Is Your Sunscreen Saving Your Skin but Harming the Environment?
It’s summer time again on this part of the world. The sun has been meaner more than ever and thus requiring more potent sun-protection additives to sunscreens. When going out to buy one for your upcoming summer adventures in the beach, please also consider the effects this may have on our underwater friends especially the corals. It’s not enough that the label reads “organic”.
Be mindful of the ingredient called oxybenzone. This is component found in many sunscreen products as well as shampoo and mascara. It is a very dangerous component which can cause severe deformity in corals and even death to these underwater creatures. Per MarineSafe.Org, one drop of this substance is equivalent to six and a half Olympic-size swimming pools’ worth of water sufficient to damage coral. It’s that harmful to our underwater friends. It could also even be harmful enough to humans as this substance is being tagged as an endocrine disrupter, meaning it affects the hormones and reproductive functions of the user. Oxybenzone is currently being tagged as a product which meets the criteria for substances under high concern and is included in the list of substances which needs to be replaced. MarinSafe.org has published a list of chemicals commonly found in sunscreen lotions which may be beneficial to humans but are extremely deadly to corals. You may access the list on this link.
Next time you use a sunblock when you hit the waters, consider buying green brands. Or you may go to your garden and check your pantry. You can whip up some concoction free of petrochemicals and other artificial ingredients. For a natural water-resistant sun lotion, you may use the gel of an aloe vera and mix it with some beeswax, shea butter, olive oil, and rosemary extract– these are the common ingredients used in marine-approved sunscreens. And just wear a hat!
What makes Dive Funatics the best scuba diving school in the Philippines
Customers value our training because we stand firm in what we believe in
There are times when we lost our potential customers to other centers because they offer cheap prices with a lot of “freebies”. Sad to say, with our current pricing models, we still do not make a lot of money. We have always wondered how others are able to offer theirs with all the freebies, it doesn’t seem to make any business sense. We have the same costs, we are supposed to use the same materials and manuals, and still, the math doesn’t add up. Something has to give, some corners are being cut in the process, at least that is what our logic suggest.
Here’s a short video about why it is still in your best interest to choose us even if you pay a little extra.
The People behind Dive Funatics
over 30 years of combined years of teaching experience, collectively issued over 3000 certifications under their belts
Our team of instructors started young, trained by the best course directors in their time, trained with proper diving fundamentals, with safe diving habits in mind, and passion for eco-marine protection. Dive Funatics believe that the people who makes up the organization determines the outcome of our students and products. Our team shares the culture of sustainability by protecting the reef which supports our industry. Our team shares the culture of ensuring that each diver that comes our way will be trained properly. Our instructors share the common value that safety is the primary priority.
Responsible diving – The heart of ideology
the world is composed of 71% water, 97% of that is ocean
Our consistent conservation efforts without less marketing hype puts us in the forefront of serious marine conservation movement. We do what is necessary, we act without any external support, we spend and produce without getting anything back in return. We don’t just clean up because everyone does it in September, we don’t just do it because media will make a buzz about it, we just don’t do it because everyone in the social media would react to it.
We believe that we should shift our focus more to protect our marine environment. The world is composed of 71% water, 97% of that is ocean, but nobody else seems to care much about it. The world is busy posting tarpaulins about fun runs and other land based activities and most of their bottled waters, food packaging, plastic trash ending up in the ocean! Who would clean up after that?
Honesty and Transparency
we do not compete with pricing, our fees are reasonable and transparent. No misleading published rates
We do not compete with pricing, our fees are reasonable and transparent. No misleading published rates, No hidden fees and No surprises, No cutting of corners, No substandard instructors to handle your courses. Our services are not cheap, nor they are expensive, just priced right.
The little money we make allows us grow our business, pay our people reasonably, give back to our community, and fuel our passion.
We are unmatched when it comes to value for your money, superb customer experience, reasonably priced PADI courses, and unparalleled professionalism.
Ultimately, we are the best scuba diving school in the Philippines!
