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How you can help provide Safe Water in Indonesian villages

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Since the COVID19 lockdown, unemployment is wide spread in North Sulawesi where dive tourism is the main source of income. With many families living pay check to pay check, the local people are suffering extreme financial hardship.

Murex Dive Resorts have launched a “Safe Water Initiative” to ensure that their local villages have access to clean and safe drinking water throughout this period.

Safe Water in North Sulawesi

It is common in Indonesia that households have ‘gallon’ (19 liter) water bottles and dispensers in their homes. These bottles cost around ID75,000 per month for a small family which is a sizeable expense. As a sustainable and ongoing affordable solution, Murex’s Safe Water Initiative aims to roll out Nazava water filtration systems to local communities.

Why are the Filters Needed During COVID-19?

The major concern in North Sulawesi is that as finances become tighter for the local population (which they inevitably will continue to do so), people try to save money by using unfiltered water. In North Sulawesi, food is not the primary concern as people can fish and there are large amounts of fruits and vegetables grown locally but safe water is a different issue.

There is a lack of understanding about what water is safe and what is not, and people often do not boil water for long enough to kill all bacteria. If there is a cholera or typhoid outbreak then there is little defence against this – especially now at a time when medical services are stretched beyond their means.

Murex owners have privately funded 100 filter units but more are needed and they are reaching out to divers around the world to help. Many more units are needed to ensure that everyone in the local communities has ongoing access to fresh, safe drinking water. The filter systems can be used for up to two years before the filter needs changing which means that as the economy and situation here deteriorate, access to safe water will not.

Sarah Wormald, Head of Public Relations at Murex Dive Resorts comments:

We hope that divers who have visited the region before, and met the amazing locals will want to give back and make a donation to help. Safe drinking water is something we take for granted in developed countries but in North Sulawesi it’s an expense which many people just can’t afford now that they have no income due to COVID19. Murex has always looked for ways to support local communities when times are tough and COVID19 is no exception. Clean, safe water is paramount and the Navaza filters are a way to ensure this. The filter systems cost just 20 Euros each and that can mean the difference between health or sickness – or worse.

This is a link to a video from Social ImpaKt about the Nazava filter which explains more about how it works:

How You Can Help

If you are a diver and would like to support communities in Indonesia you can make donations by bank transfer to the following account, please state “Water Filter” or “Navaza” on your transfer. 100%  of donations go to purchase water filters. You may also email Murex directly for more information or to confirm you donation at: reservations@MurexDive.com

Bank: BANK CENTRAL ASIA (BCA)
Bank Address:
Kawasan Mega Mas Blok E No.8.
Jalan Pierre Tendean,
Manado
95113
Indonesia

Beneficiary / Account Name : Manado Underwater Explorations
Account No : 8295.9595.48
Account Currency: Euro
Swift Code : CENAIDJA

A Message From Murex Dive Resorts

 Thank you in advance to anyone who makes a donation, all donations are very greatly appreciated. May we also take this opportunity to wish you all well and we look forward to being able to welcome divers back to Murex Dive Resorts in the not too distant future.

If you have any questions regarding travel to North Sulawesi, diving in the Bunaken Marine Park and Bangka Island, or about our COVID flexible booking policy, please contact us on: reservations@murexdive.com or visit our website: www.MurexDive.com

Sarah Ann Wormald is a writer and PADI Master Instructor with a passion for underwater photography and conservation. Sarah is the author of “Diving in Indonesia” and “Diving in South East Asia” (Tuttle Publishing). With over 20 years of diving experience, Sarah has dived all over the Indonesian Archipelago and South East Asia. Find out more at www.MurexDive.com.

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Get moving with the new RAID DPV training programs

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The thrill of speeding through the water behind a diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) is an experience that really gets the blood racing. Using a DPV provides divers both immense fun and the means to achieve goals that would be impossible without their use.

RAID is proud to announce the new two-tier DPV training program with certifications for DPV and Advanced DPV.

