News Splash March, 2016

What’s up at Dive Friends? The latest news

Right, you all want to hear about the critter sightings first, so here goes…. A short-nosed batfish has pretty much taken up residence in the confined water in front of Yellow Sub. There’s been recent reports of a seahorse in the shallows, so hopefully he or she will stick around and bring friends. There have been quite a few reports of manta sightings – fingers crossed that we’ll have another summer of Manta Madness!

We wish a warm welcome to Jesika, a PADI and SSI instructor from the Yukon, by way of the Netherlands.

Huge congratulations are in order to our certified PADI Divemasters Oscar, Edward, Charlie, Milan, Luis, Tonia and Jace!

We have the honor of hosting a few visiting instructors: Amy from Iowa, Picasso from Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec, Professor Chris and Duffy from Minnesota.

One of the best parts of working in the dive industry is that you can move around the world and find work wherever there’s water! Unfortunately, that means that we have to have a lot of going away parties. In the past few months we’ve wished a fond farewell to: Ingrid, Parag, Pepijn and Kevin. We’re looking forward to hearing about their new adventures.

Renovations are underway at Port Bonaire so please excuse our mess. We’re hard at work on our new facilities and they are going to be amazing. We’ve already added the feature of night dive lockers, so our diving guests will be able to store their gear there and have after-hours access.

By popular demand, our morning two tank boat will be going to visit dive sites in the North on Saturdays as well as Wednesdays.

We’ve been officially declared 100% Awesome by Project AWARE for our environmental work. We think that this is a pretty cool certification and accept it proudly on behalf of all of you – the Dive Friends that support us! Our next clean up dive will be on April 9th and rumor has it that we will have a celebrity guest….be there or be square!

Hope to see you underwater soon!

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