On May 28th 2015 at Poni Divers Brunei we ran our first ever Dive Against Debris Specialty Course!
The dives were led by PADI Master Instructor Johnny Hayward with assistance from PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Selina Tang.
In total we had 4 student divers take the course: Dave Mitchell, Kieran White & Andrew Mead who are all working towards their PADI Master Scuba Diver Certification, and Colin Mead who is already certified as PADI Divemaster.
We had a really successful Padi ladies diving day on Saturday.
We hosted Miss Scuba UK Discover scuba diving session in which five participants took part and throughly enjoyed the experience plus we had other candidates on the day who also did the Discover scuba diving session.
Sunday 7th June 2015: 8 of the toughest swimmers in Grand Turk donned their mask and fins, jumped into The Big Blue and trekked it 2 miles down the island all unified by one common cause- A better world for sharks.
At 5 of June 2015 we make the first step to clean the port of Sifnos island in Greece. Its a very pretty place but nobody ever dive there or collect even one trush from the water because they didn't had the right equipments and organization to do it. Sifnos Diving Center team with the help of the local marine port, decide to protect our underwater treasure. We did a lot of work and we still have many dives to do until we clean it all. Many trash cans from tourists and tires from tracks that the locals use to tight there boats. We remove more than 20 tires and still has a lot.
New Zealand Underwater Association (NZUA) was lucky enough to be asked by Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium to assist with a Project AWARE Dive for Debris as part of their World Ocean Day activities on June 8th. Okahu Bay Wharf was the chosen site, just across the road from Kelly Tarlton’s, a popular fishing and sightseeing spot. We suspected there would be plenty of rubbish to retrieve!
Giving something back to the sea is how our guests and staff see regular clean up events. World Ocean Day was no different, with instructor Valerii and his guests picking up the litter from Eagle Ray Bay on the 2 house reef dives. Our heros dived for 6 kilos of debris finding mainly food and beverage packaging along Eagle Ray Bay. However, we are pleased it was such a small amount as our instructors regularly collect rubbish during the daily dives anyway keeping the house reef spic and span!