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 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


Cabo Verde Diving' s ( 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. Participate and give us your ideas and opinion! FACEBOOK: caboverdediving TWITTER: @caboverdediving e-mail: 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