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Dive Ninjas releases conservation-based PADI Divemaster Internship

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As pioneers in sustainable marine tourism, Dive Ninja Expeditions announces a new PADI divemaster internship in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico unlike any other in the industry. Encompassing conservation, skill proficiency, and professional experience, this 4-6 week program is designed for those looking to expand their careers in this unconventional industry and make a positive impact for our oceans.

Dive Ninja Expeditions has built a reputation on sharing the beauty of Mexico’s abundant oceans while fighting to protect them through full circle ecotourism & conservation projects. Over the years, they have partnered with Sea Shepherd, Nakawe Project, and Empty The Tanks, just to name a few. Now, they are extending their resources to others wanting to share their passion for sustainability through this exclusive divemaster internship.

“Becoming a PADI dive professional has allowed me to share the underwater world with countless people from all over and be a part of a community that shares a common goal: fighting for the future of our oceans. Now, we have a chance to empower other dive professionals with the best tools to make an even greater impact in their future careers using the platform we have created here at Dive Ninjas.”

                                                                        —Donna, Team Ninja Instructor

Based on years of experience building ecotours, such as their citizen-science striped marlin and mobula ray expeditions, they have created conservation workshops for dive pros where divemaster candidates will learn everything from working with local scientists to designing their own eco tours. In total, they have built 12 specialized modules for the new curriculum that are then intertwined with the PADI Divemaster course to create their Ninja PADI Divemaster program. These cover a range of topics — from shark biology & conservation to learning scuba equipment maintenance.  During their divemaster internship, candidates are also mentored by the team in all aspects of the dive business, not just the diving. The aim is to help them become a greater asset when they start working in the industry.

The course is also tailored to each individuals’ specific goals and diving aspirations with options to add on technical diving, photography, and other skills & certifications. The opportunities are endless with Dive Ninja Expeditions under the leadership of pro-photographer & conservationist, Jay Clue. Introduction to photo and video services, resume building, working in remote areas, marine conservation, and other skills that build a solid foundation for a well-rounded dive professional. A divemaster that has the tools to make a positive impact wherever their career may take them.

To learn more about the Ninja Divemaster Internship program please click here.

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PADI meets with Maldivian Ministry to confirm protection of sharks

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Over recent weeks, there has been speculation about the possibility of the Maldivian government lifting the ban on shark fishing in the country’s waters. PADI®, and the dive industry at large, were instrumental in establishing these protections over a decade ago.

With concern for the continued protection of sharks in the Maldives, the PADI organisation and Project AWARE®, along with 200 concerned local and international stakeholders opposing the lifting of the shark fishing ban, called on the government to continue to enforce the legal protections of sharks. PADI staff met with Maldivian Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources, and Agriculture Zaha Waheed to reinforce the position of the dive community and critical role sharks play in dive tourism.

In those meetings, Minister Waheed assured PADI that the Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources, and Agriculture has no intentions to lift the ban on shark fishing. She affirmed that they remain committed to sustainable and responsible management of fisheries and marine resources in the Maldives. On 20 April 2021, the Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources, and Agriculture released a statement asserting that “the Maldives does not intend to permit a targeted shark fishery in the Maldives.”

“Sharks are a dominant force in dive tourism in the Maldives. We congratulate the Maldives’s commitment to their ongoing protection,” says Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. “The Maldives continues to lead by example, among the most progressive countries on this critical issue.”

There are currently 17 shark sanctuaries in the world; the first established in Palau in 2009 and others in popular dive destinations including French Polynesia, Honduras, The Bahamas and several others in the Caribbean. The Maldives shark sanctuary was established in 2010 and covers 916,000 km2 (353,000 square miles).

Tourism accounts for an estimated 25 percent of Maldives’ GDP (according to 2014 figures), with diving and snorkeling being the most popular tourism activity. Prior to the formation of the Maldivian sanctuary, shark fishing was worth US$0.7 million to the Maldives’ economy, compared to US$2.3 million from shark tourism. In 2018, the shark sanctuary increased dive-trip demand in the Maldives by 15 percent, raising an additional US$6 million. Consumer research indicates that any re-opening of a Maldives shark fishery could potentially decrease dive tourism demand by over 50 percent, which could result in a loss of US$24 million.

Sharks are some of the most endangered species in the ocean, with recent research showing that the global number of oceanic sharks has declined by 71 percent. Over a third of shark and ray species are threatened, facing an increased threat of extinction, primarily due to overfishing.  There are an estimated 600,000 shark watchers globally spending $314 million per year and directly supporting 10,000 jobs. Research indicates these figures are expected to rise as global tourism returns to pre-pandemic levels.

As part of its commitment to ocean conservation, PADI will continue to stand up for sharks and advocate for their protection. For more information on responsible shark tourism, read Project AWARE’s Guide to Best Practices. To learn more about PADI’s efforts and how you can join the community of PADI Torchbearers working to save the ocean, visit padi.com/conservation.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Rosemary Lunn

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Ian and Gemma chat among themselves and are also are joined by well-known Dive Industry Professional Rosemary Lunn.

We talk about dive fitness and entering the CrossFit 2021 open games and being members of our local CrossFit Box. You can also listen to our new member of the team – Rosemary Lunn – answer some scuba diving questions.

Find out more about Rosemary at www.tumc.co.uk.


Find more podcast episodes and information at the new www.thebigscuba.com  website and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

www.thescubaplace.co.uk

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