Adopt a Dive Site this Earth Day

Adopt a Dive SiteOn Earth Day, April 22, Project AWARE® announces its latest initiative supporting the fight against marine debris: Adopt a Dive Site™. Harnessing the unique underwater skill set of the scuba diving community, Adopt a Dive Site urges scuba diving leaders around the globe – including dive instructors, dive centres and resorts – to engage in ongoing, local protection and monitoring of our underwater playgrounds.

Adopt A Site MaterialsSeated within Project AWARE’s flagship citizen-science program, Dive Against Debris™, Adopt a Dive Site is tailored to the global nonprofit organization’s most dedicated dive leaders: participants commit to carry-out monthly Dive Against Debris surveys, reporting types and quantities of marine debris found underwater each month from the same location. To support its community, Project AWARE will provide Adopt a Dive Site participants with a full suite of new survey tools to help implement their actions, a yearly report on the state of participants’ local dive sites and recognition tools for dive centers, resorts and leaders to share their stewardship with local customers and community.

Take your Dive Against Debris™ to the next level with Project AWARE’s new Adopt a Dive Site global campaign.  Read the full press release and Sign Up Today!

5 Tips for Pros: How to Maintain Your Scuba Gear Properly

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As a PADI Professional, your scuba gear is exposed to heavy use – much more than the average recreational diver. Three or five dives a day teaching students or guiding certified divers will quickly leave their mark, and you’ll notice your diving equipment ageing much quicker than usual.

Of course, you can help to counteract this wear and tear with proper maintenance of your dive equipment, allowing you to get the best results from your gear despite the high strain.

Above all you shouldn’t forget that you always have a role model function as a PADI Pro, and your scuba gear in particular should always be exemplary: clean, well maintained and fully functional. This way you show your students and other divers that you’re a conscientious diving professional, and demonstrate the importance of well-maintained diving gear.

Here are 5 tips on properly caring for your scuba equipment:

#1 – Rinse your diving equipment thoroughly after every dive

It doesn’t matter if you’re diving in fresh or salt water; clean your scuba gear with clean water after every dive. This will help to remove dirt and other contaminants like micro-organisms or stinging particles from coral or jellyfish. It also helps to prevent the unwanted formation of salt crystal build-up after open water dives in the ocean.

#2 – Dry your diving equipment after every dive

neoprene-careSure, it can difficult as a PADI Pro to do this if you use your diving equipment multiple times during the day. But in between your dives, try to dry out your gear as well as you can. When dive gear is kept damp (especially when stored), bacteria or fungi can quickly develop and spread, which not only damages your diving equipment but can also trigger infections and irritations to your skin.

To dry your scuba gear hang it up outside, ideally in a dry and breezy place but not directly in blazing sunshine. Sunlight can cause faster ageing of materials and can make neoprene and rubber parts brittle.

scuba-equipment#3 – Check any moving parts regularly for dirt and defects

At least once a day, you should make sure that all moving parts on your diving equipment (such as buckles on your BCD, inflator buttons, regulator purge buttons etc.) are clean and working properly. That way you’ll be reassured that there are no dirt, sand or salt crystals stuck in your diving gear that might cause a malfunction during a dive.

#4 – Deep-clean and maintain your diving equipment on a regular basis

In addition to rinsing your kit with clean fresh water after each dive, you should also wash your gear thoroughly at least once a week with a special cleaner designed for dive equipment. This applies not only for neoprene suits, but also for your BCD.

scuba-gear#5 – Store your diving equipment properly

Between dives – and especially if you’re taking some time away from teaching – you should ensure that your gear is stored properly to avoid damage and deformation of the material. Make sure it’s completely dry before packing it away (see #2), don’t stand your fins on the blade-end (as they’ll bend out of shape), and ensure the glass in your diving mask is protected from being scratched.

In addition to these 5 tips, you should always be very careful when carrying and using your diving equipment. Strong impact can easily damage your gear, especially the small components in your BCD and regulator.

PADI’s Equipment Specialist Touch is a great tool to help refresh your memory on maintenance techniques, even as a PADI Professional. It’s also a valuable teaching aid to use with your students to help them learn the importance of caring for their scuba equipment.


christian_huboThis article was written by guest blogger, Christian Hubo. A PADI diving instructor, Christian has enjoyed over 4,000 dives whilst travelling around the world. Above the surface, he’s hiked thousands of kilometers across the natural world. Christian is a freelance web and media designer, underwater photographer, social media and marketing consultant and freelance author. His magazine articles and blog, Feel4Nature, inspires people to follow an independent, individual and eco-conscious lifestyle.

Abo Gallum Environmental Project

i-DiVE TRiBE  –  a group of divers whose target is to change the concept of diving in Egypt – has recently completed a successful environmental project in Abu Gallum Protected Area.

Dr. Abd El Rahman El Mekkkawi, PADI IDC Staff Instructor and co-founder of i-DiVE TRiBE, shares with us the report of the event!

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Our target is to develop our members’ diving skills, knowledge and concepts. We aim to use the knowledge and individual skills of our members to serve the community and preserve the environment.

