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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.

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Get covered by Dive Assure

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We at Dive Funatics believe in safety among the first consideration when conducting various dive programs. We further believe that a good training and a great dive insurance coverage from a reputable insurance organization is paramount to a diver’s enjoyment and peace of mind.

On October 10, we finalized our partnership with DiveAssure to include dive insurance coverages as part of our core offerings. This means that we highlight the importance of having 6,7250,00 Pesos worth of medical and rescue coverage for practically 372.00 Pesos/Month in every pre-dive briefing that we conduct.

While loss of life is a terrible thing to happen to a bread winner in the family, the expenses involved in the rescue and medical treatment for dive related activities is far more expensive to even imagine. This is why our choice of dive insurance provider plays a major role in solidifying our efforts to keep scuba diving safe, fun and enjoyable.

Dive Assure also offers other insurance coverage for travel and liveaboard riders. If you wish to know more about Dive Insurance and how we can help you, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Team ZEROTHREETWO discovers scuba diving

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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.

Dive Funatics presented at Pechakucha Night Vol 9

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Darwin of Dive Funatics presented at the PechaKucha Night Cebu Volume 9 last November 11, 2014 at Politics Cafe in Escario Central where he talked about Dive Funatics’ 1001 initiative. It was an interesting night and the place was packed with intellectuals attentively listening.

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps – just about anything, really – in the PechaKucha 20×20 format. PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along with the images. The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February, 2003. Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organize PechaKucha Night Tokyo.

Dexter Sy presented “BOMBA PRESS”, an independent record label operating in Cebu City, dedicated to giving great acts from the local indie scene some well-deserved exposure. He also talked the publishing aspect of BOMBA PRESS which mainly featuring local literary talents in both Bisaya and English language, and how they eagerly work with other arts groups in the city to promote an environment of symbiotic creation.

Angelica Manlunas who describes herself as a reader and an ‘accidental writer’, told a story of how she came to be a professional writer in her presentation “Looking for money in writing”.

Dr. Henry David Dimaano, Orthopedic Spine & Joint surgeon talked about the 10 things he learned from mountain biking, shared a few insights which he learned from actively participating in this sport/hobby, insights which apply very well to life in general.

Finally, Cattski, on of Cebu’s famous musician/singer-songwriter/record producer as well as an entrepreneur shared her accounts and highlights of her first American cross country music adventure in her presentation “It All Ends at The Bitter End”.

I enjoyed the presentations as well as my crab cake over a couple of bottles of cold San Miguel premium beer with the company of Kae and Atty. George.

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Airsoft Force of the Philippines (AFP) discovers scuba diving

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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.