Friday, July 25, 2014

PADI SIDEMOUNT COURSE / TEC SIDEMOUNT COURSE

Join this fantastic trend enroling on our PADI SIDEMOUNT DIVER COURSE. Experience the freedom and safety of sidemount dive! The course takes 2-3 days and consist in 1 confined water dive and 3 open water dives (REC sidemount) & 1 confined water dive and 4 open water dives (TEC sidemount). For more info just e-mail us: divewithleo@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SUMMER REEFS CLEAN UP - DIVES AGAINST DEBRIS - 2014.

Just keeping our environmental education actions of 2014. Many thanks to all those volunteers and participants on our Environmental Campaign. #KEEPTHEOCEANCLEAN

Saturday, February 22, 2014

One more Dive Against Debris dive outcome. Conducted by our PADI AI Will with 6 client divers from Holland, France and Belgium. Anchor Reef - 14m/48'. Data reported on Project AWARE's web site (www.projectaware.org). Thanks to Will and all clients participating on our Survey and also KEEPING REEFS OF SAL ISLAND CLEAN!!!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Keeping our Project AWARE action campaign moving forward - 'KEEP THE REEFS OF SAL ISLAND CLEAN'. Our big THANK YOU to Barber Family that participated with us yesterday @ Santa Maria Beach -8m/45'. Cabo Verde Diving Centre and dive staff Ilson Evangelista (PADI MSDT 254113), Hendrik Almeida (DM candidate/internship) and myself. It's really sad to see how it's missing an Environmental Policy here in Sal. Starting from Local Communities education campaings, trash separation, trash collection and final destination. We know it's not so easy, but something must be done NOW!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Make 2014 the year of the Ocean

Make 2014 the year of the Ocean Posted by Andrew Jenkins Make 2014 year of the OceanThe ocean is a miraculous place full of beauty and wonder. From the vibrant marine life to the incredible landscapes that can be found beneath the waters, it isn’t hard to understand why so many people take to scuba diving. After all, isn’t the ocean’s beauty one of the reasons why you love to scuba dive? Although the ocean is a beautiful place, it is still in danger and our underwater world needs protection. From endangered species to ocean pollution, the oceans are continually threatened with various problems. Now is the time to take a stand and start creating change. If leaders around the world take action, the state of the ocean’s future could drastically change for the better. Organization leaders, politicians, corporate CEOs, conservationists and scientists all need to work together and start producing results – but they aren’t the only ones who have the power to create change. Every person can help make a difference and become a leader, especially scuba divers who have seen ocean pollution firsthand. Through conservation movements like Project AWARE, scuba divers can team together and work on important issues such as Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris. The more people who believe they can make a difference, the more likely we will be able to improve the state of the ocean. For more information on how you can help protect the ocean and raise awareness, visit projectaware.org and your local PADI Dive Shop. #conservation #Project AWARE

Sunday, February 16, 2014

MEET THE CREATURES !!!
Today's AWARE Dive Against Debris action outcome. Dives: 3 grutas Reef (20m/38') and Santo Antão Wreck (12m/47') with 3 PADI AOWD students. Soon we will report data on AWARE 's web site. Thank you students Rinout and Fleur (from Holland) and Rodolfo (from Portugal) and PADI MSDT Instructor Ilson Evangelista for participating and helping to make our Ocean cleaner!!! — with Cabo Verde Diving at Melia Tortuga Beach Resort.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Become a PADI Professional in 2014 Posted by Andrew Jenkins It’s a brand new year scuba divers! Although this past year may have been your best one yet, it’s now time to look to the future and figure out your next move. Each new year is a time to start fresh. It’s a time to challenge yourself and try out new, fun experiences. So instead of just repeating the same adventures, why not dedicate this year to becoming a PADI Professional? Starting your journey toward becoming a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor is the perfect way to fill this upcoming year with fun, new experiences. Why you should become a PADI Professional Not everybody gets to do what they love for a living. As a scuba diver, however, you have the opportunity to make one of your favorite activities a part of your professional life. Plus, you can work all over the world. With more than 5,300 PADI Dive Centers and Resorts worldwide, you will not have any trouble finding the perfect place for you. Becoming a PADI Professional isn’t just a great opportunity to hone your diving abilities to the professional level. It’s also a chance to have even more fun and experience new adventures. Whether you choose to become a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Instructor, you will have a great time meeting new friends and motivating other students to improve. How to become a PADI Professional Scuba divers who are 18 and want to become a PADI Professional must start by becoming a PADI Divemaster. Before you can enter the course, you will need to be certified as an Open Water Diver, an Advanced Open Water Diver and as a Rescue Diver. Once you have become a certified PADI Divemaster, you can then enroll to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. With this instructor rating you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs that range from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster. In order to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will need to complete the following courses: Divemaster Course Instructor Development Course (IDC), including: - Assistant Instructor Program - Open Water Scuba Instructor Program You can also continue your Instructor level education up to the prestigious Course Director rating. Are you ready to become a PADI Professional? Visit www.padi.com and contact your local PADI Dive shop to get started.
We are working together towards a return to a clean, healthy and abundant ocean !!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

