“Davy Jones Diving have made an immense contribution to the training of divers in the Canary Islands since moving to their new spacious dive centre in Arinaga in 2014”, said Sascha Engeler – Regional Manager for PADI EMEA. “Feedback from customers tells us that their students are trained to high levels of safety and confidence and really enjoy their courses with Davy Jones Diving. It is a very professional PADI Five Star rated Dive Centre, and has a mature, experienced team of instructors. They cover a range of languages and have several who have gained PADI Elite Instructor status.”
Brian Goldthorpe, Owner and Chief Instructor of Davy Jones Diving said “I am delighted that the hard work of my instructors has been recognised with this award. We have one of the most amazing dive sites in the Canary Islands (the el Cabrón Marine Reserve) right next to us, and this has different dive areas which are perfect for different courses. Our combination of a strong team of instructors, great dive locations and great space and facilities at our dive centre in Arinaga have helped us to achieve this prestigious award.”
In the name of PADI EMEA, we would like to thank you and the whole team of Davy Jones Diving for your hard work, your passion and your dedication. Keep up the great work!
The 4th of March 2017 – was a great day for Project AWARE in the Canary Islands and Switzerland! Two Key Accounts in my Regions organised on the same day a Project AWARE Dive against Debris with outstanding results!
One Project AWARE Dive Against Debris event happened in Tenerife in the Canary Islands and has been organised by the Big Fish Dive Center in Los Cristianos. The other event has been organised by Adventure Sports and the Dive Club Rheindive.ch from Frauenfeld & Eschenz in Switzerland. Both Events were organised almost similar. The Event from Adventure Sports in Switzerland started the evening before with the orientation for the Project AWARE Dive against Debris course – while the event in Tenerife started in the morning of the 4th of March.
It was amazing to see how passionate the participants were involved to clean the Beach underwater in Playas las vistas In Tenerife and in the “Untersee” in Steckborn. Even more impressive was the amount of rubbish who has been removed from the Atlantic and from the Lake of Constance.
Data collected: Divers collected the following amount in Tenerife; 66 KG
Divers collected the following amount in Steckborn; 259 KG
A big Thank you goes to the organizers in both Countries. Thank you Michal Motylewski and Sandro Krawinkler!
The world and our environment needs more people like you! You are an inspiration for all of us and I hope that with your example we can make a difference and animate more Dive Centres, Divers and citizens of both regions to protect our beloved environment!
How can you help to protect the ocean?
Dive Against Debris is a global marine debris survey – the only data collection effort of its kind that involves volunteer divers collecting, recording and reporting data on marine debris found on the seafloor. Marine debris is a problem that is often considered ‘out of sight – out of mind.’ By sharing data on the debris we find underwater, we’re able to contribute the underwater perspective. It’s really exciting – divers can have a powerful role to play in helping contribute data to influence marine debris policy. So how can you get started?
1. Download our Dive Against Debris Survey Toolkit – here you’ll find the survey kit for your divers, including a certificate to award to your volunteers. 2. Add your action to our Event Map. Create your My Ocean profile and add your action to our interactive map for our dive community to see. You can also blog and upload photos or videos in My Ocean. 3. Promote over social media, through your network and communications – don’t forget to use the following hashtags #ProjectAWARE, #DiveAgainstDebris, #MarineDebris, etc. 4. Report your data. Data is critical. Don’t let your dives go to waste. Make sure you report the data on the litter you found. 5. Share the data with your divers by showing them the Dive Against Debris Map.
Project AWARE ® can offer you mesh bags and a banner to advertise your action during the day. Each mesh bag comes with a donation of € 6.00. This way, Project AWARE is able to send you some other promotional materials to use during your action (leaflets, posters, stickers, badges, etc.). Adopt a Dive Site™ is a campaign where Project AWARE launched last year on Earth Day, which basically is repeated Dive Against Debris surveys in one dive site: Project AWARE requires divers adopting a specific dive site to clean up and report data at least once a month. You can find all information on the website www.projectaware.org and if you are interested, just sign up on the website.
Start your Ocean protection today, sign up with adopt a dive site and take an example of the two Dive Centres in Switzerland and in the Canaries! Together we can make a difference and educate the coming generations!
I still believe in us humans and that we can change the current situation, but the time is ticking… Our beautiful environment is counting on you! #myOcean #myHope
Join forces, extend your summer and become a PADI Partner Dive Centre..!
Don’t underestimate the importance of forging long term relationships with Dive Centres outside your immediate region. Build key partnerships between the north and south to reap the benefits of an extended dive season and greater teaching breadth and reach.
Based on feedback from the field please refer the following case study as an example of where this strategy has been put into practice.
The Canaries and Switzerland
The Canary Islands benefit from a far warmer winter than their more northern friends in Switzerland. Due to weather extremes, Dive Centres in Switzerland therefore normally are wrapping up their last Open Water Courses for the season at the beginning of October. After which, during winter, the only courses that are being held are non-diving courses, dry suit and sometimes ice diving. In order to combat this issue dive centres from both countries were brought together to work collaboratively and in cooperation with one another, and thus far results have been successful.
So, why not get in touch with a PADI Partner Dive Centre?
There are a huge range of advantages for all parties involved:
New Diver Acquisition
Theory and Confined Water at home
Chance to try new equipment
Increase the season
Make new friends
Escape from the winter
Don’t just travel to new destinations with non-certified divers, be sure to promote continuing education courses and specific specialties to be undertaken on these types of travel trips too.
How do I find a PADI Partner Dive Centre?