We I-Dive Tribe, in collaboration with Incredible divers lead by Ibrahim El Mekkawi, and PADI Dive Resort Bedouin divers,  a group of divers interested in helping spread ecological awareness, would like to share with you our latest environmental project and event. Our founders Dr. Abd El Rahman El Mekkkawi and Farah Akram Samy wanted to do a project that increases the environmental awareness of our young Egyptian youth and helps save our beautiful nature for future generations.
So as a big family, the tribe gathered up and started collecting ideas. Finally, we came to a conclusion that with the help of Hamed Mohamed (teaching assistant at Luxor College of Fine Arts), we will do an underwater clean up in Abo Gallum Protected Area, and Dahab, offshore clean up from The Blue Hole to Abo Gallum, and do some Sandy Stones fluorescent and phosphoric road signs “part of abo galoum protected area remapping and renovation”.

idive1So we cut some flat stones from St. Catherin Mountains and started carving them. Then we colored them in fluorescent colors. They were made out of stone to be long living and eco-friendly. We used phosphoric colors to light up in the dark, as well as the fluorescent colors. The idea of using fluorescent lights was to reflect to it being naturally found in the sea, corals and marine life.
We then moved them to their destinations on the road to mark where people should head.

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In this picture, Mr. Emad elwani “Chairman of the City of Dahab” is with us while placing the road signs.

… And since science and knowledge must be a crucial part in our everyday life; and must be our base; the team had some lectures before starting the cleanup:

The lectures were about the corals and their importance to our oceans and seas; also about how to save it from plastics and rubbish that is suffocating it. Farah Akram was our lecturer.

We also had a very interesting lecture from Mr. Ahmed Sadek, the director of Abo Gallum protected Area, who came and talked about the importance of these protected areas.

Since we believe in the importance of science and knowledge, every diver was given an online pdf copy, of Project Aware book to study it and answer the knowledge reviews. Our team leaders/PADI instructors, offered to teach us some of the environmental specialties.

And as a part of acknowledging our work, the director of the protected areas had some acknowledgment certifications made for the whole team.

Then came one of the most important parts of our event that lasted 3 days, off shore and underwater clean up: with the help of a team of young men and women cleaned the shores from the famous Blue Hole to Abo Gallum …And our divers started the underwater clean up.

Here are some photos for both offshore and underwater clean up.

5Part of the garbage that was collected in big garbage bags, then was transported using camels to be disposed later on.

7Some of the pipes we collected.

6One of our team carrying the garbage collecting bag.

As a conclusion, we hope to spread the importance of keeping our seas, oceans and shores clean to have them in the future and share them with the future generations.#

Our team included:

Mohamed Abd el Monaem – Ali El Daour – Ibrahim El Mekkawi – Veronia Emad Gerges  – Usama A. El Dakrory – Sherook Mohsen Eldafrawy – Mohamed Molo – Nermeen Refaat Ayad – Ayman Mahmoud Senosy – Haytham Hussein ELfouly – Haytham Sharaf  – Esraa Zangeer – Ahmed Hesham – Anas Osama Hammad – Mahmoud Ahmed Alaa – Saad Abd El moneam – Ali Ahmos – Sayed A. El Sayed – Ahmed Saleh Abdelrahman  – Ahmed Yahya Abdallah – Abd El Rahman El Mekkawi – Farah Akram – Hamed Mohamed.

Many Thanks and Congratulations to i-DiVE TRiBE for the great event:

we really like what you are doing, keep up the good work!

 

New Course Director in Egypt – Amr Z. Ali

amr<<My Journey Started in 1998 doing DSD with my cousin Ahmed Hafez then few years after i become PADI Divemaster, so much fun seeing new type of marine life every day (I loved it) but in 2006 some say its good time to move on to the next step and become OWSI, OOOOK life saving on the edge, am I able to finish this step? 

With encouragement from many friends and all the Team Of INMO Divers where I use to work as Dive Guide, then I meet with my first Mentor Gabi Pointer and she is without doubt Amazing Educator and mentor, I still remember the day I ask her how did you become a Course Director? So her success become my goal of life.

I enjoyed teaching very much as I see divers struggling to do a skill but with practice they accomplish and they are happy to enjoy diving, and that is where my joy come from.

Some good years of saving and spending as I instructed SCUBA Diving with Big Blue Dahab since 2008, working there made me realize and believe that I can be Course Director due to many Divemaster courses I taught there but all of the sudden Egyptian Revolution started and every thing is withhold to the unknowing time, it comes with some benefits too as I noticed more of Egyptian divers coming from Cairo and Alexandria to our famous city of Dahab and I thought that is my Market, beside the Bedouin community in Dahab city.

To focus in this Arabic speaking market I had to find another mentor to provide me with the experience in this area so sending messages to other course director around the Red Sea area and here he is the best person and friend I ever worked with Mohamed Adel Platinum Course Director, the  year of 2015 was full with experience and fun working with him, Knowledgable-Ready-Helpful in all times I ask him there is always a logical fantastic answer, never loss his temper. Also I got to know Detlef England as he have same plan to become PADI Course Director so we educate each other in many ways during Mohamed Adel IDC`s.

23-03-2016 i become PADI Course Director, this day I will remember for ever as I see the pay back of all the hard work and the help I got from my family and friends and I am very much thankful for every one who stood beside me to reach my goal>>.

Congratulations to Amr for successfully completing his CDTC !