At the end of November a number of PADI Resort and Retail Association Members kicked off summer with a few fun activities.
Dive Zone Whitianga – Dive Festival
The annual Whitianga Dive Festival is put on by Darrell and Linda Bird of Dive Zone Whitianga each year and is growing steadily. With amazing prizes, activities for all ages and set on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula it attracts a great crowd of both divers and non divers alike and people travel from far and wide to attend. Photography and Spearfishing competitions, treasure hunts and scuba olympics means there really is something for everyone. The themed fancy dress dinner saw people putting in an amazing effort (winners pictured here) to get into the spirit of the evening with a well received cooked breakfast the following morning.
As part of the festivities Dive Zone staff member Paul (Squid) Anderson and a few of Dive Zone’s enthusiastic students completed a Project AWARE Finathon to raise awareness and funds around shark finning.
Dive Otago Ltd – Project AWARE Dive for Debris
Dive Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand had a great turn out the last weekend in November for their annual Project AWARE Dive for Debris. 20 divers collected 26.5kg of rubbish from Wellers Rock, with the most unusual items being a microwave, a plastic wardrobe, along with the usual broken bottles, cans, straws, plastic wrapping, fishing lures, foam insulation, pipes, clothing and fireworks. A few divers also completed their Dive Against Debris Specialty so well done to Emma, Gina and Tom. 13 beach cleaners also removed rubbish from Pilots Beach and along the way saw a great variety of wildlife from, sealions, fur seals, shags, red beaked seagulls and blue penguin chicks and when the wind came up the albatross were in flight. A great effort by all to keep these guys safe by removing the debris from their home and keeping their dive site clean for the local dive community
Dive HQ Wellington – 24 Hour Dive
Dive HQ Wellington organised a 24 hour dive to raise funds for the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard. Over the 24 hours over 100 volunteer divers completed 48 dives. Friends and family of the divers and the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard came along to socialise and watch what was happening. One of the Coastguard Volunteers completed her first ever sea dive and loved it. The logistical support that was offered was greatly appreciated by all the divers. The food & drinks, hot tub and shelter were especially welcome at 3am after the dives. A superb effort to raise money for the wonderful job our Coastguard do!
Conducting fun and unique activities is a great way to encourage divers into the water to have fun and this in turn will assist with keeping divers diving and getting divers into the water to see why we all do what we do!
If you have any ideas or you or your divers have any events you would like shared please contact your PADI Regional Manager.
Happy Holiday season from the team at PADI