At the end, everyone is a winner and can benefit from such an arrangement. There are plenty of ways to get in touch with Dive Centres all over Europe and the world.
Various Dive Centres in Cyprus and in the Canary Islands organised on Saturday the 16th of July – the PADI Womens Dive Day 2016
The event was not only in Cyprus and in the Canary Islands a great success – Dive Centres all over the world organised a Special Event or organised a special happening for their female customers on the PADI Womens Dive Day.
A few impressions from the PADI Womens Dive Day 2016
The 2nd PADI Women´s Dive Day is over. It was an amazing and successful day here in Tenerife.
We did some nice activities during the morning like some aqua-gym. A lot of people joined us for this special day.
Later in the afternoon, we took as well time to enjoy some great diving in the beautiful Atlantic. Some of them were already divers and for others it was the first breath underwater…They LOVED it. They loved to be underwater to see all the different kind of fishes around here and as well this amazing feeling to be weightless was just stunning for them.
We enjoyed a great day, got new experience and met great people.
We enjoyed it so much that we will do it again in 2017!
Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet – one dive at a time. You can help by becoming a 100% Project AWARE Partner
Over the past two decades of underwater conservation we’ve learned that divers are true leaders in ocean protection. We’re ocean heroes numbering in the millions across the globe. We believe together our actions will make a huge impact and will help to rescue the ocean.
With new programs and more online resources than ever before, Project AWARE supports an unprecedented global movement of divers acting in their own communities to protect the ocean and implement lasting change.
Project AWARE is focusing in on two major ocean issues –Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, or trash in our ocean. Truly, there are many conservation issues converging on our ocean planet at once, but we’re concentrating on these serious problems where scuba divers are uniquely positioned to directly and positively affect real, long-term change in these two areas.
Go diving with a 100% Project AWARE Partner today!
These ocean stewards support a clean, healthy ocean by making a donation on behalf of each student to Project AWARE. You’ll receive the Project AWARE version of your PADI certification card and be part of a movement of divers protecting our ocean planet.
The British artist Jason deCaires Taylor has created a sculpture museum at the bottom of the Atlantic off the coast of Lanzarote, one of Spain’s Canary Islands. Museo Atlántico is in 15 metres depths, so is accessible only to Divers, Freedivers and Snorkelers.
They Sculptures are waiting in the depths of the Atlantic and are going to be a fantastic attraction for Lanzarote and the Canary Islands in General.
The Museo Atlántico is the first underwater museum in Europe and should be at the end the new home for 300 sculptures on 200m². For now 35 sculptures were placed in 15 meters of depths in the ocean in front of Playa Blanca in Lanzarote.
Jason Taylor created around 300 life-sized sculptures, cast from real people and grouped in several installations that draw attention to issues such as climate change, conservation and migration. The largest installation is entitled The Rubicon and it comprises a group of 40 people walking towards a gateway. The figures aren’t paying attention to where they are going − some have their eyes closed, some are taking selfies, others are engrossed in their phones. Taylors work is about climate change and how mankind seems to be heading blindly towards a point of no return.
The complete project should be finished in the beginning of 2017 – but all the Dive Centres in the area are receiving enquiries every day from Divers all over the world who are interested to dive the Museo Atlántico.
The Museum opened its doors to the public on the 25th of February 2016.
This new attraction will bring the Canary Islands on top of the European Dive Destinations. Especially because the Canary Islands are an all year around diving destination and a very safe place in our crazy world!
Minimum certification requirement: OPEN WATER DIVER with experience
The artificial reefs facilitate the creation of new plants and animal species in the ocean. The Museo Atlántico should therefore not only be a sculpture park, but also serve to protect the sea. The sculptures are likely to lure dive tourists from areas where coral reefs are already highly vulnerable due to water sports activities. The underwater museum can therefore help to consolidate the very sensitive marine ecosystem.
We are very proud to announce that 12Dive, the PADI 5 Star IDC Centre and 100% Project AWARE Partner in Tenerife, organized the second Project AWARE Dive against Debris in Tenerife.
After a very successful first Dive against Debris in Tenerife on the 12th of September 2015, the two owners of 12Dive in Tenerife, Mark Vanderhaegen & Alejandro Huitron de Velasco decided to organize, exactly three months later, another successful Beach Clean-up and Project AWARE Dive against Debris.
The event happened on the 12th of December 2015 on the Playa La Caleta in Adeje – Tenerife and was again a very successful happening.
Why Beach Clean-up and Dive against Debris?
More than six million tons of marine litter is estimated to enter the ocean each year. Once there, our trash accumulates and includes everything from plastic bags, food wrappers and drink bottles to car batteries, fishing nets and industrial waste. Pervasive debris kills wildlife, destroys habitats and threatens our health and economy. Found in even the most remote ocean places, once underwater, debris can remain for generations. Together, we can stop marine debris by taking local action and supporting policy change. Together we can make a difference – together we can save our oceans, the environment and at the end our beautiful blue planet!
12Dive is a great example how it can be done and how to involve a lot of people in this movement. Thanks to 12Dive and their commitment to take care of our oceans and of our world – we can make a difference and a better world.
Articel and Media supplied by Martin from 12Dive in Tenerife
Wow 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!
First 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.
About 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.
The 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.
Creventy andTenerife shows.
Palm Beach Surfing Experts.
La Huerta Design.
Oasis FM radio.
CW canaries weekly news paper.
Bubles filling station.
Espiritu de Buceo, with the firedepartment.
Transporte Sanitario for the Ambulance.
Tied Tiempo radio
Radio los Gigantes Y Televisión los Gigantes.
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!!!
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
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.
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!