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Golden Rock Resort Opens New PADI Dive Center, Statia Divers, in St. Eustatius

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Golden Rock Resort, a luxury eco-retreat on the picturesque island of St. Eustatius, has announced the opening of its new PADI Dive Center, Statia Divers. Perched cliffside with panoramic views of the coastline, the cutting-edge facility offers a range of PADI courses, valet guided dives and top-tier ScubaPro rental gear.

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Statia Divers by Golden Rock Resort provides valet services from their dedicated on-boat dive crew, including gear assembly, transfer to dive boats, refreshments and personalized dive experiences tailored to individual preferences. With two specialized boats, Patricia and Stormy, the crew can accommodate up to 16 and 22 divers respectively. Conveniently located just a short 15-minute drive from the Sint Eustatius harbor, complimentary shuttle services are also offered to and from the dive center.

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Catering to divers of all skill levels, the experienced instructors teach a variety of PADI courses ranging from Discover Scuba Diving to advanced specialties like Deep Diving and Divemaster certification. Water training and ‘bubblemaster’ classes are also offered in the resort’s ocean-fed lagoon, the largest in the Caribbean, featuring a sunken American school bus at 9m/27ft deep to simulate realistic diving conditions.

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The dive center boasts modern amenities and high-quality Scubapro rental gear like BCD, regulators, fins, masks, air and nitrox compressors, and wetsuits to accommodate diverse diving needs. Additional equipment such as compasses, dive lights and SMBs are included with each rental. For those passionate about underwater photography and videography, a dedicated camera room is equipped with ample workspace and power plugs. An on-site equipment repair room ensures routine service of all dive gear.

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St. Eustatius is one of the best kept secrets of the Caribbean, with National Geographic naming the pristine waters the “best diving in the Caribbean.” The protected National Marine Park has 36 dive sites, including several 18th-century shipwrecks and archaeological sites that serve as reefs teeming with colorful marine life. Underwater species range from sea turtles and Caribbean reef sharks to enormous lobsters, Pederson cleaning shrimp and stingrays.

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Guests at Golden Rock Resort can also enjoy luxury amenities including two restaurants, two swimming pools, a full-service spa, recreational courts, outdoor yoga sessions, and brand-new paddle and pickleball courts equipped with lighting for both day and night-time play.  

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ABOUT GOLDEN ROCK RESORT

Golden Rock Resort is an upscale eco-retreat offering approachable luxury and adventure experiences on the idyllic Caribbean Island of St. Eustatius. Perched on a cliff with panoramic ocean views over the Atlantic, the 40-acre nature resort showcases 75 rooms, suites and standalone cottages dotted throughout the immaculate gardens. The destination’s premiere Breeze Restaurant offers exquisite dishes while Bobbie’s Beach Club showcases a unique fusion cuisine from sushi, hand crafted pizzas and an open grill. Facilities include two pools, a spa, an oceanfront gym, outdoor yoga platform, seventeen-hole mini golf course, multi-purpose tennis court, pickleball and paddle courts and two conference rooms. In 2024, the resort debuted a state-of-the-art PADI Dive Center, which also offers certifications in its man-made, ocean-fed lagoon.

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PADI Recognises EMEA Members with New Professional Development Excellence Award

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PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) has recently launched their new Professional Development Excellence Award in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), celebrating PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers (IDC)  that are championing creating more PADI Professionals, at all levels, during the previous calendar year.

“While becoming a PADI Five Star IDC Center is a prized accreditation amongst members, this exclusive rating comes with the responsibility of training the next generation of divers to become PADI Instructors,” explains Dave Murray, Managing Director for PADI EMEA.

“PADI’s commitment to a continuing education philosophy encourages divers to realise their dreams of a career as a PADI Pro, teaching others to do what they love – to scuba dive. This new recognition award distinguishes productive PADI Five Star IDC stores for the time and effort they dedicate to marketing and conducting the professional training needed to grow the scuba diving industry.”

PADI’s EMEA Professional Development Excellence Award recognises members for reaching specific milestones based on the number of PADI Pro certifications they issue annually. It also provides an extra layer of credentials in their “Pro Development Status” to potential Divemaster and IDC candidates, along with any other prospective Pro-level customers and prospective employees.

