Advocacy

Dive Against Debris on Father’s Day 2016

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We found a more meaningful way to celebrate Father’s Day this year and decided to incorporate diving against debris. While the dads were busy gathering underwater debris, the kids were also doing a surface cleanup of their own. Although the team was only comprised of 9 divers, we’re very happy to report that these people managed to collect a total of 38 lbs of debris – comprised mostly of plastic and glass. We are happy we managed to collect as much although we all look forward to the day when we schedule a Dive Against Debris and end up with no debris to report.

The most unusual spoils of the sea collected include a ladies bag and a brassiere. The team is only left wondering how they got to the sea. The highlight though was this one big fat nudibranch who’s midsection was squeezed by a thin fishing line. For some reason, she got herself entangled. The line was cut and removed and the nudibranch was released unharmed.

The full profile of the debris we have collected has been reported to Project Aware. You may see the results of our efforts here. We can’t thank this team enough for supporting us in this Adopt a Site initiative and give back a little to the community by taking so much waste off our seas.

You too can become a foster parent of Kontiki Marina by joining us in next month’s activity. You can choose to get the Dive Against Debris Specialty or just join us in the activity. Next month, we will be incorporating the activity with the celebration of Women’s Dive Day. This is a world event celebrated exclusively for women who are avid fans of the ocean. This will happen on the 16th of July – save the date! Last year, women from Anilao, Batangas had the most participants world wide. Hopefully this year, we will put Cebu on the international diving community map by gathering as many women divers as possible.

Dive Against Debris May 2016

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Today marks the first of our monthly dive against debris in Kontiki, Mactan, Cebu.

A lot of our friends who were interested in diving with us today had last minute changes and out of town activities so we were afraid that we are left with just be doing the dives with a handful of people. Surprisingly, the rain came, after months of hot and dry days with heat index soaring at an alarming rate, it finally poured this morning. It almost felt like we are never going to be effective in today’s debris survey. Thankfully, friends started to arrive.

We had a total of 9 participants, all certified divers, most are seasoned ones and never strangers to debris gathering. After the planning and briefing, and assembling of our gear under the rain, we finally entered the water around 1030 in the morning. The visibility was badly affected by the pouring rain, and the jellyfish and their broken stinging tentacles were everywhere. Then again, nothing could have prevented us from doing the survey in the first place so with a few more seasoned divers and professionals joining us, a successful dive against debris survey was inevitable.

We managed to collect over 14kgs of debris, and most of the things that we have collected were made of plastic. Data collected during the survey were reported to Project Aware, and may be viewed from the Project Aware’s Dive Against Debris map.

Other than having collected debris and reported our survey, 2 of our participants earned the Dive Against Debris Diver Specialty, paving the way for Dyordz to earn his 5th PADI Specialty rating, a requirement for earning his coveted PADI Master Scuba Diver Rating, the highest rating a recreational diver can earn!

This coming June, we will be doing another survey and hopefully, some of our friends are able to join this fun and fulfilling activity.

Lastly, we wish to thank everyone who joined and made this effort successful. We cannot thank you enough for showing your support. You guys know who you are.

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Divers are generally happy people.

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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 this 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.