Wow what an amazing day at Alcala!!

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IMG-20150904-WA0003Wow what an amazing day at Alcala!!

Perfect weather, clear, sunny and hot, just how we all like it here in Tenerife!!
The day started off as you would imagine when you’re organising a big event, trying to sort out where the gazebos were going, when the sound guy’s would arrive, arranging electricity, (the phrase running around like headless chickens come to mind!). Within one hour we had managed to transform Alcala jetty into an organised thing of beauty, music playing, BBQ fired up and everyone smiling, happy, ready and raring to get the clean up on the way and to get as much rubbish as humanly possible!

11169074_10153585370019417_2155641005228847472_oFirst though was the serious bit of paperwork and a full dive briefing conducted in two different languages, by our very own joint owner Alex. Once completed everyone was split into small sized groups and was advised which area they would be cleaning.

Geared up and ready to go diving all volunteers were given a pair of safety gloves and a mesh bag to collect the trash. Group by group at 10 minute intervals, giant strided into the water and descended into the bay, with land support ready to collect anything they found and place it in to the skip.

11998991_10153581682559417_2352410590523200441_nAbout 45 minutes after the first group went down the teams started came back with bag after bag of cans, glass and plastic bottles, rope even tractor tires, sun loungers and large metal frames (from what I don’t know), by the end of the day we ended up collecting approximately 75kg of rubbish.

11951468_10153585366904417_158263078759772866_oThe best part of the day (besides collecting all the rubbish of course) was that after you finished diving there was a great atmosphere and buzz around, people knowing they had done something really special to help the local environment and after all our hard work it was time to relax with a burger and beer or ice tea.

We at 12dive would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in this very successful beach and underwater clean up in Alcala!!

 

Special thanks to all our sponsors:

PADI and Project AWARE

Ayuntamieno En Guia de Isora.

Venture Restaurants.

Gourmetland.

Creventy andTenerife shows.

Palm Beach Surfing Experts.

Gomera Producciones.

La Huerta Design.

Oasis FM radio.

CW canaries weekly news paper.

Bubles filling station.

Akustito Cocktails.

Aqualung.

Espiritu de Buceo, with the firedepartment.

Transporte Sanitario for the Ambulance.

Firio Hielo.

Eco oceanos.

MAEL

NA Arte

Tied Tiempo radio

Radio los Gigantes Y Televisión los Gigantes.

Radio Sur.

This time around we are going to be cleaning La Caleta beach on Saturday 12th December from 9.30am. We would like to welcome everyone to come down and help out, divers and non-divers alike. We know this event is going to be bigger and we hope with your help we can make it even more successful than the last.

If you are a certified diver and want to help on the underwater clean up, please bring proof of your certification and insurance, if you don’t have insurance, don’t worry you can purchase a day’s insurance from us for only 6Euros.

Non divers will take part in the beach clean-up, and once we have all finished there will be a BBQ, Bar and Music on site. With an excellent response from people wanting to sponsor the event, check out our 12dive Facebook page for regular updates on what other exciting things will be happening on the day!!!

 

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Deep Blue moved in the new Location

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Deep Blue Fuerteventura and the new Location

Deep Blue Dive Centre has been established since 1982 and has been under the Management from Roland Martensson (Sweden) and Volker Berbig (Germany) since August 1999. Now, Deep Blue moved in the new Location.

 

 

Deep Blue joined the PADI Retail & Resort Association in December 1999 and since August 2009 they are a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort. Because of their engagement and professionalism, Deep Blue became very shortly the biggest PADI certifier in the Canary Islands.

The Base of Deep Blue is situated in the middle of the east coast of Fuerteventura, in the harbour of Caleta de Fuste, which is about 12Km south of the capital Puerto del Rosario.

In the beginning of 2015 – Deep Blue in Fuerteventura moved in the new location

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Now – Deep Blue is situated at the end of the pier from Caleta de Fuste yacht harbour. The New location has everything what beginners and certified divers are looking for:

On more than 600m2 the customers from Deep Blue in Fuerteventura will find a pool for confined water training, a nice theory classroom, direct access to the four big diving boats, toilets, showers and of course access to the Bar.

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The Base is service orientated and family friendly. Due to the ideal new location, no excursion takes more than 1.5 hours, allowing plenty of time for the family and other holiday activities.

Deep Blue brings the standard for Diving Centres in the Canary Islands to a complete new level!

At the Top of the PADI Food Chain

Continued-Scuba-Education-padi--300x212In January 2014 I reached another life goal and became the PADI Regional Manager for the Canary Islands, Cyprus and Switzerland (the German Speaking Part). I made this transition after taking my Course Director course in the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2013 and leaving the Swiss branch of PADI when PADI Europe became PADI EMEA. Cyprus and the Canaries are two of the furthest islands apart in the continent of Europe and my life as an RM is a constant whirlwind of travel adaptors, planes and time zones.

I love it.

I wouldn’t change a thing.

The hustle and bustle that is PADI has been, and is, the best part of my life. My job as RM is many things, but my main responsibilities are support, reports, and helping the growth of the dive industry as a whole. However – sometimes I am the bearer of great news for my members, and this has to be one of the biggest highlights of the job. Great news can take many shapes and sizes, but being the bearer of a PADI AWARD gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.This year saw two Course Directors reach the HUGE milestone of achieving 1000 professional certifications. Let me say that again: a thousand certifications!!

Inspiring isn’t it?

I think so.

But how did they get there? What makes them stand out above  the others? I went to visit

PADI Platinum Course Director Kev Turner
PADI Platinum Course Director Kev Turner

David Taylor and Kevin Turner in February 2015 in the Canary Islands with a rather heavy backpack full PADI awards. After the ceremonious presentation, handshake, and the muscle memory click of posting it all on my social media platforms, I had the chance to talk to them about their achievements. I wanted to know how they managed to facilitate a whole army of instructors to pass their respective instructor examinations (IE) and release them into the world. As a Course Director, myself I am in awe of these two. I want to teach more IDC’s, and perhaps one day I too may become a platinum course director.

So what is a course director? Well, a course director is a Master Instructor who has taken the next step to join the most elite group of instructor trainers. They are the most influential leaders. They are the crème de la crème of role models. They have had to go through a tremendous program in their Course Director Training Course. Oh, and did I mention that this program only runs in two places on earth? The Dominican Republic and Malaysia are the breading ground of the course director – and the cost of even taking the exam is an investment that should not be taken lightly. You are lucky if you are even selected. Only those instructors who perform in the highest capacity and who are recommended most highly by their peers will even be considered for the program. It is one of the most competitive processes that I have ever been through. This is just the beginning.

After completing and passing the program, a new Course Director can then start to teach IDC’s. They can start shaping the future of the new generations of instructors that will ensure the continued growth of our industry.

PADI Platinum Course Director David Taylor
PADI Platinum Course Director David Taylor

Kevin Turner and David Taylor are both platinum Course Directors, meaning that they have made over 100 divers into instructors within a year. That number alone is huge in such a small time frame. In order for these two course directors to receive the award that I handed them they had to achieve this level for a decade. That is serious dedication. That is a serious love of the ocean. That is amazing!