Being a dive professional is not always easy. They go through many things that are literally “below the surface” and unseen.
When Asia Dive Academy (ADA) first had the idea that dive professionals should be celebrated and honoured, they started with their partner shops and booked out a small restaurant along Arab Street. There was no formal ceremony or real tokens of appreciation, but ADA realised that a mere certificate and recognition of the passion, blood, sweat and tears dive professionals put in with each and every diver is enough to affirm their sense of purpose.
We marked the second year that MV Nautica has been running in Singapore with the MV Nautica Birthday Party in October. Thanks to all the boat crew and dive crew that have made all our trips and events successful. It has been an interesting and fruitful 2 years and we will continue to learn and improve as we go.
This year, apart from the party, Eugene has designed another collectible:
We hope all the attendees enjoy the commemorative T-Shirt to mark this milestone, and those of you that missed out on that, come join us on trips on MV Nautica, or learn more about Liveaboard Management in our business training.
We partnered with Project AWARE this week to join their growing number of 100% AWARE Partners who put ocean protection at the heart of their business.
Every month ADA will make a regular donation to PROJECT AWARE, a global non-profit, to protect the underwater world.
It also means all our student divers will receive a Project AWARE limited edition card when they complete a PADI course with us. It is time give back to the ocean, which our entire dive business relies on. Hopefully every time our divers look at their cards, they are reminded to give back too.
What does it really mean?
Project AWARE, a global non-profit backed by PADI, does great work – focusing mainly on 2 big marine issues:
1. Protecting Sharks and Rays
By pushing for the closing of loopholes in regulations and strengthening shark finning or trade bans, together, we can have a great impact on international regulatory bodies. See the success of CITES 2013, this is one of the best reasons to support Project AWARE together.
2. Tackling Marine Debris
It’s there, our junk in the sea. Project AWARE divers are rising to the marine debris challenge by taking local action and supporting the policy change necessary to prevent and reduce rubbish entering our ocean.
So look out for the new cards and activities coming up, as well as Project AWARE/PADI Specialties we will be offering in 2015.