Two typhoons have passed by the Philippines in the last week, and the coast guard cancelled all diving and watersports in Boracay for two days. We hope you are all safe now, and we are sending a thought to those who was affected by the horrible weather.
Despite the storms, we’ve had some really nice days when we managed to get in great dives on both sides of the island, and our newest instructor Frank had his first two students at Calypso. They started off with discover scuba diving, decided to try and do the scuba diver course, and ended up fully certified open water divers! Congratulations to both of you, Niño and Marissa, you guys did a great job and we know that Frank is very proud of you!
New from this week: single adventure dives to credit towards you advanced course! We now offer single adventure dives for those of you who would like to try out something new, maybe go for a deep dive, but don’t have time for the full advanced open water course. Once you have done the adventure dive with us, we give you a copy of the training record for the dive, which will be credited towards your advanced course if you continue your training within 12 months. So there is no more excuses, take the step and expand your knowledge and experience with us today!
Course Director Mario “The loud one” Elumba is back! Some of you might already know him as one of the very first Course Directors in Philippines and a valued member of the Calypso team during the previous ownership. He is now back and will be teaching IDCs at Calypso again from next year, starting with the first course on January 7. However, if you want to join a course, you better hurry! He is a popular guy, and the first IDC is almost fully booked already!
But don’t worry, if you don’t make it to the January IDC, there will be more chances. The following IDC is scheduled for March, and we plan to do more if there is interest. If you are interested in the course, we are still open for requests regarding dates after March, so go ahead and send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
So again, a big welcome back Mario! We are thrilled to have you working with us again and we are looking forward to the next IDC in January!
IDC dates 2017
January 7 – 20 IDC + EFRI March 10 – 22 IDC + EFRI
January 21-22 IE March 24-25 IE
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We are back on the blog! It’s been a long time since we last gave you a proper update from our dive center, and a lot has happened during this time. There have been changes, both in the staff and in the dive center itself, but the old Calypso spirit is still here.
Let us briefly take you through what has happened since the last post. First of all, we have a partly new dive team. Most of you already know instructor Borek and divemaster Darwin, and we are happy to say that they are both still with us. We also have another four instructors from different parts of the world, and a highly experienced course director who some of you might remember from back in the days. We will introduce them all to you later on.
The dive center building has been renovated, but we still have two classrooms for our diving courses, a reception with plenty of information about our diving and smaller essentials for sale, such as masks and rashguards. The pool outside has been lined with sun beds, and there is a nice freshwater shower in the corner. However, diver training still has priority over other pool use, and the water is normally bubbling from divers learning new skills.
For those of you who follow us on Facebook, you already know that we got a new boat a while ago, “Cadi”. She’s big, she’s blue and she’s perfect for everything from single tank dives to sunset cruises and longer dive trips!
As for the rest, it is pretty much the same. We still offer courses from beginners up to instructor level, amazing fun dives for all certification levels, and a great time no matter what you decide to do while you are here!
That’s all for now! We will be back again soon to introduce our dive staff, talk about happenings here at Calypso and discuss questions that we get regarding this and that. Until then, let’s go diving!
CONGRATULATIONS to Ivan, Frank, Jeremie and Paulo – PADI Instructors! Following the IDC with Course Director Sue Gibbins and the Instructor Exam with Marc van der Poel, we’ve also enjoyed some great dives as part of the Specialty Instructor training, including Enriched Air, Digital Underwater Photographer and Underwater Videographer. Thanks to Paulo for the awesome marine life photos:
Big congrats to Ville, Mel and Sam – now PADI Instructors!