Why DPV and why now?
Recreational and technical divers are using DPVs to access sites that would be difficult to reach and explore using traditional propulsion methods; to help propel large amounts of heavy equipment; to increase the safety of dives in areas of strong current; or just for the pure exhilaration of shooting through the water at speed and performing underwater acrobatics.

By extending your capabilities and extending your range, using a DPV opens new vistas for exploration and fun.

DPV
This certification option is aimed at the recreational diver who wishes to learn how to use a DPV to enhance their diving by using mainly natural navigation.

Advanced DPV
This certification option is available to anyone who is familiar with longhose configuration, has logged a minimum of 20 dives and is certified as Navigation specialty divers.

This certification option is aimed at the slightly more experienced diver with preexisting navigational training and diving on a single, twin or sidemount setup with a longhose. Although this level is slightly more challenging, the more advanced navigation exercises provide an important base for more complex types of DPV diving within a team.

PREREQUISITES
You must:

  • Be a minimum of 12 years old.
  • Be certified as RAID Open Water 20, Junior Open Water or equivalent.

Just visit www.diveRAID.com to put some extra dash into your dives.

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Beers raise cash for ocean clean-up

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The Driftwood Spars Brewery, a pioneering microbrewery based on the North Cornwall coast, is donating a percentage of all profits from its Cove range of beers to Fathoms Free, a certified charity which actively cleans the ocean around the Cornish peninsula.

Each purchase of the small-batch, craft beers – there are four different canned beers in the Cove range – will help generate funds to purchase a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and fund retrieval dives; every brew will raise the equivalent cost of a fully-funded dive. 

Fathoms Free is a Cornwall-based charity whose day-to-day mission involves dives from their fast-response specialist vessel to recover ghost fishing gear; abandoned nets, pots, angling equipment and other plastic causes severe damage to the marine environment and the death of countless seabirds, seals, dolphins and other sea life.

The campaign to raise funds for an ROV is a new initiative which will take the clean-up work to a new level; the highly manoeuvrable underwater vehicle will be used to scour the seabed, harbours and remote parts of the coastline for abandoned fishing gear and other marine litter.

Project Manager Natallia Paliakova from Fathoms Free said: “Apart from helping us locate ghost gear underwater, the ROV will also be capable of recording underwater video which is always great for raising awareness about marine pollution issues.”

She added: “We are really excited to be partnering with The Driftwood Spars Brewery and appreciate the proactive support of Mike and his team in bringing the purchase of an ROV a step closer to reality.”

Head Brewer Mike Mason personally approached the charity after their work was featured on the BBC 2 documentary, ‘Cornwall with Simon Reeve’.    

He said: “As a keen surfer I am only too aware of the problem of marine litter and had heard about Fathoms Free, but seeing them in action prompted me to find a way of contributing. The scale of the challenge is scary, but the determination of organisations like Fathoms Free is inspiring.”

Photo by Beagle Media Ltd

Photo by Beagle Media Ltd

The Driftwood Spars Brewery was founded in 2000 in Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes; the microbrewery is just a few steps away from it’s co-joined brewpub, The Driftwood Spars; both pub and brewery are well-regarded far beyond the Cornish cove they call home. 

You can hear the waves and taste the salt on the air from the door of both brewery and pub, and the rough seas along the rugged North coast often throw up discarded nets and other detritus; Louise Treseder, Landlady of The Driftwood Spars and a keen sea swimmer, often collects washed up ghost gear on her daily beach excursions.     

Louise commented: “This is a great partnership to support a cause close to our hearts – I know the money we raise will have a positive and lasting impact. The Cove range was inspired by our unique surroundings and the artwork – by local artist Jago Silver – reflects that. Now donations from each purchase will contribute towards the vital ocean clean-up taking place right on our doorstep.”

The Cove range can currently be purchased online here, and is available in good independent bottle shops in Cornwall.

To find out more about Fathoms Free visit their website here.

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