March Newsletter ~ Seahorses and Divemasters

Hello again everyone,
Hopefully you are all enjoying reading our monthly newsletter, if there is anything you would like added to our newsletter please don’t hesitate to contact us.
March has been yet another busy month, and I hope you are all looking forward to your Easter break. We already have a fun filled fortnight ahead of us, we look forward to meeting new divers and welcoming back familiar faces.
Urchin Clean and Dive Against Debris day  
As part of our continuing support towards project aware we have planned our next Dive Against Debris dives. We will be carrying out two dives on the 2nd May at sites to be confirmed due to weather considerations, we will remove debris from the ocean for the first dive and on the second will carry out an urchin cull. If anyone is interested in attending please
For future Project Aware activities that are planned please keep an eye out on the website, Intern blog, facebook or the monthly newsletters.
Team update
Exciting news this month, Melissa saw her first ever Seahorse at El Puertito.
Seahorses are a rare commodity here in Tenerife, so Melissa and Sara and James were delighted with their find and spent a good few minutes watching the little Seahorse sway around in the sea taking as many photographs as possible as evidence that they did see the Seahorse!
Divemaster Internship Update
Congratulations to Kim (Alice) for passing her Divemaster Course.
Kim has decided to stay on for an additional 5 weeks to gain more practical experience as a divemaster. Kim has been helping new interns George and Chris settle into life at the dive centre.
George (Zippy) who is just 18 has joined us as a PADI Advanced diver and has joined us for the internship for 8 weeks before heading off to study accountancy at university in September.
George has already completed his EFR and Rescue course as well as training hard for his stamina assessments.
Chris (Bungle) 24, joined us as a PADI Open Water diver and is here with us for 8 weeks.
Chris has been travelling around Australia and Asia and would like to gain employment within the dive industry before carrying on his training to become an PADI Diving instructor.
Divesite review ~ Gijarro Arrecife
Gijarro Arrecife is one of our newest dive sites.
This is a boat dive located approximately 10 minutes away from San Miguel Marina. We enter the water in 4 – 5 meters of water and descend.
With a maximum depth of just under 12 meters it is ideal for divers having completed the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, as well as the more experienced diver.
Within the sand, there are several rocky outcrops. There can be found Black Sea Hare’s, Wide-eyed Flounders, Atlantic Damselfish, Sharpnose Puffers and Blue-fin Damsel fish.

Equipment Review ~ Canon IXUS 115 and Ikelite housing
Fantastic easy to use camera with manual white balance great for all kinds of photography, with a fantastic Ikelite housing.
We have two of these cameras that we both use on all our dives, we get great photographs, and video with this simple to use camera.
The Cannon IXUS 115hs has 12 megapixels, 4 x optical zoom with a 3 inch screen and full HD movies. Having had cannon cameras before I found the menu really easy to navigate both for changing modes, viewing pictures and videos and downloading them.
Ikelite ULTRAcompact digital underwater housing really delivers when performance and durability matter. The ULTRAcompact housing is high quality, built to last and backed by Ikelite’s long-standing reputation for excellence.
All camera controls are fully functional through the housing and depth rated to 200 ft. (60m). Easy open latch and drop in camera loading make set-up easy and quick.Course overview

PADI Rescue Diver, 300 Euros per person
Already an Adventure or Advanced diver and thinking of continuing your diving education and training? why not look at taking the rescue diver course.
You must be a minimum of 12 years old and hold a current first aid certificate.
If you do not have a current first aid certificate we can provide you with Emergency First Response training.
So what are the benefits of qualifying as a PADI Rescue diver?
The most important benefit that I would promote as the number one reason why any diver every diver should train to become a PADI Rescue Diver, is that the course teaches you how to react in an emergency situation, whether it’s a tired diver, a panicked diver or a life threatening situation.
The most important skill you are taught is how to keep yourself out of harms way whilst still providing assistance to your fellow divers.
As with all PADI courses there is a theory side, you need to read the manual, complete the review sections and sit a multiple choice exam.
Once the theory is completed you move onto the practical training, The PADI Rescue diver course can be completed in two days and involves open water based training.
Special Offers May
  • Book the PADI Open Water Diver course and get 1 free recreational dive
  • Master Scuba Diver Course 450 Euros
  • Assistant Instructor Course 350 Euros
Divemaster Internship
We are now running our 6 or 8 week internship from the 1st of every calendar month, the next start date available is 1st May 2012.
The minimum time required for a non certified diver or Open Water diver with less than 20 dives is 8 weeks.
We provide all the training for FREE, however there are costs involved with regards PADI materials, diving insurance, accommodation & equipment.
During your time with us you will learn to be a dive guide and teaching assistant. You will also learn how to interact with clients and students as well as various aspects of sales, customer services, equipment maintenance and obviously diving lots!
All diving is FREE for the whole duration you are with us, some of our interns manage over 100 dives!
As the longest running, and only 5 Star PADI Dive centre in the area, (1 of only 4 in Tenerife) and number 1 in the PADI Rankings for the Golf Del Sur / Amarilla Golf regions of Tenerife 2009 / 2010 / 2011, we ensure you will have a great time and give you loads of assistance during your course.
Our PADI Dive centre has trained more Divemasters than any other centre in the area and the majority have gone on to use the qualification for employment in some form or for continuing their education.
Some are now working DM’s others continued on to be PADI Instructors and one is even working as a Dolphin Trainer!
We have additional discounts on accommodation for multiple bookings i.e.. couples / friends /Clubs / Groups.
Not PADI certified, don’t worry, as there are crossovers for all levels of BSAC, SSAC, CMAS, FEDAS, SSI, NAUI, SAA, SCOT SAC etc, so just let us know what agency and what level you are and we will tell you the next PADI level required.
If you wish to apply for the internship please send your CV and a photograph with your preferred dates and also letting us know where you found out about us.
We are also able to offer the following PADI courses / internships to better enhance your work opportunities and diving experiences;
PADI Master Scuba Diver
PADI Assistant Instructor
PADI Instructor
Pre-Instructor Development Course
If you have any questions take the opportunity to check out our web page.
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