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100% AWARE Partner

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Are you looking for a dive center or instructor who takes ocean protection to heart? We at Dive Funatics want to keep our undersea world clean and healthy – not just for ourselves, but for the dive community, now and for future generations to come. If conservation is important to you, choose to dive or continue your dive education with a 100% AWARE partner.

Across the globe, PADI instructors and dive centers have committed to ocean protection through the 100% AWARE partnership. 100% AWARE partners support a healthy and abundant ocean by making a donation to Project AWARE – PADI’s nonprofit partner – on behalf of each student that they certify.* 100% AWARE partners’ ongoing contributions make a difference by providing vital funds to support Project AWARE’s two core areas of focus: marine debris prevention and shark and ray protection.

Best of all, when you become certified through a 100% AWARE partner, you will receive a special Project AWARE version of your PADI certification card so that you can proudly display your support of ocean conservation!

To learn more about Project AWARE’s ocean protection efforts and how you can support marine debris prevention and shark and ray protection, visit projectaware.org.

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.

PADI Women’s Dive Day 2016: Calling All Women and Women-At-Heart Divers

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Back iPADI Gender Statsn the 60’s, scuba diving was a predominantly male activity. Since then, there has been an increasing proportion of women joining the sport.

In 2015, PADI created the Women’s Dive Day initiative – a special day to get women together, in the water and involved in diving and the goal is to get as many women as possible, at every level, diving on the same day in order to build awareness and interest for the sport.

This year, we are joining the initiative. So this article goes out to all women and women at heart who are in Cebu on the 16th of July 2016. Save the date! We will be doing two (2) easy shore dives in Kontiki. To put more meaning to the dive, we will also make this a dive against debris – we will be collecting underwater trash in our colorful girly mesh bags which you can take as souvenirs of the event. At the end of the day, we will collect all data regarding the trash we have collected and report it to the Dive Against Debris website to contribute to the collective view on the status of our adopted dive site, Kontiki Marina.

Kindly click here to book the date with us. You can choose to join us for just one dive if your schedule is packed but be sure to drop by and let’s celebrate all the women in diving. Help us document the event by using the following hashtags: #PADIWomen, #PADIWomensDiveDay, #DiveAgainstDebris and #DiveFunaticsJoinsWomensDiveDay.

You may also visit the official PADI page for the Women’s Dive Day.

Don’t let your dives go to waste – dive against debris

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We love our ocean and we are bent to be part of the global effort to protect our seas and our marine life. As a diver, we choose to make every dive a dive against debris and we want to influence as many divers in our community to do the same.

Starting this May 15, 2016, Dive Funatics will be launching our first Project Aware Dive Against Debris clinic! We will dedicate our time month after month to teach, train and arm every interested diver to be part of the Dive Against Debris movement. Since this is in support to a much greater cause, we at Dive Funatics will offer our time to train and certify you for FREE. Pay only for the cost of your dives, resort fees, certifying credits and your precious day to earn this important and significant specialty course.

We will be conducting our clinic in Kontiki, Maribago, Mactan, Cebu. Don’t forget to bring your own equipment and mesh bags. If you don’t have your own equipment, let us know. We would be happy to provide for you.

We now have the tools, the methods and the curriculum to properly survey, collect and report debris in our ocean. Make every dive as a dive against debris. No need to wait for organized annual clean-ups, no need to be dependent on other groups to outline the clean up plan. You and your dive buddies can do it, and you can do it every time you go diving.

For more information about how the schedule and how to sign up, please go to our Dive Against Debris Specialty course page. You can reserve your slot by booking the course online by clicking the banner.

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