You want your training to be thorough, safe and worth it. Experience may be the best teacher but having a solid and strong dive basics and foundation ensures that you do not develop the bad habits and instead maximize your learning potential as you dive more and more over time.
Why Cebu is the best place to learn scuba diving?
Cebu is blessed with fully developed and emerging dive sites, some of them are internationally recognized and admired for its overall beauty, coral walls, visibility, water temperature, and diversity of marine life. Malapascua, Moalboal, and Mactan have always been the most popular destinations for divers and those who are seeking to learn the sport. This is evident by the number of dive shops around these areas, a clear indication of this thriving industry.
Scuba diving is not for everyone. But if you are at least 10 years old, comfortable in the water, in good physical and mental health, and open to learning new skills, then you are most certainly welcome to try it. All it takes is to spend time reading the learning materials, spend 2 days of in-water training, and perform all the skills required to complete the course. In fact, the training doesn’t even have to be in 2 consecutive days.
Scuba diving, almost similar to driving, requires a diver certification from a recognized training agency like PADI, to participate in diving tours and dive activities. Think of it as a license to dive, license to purchase equipment, get air fills, etc.
While scuba diving seems easy enough it can be dangerous, even life threatening if not done properly. Training teaches you the skills necessary to manage problems and difficulties you might encounter underwater. Knowledge about the dive theories, its rules, the effects of depth and pressure on your body, and the methods and safe practices transforms you into a more responsible and well-informed individual.
Getting trained and certified in Mactan is the most practical place to do it. The going rate for the PADI Open Water Diver Course ranges from P 15,000 to P18,000, depending on what is included and what is not. Make sure to ask details about the course when shopping and comparing prices. Then again, cost is not the only consideration, and should be the least of your consideration even. Your safety and quality of instruction should be your foremost consideration. Make sure that you will be trained by active, qualified and authorized instructors or PADI authorized center or resort. It pays to see the offers beyond the price tag!
Mactan, compared to Moalboal or Malapascua, offers the most convenient place to do your dive training. No long land trips necessary or no jumping on boats to cross islands. On top of this, you are not limited to a narrow range of activities a remote area or an island has to offer after a day of training. Mactan and Cebu City host tons of good places to book your accommodations with, a wide variety of food choices, and places and evening activities to enjoy, or pamper yourself to a relaxing massage or spa.
When looking for a dive center in Mactan, there are several centers and independent instructors available and ready to jump in the water with you. One of the most professionally run PADI Resort operating in the area is Dive Funatics. Dive Funatics advocates dive safety, delivers quality service, and is actively leading the fight against debris in our ocean. They even offer different entry level packages that caters to all budget and preference. Check out their PADI courses offerings at https://www.divefunatics.com/padi-courses/, they have the most reasonably priced deals.
My usual routine involves opening mailboxes in the morning, sorting the ones that require immediate action, or the ones that need to be marked as spam and everything in between. So this morning, there was thisÂ video being circulated around, at least it was from within my inner circle and that puts a good smile on my face. It says “Happiness is a serious business” so how can I possibly ignore that? I’m a sucker for a serious business so what can I do?
I don’t get something like this as much as I used to but I still get a few every now and then. Knowing that it was passed around, going through corporate email servers with antivirus scans stamped on it, I didn’t hesitate to open the video while I was having my morning coffee.
The message of this video isn’t really new. The message is something that we already know, but something that we always take for granted or neglect. Watching this video reminded me of why I changed careers and why I feel that such a drastic change is worth it. It sort of affirms a direction, or puts a purpose or a meaning to ones ideology and advocacy.
You see, SCUBA divers are generally happy people. In fact, this is why most of us dive. We want a quick escape from the stress of everyday living. To us, the feeling of tranquility and serenity being engulfed with water, the feeling of weightlessness, or the time standing still, the sound of the bubbles and the sight of marvelous marine biodiversity is what living is all about.
