Angi and KF Go Pro.

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Posted on 10th May 2014 by calypso in Career |Diving |General

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.

Kevin’s Divemaster Graduation.

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Posted on 13th March 2014 by calypso in Career |Diving |Entertainment |General

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.

Second Maniguin Relief Trip.

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Posted on 13th December 2013 by calypso in Career |Diving |Entertainment |Environment |General

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.

Maniguin Relief Trip.

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Posted on 29th November 2013 by calypso in Career |Diving |Entertainment |Environment |General

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.

Please click the following link to see the video:-  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMCQm64-bhg&feature=youtu.be

Pool Clean Up.

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Posted on 29th November 2013 by calypso in Career |Diving |Entertainment |Environment |General

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.

Relief Aid After Super Typhoon Yolanda.

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Posted on 29th November 2013 by calypso in Career |Diving |Entertainment |Environment |General

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.

Double Awards for 2013.

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Posted on 9th October 2013 by calypso in Career |Diving |Environment |General

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!

You can stay with us longer!

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Posted on 27th August 2013 by calypso in Career |Diving |Entertainment |Environment |General

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
150. Zambia
151. Zimbabwe

*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.

Divemaster Graduation.

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Posted on 13th August 2013 by calypso in Career |Diving |General

Maria has been with Calypso Diving for nearly two years helping out in the restaurant, behind the bar and in the dive shop. Maria started with a Discover Scuba Diving experience and was hooked. She went onto complete Open Water, Advance, EFR and Rescue, Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty and finally Divemaster. It has been great having her here at Calypso and we wish her all the luck in her new job in Hong Kong. I’m sure it will be a long time before she forgets the snorkel test and the raw egg…….. It was her choice!

New Instructors… living the dream!

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Posted on 28th May 2013 by calypso in Career |Diving |General

Big congrats to Gery and Randy who successfully completed the IDC and passed the Instructor Exam.

Randy – winner of LiveTheScubaDream contest sponsored by PADI, Asia Divers, Cressi, Calypso and Canon – has been documenting the amazing experience. He’s got some great photos to share, and he’ll be posting his thoughts on the LTSD blog very soon.

On behalf of Rene, Sue, Andrew, the rest of the Calypso Team and the generous sponsors: WELL DONE TO YOU BOTH!

Photos taken with Canon cameras.