While life will certainly look a bit different for the foreseeable future, people are still seeking new ways to discover amazing places, both close to home as soon as possible and in far-flung destinations when the times allow. As the effects of COVID-19 spreading and receding from each country evolve, local regulations adapt creating a patchwork of situations making it hard to stay up to date, even for residents in their own community.
PADI has launched its new interactive COVID-19 Scuba Diving Status Map to make it easy for divers to identify in real-time where diving is accessible nearby and anywhere you dream of traveling. This map is a great resource for information on current guidelines, any potential restrictions and special safety precautions in place to help people safely dive in again with their PADI Dive Center or Resort, locally and across the globe.
“As the world continues to struggle with the pandemic, many areas are beginning to cautiously reopen. Depending on the where you are, social distancing and other requirements appropriately remain, but businesses are carefully transitioning back into operation – including dive shops,” said Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI in a recent message to the dive community amplifying awareness about the availability of diving. “Although in many areas we’re still waiting to restart, throughout most of the world access to diving is widening. If you’ve not gotten back to your dive shop and the water yet, in most areas you can now or will be able to soon. Thanks to regular updates from the PADI global community, you can see where diving’s open on the PADI COVID-19 Scuba Diving Status Map.”
With a simple click or two, divers will gain immediate access to the latest information about diving accessibility and diving restrictions in a particular country, if travel in and out of a country is allowed, if travel within the area is allowed, if PADI Dive Centers and Resorts are open for business and, if so, in what capacity. The map is continually being updated with additional information and current data specific to each country, state/province and dive center worldwide.
The ability to travel may be limited for the time being, but this is no reason to stop people from embarking on new adventures or connecting with the underwater world on World Oceans Day and year-round. Wherever you live, there are waters nearby waiting to be explored – local shores, lakes and quarries shouldn’t be underestimated. Local PADI Dive Centers and Resorts can provide further information on the best local dive sites to explore, special safety precautions they’re taking during these times and how to get involved in local conservation efforts.
Given the fluid nature of restrictions related to this pandemic, the crucial information that drives the PADI COVID-19 Scuba Diving Status Map comes directly from PADI Dive Centers and Resorts. To ensure the information in the map is the most accurate on a local level, PADI is asking its global network of dive centers and resorts to input current data about their business and local dive availability, and regularly update this information to keep divers well informed.
PADI Dive Centers and Resorts: Check your email for a personal link to update information for your area and business. By completing the online form using the unique link and keeping it regularly updated, you will ensure the most accurate information is available to divers and make it easier for them to connect with you.
Check www.padi.com for more!