Saltwater Brewery a small craft beer brand in Florida whose primary target are surfers fishermen and people who love the sea, has come up with an idea that could save the lives of marine animals around the world: biodegradable and edible six-pack rings.
We have got used to seeing tragic pictures of birds, otters, turtles, and fish stuck in plastic six-pack rings that slowly kill them after getting wrapped around their necks when humans chuck them in the ocean or lose them on the beach.
Saltwater Brewery’s product makes it easy for animals to simply chew them off and even eat them. Even better, the rings are created from a by-product of the beer-making process meaning that they are not only completely safe for fish to eat, but they are completely sustainable and biodegradable, too.
If nothing eats them, they simply dissolve!
As with many environmentally friendly products, the edible six-pack rings are more expensive to produce. Saltwater Brewery is working to add the rings to all of their canned products, and ideally they will share the technology with other breweries and drink makers, so the future will be littered with less plastic.
Over the past few years Cyprus has been sinking ships in order to create artificial reefs. The need for this initiative has been the dwindling fish stocks around the island.
The project is being financed to a great extent by the EU fisheries programme which has been running from 2007. Funding for the first reef was supported by the programme. Contributions to the project have been made by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Cyprus Dive Centre Association.
Dive In Limassol on 3rd September 2016, were asked to take part in the public rescue displays in Limassol with the Limassol Professional Life Guard Association.This Diver Rescue was just one of the many scenarios, they showed, others included a jet ski accident, an inflatable boat overturned and swimmers in distress.
We had great fun with the Life Guards, and the Marine Police who kindly gave us special permission to fire off the distress flares.
This event was covered by the local news channels and watched by several Limassol MPS and well as a large audience on the beach.
To commemorate 50 Years as a Scuba Diving Training Agency PADI will be releasing this year more videos and a limited edition Black 50th Year Certification Card.
This is the latest new Video from PADI featuring Dr. Sylvia Earle who says it best:
PADI can be an agent of change.
Enlisting the powers that the PADI members have.
To spread the word…to engage people, to engage the world.
To take care of the ocean that takes care of all of us.
As a scuba diver we must look after our equipment so it can look after us underwater!
During the PADI Open Water Course, when you started diving, there is a whole section on equipment and how to care for it, hopefully your Instructor would have gone through the correct way to wash the dive gear. Although in some Countries, all this is done for you by the staff. This should not have been the case as it is a part of the Open Water Course, as it is with the PADI Scuba Diver Course. Its covered in the very first chapter.
At Dive In, when we train customers we do go through the correct way to wash the diving equipment.
After each dive, whether it be in a pool or the sea, the equipment needs to be washed properly.
Well both chlorine and salt water can damage the gear. Chlorine is a type of bleach, and salt in the water when dry will turn into salt crystals. This will damage BCD’s, wetsuits and of course the regulators.
So how do you wash your gear after each dive?
Ensure that the dust cap is in place. Why it is called a dust cap is strange as its main purpose is to stop water entering the 1st stage of the regulator. Failure to have this in place and getting water in the 1st stage, will mean that the regulator will need servicing. This is costly, and most Dive Centre’s will charge you for this!!
Firstly rinse the regulators in clean fresh water. Do not push the purge button when doing this, the purge should never be push when in water unless connected to a cylinder that has been turned on. Shake the excess water out and hang to dry.
Next comes the BCD. Rinse in the fresh water, put water into the BCD via the manual inflation tube, by holding down the button that releases the air whist filling with the water. Turn upside down and swill the water around inside the BCD. Whilst still upside down empty all of the water out via the inflator, push both the inflate and deflate buttons to clean them thoroughly. Turn the right way up and pull the dump valve at the bottom to ensure all the water is out. Hang up to dry after manually blowing air into the BCD.
Rinse your mask.
Wetsuits are next. Thoroughly rinse, inside out and hang to dry. Make such that all the equipment drys in the shade, as direct sunlight will bleach your gear.
Now your boots and lastly the weight belt.
Remember this order for hygiene! Some divers do pee in their wetsuits and who wants to rinse their regulators in anther divers pee?????
Welcome to Dive In. My name is Jonathan, I own and run the Dive Center along with daughter Chloe and my partner Debbie. Both Chloe and my self are instructors, whilst Debbie runs the office administration, accounts and shop sales.
Photo to the left of me & Chloe is of a 2015 campaign from PADI.
At Dive in we just love diving, it’s great fun! Our planet is 70% water and yet most of us don’t experience that. So change your life today. Learn to dive!
We teach from Bubble Makers, Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Divers, Open Water Divers through to Advanced Level Divers, Rescue onto the Professional Route in Diving being, Dive Master, Assistant Instructor & Instructor.
During our main Season, April to November the team is expanded with a number of PADI Pro Instructors & Dive Masters who can speak and teach in a range of languages
We have all made New Year’s resolutions at some point in our lives, it’s a nice tradition and gives us certain goals to reach
It’s not too late to add one more to your list. Why not this year make one of your resolutions to change your life and bring some adventure into it, along with experiencing the peaceful & amazing underwater world, meet new friends above and below the water. It’s easy, all you need to do is learn to Scuba Dive.
Scuba Diving has become an extremely popular & trendy activity with a lot of people, even amongst the stars for example, Tiger Woods, Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Kate Moss, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba & Sandra Bullock along with many more. And they all Scuba Dive for the following reasons;
It opens us up to a whole new world of meeting new people, it also gives us the opportunity to meet and experience a fantastic array of marine life and be part of their world.
The feeling of “weightlessness” is completely de stressing & relaxing, no mobiles or emails under water, so you cannot be disturbed, complete time out, which is why most people dive.
It helps us to keep fit by using all of our bodies muscles, even though it feels like you are not really working out you do burn calories, the fact that you are wearing a neoprene suit means you are sweating without realising it, and just by kicking your fins to pull you forward, it is using your bodies strength & stamina (cardio) all this without the hard work out you need to do in the gym, in fact PADI have been researching this and estimate that a 30 min shore dive in temperate water can burn through as many as 300 calories, which is the same as jogging but with out the hard sweat!
Diving also teaches you new skills, how to put a set scuba gear together, how air and pressure change underwater and how you can adjust for this, you also learn around 20 signals underwater enabling you to communicate with your buddy and dive leader. These skills are great to learn for all ages, especially children (8 is the earliest you can learn to dive, in the swimming pool with the PADI Bubble Maker program, 10 is the minimum age you need to be to gain your first PADI certification level)
Drops Of Breath is the first ever in the world underwater dance performance. The idea and concept has been brought together from Choreographers Sophie Bulbulyan (France) and Apostolia Papadamaki (Greece) in collaboration with Lia Haraki (Cyprus) and artists from 10 countries to present an spectacular underwater dance-visual.
This first time underwater show was recently shown in one of the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean at Cape Sounion beach, the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon which is at the edge of Attica land looking over the Aegean Sea. There were 14 performers from France, Greece and Cyprus and Dive In Limassol had he great pleasure in being asked to sponsor the event along with training one of the dancers/underwater performers.
On the 1st November 2015 Dive In were invited to meet everyone involved and see the filmed version of the event shown at The Old Vinegar House in Limassol’s old town.
What is absolutely wonderful about the project is that it is inspiring to us all that anything can be possible if minds come together coupled with some hard work and determination.
2016 the project will hopefully be coming to Cyprus waters. Below is a trailer of the event.