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PADI and National Geographic Pristine Seas join forces to protect at least 30% of the Ocean

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In 2020, Enric Sala, founder of Pristine Seas and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, approached PADI with the idea to join forces to protect the ocean, combining his vision and proven track record of successfully creating MPAs with the global footprint and extensive reach of the PADI community around the globe. PADI Dive Centres and Resorts are critical stakeholders in their local economies and their leadership, together with the influence and expertise of Sala and his team at National Geographic Pristine Seas, can be a catalyst for lasting change for a return to a healthy ocean and balanced marine ecosystem.

“Ocean conservation benefits everyone, especially the diving sector. We are excited to partner with PADI and all their dive centres worldwide to foster the protection of popular dive sites all around the world,” said Enric Sala.

Initiating this partnership is a global Dive Industry Economic Evaluation Survey to measure the economic benefits of the dive industry on local communities, using data from PADI Dive Centres and Resorts in 186 countries. In cooperation with researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Simon Fraser University, this analysis will be used to inform governments how the creation of MPAs can create jobs and produce important economic outputs locally.

PADI will engage its Mission Hubs, the 6,600 Dive Centres and Resorts who are the heart of the organisation’s save the ocean mission, in a survey to provide the data necessary to complete this study. The information gathered through PADI Mission Hub participation in the survey will be an integral component of the study that will be used to influence local and national governments to establish marine protected areas and protect marine environments for divers and other stakeholders.

“PADI Mission Hubs play a critical role in our Blueprint for Ocean Action and are key stakeholders in the push for increased protection measures for the underwater world,” says Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. “Each PADI operator brings unique insights, local expertise, community leadership and passion for our ocean. By coming together as a unified force, the PADI community in partnership with National Geographic Pristine Seas will provide an unprecedented global voice to influence long-term ocean protections.”

Over the last 12 years, Pristine Seas has completed 32 expeditions around the world and helped inspire the creation of 24 marine reserves, protecting over 6.5 million square kilometers of ocean — an area more than twice the size of India. They work with local communities and governments to survey their environments, identify their goals and protect vital ocean areas.

The Dive Industry Economic Evaluation Survey will be available to PADI Dive Centres and Resorts through the remainder of the year.

To learn more about PADI’s Blueprint for Ocean Action and other ways you can join the community of PADI Torchbearers in protecting the ocean, visit padi.com/conservation.

For more information about Pristine Seas visit the website by clicking here.

All images: Courtesy of Pristine Seas, National Geographic Society

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New for 2022 at Duttons Divers

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It has been a busy and exciting year for the Duttons Divers team. Adding Hafan Marina Dive Centre this year had even more divers coming to learn and dive with them this summer. With the announcement of their very own Vivian Quarry being listed as a world heritage UNESCO site, and the now world-famous Scuba Escape making Vivian its home…. It’s been a crazy year!

Whilst all of this has been going on, the team has been even more excited to be working with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the Water Skills Academy (WSA) to train as Powerboat and Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) instructors, and open up further recruitment opportunities.

What does this all mean? Well, you will now not only be able to dive at a UNESCO site, but will also be able to enjoy the tranquil setting as a Paddle boarder, but also book SUP lessons too! Not only that, but Powerboat courses will also be on offer. These courses can be booked standalone, but will also be incorporated into the professional level courses, such as Divemaster and Open Water Scuba Instructor, to offer you even more on your CV upon completion of the course.

PADI Course Director Clare Dutton says: “It has been a hugely successful year at the dive centre, coming out of Covid, the centre has gone from strength to strength, and now by being able to offer these additional activities, it really makes the most of the facilities that we operate. The addition of powerboat to the professional level courses is a great aspect as we can offer commercial packages… meaning that divers will be able to use their certification for work. I wish I had been able to do that with mine!”

Both activities will be open from January 2022. The Duttons Divers Team is however currently taking booking and offering promotional Christmas vouchers.

Visit www.duttonsdivers.com for more!

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Egypt | Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone | 27 January – 04 February 2022 | Emperor Elite

Jump on board this famous Red Sea liveaboard and enjoy diving the famous wrecks of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer.  Emperor Elite offers a contemporary living space combined with the best itineraries available in the Red Sea.

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  • Flights from London Gatwick to Hurghada with 23kgs baggage
  • 7 nights in shared cabin
  • 3 meals a day, soft drinks, red wine with dinner
  • 6 days’ diving, guide, 12ltr tank & weights, Marine Park fees and port departure fees
  • Free Nitrox

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