The truth about diving is that, however momentary a dive can last, no matter how many times we have been diving in the same place, no matter how familiar the terrain looks like, the experience is never going to be the same. This is why we always surface with a big smile on our faces – the joy and happiness diving brings is almost always guaranteed.
As our own way of contribution to the “Live Happy” movement, we aim to bring happiness to everyone, one diver at a time.
Two of the founders of ZeroThreeTwo, one of Cebu’s widely read and followed online magazine went Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) with Dive Funatics last Saturday, November 15, 2014. What is so memorable for us about this whole experience is that both of these guys were so natural and as equally enthusiastic about diving as we are. They are yet to be the best DSD participants we have had the opportunity to conduct the program with, most definitely the fastest to blaze through the basic skills demonstration required in PADI’s DSD program as if they have already done so before.
Usual tour around the familiar Kontiki House Reef site, we managed to feed a bunch of small variety of damselfish – the first to catch the bread. We also toured the wreck or remains of what used to be the power shovel of a crane. This is where Jake saw a couple of coral snakes stalking their prey at the upper part of a piece of heavy equipment now fully covered with live corals.
Over all, it was a bit crowded and noisy with other DSD programs being conducted mostly for Korean tourists. Our dive on the other hand was as smooth as silk without any difficulties and issues; with very slight current and decent visibility. We ended just about lunch time. We logged our dives and discussed some strategy to make our DSD program more accessible and more affordable to the working class Filipinos.
ZeroThreeTwo will be coming up with programs and activities with Dive Funatics being one of its partners in the next few weeks so do not miss this opportunity to try and experience diving for FREE. Visit their website, like their facebook page (if you haven’t already).
We look forward to our next fun dives with the cool people at ZeroThreeTwo.
Winston and his core officers went diving with Dive Funatics last November 8, 2014. They have discovered a new way of taking their much needed R&R from the usual weekend airsoft games and tournaments. The Airsoft Force of the Philippines (AFP) is a private group of players dedicated to the sport of airsoft. The group promotes sportsmanship, good-fellowship, and brotherhood. Dyordz, a member of Dive Funatics team, is also part of AFP.
It was a day of chaos and mayhem due to the varied sizes and built of the participants where fitting masks, booties and even the wetsuits were traded back and forth so everyone gets to use the closest fit. It also took us a while to go over each of the DSD brochure making sure everything is in order and the forms fully filled up and signed.
Finally, we all went down to conduct the drills and perform the skills at the desired mastery and performance requirement before finally heading down to 5 meters of underwater adventure. It was then when Diane, decided to skip the DSD as she was unsure about tagging along. After the guys did the experience, we had to take a break for lunch and we made sure that Diane is able to experience what it feels like to be underwater. So we took her alone and she ended up seeing more than what the guys did. She surfaced feeling ecstatic about her experience and how good it felt to face and conquer her fear.
We managed to capture a great deal of underwater pictures to document the adventure. Everyone went home smiling and hoping to repeat the same adventure on a regular basis starting next year.
April and her husband Mervin finally found the time to dive with Dive Funatics after countless weekends of planning and anticipation. April felt that a DSD is one of the best gifts she can share with her husband and indeed it was a great and memorable experience for Mervin. April had challenges with the BCD that she was using, probably because it was not Scubapro, but she was still quick to remedy the situation despite being out of the water for a while after her last fun dive. A good diver will always be a good diver, it only takes a few minutes of adjustments.
We felt honored and privileged to be April’s choice considering that she knows a lot of good and equally reputable instructors and dive centers in the industry. April manages Pacifica Dive here in Cebu. Pacifica Dive is Scubapro’s and Bauer’s authorized reseller in the Philppines.
Dive Funatics enjoy a good discount on gear and accessories purchases at Pacifica Dive with discounts ranging from 30% and up to 40% on most products that they carry. The same range of discounts are extended to Dive Funatics’ students and alumni. If you are thinking of buying your own gear, let us know. A considerable discount is worth a second look.
Pacifica Dive Carries a variety of scuba, skin diving and snorkeling gear from entry level all the way up to professional and technical lines.