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Dive Ninja Expeditions announces new PADI IDC Center in Los Cabos

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​Dive Ninja Expeditions has announced a new ​PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Center in Los Cabos​, Mexico set to open in early 2021. As pioneers in sustainable marine tourism, Dive Ninjas will offer a unique IDC program that focuses on helping instructor candidates learn to work in sustainable and ecotourism, giving them the tools they need to be able to start on the right path to working in tourism and protecting our oceans no matter where their life takes them.

Dive Ninja Expeditions released their ​Ninja PADI Divemaster program earlier this year and it has been a success amidst the pandemic. ​

“Now that our Ninja Divemaster program is up and running, our focus has been on designing a unique PADI Instructor Development Course program that matches it. We spent this year designing the Ninja IDC program as the logical next step for dive pros looking to make a positive impact on the oceans that give us so much,​” ​said conservationist and Dive Ninja founder Jay Clue.

Dive Ninjas has chosen former PADI Regional Manager and Instructor Examiner, Anders Heegaard, to lead their program. Anders is a PADI Platinum Course Director, bringing over 20 years of experience to their IDC program as well as a wealth of knowledge in growing and establishing PADI GoPro programs.

“The Dive Ninjas IDC and GoPro Programs will be something different than any program out there by heavily incorporating ocean conservation programs at instructor levels while giving the same high-quality PADI IDC training that the organization is famous for,”​ said Heegaard.

The Ninja IDC program stands apart not only from others in the area but most in the world in that its expanded curriculum helps instructor candidates develop the tools and understanding to better protect our planet’s oceans and their inhabitants. It includes additional workshops on conservation such as Dive Ninjas own PADI Whale Defender distinctive specialty course, workshops on shark and ray tourism taught by shark scientist, Dr Frida Lara, as well as other marine scientists actively working on research in Baja, programs on creating sustainable tourism projects, links to their partner programs with Project AWARE, introductions to freediving, tec, & sidemount diving, and much more.

“Through this program, we want to continue our mission of showing the world that tourism can be utilized to not only support marine conservation and research; but to protect the incredible animals and ecosystems responsible for making millions of divers around the world flock to the ocean every year,”​ shared Clue.

The full curriculum and details of Dive Ninjas’ PADI Instructor & GoPro programs will be released in January 2021 to coincide with the grand opening of their second location at Casa Dorada, a renowned 5 star hotel located on Medano Beach in the heart of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

To learn more about their new Ninja PADI Instructor Development Course visit: www.diveninjaexpeditions.com/padi-idc-instructor-course-cabo-san-lucas/

Photos: ​Jay Clue

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Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap

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The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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