Thursday, June 7, 2012

Underwater clean up in Taganga

June 8th is World Oceans Day, the UN-designated day for the global community to celebrate and take action for our shared ocean. One of the greatest threats to the ocean is also one of the most insidious because chances are it’s so mundane you don’t even notice it. Look around you right now: how much plastic do you see?
Today June 7th we will host an underwater cleanup in Granate Bay, Tayrona Park. Divers will stop their activities this afternoon to help to clean a dive site and a beach. 
Tomorrow the coastguards from Santamarta will host a huge beach cleanup event in the town. We will support their campaign by helping to clean up Taganga beach.

The ocean is downstream from all of us so no matter where we live, so we can all help address the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean. Each year a huge amount of plastic eventually makes it into coastal waters and harms ocean life. Many animals such as seabirds, sea turtles, dolphins, and whales die every year from plastic entanglement or starvation because they fill up their stomachs on plastic they mistake for food. Take action for World Oceans Day and prevent plastic from harming ocean wildlife!
Reduce plastic use . Help stop plastic pollution at its source! As consumers, we each have the power to reduce demand. And if you encourage family and friends to do the same, the more the more good we can do to keep the ocean clean and safe. Here are a few disposable plastic products everyone can reduce in our daily lives:
Plastic water bottles. Invest in a reusable water bottle, and filter water if necessary. Help the ocean and save money; it’s a win-win for you and the blue. On average, Americans now use 4 plastic water bottles a day—the highest ever recorded! Let’s turn the tide against wasteful plastic consumption.
Plastic bags. People use nearly 1 trillion plastic bags each year, and unfortunately, many of those end up ingested by sea turtles that mistake plastic for jellyfish. Remember to bring a reusable bag for food (including vegetables) and other shopping and save a life!
Straws, cups to-go, food containers, and utensils. Bring your own reusable products like mugs when you get coffee and take a pass on the plastic utensils when you get take-out food. And if you must have a straw, there a number affordable options!
Be aware of packaging. Pay attention to how much incidental plastic that comes with what you buy—your candy, headphones, pens, etc., all come in plastic packaging. Strive to cut down on your daily plastic consumption and reward corporations that package responsibly!
Act for World Oceans Day!
Hold a ‘Switch for the Sea’ contest! Ask friends and family to switch one of their disposable plastic habits for a sustainable, ocean-friendly one: such as bringing reusable food containers from home when eating out for your ‘doggie bag.’
Be part of an underwater and beach clean-up! Head out to your nearest and dearest body of water with some friends and pick up all the trash you find. You’ll be surprised at how much of it is plastic.
Ban the bag in your town. Many communities around the world are banning plastic bags from being used at their stores. Learn how to start a campaign to stop plastic bags use in your town!
There are hundreds of events being held all over the world, find one near you and celebrate with a purpose thisWorld Oceans Day! You can also go the extra mile and organize an event yourself using ideas and free materials provided at!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

PADI 5 stars Dive Resort

We are happy to share this new achievement.  We become a PADI 5 stars dive resort!!

But what does this title mean??  PADI has different levels for the affiliated dive shops afilliated. 

Past week, we were a Dive Resort, and now after 4 years of hard work and thousands of dives in Taganga, we met the requisites to reach this higher level.

PADI 5 Star Dive Resort membership is awarded, on an annual basis, to progressive PADI Dive Resorts that provide a full range of PADI diver education programs,equipment selection and experience opportunities, while actively promoting aquatic environmental awareness. These businesses excel in providing quality service to traveling divers, present a professional image and actively promote the benefits of recreational scuba diving snorkeling, dive travel, and environmental awareness.

5 Star Dive Resort members’ appearance and performance compares favorably with and typically exceeds the quality of resorts in the area, and exceeds the standard for other resorts in the market.

PADI 5 Star Dive Resorts are active in the community, are committed to providing customer’s satisfaction with the dive experience, education, safety, and environmental awareness.

Thanks very much to the staff for their passion and commitment.

Thanks to our friends and colleagues for the support, guidance, and encouragement you have provided us during all these years.

Thanks to the divers for rewarding us by giving smiles and facing fears every day.

You may be assured of our continuing dedication with the purpose of achieving the best quality and performance.

We are more than happy!!!