What you eat affects our Ocean

The choices you make on land have a ripple effect on our ocean, lakes and waterways. But the good news is: positive change can be as simple as looking at what’s on your lunch or dinner plate. Over-harvesting of seafood is a significant problem that increases every year. In many areas, fish and other seafood species that were once plentiful are now sparse due to irresponsible fishing practices, food fads and our growing population. You don’t need to cut fish and seafood out of your diet altogether, but you should learn more about the issue and how to make better purchasing choices. If everyone made the effort to only eat sustainable fish, we could give threatened species a better chance for recovery. Many people are surprised to learn which fish are fast approaching the endangered species list. Bluefin tuna, for example, is a popular fish to eat worldwide. So popular, it’s being fished well beyond recommended levels. The Western Altantic Bluefin population has declined a shocking 83 percent since 1950! It’s no secret many sharks suffer a terrible fate largely due to the popularity of their fins in recipes. Researchers report up to 73 million sharks die each year from finning – their fins are cut off and the sharks are thrown back into the ocean alive to die slowly. Other fish to blacklist include Chilean seabass and orange roughy. Imported shrimp should be avoided too because for every one pound of shrimp, up to 15 pounds of other sealife are unintentionally caught and die. So what are some of the best seafood selections you can make? The Super Green List from Seafood Watch includes the best options for your health as well as the health of the ocean. The best of the best in 2013 include: Atlantic mackerel (purse seine from Canada and the U.S.) Freshwater coho salmon (farmed in tank systems from the U.S.) Pacific sardines (wild-caught) Salmon, including canned (wild-caught from Alaska) If you can’t commit all those to memory the SeafoodWatch app for iOS and Android. You can also bookmark the Seafood Search website to lookup fish in your area. Seafood Watch search, app and pocket guide Every day you can make a difference in the health of our oceans. Start by making responsible choices when you eat at restaurants and do your grocery shopping. The future of our world’s waters depend on it! #infographic #seafood

Saturday, January 11, 2014

DIVE AGAINST DEBRIS / PROJECT AWARE - KEEPING THE REEFS OF SAL ISLAND CLEAN - January 12th to March 12th 2014

Cabo Verde Diving' s (www.caboverdediving.net)staff and all volunteer divers joining a DIVE AGAINST DEBRIS research during 2 months on every certified divers dive operation in order to clean our reefs and collect valuable data and start a local Education Campaign. http://www.projectaware.org/action/dive-against-debris-keeping-reefs-sal-clean Participate and give us your ideas and opinion! FACEBOOK: caboverdediving TWITTER: @caboverdediving e-mail: tortuga@caboverdediving.net Cheers and have a nice 2014 plenty of great dive adventures! Leo Saldunbides - PADI MI 184808 Cabo Verde Diving Centre - Melia Tortuga Resort & Spa Sal Island - Cape Verde - Western Africa

Friday, October 4, 2013

OCTOBER 2013

Some photos from our client divers and students from October
PADI Open Water Diver Course Revision: What you need to know! 4 OCT owd manual Over the past five years several PADI courses have been revised: the Instructor Development Course, Rescue Diver and Divemaster courses. An evaluation of the Open Water Diver Course has been part of the overall plan, and its revision is the culmination of two years of analysis, planning and development. You can begin teaching the revised course as soon as you access the updated material and have familiarized yourself with the changes. This bulletin and the Fourth Quarter 2013 edition of The Undersea Journal contain articles to give you background and rationale for the changes. The required implementation date is 1 July 2014 for teaching courses in English and six months after the first quarter 2014 release of Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish materials. Look for implementation dates for these and other languages to be announced by your PADI Regional Headquarters. While the main course structure has not changed, the course content and associated teaching material have evolved. The Open Water Diver Course Instructor Guide and PADI’s Guide to Teaching section – “Open Water Diver Course – Conduct and Skill Recommendations” are also revised and will be incorporated into the respective products in 2014. In the meantime, you can download replacement pages for these reference manuals from the PADI Pros’ Site under Training Essentials/Curriculum. Similarly, the PADI Course Director Manual and PADI IDC Lesson Guides are scheduled for revision in English, with other languages to follow. PADI Course Directors can download replacement presentation notes and revised lesson guides from the PADI Pros’ Site under Training Essentials/ Curriculum/Instructor Development/IDC.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ocean Revival - Algarve - Portugal

Ocean Revival - A Great Diving Site in the Algarve A unique diving site is now being created in the Algarve: Ocean Revival. This innovative project comprises of the sinking of four Portuguese Navy ships that will transform a zone of sand and mud into a very enjoyable place to dive. The ships will make an artificial reef structure, which will allow visits at different levels of difficulty. The underwater park will be located 3 nautical miles away from Portimao, in a calm water zone with temperatures ranging from 16 to 24°C / 61 to 75°F. Ocean Revival is a pioneering project supported by PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa and meets all the requirements to become one of the must-see diving sites of the world. The underwater park will have different levels of difficulty – from the simplest to the most technical type. You can be sure to find innovation, safety and a lot of fun at any of them. The bridge of the sunken ships will be at a depth of 15 metres/50 feet and the keel from 30-35 metres/98-115 feet. Therefore this will allow all kinds of diving, from the beginner to the technical diver. The first two ships – the Zambeze and the Oliveira Carmo – were sunk on 30 October. And the organization will sink the remaining two vessels – the Frigate and the Hydrographic Corvette – over the next year. Visit Ocean Revival website: www.oceanrevival.org

Client divers - Cabo Verde Diving - Meliã Tortuga Resort - September 2013

Our Happy client divers from September 2013 - THANK YOU GUYS !!!
With DSD divers from Spain: Carlitos, Jose, Jonas, Ester and Carlos. Sept 5th, 2013
STUDENTS: Celine from Germany - Laura from France and Ester & Carlos from Spain