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Santa’s Full Time Work

Did you know that Santa Clause is actually a diver? After giving gifts to children during christmas season he will return to his full time work in diving. Joking aside but in Philippines, a professional diver wears a santa clause suit while feeding the fishes in a giant aquarium as part of Christmas celebration in Manila Ocean Park.

The Philippines, a mainly Roman Catholic country in Southeast Asia, prepares for Christmas early – shopping malls play Christmas carols in September and lanterns and fireworks are put up in early December.

Source: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES)

Getting A Diving Job

OK, here’s the important stuff.

Getting the qualifications may at the time seem like the difficult part but frankly once you are qualified if you want to stay in the industry the work really will begin, getting a job is not easy.

So many people do the training and then lose heart as they find there is no simple way to find the job and they don’t know how to move to the next stage. I know my Son took the best part of a year to get his job. He totally loves it. However,  he saw various other people he trained with give up on the dream and return to normality back home after failing to land a job, they returned to  ‘normal’ jobs, mortgages etc ,you know all the stuff you were trying to run away from when you spent a goodly sum of money to learn to dive.

So  if you are looking for work here’s the best information I can give:

On the listings on this site the companies have been kind enough to give us a link to their emails:

You have to approach it like any other job application, write a Resume (CV) and literally send that with a covering message to as many of these companies as you can.

But, make sure you ask them if they have no roles available to recommend any other companies that may be looking, you see not all Scuba companies are listed with us  and there are many more out there.

But be sure you will be able to attend interviews, if you cannot do that your chances will be much lower.

If you dream job is in Bali can you get to Bali?

That’s it, it’s hard work and all you can do is work it and don’t give up.

Divers Suceed in Supporting a Stronger EU Shark Finning Ban

By: Project AWARE Foundation

SCUBA Divers Succeed in Supporting a Stronger EU Shark Finning Ban

During European Shark Week, October 2010, , European divers voiced support for a stronger European shark finning ban by contacting their local Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Project AWARE is pleased to announce that our collective voices have been heard. Today, the European Parliament endorsed a resolution on shark finning calling on the European Commission to deliver a proposal prohibiting the removal of shark fins on-board vessels.

“The ever-increasing interest in European Shark Week (ESW) brought unprecedented opportunities for divers and shark enthusiasts to demonstrate concern about sharks”, said Suzanne Pleydell, Project AWARE Foundation Policy Director. “This year, ESW opened with a call on MEPs to focus on finning. The response and engagement from the diving community has been essential in showing the commitment of European citizens to the conservation of sharks. ”

“I would like to thank EU citizens for encouraging us to take action. It sends a powerful message to EU decision makers that these valuable yet vulnerable species must be protected,” commented Jean-Paul Besset, MEP, France, Greens/European Free Alliance.

The Written Declaration 71/2010 on shark finning achieved a majority with 423 of the 736 MEPs adding their names. The declaration, launched in September by four MEPs: Jean-Paul Besset, Chris Davies, Sirpa Pietikäinen, and Daciana Octavia Sârbu, from the ALDE, EPP-DE, Greens-EFA and S&D groups, is now adopted by the Plenary of the European Parliament. Endorsed as a Resolution of the Parliament, it will be forwarded to the European Commission, who last month launched a public consultation on options for amending the regulation, including a ban on at-sea fin removal.

Written Declarations don’t have automatic legislative effect. However, having the declaration passed will make it much easier to achieve the necessary legislative support in 2011 There will be a legislative proposal from the Commission next year that the Parliament (and council of ministers) needs to agree under the ‘co-decision’ process set up by the Lisbon treaty.

Project AWARE (a steering group member of Shark Alliance) was pleased to support MEPs in this initiative. Enforceable finning bans are one integral part of the bigger picture of shark conservation. Our battle for improved shark conservation measures around the world continues.

“Project AWARE and its community of divers can see, first hand, the consequences that come from neglecting and damaging the aquatic environment and its ecosystems, and in particular the impact of declining shark populations,” comments Suzanne Pleydell. ”Together AWARE divers and advocates can help give sharks a fighting chance.”

“Sincere thanks goes out to divers and EU Citizens around the world for making MEPs focus on shark finning over the past few months,” added Domino Albert, Project AWARE Foundation Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator.

You can find out more about shark finning and ongoing work to protect these remarkable species including the “Give Sharks a Fighting Chance” campaign at www.projectaware.org.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 Celebrates the Underwater World

A Press Release From Project Aware Foundation

Project Aware Foundation

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 Celebrates the Underwater World

After months of anticipation, the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 were announced on 22 October at a gala awards ceremony held at the Natural History Museum, London. Once again Project AWARE supporters did us proud, with fabulous underwater shots in many categories of this renowned, worldwide showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects.

Leading the pack was our very own Brian Skerry, one of the patrons of Project AWARE.  He was runner up in the competition’s brand new Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year award. Launched for the 2010 competition, this award is given to a portfolio of six pictures that tell a memorable and powerful story without the aid of words. His picture sequence The Most Shocking Story of All, which was shot to help raise awareness of the issues surrounding industrial fisheries – in particular, the methods used to gather fish, and the rapidly dwindling stocks.