The first awards were distributed earlier this year, with 12 PADI Five Star IDC Centers receiving the Platinum Award. This means that they have issued a minimum of 100 PADI Professional certifications from Divemaster to IDC Staff Instructor, which include 30 Core Professional certifications and 70 Continuing Education Instructor level certifications.

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The 2025 PADI EMEA Professional Development Excellence Award is already underway and renewed PADI EMEA Five Star IDC Dive Centers and Resorts are automatically eligible. Stores that reach the recognition levels during 2024 will receive their award in the first quarter of 2025.

For more information about the award and to see the full list of award recipients visit here.

About PADI 

PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) is the largest purpose-driven diving organization with a global network of 6,600 dive centers and resorts, 128,000 professional members, and more than 30 million certified divers to date. Committed to our blue planet, PADI makes the wonder of the underwater world accessible to all, empowering people around the world to experience, explore and take meaningful action, as Ocean TorchbearersTM, to protect the world beneath the surface. For over 50 years, PADI is undeniably The Way the World Learns to Dive®, setting the standard for the highest quality dive training, underwater safety and conservation initiatives while evolving the sport of diving into a passionate lifestyle. For divers by divers, PADI is obsessed with transforming lives and, with its global foundation, PADI AWARETM, creating positive ocean change. Seek Adventure. Save the Ocean.SM  www.padi.com

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Introduce family to the wonder of the oceans with new family weeks from Regaldive

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Regal Dive, the diving holiday specialist, is offering Learn to Dive and Family Weeks this summer to encourage divers and those new to the sport to spend some time in the water together, learning and developing their diving skills. There are multiple itineraries on offer providing affordable diving certification, including a range of liveaboard trips which are designed to be inclusive – so that even those who would prefer to simply snorkel are still guaranteed a good time.

ITINERARIES IN THE MALDIVES:

MV Keana: Family Week, perfect for snorkellers, beginners and children.

Spend 10 nights in a Maldivian paradise exploring warm turquoise waters for exciting marine life and beautiful corals, all with a highly experienced diving team on hand. The MV Keana takes guests on an adventure around the remote atolls, home to manta rays, sharks, turtles, dolphins and whale sharks. The vessel accommodates up to 18 guests in comfortable upper deck cabins and features an outdoor bar and dining areaThere is a sundeck to soak in the views of the ocean and pristine white beaches of the surrounding islands.

Price: A 10-night trip on MV Keana costs £3,015 per adult, with children under 11 costing £2,735, including flights, departing 8 August 2024.

AMBA: Liveaboard Diving Beginner’s Tour, Family fun between Male and Vaavu Atoll

Take advantage of a variety of courses and family rates on this week-long beginner’s tour. Guests will complete a diving theory course prior to embarking on AMBA, allowing for the possibility to complete up to four courses whilst aboard, including the Open Water certification. Once certified, guests can explore the Vaavu Atoll, which has the thrilling possibility of shark encounters. More experienced divers can hop aboard the Dhoni to access some of the area’s more challenging dive sites.

Price: A 7-night trip on AMBA costs from £2,400 per adult, with children 11 and under costing £2,210. This price includes flights. Departing 13 August 2024.

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DIVING RESORTS IN THE PHILIPPINES:

Atlantis Puerto Galera & Atlantis Dumaguete Family Weeks

The Atlantis Dive Resorts is offering a range of exceptional deals for family groups this summer. The Family Week special offers include free stays, free meals, free diving places for children (one free child per paying adult). Puerto Galera Resort, in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, offers accessible diving, diverse coral reefs and exotic marine life. Dumaguete, in the Visayas region, is home to a diverse range of macro species, including ghost pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish, and various seahorses and octopuses. The resort also grants access to the Dauin Marine Sanctuaries and Apo Island – one of the finest diving destinations in the Philippines. Both hotels are situated in stunning beach-front locations with tropical landscaped gardens and thatched-roof bungalows.

Price: A 7-night stay Atlantis Puerto Galera costs £3,593 per adult and £1,375 per teen, including flights. A 7-night stay at Atlantis Dumaguete costs £3,895 per adult and £1,475 per teen, including flights.

Family week deals at the Atlantis Dive Resorts are available on selected dates in July, August, November and December 2024.

For more information visit www.regal-diving.co.uk.

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