5 Inspiring Stories from Lockdown


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Full-time PADI® Instructors and Divemasters get to spend each day underwater serving to individuals discover the underwater world. However what occurs when divers cease coming? 

For some PADI Execs, lockdown was a chance to spend money on the well being of the ocean and their area people. Listed here are a number of inspiring tales of PADI Execs who:

  • Helped youngsters expertise the magic of scuba diving nearly
  • Created on-line instructional programmes about marine conservation
  • Used wool to boost cash for Project AWARE® 
  • Began a man-made reef in Sri Lanka
  • Nourished frontline works and remoted households in Cebu

Conservation Schooling – The Purple Sea, Egypt

PADI Grasp Teacher Ahmed Fouad hosted weekly webinars on behalf of NGO Red Sea Project. The web programmes helped divers keep related to one another and the underwater world. 

Pink Sea Undertaking encourages travellers to “be greater than only a customer.” Areas of focus embrace:

  • Mangrove habitat conservation
  • How you can practise protected and gratifying diving whereas respecting marine life
  • Dugong safety, consciousness and greatest practices
  • Whey the Purple Sea ecosystem is so distinctive

View their schedule of upcoming webinars on their events page. Comply with Purple Sea Challenge on Facebook to study when new occasions are scheduled.

ShareABread – Cebu, Philippines

PADI Grasp Teacher Rikka, (generally known as Kae) is the Finance Officer and Common Supervisor of Dive Funatics in Cebu, Philippines. When the pandemic hit, Kae cooked up a approach to help her group and frontline staff.

Dive Funatics - Share a Bread
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As an alternative of getting up early to handle the dive store, Kae spent her mornings baking pandesal, a gentle breakfast bread crammed with cheese or jam. ShareABread launched on eight Might. 

As you might have guessed from the enterprise identify, ShareABread follows the buy-one-donate-one mannequin popularised by corporations like Tom’s Footwear and Bombas. For each bag of pandesal bought on-line, ShareABread donates a bag to frontline staff or remoted communities. To study extra, or help Kae’s efforts, go to shareabread.com

Magical Moments at Jr. Wheelchair Sports activities Camp – California, USA 

Annually, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, USA, runs a wheelchair sports activities camp for teenagers ages 6-19. Sometimes, the week-long camp features a day for teenagers to attempt snorkeling and/or scuba diving along with different actions comparable to tennis, hand biking, kayaking, racquetball and a ropes course. Sadly, an in-person occasion wasn’t potential this yr.

PADI Teacher and OTR/L (Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed) Denise Dowd was decided to deliver the magic and marvel of the underwater world to this yr’s digital Junior Wheelchair Sports activities Camp. She contacted PADI and was quickly related with Grady Scanlon, Exhibit Dive Coordinator at The Aquarium of the Pacific.

“Grady did a digital tour of their tropical tank and gave a shoutout to the youngsters. They beloved it!” stated Denise. “PADI additionally donated care packages. Every participant acquired some cool Bubblemaker prizes together with a towel, toy and sticker.”  

“There’s a core group of scuba instructors who assist out yearly, some drive 2-Three hours one-way to take part,” stated Denise. “Everybody was dissatisfied we couldn’t do a pool exercise, however because of the help from PADI, the aquarium and different contributors, we created a memorable expertise for the youngsters!”

Stellar Sea Creatures – Lincolnshire, UK

On 7 June, Stellar Divers invited its social media followers to undertake a one-of-a-kind knitted octopus for £10 every, with all proceeds supporting Undertaking AWARE. Up to now, the dive store has raised greater than £230 ($302 US). 

Stella Divers - Toys - Knit - Ocean Toys
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“We really feel so proud to assist Undertaking AWARE with their very important mission,” stated PADI Course Director Simon (Hotch) Hotchkin. 

The sensible knitter is none aside from Hotch’s mum. Because the unique providing, she’s branched out into turtles and divers as properly.

Mum will nonetheless knit any which might be wanted,” stated Hotch. So if you’re eager on a cuddly sea creature for you or a good friend merely, comment on this Instagram post or this blog article from stellardivers.co.uk. Simon’s mum has her knitting needles on the prepared. 

Rebuilding Bar Reef – Sri Lanka

Bar Reef is the most important coral reef in Sri Lanka. Sadly, Bar Reef skilled an enormous die-off in recent times because of human impression and a 2016 El Niño occasion. In 2019, The Daily News reported: solely 6 % of the reef was nonetheless alive.

In response to this disaster, PADI Teacher Sam Fernando began a man-made reef. Working at the side of conservation groups, Sam continued to construct and monitor the reef throughout lockdown.

Sri Lanka - Topside - Scuba Diver

Caring for Bar Reef is one thing of a household custom. Sam and his father, who disappeared in the course of the civil warfare, began monitoring Bar Reef within the early a part of the millennium. At the moment, Sam and his son dedicate numerous hours to assist this essential ecosystem survive.

Discover out how one can support your favorite local PADI dive shop throughout these unprecedented occasions.

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