Congratulations to our 5 new PADI Instructors. It has been an intensive couple of weeks at Calypso Diving. Prior to the Instructor Development Course (IDC) there were 3 days of in water and classroom preparation for the candidates to home their skills and knowledge. Then PADI Course Director, Sue Gibbins, and PADI Master Instructors Andrew Barrett and Peter Tay guided the 5 candidates from, France, The Philippines and China through the IDC and onto the ultimate goal, passing the PADI Instructor Exam (IE) and becoming instructors themselves. The IDC consists of knowledge development presentations, confined water presentations and open water presentations. With the IE testing the knowledge and skills they have acquired across 2 days. It was all worth the enormous effort which was put in by the candidates and staff, and we now have 5, very happy, new PADI Instructors on Boracay. Congratulations.
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Angi Troy left the exotic climate of the UK and embarked on an adventure to become a PADI PRO. Angi was with us for just over 10 weeks starting with the PADI Open Water course and worked her way up to becoming a PADI Divemaster. We look forward to seeing Angi when she returns this month. Angi will be working full time with us as a Divemaster gaining experience and hopefully going onto becoming an instructor in the future.
KF Chan joined us from Hong Kong for nearly two weeks for an intensive Divemaster course, thank goodness he completed PADI eLearning prior to arrival. Although it was a short time KF grasped what was required from a Divemaster and will be back again soon, on his next vacation, to gain more hands on experience with Divemaster duties and assisting on courses before going onto become an instructor next year.
Congratulations to you both and all the best in the future.
Once again Calypso hosted the annual Shuffleboard World Cup 2014. Teams returned from the Philippines, England, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria. China and USA entered teams for the first time this year and of course The Rest of the World. The first day saw the Philippines qualify and then the other countries qualified on day two. Day 3 was the first day proper with 15 teams. By the end there were only 8 still standing, Philippines A, Philippines B, Sweden B, Switzerland A, the Defending Champs, Germany, Switzerland B and Norway. The final day saw Philippines A knock out the Defending Champions in an epic crowd pleasing show down to set up a final between the two home nation teams. Renato and Jan Jan were victorious, Philippines B, taking the 2014 title. It was another successful event with prize draws every night and the infamous SMB drinking challenge which Sarah won for the ladies and Andrew won (beating Chris in a head to head drink off) for the men. Thank you to everyone who took part in this event and hopefully see everyone again next year. Also an enormous thank you to our sponsors, Asia Divers, San Miguel, Calypso Diving, Calypso Lounge, Pinjalo and Calypso Resort, and Gio and Icee for hosting and running things so smoothly.
Our good friend Sir Kevin of England came to visit us once more and this time completed Emergency First Response and PADI Rescue Diver before Chris and Andrew put him through his paces on the PADI Divemaster course. Lots of fun was had by all during the courses and we finished off with the traditional snorkel test. See you soon.
Following on from an enormously successful first trip with relief goods for the people of Maniguin Island we went again. With further donations from our divers and money still left over from the first trip, Christmas presents purchased in Manila, along with soft drinks and sacks of rice were packed onto Isla once again and we headed off to the remote island to ensure a very happy Christmas. The people again greeting us with open arms and words of thanks. The Captain of the island community said she would protect the Maniguin dive sites for future generations to enjoy, a move in the right direction. The Captain also told us that they are starting to receive Government aid now as well. Calypso Diving would like to thank everyone who kindly donated.
We decided to conduct a beach clean up post Super Typhoon Yolanda and pre Christmas. The whole team was involved and we had a great time. It was interesting that there was not as much trash as we expected following the typhoon. We still retrieved glass bottles, plastic bottles, plastic fragments and everyday trash. It was great to see critters like pipe horses, ghost pipefish, shrimps and crabs. Once back we segregated the trash for disposal and recycling. Gery rescued an orang-utan crab and returned him safely back to the ocean. Great job Team.
Saturday 23rd November 2013. Calypso Diving finally set sail to Maniguin Island after post poning the trip due to bad weather.Maniguin Islandis 26 nautical miles from Boracay and has around 900 people living there. The community is very isolated and depend upon sea weed farming and fishing to make ends meet. We departed at 4am and arrived at Maniguin Island around 9am after 5 hours on the high seas. It was all worth the effort though. On arrival we were greeted by the Captain of the island along with all the families and children. With the help and coordination ot the Captain we were able to distribute the relief aid to the families who had been living off sea weed and coconuts with no fresh water. Calypso Diving would like to thank Beno Iseli, Kevin Goodwin, Olle Anderson, Johan Munthe, Jonas Jansson, Erik Logdberg, Kristian Nylen, The Rotary Club (Marlow), Andre Stalder, Lisbeth and Ruedi Kneubuehler, Carlota Cura, Tanja Bjoroy, Alberto P. Nunez, Klaus and Cornelia Aebi, Calypso Staff and everyone who helped out. A truely successful trip, thank you.
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Super Typhoon Yolanda filled the Calypso Diving pool with palm leaves, roof tiles and any other debris that was not secured down. We drained the pool, cleaned it and made some slight repairs such as new pool lights. The pool took 14 hours to drain and 9 days to refill. The pool is now reopened and confined water training underway.
Friday 8th November 2013, Super Typhoon Yolanda smashed into the Philippines. It is the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall. The Hong Kong Observatory put the storm’s maximum ten-minute sustained winds at 260km/h (160mph) and a one-minute sustained winds at 315km/h (196mph). The cyclone caused catastrophic damage to Leyte and Samar Islands. Here on Boracay we were lucky as the eye of the storm passed just below us. We suffered some broken trees and roof damage on the island. Super Typhoon Yolanda was stronger than both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy combined.
In the coming days after Super Typhoon Yolanda had passed through the Philippines friends and family of staff along with many guests past and present of Calypso Diving wanted to help the local communities close to Boracay affected by the devastating typhoon. With the funds raised we purchased over 2 tonnes of relief aid including drinking water, rice, canned goods, biscuits, sugar, oil and soy. The whole team and many guests went to work dividing the goods into relief parcels for the local community of Maniguin Island.
We are very proud to announce Chris Hewett’s new role as Activities Manager and the launch of Calypso Adventures. Chris will be offering a variety of dive safaris to amazing places such as Monkey Island, Maniguin Island, Panagatan, and further! Calypso Aventures now offers a land based trip to the beautiful Tibiao Falls in Antique. Activities on and around the Boracay Island may also be organised such as:- para-sailing, fly fish,banana boat, jet ski, windsurfing, go karting, ATV, helicopter tours and much much more. So next time you visit us at Calypso see Chris or one of our team and we will help you maximise your fun during your stay. Alternatively contact us prior:- email@example.com