The Most Shocking Story Of All by Brian Skerry

Brian’s image, Tears of Blood, was also highly commended in the competition’s One Earth Award.

Tears Of Blood by Brian Skerry

“The ocean has long been a subject of great inspiration for photographers. Now more than ever photographers from around the world have learned that they can harness the power of the lens to illuminate the impacts on marine ecosystems to help restore the health and abundance of our oceans” comments Suzanne Pleydell, Project AWARE Director.

The Big Four, an inspiring shot of a large group of sperm whales off the Caribbean island of Dominica taken by Tony Wu, was named winner of the competition’s Underwater World category, sponsored by Project AWARE. This category celebrates the memorable behaviour and aesthetic appeal of marine or freshwater species captured under the water. Tony now lives in Japan.

The Big Four by Tony Wu

Jordi Chias Pujol from Spain won the One Earth Award with his moving shot entitled Turtle in Trouble, encapsulating the damage being done to the world’s oceans.

Turtle in Trouble by Jordi Chias Pujol

Selected from tens of thousands of entries from across the globe, these images were judged to be the best of all those entered in the 2010 competition by a judging panel that included some of the world’s most respected nature photographers and wildlife experts.

These images will join more than 100 other prize-winning photographs from the competition’s 18 categories in a visually stunning and inspiring exhibition that debuts at the Natural History Museum on 22 October 2010. It will tour nationally and internationally after its launch in London.

Now in its 46th year, the competition is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC WildlifeMagazine and is sponsored by Veolia Environnement. It is an international leader in the artistic representation of the natural world and a competition that photographers worldwide aspire to win.

Photographers can enter next year’s competition online from 12 January to 18 March 2011. For further details about the competition and its various categories, or to enter online, visitwww.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto

Donate As You Dive Aims to Raise $3,000 for Underwater Conservation

News From Project AWARE Foundation

Donate As You Dive Aims to Raise $3,000 for Underwater Conservation

On 1st November 2010, PADI Dive Centre, Yellow Submarine Divers in Phuket Thailand will launch the “Donate As You Dive” campaign.  Five percent of all profits at the centre will be donated to Project AWARE Foundation, a nonprofit environmental organization working with divers to protect underwater environments.

Commenting on the campaign, Jon Roberts, Manager of Yellow Submarine Divers said,“Diving in the 21st Century relies on a more and more on increasingly fragile marine environments.  Scuba divers more than others are looking for further ways to put something back and help preserve and protect the seas they care so much about. Donate as You Dive is our way of putting something back.  We aim to raise over AU$3,000 for Project AWARE by November 2012.”

Joanne Marston, Asia Pacific Manager, Project AWARE Foundation commented, “We are proud to be working with Yellow Submarine Divers.  To pledge five percent of all profits from a business to a conservation organisation is fantastic.  We’re truly grateful for their innovation and leadership. 100 percent of their donation will help protect irreplaceable underwater environments.”

After 21 years of activating dive volunteers and dive centres to protect underwater environments, Project AWARE prepares to re-launch in 2011 with a new organizational vision, mission and strategies for the future.

“We’re currently preparing to re-launch our long-standing organization, with new strategies to take supporters efforts to a whole new level. And we’re excited to work alongside dive centres like Yellow Submarine Divers, that fuel this critical cause,” says Marston.

Added Roberts, “We hope that all dive centres start to implement similar steps to support Project AWARE and are as proud as we are to display the ‘Donate as You Dive’ Sign. Plus the divers absolutely love it too!”

Dive centres interested in supporting Project AWARE through similar schemes can contactinfo@projectaware.org.au

Take action with Project AWARE Foundation and support ocean protection efforts worldwide at www.projectaware.org

Australia’s Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

A Report by Australia’s Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has claimed that Coral reefs is Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean are being wiped out by the worst bleaching event to hit the area in more than a decade – READ THE FULL STORY HERE and HERE

Latest News From The Project AWARE Foundation

Scuba Divers Worldwide Focus on Marine Debris

AWARE Divers Haul Debris to the Surface in 90 Countries

When scuba divers surfaced from 800 dive sites around the world this International Cleanup Day, 25 September, people took notice. Volunteer divers hauled up tonnes of debris from underwater environments including tires, shopping carts, electronics and countless cigarette butts and plastic containers.

“About 80 percent of the rubbish we collected was plastic,” said Suzy Phipps, Project AWARE Cleanup Organizer from Utila Dive Center. “One volunteer owns a small snack bar where they use disposable plastic cups, plates and cutlery. After joining this cleanup, the volunteer vowed to find alternatives for his bar.”

Borneo Divers, Borneo, Malaysia used International Cleanup Day as an opportunity to launch its “Say No to Plastic Bottles” campaign. The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Yang Berhormat Datuk Masidi, officially opened International Cleanup Day and announced a ban on all plastic bottles on the islands.

