Cyprus is a special Island. Surrounded by the deep blue Mediterranean and washed by the gentle currents carrying marine life from the Red Sea, the Island and especially Northern Cyprus is a unique diving experience.
Isolated by politics, the northern Cyprus environment has avoided the rampant commercialism that has spoiled much of the for diving. The underwater environment reminds one of the Red Sea with remarkable visibility, vivid colour and an abundance of fish life. This is complemented by an underwater topography that challenges the diver with a spectacular coastline of gently sloping beaches, steep, vertical walls, arches, tunnels, caves, canyons and pyramid rock formations. All of this is melded with a history over 9000 years. The result-unidentified aircrafts wrecks and mysterious shipwrecks to be explored; the seas floor littered with old amphora vessels and thousands year old stone anchors from the ancient days of commercial shipping in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Add to this the warm climate, brilliant sunshine reflecting off the bottom even at 4o meters, no tides, gentle currents, prolific marine life and you have the ingredients for a remarkable diving experience.
Northern Cyprus is also home to the magnificent green and loggerhead sea turtles. There are few diving experiences more compelling the opportunity to observe and swim with these marvellous creatures.
Although the commercial diving community is small in Northern Cyprus, it is very professional. At the present time there are nine PADI Dive Centres located in the North – with more opening every year. They all are offering a full range of instruction and guide services for beginner and advanced Divers.
Diving is possible throughout the year although the months April through December are optimal. The environment is spectacular and the sunsets are stunning.
Geography and Weather
Sometimes referred to as the “Pearl of the Mediterranean” the island of Cyprus is located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. After Sicily and Sardinia, it is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
The total population on the island is around 900´000 people of which about 200´000 live in northern Cyprus.
It is a beautiful island – scented with wonderful aroma of wild jasmine, with mountain peaks stretching to over 6000 feet, long stretches of sand beaches and turquoise coloured sea.
Northern Cyprus has a coastline of approximately 500miles ranging from gently sloping beaches to sheer rock walls plunging into the sea. The season is long with over 300 days of sunshine and water temperature ranging from 19° C – 27° C from May through December.
As PADI prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, the organization is expanding beyond scuba diving to offer training in one of the fastest growing dive industry segments – freediving. Continuing the core business practice of delivering first in class instructional courses, the PADI Freediver™ program will debut in November at DEMA Show 2015 in Orlando, Florida, USA.
“The PADI Freediver program provides PADI Members with additional revenue generating opportunities by allowing them to expand their course offerings and reach a younger demographic,” says Mark Spiers, Vice President, Sales, Field Services, Marketing & Business Development at PADI EMEA. “PADI Freediver will also allow PADI Retail and Resort members to increase their equipment sales through a whole new category of product offerings”.
The PADI Freediver program is complete with student materials and instructional tools that follow the PADI educational philosophy, which makes it easy for qualified PADI Professionals to quickly start teaching. The course will feature quality, tablet-based training materials so students can access PADI Freediver Touch from the convenience of their tablets with or without an internet connection. Like all PADI courses, the program was bred from first-hand experience as industry experts and competitive freedivers played a critical role in its development.
For more information regarding the PADI Freediver program, contact your PADI regional manager or sales consultant.
The world has gone mobile and, led by the developing world, the mobile internet is now the new normal.
By 2017, an estimated 69% of the worldwide population will own mobile phones, 34% of which will be smartphones. – eMarketer, December 2013
So, when people want dive information, it makes sense that they use an app supplying everything they need, whenever they need it – the revamped PADI App.
An estimated 89 percent of time spent on connected mobile devices is spent using mobile apps. – Nielsen Media Research
The first version of the PADI App provided access to the Dive Shop Locator, scuba diving news and PADI eCards™. The next iteration of the PADI App offers these features plus much more, including:
PADI Dive Shop and Resort Locator integration with ScubaEarth® dive sites.
Top dive destinations and information about what divers can see there.
Feeds from PADI social media and dive news.
Information about PADI courses, including ability to purchase Touch products and PADI eLearning programs.
Dive tools (such as digital dive tables), quick references (such as hand signals) as well as a variety of dive planning checklists and reminders.
The ability to log recreational and training dives within ScubaEarth from the PADI App.
Access to PADI eCards.
A direct link to the PADI Pros’ Site.
Access to PADI Gear collections.
Adaptive learning means that as users interact with the PADI App, it delivers a more personalized experience. It will, for example, present suggested course choices based on current certification level. This helps divers stay better connected to scuba diving and the services you provide.
The new edition of the PADI App will be available soon. Check the PADI Pros’ Site for more information and be sure to either download or update the revamped PADI App on your mobile device.