Rhoda finally becomes a PADI Dive Professional. It has taken a little longer than she had hoped but Rhoda rose to the challenge of becoming a PADI Pro finishing her Divemaster Course off by guiding some of our guests and staff members at Camia 2 Wreck under her instructor Cyrus’s watchful eye. Everyone had a great dive and an equally great evening with the snorkel test and shuffleboard tournament. Congratulations Rhoda you will be a great Divemaster.
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.
If you would like information on on our up and coming IDC’s please email:- firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
What a wonderful surprise we received this morning at Calypso Diving. Jimmy Christrup, PADI Area Manager for the Philippines,presented Calypso Diving’s owner Rene with an award for 20 years of Outstanding Service as a PADI Member. Rene was the first person to have a PADI dive shop on Boracay, opening 7th December, 1993. Jimmy also presented Andrew and Calypso an award for our amazing fundraising and support for the recent Finathon. Andrew swam 7.5km in 4 hours and the team combined swam over 18km, the distance around Boracay!
Great news. The length of stay in the Philippines has been increased on arrival. The length of stay in the Philippines a recently implemented Memorandum Circular No. RADJR-2013-006 which extends the visa-free entry from 21 days to 30 days under EO 408 dated 09 November 1960 was taken into effect on 01 August 2013.
We received the following information from the Bureau of Immigration here in Manila.
E.O. 408 (No Entry Visa Admissible for an initial stay of 30-days):
Countries whose nationals may enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding 30 days under E.O.408 dated 09 November 1960, provided these foreign nationals are holder of a passport valid at least six months, beyond their contemplated period of stay in Manila and return ticket to their country of origin or a ticket and/or visa to their next country of destination:
|1. Andorra||51. Ghana||101. Norway|
|2. Angola||52. Greece||102. Oman|
|3. Antigua & Barbuda||53. Grenada||103. Palau|
|4. Argentina||54. Guatemala||104. Panama|
|5. Australia||55. Guinea||105. Papua New Guinea|
|6. Austria||56. Guinea-Bissau||106. Paraguay|
|7. Bahamas||57. Guyana||107. Peru|
|8. Bahrain||58. Haiti||108. Poland|
|9. Barbados||59. Honduras||109. Portugal|
|10. Belgium||60. Hungary||110. Qatar|
|11. Benin||61.Iceland||111. Romania|
|12. Bhutan||62. Indonesia||112. Russia|
|13. Bolivia||63. Ireland||113. Rwanda|
|14. Botswana||64. Israel*||114. St. Kitts & Nevis|
|15. Brazil*||65. Italy||115. Saint Lucia|
|16. Brunei||66. Jamaica||116. St. Vincent & the Grenadines|
|17. Bulgaria||67. Japan||117. Samoa|
|18. Burkina Faso||68. Kenya||118. San Marino|
|19. Burundi||69. Kiribati||119. Sao Tome & Principe|
|20. Cambodia||70. Korea (ROK)||120. Saudi Arabia|
|21. Cameroon||71. Kuwait||121. Senegal|
|22. Canada||72. Laos**||122. Seychelles|
|23. Cape Verde||73. Latvia||123. Singapore|
|24. Central African Republic||74. Lesotho||124. Slovak Republic|
|25. Chad||75. Liberia||125. Slovenia|
|26. Chile||76. Liechtenstein||126. Solomon Island|
|27. Colombia||77. Lithuania||127. Somalia|
|28. Comoros||78. Luxembourg||128. South Africa|
|29. Congo||79. Madagascar||129. Spain|
|30. Congo, Democratic Republic||80. Malawi||130. Suriname|
|31. Costa Rica||81. Malaysia||131. Swaziland|
|32. Cote d’ Loire (Ivory Coast)||82. Maldives||132. Sweden|
|33. Cyprus||83. Mali||133. Switzerland|
|34. Czech Republic||84. Malta||134. Tanzania|
|35. Denmark||85. Marshall Island||135. Thailand|
|36. Djibouti||86. Mauritania||136. Togo|
|37. Dominica||87. Mauritius||137. Trinidad & Tobago|
|38. Dominican Republic||88. Mexico||138. Tunisia|
|39. Ecuador||89. Micronesia||139. Turkey|
|40. El Salvador||90. Monaco||140. Tuvalu|
|41. Equatorial Guinea||91. Mongolia||141. Uganda|
|42. Eritrea||92. Morocco||142. United Arab Emirates|
|43. Estonia||93. Mozambique||143. United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland|
|44. Ethiopia||94. Myanmar|
|45. Fiji||95. Namibia||144. United States of America|
|46. Finland||96. Nepal||145. Uruguay|
|47. France||97. Netherlands||146. Vanuatu|
|48. Gabon||98. New Zealand||147. Vatican|
|49. Gambia||99. Nicaragua||148. Venezuela|
|50. Germany||100. Niger||149. Vietnam|
*Nationals from these countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fifty-nine (59) days.
So you can now stay with us longer.