5 reasons why you should scuba dive: you can keep travelling, sustaining yourself by doing what you love. Once you are a PADI Professional, you gain access to a worldwide database of job offers in the diving industry, the opportunities are endless! Live in exotic destinations, spend your days at the beach, on the boat and underwater, sharing your passion for the underwater world. To start a career in scuba diving is easier than you think, you can change your lifestyle completely in only 6 months.  Take the plunge!

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The magic of Scuba Diving http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/scuba-diver-lifestyle-koh-tao/ http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/scuba-diver-lifestyle-koh-tao/#respond Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:04:18 +0000 http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/?p=18565 Scuba diving is not just a sport or a leisure activity – it’s a lifestyle. If you have ever dived before, you will remember how...

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Scuba diving is not just a sport or a leisure activity – it’s a lifestyle. If you have ever dived before, you will remember how the world changes once you emerge into the big blue. There is no gravity, you can move freely in all directions. It’s peacefully quiet and all you hear is your own breath. You can move weightless, effortless through the magical underwater world and observe some of the most amazing creatures on this planet. No wonder, that many people change the way of planning their holiday after completing their PADI Open Water course. As a diver you have access to the blue two-thirds of our planet, why would you not want to explore as many exciting destinations as possible? Or maybe you fall in love with Scuba Diving or a Scuba Diver so much that you decide to completely change your life.

Scuba Diver Lifestyle - Quote of Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Scuba Diver Lifestyle

Every year thousands of people decide to change their life by turning their passion into their job. While travelling the world you might come across many of us, embracing the Scuba Diver Lifestyle.

The above video may not be accurate for all scuba divers as there is many places to work & dive which are not tropical. However, for our lovely little island Koh Tao it describes the lifestyle perfectly. Here we only wear flip-flops or even no shoes at all. People on the street have sun bleached hair, uneven tans and the biggest worry of the day is what to eat for dinner. Nobody cares what clothes you are wearing, what college degree you may have or who your friends are. At the end of the day you can find people sitting on the beach, drinking a local beer and chatting about their dives and exchanging stories.

Koh Tao has a special vibe, which is difficult to put in words. There may be better diving in the world, or more beautiful beaches and better parties – but once you are here it will be difficult to leave.

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10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/10-tips-for-divers-to-protect-the-ocean-planet/ http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/10-tips-for-divers-to-protect-the-ocean-planet/#respond Sat, 26 Dec 2015 10:26:17 +0000 http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/?p=18580 As divers, we are the natural ambassadors of the ocean. With the same passion that we have for scuba diving, we need to protect our...

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As divers, we are the natural ambassadors of the ocean. With the same passion that we have for scuba diving, we need to protect our oceans. For sure, this is easier said then done but just like climbers and campers have an ethic or code to live by – so do scuba divers. Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet helps divers of all skill levels make a difference when they dive and travel.

  1. Be a Buoyancy Expert

Underwater plants and animals are more fragile than they appear. The swipe of a fin, bump of your camera or even a touch can destroy decades of coral growth, damage a plant or harm an animal. Streamline your scuba and photo gear, keep your dive skills sharp, perfect your underwater photo techniques and continue your dive training to fine-tune your skills. Always be aware of your body, dive gear and photo equipment to avoid contact with the natural environment.

  1. Be a Role Model

New scuba divers are being trained and certified every day. Regardless of your experience level, be sure to set a good example for others when interacting with the environment – while underwater and on land.

  1. Take Only Photos – Leave Only Bubbles

Nearly everything natural found underwater is alive or will be used by a living creature. If you take a coral, shell or animal, you can disturb the delicate balance and add to the depletion of dive sites for future generations.

  1. Protect Underwater Life

Choose not to touch, feed, handle, chase or ride anything underwater. Your actions may stress the animal, interrupt feeding and mating behavior or provoke aggressive behavior. Understand and respect underwater life and follow all local laws and regulations.

  1. Become a Debris Activist 

An astonishing amount of waste makes its way underwater, reaching even the most remote ocean areas. Once there, it kills wildlife, destroys habitats and threatens our health and economy. Don’t let your dives go to waste. Remove and report what doesn’t belong underwater every time you dive. Make a conscious effort to buy green, buy local and, when possible, buy less.

  1. Make Responsible Seafood Choices

Overfishing leads to species declines while harmful fishing practices damage and pollute underwater ecosystems. You play a critical role as a consumer. If seafood is part of your meal selection, ensure you’re choosing sustainably sourced species and encourage others, including restaurants and shop owners, to do the same.

