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Museo Atlántico

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

 

The British artist Jason deCaires Taylor has created a sculpture museum at the bottom of the Atlantic off the coast of Lanzarote, one of Spain’s Canary Islands. Museo Atlántico is in 15 metres depths, so is accessible only to Divers, Freedivers and Snorkelers.

They Sculptures are waiting in the depths of the Atlantic and are going to be a fantastic attraction for Lanzarote and the Canary Islands in General.

The Museo Atlántico is the first underwater museum in Europe and should be at the end the new home for 300 sculptures on 200m². For now 35 sculptures were placed in 15 meters of depths in the ocean in front of Playa Blanca in Lanzarote.

Jason Taylor created around 300 life-sized sculptures, cast from real people and grouped in several installations that draw attention to issues such as climate change, conservation and migration. The largest installation is entitled The Rubicon and it comprises a group of 40 people walking towards a gateway. The figures aren’t paying attention to where they are going − some have their eyes closed, some are taking selfies, others are engrossed in their phones. Taylors work is about climate change and how mankind seems to be heading blindly towards a point of no return.

The complete project should be finished in the beginning of 2017 – but all the Dive Centres in the area are receiving enquiries every day from Divers all over the world who are interested to dive the Museo Atlántico.

The Museum opened its doors to the public on the 25th of February 2016.

 

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This new attraction will bring the Canary Islands on top of the European Dive Destinations. Especially because the Canary Islands are an all year around diving destination and a very safe place in our crazy world!  

Minimum certification requirement: OPEN WATER DIVER with experience

Ecological thought

The artificial reefs facilitate the creation of new plants and animal species in the ocean. The Museo Atlántico should therefore not only be a sculpture park, but also serve to protect the sea. The sculptures are likely to lure dive tourists from areas where coral reefs are already highly vulnerable due to water sports activities. The underwater museum can therefore help to consolidate the very sensitive marine ecosystem.

 

Pictures: @ PADI Dive Centre –  Aquatis Diving Center Lanzarote

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Dive Against Debris in Tenerife

Monday, December 14th, 2015

12Dive Dive against Debris 12122015We are very proud to announce that 12Dive, the PADI 5 Star IDC Centre in Tenerife, organized the second Project AWARE Dive against Debris in Tenerife.

After a very successful first Dive against Debris in Tenerife on the 12th of September 2015, the two owners of 12Dive in Tenerife, Mark Vanderhaegen & Alejandro Huitron de Velasco decided to organize, exactly three months later, another successful Beach Clean-up and Project AWARE Dive against Debris.

The event happened on the 12th of December 2015 on the Playa La Caleta in Adeje – Tenerife and was again a very successful happening.

 

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More than six million tons of marine litter is estimated to enter the ocean each year. Once there, our trash accumulates and includes everything from plastic bags, food wrappers and drink bottles to car batteries, fishing nets and industrial waste. Pervasive debris kills wildlife, destroys habitats and threatens our health and economy. Found in even the most remote ocean places, once underwater, debris can remain for generations. Together, we can stop marine debris by taking local action and supporting policy change.
Together we can make a difference – together we can save our oceans, the environment and at the end our beautiful blue planet!

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12Dive is a great example how it can be done and how to involve a lot of people in this
movement. Thanks to 12Dive and their commitment to take care of our oceans and of our world – we can make a difference and a better world.

A Plastic Poem from Steve Andrews in 2010:

Plastic packaging and plastic rings,

Plastic bags for more plastic things,

Plastic bottles for the water you drink,

But plastic causes death so stop and think!

Millions of sea birds and turtles painfully die,

After eating plastic that floats on by,

Plastic thrown away and out of reach,

Ends up as plastic sand on a plastic beach,

Plastic sold for consumer cash

Fills our oceans with plastic trash.

Copyright © 2010 Steve Andrews

 

Thank you 12Dive in Tenerife to be such a strong leader to fight against pollution in the oceans.

The world needs more like you guys!

12Dive AWARE

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Harry Thornton became a PADI Scuba Diver

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

This story is so amazing that I had to write about it. On the 5th of August 2015 something really special happened in Larnaca, Cyprus.

Harry Thornton and Marco CuciniHarry Thornton became a PADI Scuba Diver. Well – this event is nothing out of the ordinary, what is in fact extraordinary, he is born in 1931 and received his Scuba Diver Certification with the age of 83!

Marco Cucini, the PADI Instructor from Viking Divers in Larnaca, Cyprus, had the honour to teach Harry and to show him the beauty of diving.

 
How often do you hear, when you try to sell Scuba Diving around a pool area “Ooh – Scuba Diving? No thank you, I´m too old for this”. Harry Thornton is proofing the opposite. You are never too old to discover the beauty of the underwater world.

Harry Thornton and Marco Cucini.jpg aHarry truly enjoyed himself and wished he started diving 40 years earlier.

Now, Harry Thornton is able to dive together with his son Steve and Grandson Joe who are diving with Viking Divers in Cyprus for many years. On the 19th of October 2015 – Harry will turn 84 years old!

I´m truly inspired by Harry and I wish him all the best, good health and many years of diving!

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The Zenobia Week

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

PDD-Zenobia-560x200This special wreck event, the Zenobia week, is fast becoming a tradition in Cyprus and this year was no exception. Dive centers from all over the island have been bringing their guests to Larnaca to dive the Top 3rd wreck in the world and to compete in the PADI Selfie competition.

Winner Core Regulator

Winning Selfie!

PADI loves special events, nothing excites them more. This year PADI sponsored the Zenobia week by offering a free pair of sunglasses to every diver who signed up for either the deep diver or wreck diver speciality course. If that wasn’t enough, participants were asked to get creative above the water by taking a cool selfie and  entering  PADI’s selfie competition. The coolest selfie was carefully selected and the winner won an amazingly beautiful Aqualung CORE regulator…thankyou Mercury Divers!

Larnaca was full of the hustle and bustle of busy divers over the weekend, all running around in “cool” yellow PADI shades snapping shots in the bazarest of angles. Dive equipment was lugged, tanks were filled and suncream was applied as truck after truck arrived at Larnaca Marina. Happy smiles and damp hugs were everywhere as dive buddies reunited on one of the best dives of their lives. Instructors and divemasters were practically dancing at the PADI Pavilion,and their divers were all eager to meet Sascha Engeler, the PADI Regional Manager, to hopefully make their selfie the winning one. Nice try guys,.. The positive energy was everywhere and it was such a joy to be part of it.

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Jurg Dahler from Coral Bay Divers with the new Aqualung CORE Regulator

Thanks to everyone who took part of this epic Event. Jurg Dahler from Coral Bay Divers took the winning scuba selfie, so the Aqualung CORE Regulator has gone to a good home. It definitely will get to dive regularly and will be allowed to play with all of its underwater friends!

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