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Diving With…. Cipooz Guadez, Atlantis Azores Liveaboard

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In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…

What is your name?

Cipooz Guadez

What is the name of your business?

Atlantis Dive Resorts and Liveaboards

What is your role within the business?

Cruise Director at Atlantis Azores. I am responsible for all onboard hospitality and dive activities.

How long has the business operated for?

The Azores started life with Atlantis in January 2010, so we are ten years old.

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

I first went diving in 1999 and really loved it. I then became an Instructor in 2014.

What is your favorite type of diving?

Muck Diving is my top pick, but drift diving and night diving are also my favorites.

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you, what would it be?

The People, the authentic Filipino hospitality and service, where guests go first before we do. Our experienced staff have been with us for decades and that makes you feel like a homecoming on your return. And, not to mention the diversity of reefs and Island culture; it’s an authentic tropical island paradise experience.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

Our locations offer a variety of diverse underwater seascapes. From dynamic drop offs, flat reefs or slopes, and each place offers a different experience from great muck dives, schools of fish, to big stuff like whale shark and mantas. They are all my favorites.

What types of diving are available in your location?

I am lucky as we dive three separate itineraries through the year – so I get to dive most of the Philippines! Almost all types of diving are available, from reef dive, wreck, drift, night dive, from shore to boat dive, we love doing it…

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

The best reward is getting paid to do what you love, meeting different people and connecting with them and sharing the passion of diving and lifestyle.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

I love the encounter of gentle giants like Mantas and Whalesharks but I always enjoy the small critters too, especially nudibranches.

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

There is always a rainbow after the rain. I have always believed that every trial and tribulation that has come has a purpose. Coping and overcoming all of this makes us more driven and motivated to move forward. I am excited for the next chapter after this and will embrace it strongly.

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

As our world is facing this health crisis, all are affected; normal life and businesses are interrupted.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

Our center works with researchers and ocean advocates and is involved in helping and protecting our environment, especially our ocean.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

I hope not much changes except being aware that this pandemic taught us a lot and we should better protect ourselves and others.

What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

Our mother Earth is healing, and let’s heal together with it. The ocean is our sanctuary, diving is one of our therapies.

We are ready and prepared to welcome you back with us.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business?

Website: www.atlantishotel.com/dumaguete-resort/

Facebook: @atlantisdiveresorts


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Jeff chats to… Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Veronica’s film – Worse things Happen at Sea – can be seen here:

Sixth and final in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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Peli proud to support COVID-19 vaccine distribution

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We know Peli from its popular camera cases, but from discovery to distribution, Peli’s temperature-controlled packaging is now delivering COVID-19 vaccines all over Europe and the Middle East

With the pandemic recovery just underway, COVID-19 vaccines and therapies are rapidly becoming available for use and they must be safely distributed worldwide, within their required temperature range. Peli’s BioThermal™ division is providing temperature-controlled packaging to meet this critical moment, protecting these crucial payloads.

Peli’s innovative cold chain packaging has been trusted for nearly 20 years by pharmaceutical manufacturers to safely ship their life-saving products around the world. To meet the current challenge, they have adapted their existing products to provide deep frozen temperatures when required for the newly developed life sciences materials. Current and new offerings will ensure the cold chain is maintained throughout the vaccine or therapy’s journey, maximising efficacy and patient health.

“We know that pharmaceutical companies are in all phases of the development process for vaccines and therapeutics and working tirelessly to bring safe and effective drug products to market quickly,” said Greg Wheatley, Vice President of Worldwide New Product Development and Engineering at Peli BioThermal. “Our engineering team matched this urgency to ensure they have the correct temperature-controlled packaging to meet them where they’re at in drug development for the pandemic recovery, from discovery to distribution.”

Peli BioThermal’s deep frozen products use phase change material (PCM) and dry ice systems to provide frozen payload protection with durations from 72 hours to 144+ hours. Payload capacities range from 1 to 96 litres for parcel shippers and 140 to 1,686 litres for pallet shippers.

New deep-frozen solutions are ideal for short-term vaccine storage, redirect courier transport of vaccines from freezer farm hubs to immunisation locations and daily vaccine replenishment to remote and rural areas.

Peli BioThermal temperature-controlled packaging is currently being used to distribute COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, either directly or through global transportation providers, in Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the UK as well as in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, with more countries set to join the list as the pandemic recovery process rolls out.

To learn more about the wide range of deep frozen Peli BioThermal shippers, visit Peli.com and PeliBioThermal.com for more information.

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