Project AWARE Foundation, leading underwater cleanup events worldwide for 17 years, continues to tabulate data collected from global site organizers this September. “The difference is really in the data,” states Jenny Miller Garmendia, Executive Director, Project AWARE Foundation. “Removing debris from underwater environments is an amazing first step. But to really attack debris issues at the source, we need to understand where the debris comes from and how it ends up in the ocean. That’s what dive volunteers are helping us do – collect data that will help prevent debris over the long-term.”

In 2009, more than 30,000 AWARE Divers and volunteers from 92 countries documented and removed harmful litter surfacing with more than 91,000 plastic bottles and nearly 79,000 plastic bags. Derelict fishing gear such as abandoned traps, nets and fishing line are also of increasing concern due to the extensive damage they cause to underwater habitats.

“The highlight of the day was freeing more than 100 trevally that were caught in an abandoned fish trap. We also removed a big fishing net and freed snappers and crab,” commented Marita Fassbender from Easy Divers, Koh Samui, Thailand.

The pinnacle cleanup event of the year, International Cleanup Day, is held each September in partnership with the Ocean Conservancy. But underwater cleanup efforts don’t just end in September. Project AWARE and dedicated dive volunteers tackle the devastating impacts of marine debris year round.

“International Cleanup Day, organized each September, is a very visual way to highlight a very serious and persistent marine debris issue,” states Jenny Miller Garmendia, Executive Director, Project AWARE Foundation. “But AWARE divers are also committed to the cause year-round with many of them conducting local underwater cleanups multiple times each year.”

After 21 years of activating dive volunteers to protect underwater environments, Project AWARE prepares to re-launch in 2011 with a new organizational vision, mission and strategies for the future. “We’re currently preparing to re-launch our long-standing organization, with new strategies to take these marine debris efforts to a whole new level. And we’re excited to work alongside these dedicated volunteers that fuel this critical cause,” says Garmendia.

Take action with Project AWARE Foundation and support ocean protection efforts worldwide at www.projectaware.org.

Oceans 5 Dive Gili Air The Newest PADI 5 Star Dive Resort on Gili Air

Do you ever dream of diving in a tropical paradise? Then Oceans 5 on Gili Air is the place to be…

Oceans 5, located on Gili Air, Indonesia, offers the full range of PADI dive courses from beginner to professional level. Oceans 5 is a 5 star PADI Dive Resort. Of the three Gili Islands just off the coast of Lombok, Gili Air is located closest to Lombok and is known for its tranquil atmosphere.

Gili Air means “Water Island”, which refers to the lush vegetation on the island. White sandy beaches, no motorized transport (the only transport on the island is by horse cart or bike), friendly local villagers, a good variety of restaurants and accommodation ranging from basic homestays to luxury private villas make Gili Air a serene place for a relaxing, yet adventurous holiday.

Oceans 5 offers diving for everyone!

Oceans 5 is situated in the harbor and has 24h access to more than 20 different dive sites around the islands. Oceans 5’ house reef is located right in front of the dive shop, all the other dive sites are only a short boat ride away. Multilingual instructors can teach you in Dutch, English, German, French and Italian.

Project AWARE Foundation – European Shark Week Opens with Call on MEPs to “Focus on Finning”

SCUBA Divers are demanding a stronger EU Finning Ban


Project AWARE together with members of the Shark Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 conservation, scientific and recreational organisations dedicated to conserving sharks, is marking the start of the fourth annual European Shark Week (9 – 17 October) by calling on Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to help strengthen the European Union’s ban on finning—the wasteful practice of slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the carcass at sea.

“The ever-increasing interest in European Shark Week is bringing unprecedented opportunities for divers and shark enthusiasts to raise awareness and demonstrate concern about sharks”, said Suzanne Pleydell, Project AWARE Foundation Policy Director. “This year, European citizens are calling on their MEPs to ‘focus on finning’ and help prevent this incredibly wasteful practice”.

The European Union contains some of the largest shark fishing nations in the world, yet its finning ban is the weakest, with loopholes that seriously hamper enforcement, making it possible for fishermen to fin an estimated two out of three sharks without detection or penalty.

The simplest, most effective way to implement a finning ban is to require that sharks be brought into port – with their fins “naturally attached.” In the European Parliament, concerned MEPs are gathering support from their colleagues for a Written Declaration that calls on the European Commission to include such a requirement in its forthcoming proposal for a revised regulation.

Over the coming week, aquariums, dive groups and conservation organisations in the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Malta, Spain, France, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Poland, the Netherlands, Ireland and Portugal, will join forces and host events and activities to encourage more MEPs to sign the Written Declaration.

Sharks and related rays are particularly vulnerable to overfishing because they generally grow slowly, mature late and produce few young. Most European populations of sharks and rays are overfished; a third are already threatened with extinction.

“Project AWARE and its community of divers can see, first hand, the consequences that come from neglecting and damaging the aquatic environment and its ecosystems, and in particular the impact of declining shark populations”, comments Suzanne Pleydell.

For more information about European Shark Week, which runs Saturday, October 9 through Saturday, October 16, visit www.projectaware.org/europeansharkweek2010/

Have You Ever Considered Diving In The Lebanon?

Have you ever considered  diving in Lebanese waters.

Here’s an interesting article on Diving in the Lebanon from The Daily Star (Lebanon)

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