  1. Take Action

Scuba divers are some of the strongest ocean advocates on the planet. Now, more than ever, divers like you are taking a stand. Speak out for conservation, share your underwater images, report environmental damage to authorities and campaign for change.

  1. Be an Eco-tourist

Make informed decisions when choosing and visiting a destination. Choose facilities dedicated to responsible social and environmental business practices that include water conservation, energy reduction, proper waste disposal, use of mooring buoys and respect for local cultures, laws and regulations.

  1. Shrink Your Carbon Footprint 

Global warming and ocean acidification are putting your favorite animals and the whole ocean planet at risk. Do your part by understanding and reducing your carbon footprint and look for ways to offset what you can’t reduce.

  1. Give Back

Ocean protection depends on all of our actions, large and small. Investing in the ocean protects our planet and lets the dive adventure live on. Donate or fundraise for ocean protection to fuel the grassroots action and policy change necessary to ensure a clean, healthy ocean planet.

Thank you for giving the ocean planet the protections it deserves!

Source: Project Aware

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Every dive is a new adventure: what will you see? How will you feel? Encounters with marine life is hard to describe; a picture says more than a thousand words. Every dive is a new adventure: what will you see? How will you feel? Encounters with marine life is hard to describe – a picture says more than a thousand words.

Every dive is a new adventure: what will you see? How will you feel? Encounters with marine life is hard to describe – a picture says more than a thousand words.Every dive is a new adventure: what will you see? How will you feel? Encounters with marine life is hard to describe – a picture says more than a thousand words.Every dive is a new adventure: what will you see?

How will you feel? Encounters with marine life is hard to describe – a picture says more than a thousand words.Every dive is a new adventure: what will you see? How will you feel? Encounters with marine life is hard to describe – a picture says more than a thousand words.Every dive is a new adventure: what will you see? How will you feel? Encounters with marine life is hard to describe – a picture says more than a thousand words.Every dive is a new adventure: what will you see? How will you feel? Encounters with marine life is hard to describe – a picture says more than a thousand words.Every dive is a new adventure: what will you see? How will you feel?

Encounters with marine life is hard to describe – a picture says more than a thousand words.Every dive is a new adventure: what will you see? How will you feel? Encounters with marine life is hard to describe – a picture says more than a thousand words.Every dive is a new adventure: what will you see? How will you feel? Encounters with marine life is hard to describe – a picture says more than a thousand words.Every dive is a new adventure: what will you see? How will you feel? Encounters with marine life is hard to describe – a picture says more than a thousand words.

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Links links links! Please see below a collection of blogs, websites and other information in the worldwideweb that we think might be of interest to you. Do you have a travel blog and want to be listed? Do you have a favourite website and think it should be on our list? Contact us!

Top  blogs | Great collection of blogs with all different kinds of topics

BlogrollCenter.Com | Great collection of blogs with all different kinds of topics

 

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What is the PADI Open Water Touch? http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/what-is-the-padi-open-water-touch/ http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/what-is-the-padi-open-water-touch/#respond Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:01:35 +0000 http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/?p=22946 The PADI Open Water Touch is the newest, most modern way to study for your PADI course. Watch, listen, read, scroll, tap and interact while you learn to...

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The PADI Open Water Touch is the newest, most modern way to study for your PADI course. Watch, listen, read, scroll, tap and interact while you learn to scuba dive It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s portable and it’s your entry to the underwater world as a scuba diver.

The Touch integrates the PADI Open Water Diver Manual with the PADI Open Water Diver Video into a powerful, tablet-based learning experience. When you dive in with the Touch, you will:

  • Learn diving facts, principles and safety concepts in preparation for your confined and open water dives.
  • Watch video clips that show you the world of scuba diving.
  • Get introduced to the scuba skills you will be practicing on Koh Tao
  • Take simple quizzes to make sure you understand the material as you progress.

 

PADI Open Water Touch for iOS and AndroidYou can complete all the theory portion of your PADI course prior to your arrival on Koh Tao. This allows you more time to explore the beautiful island and to have a relaxed and practice oriented schedule. After you download the PADI Open Water Touch, you don’t need to be online to use it so you can truly learn anytime, anywhere.

The method of studying in your own time and then only focus on the in-water training with your PADI Instructor has become more and more popular. Most PADI courses are available as eLearning and Touch options, which we strongly recommend to all our divers!

Check it out for free

Are you curious and ready to try it? Download the PADI Library app for  Apple or  Android and experience the Touch introduction for free. Do you have any questions or are you unsure which method of learning is best for you? Contact us now, we are more than happy to help you!

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