Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gili Islands PADI IDC is over!

The Gili Islands PADI IDC at PADI IDC Center Oceans 5 is over!

After 9 intense days of hard work the IDC candidates have a day of relaxing. Tomorrow the PADI Instructor Examination will start. That's a 2 days exam.

The candidates Flo, Tom, Fareez, Sean and Yuda were doing a great job. They all past the IDC requirements and will be there on the IE.

Some of the candidates will use today as a study day, relaxing day or a diving day. But the real work is already done. Tomorrow and the day after a PADI Examiner will come to Gili Air to see if the know what the PADI Course Directors Camille Lemmens and Sander Buis the candidates have taught.

Also tomorrow night there will be a presentation at Oceans 5 dive resort. it will be a presentation about Mola Molas, and it starts at 19.00. Everyone can join and it is free.

The next events at Oceans 5 dive resort will be:

2 September: Presentation of Shark Guardian
11 -12 September: DDI Instructor Course
18 September: PADI Instructor Development Course

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Protecting the reefs of the Gili Islands

Oceans 5 is protecting the reefs. Every week Oceans 5 dive resort organizes a free reef clean up in the harbor of Gili Air, Indonesia. A lot of people are asking us, why is our dive shop doing this and why is it so important to make awareness about the coral?

IDC Center Oceans 5  Gili Islands cleans up the reefs

So why are coral reefs so important?

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth. Coral reefs support more species per unit area than any other marine environment, including about 4,000 species of fish, 800 species of hard corals and hundreds of other species. Scientists estimate that there may be another 1 to 8 million undiscovered species of organisms living in and around reefs (Reaka-Kudla, 1997). This biodiversity is considered key to finding new medicines for the 21st century. Many drugs are now being developed from coral reef animals and plants as possible cures for cancer, arthritis, human bacterial infections, viruses, and other diseases. Storehouses of immense biological wealth, reefs also provide economic and environmental services to millions of people. Coral reefs may provide goods and services worth $375 billion each year. This is an amazing figure for an environment that covers less than 1 percent of the Earth’s surface (Costanza et al., 1997).

Healthy reefs contribute to local economies through tourism. Diving tours, fishing trips, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses based near reef systems provide millions of jobs and contribute billions of dollars all over the world. The commercial value of U.S. fisheries from coral reefs is over $100 million (NMFS/NOAA, 2001). In addition, the annual value of reef-dependent recreational fisheries probably exceeds $100 million per year. In developing countries, coral reefs contribute about one-quarter of the total fish catch, providing critical food resources for tens of millions of people (Jameson et al., 1995).

Coral reefs buffer adjacent shorelines from wave action and prevent erosion, property damage and loss of life. Reefs also protect the highly productive wetlands along the coast, as well as ports and harbors and the economies they support. Globally, half a billion people are estimated to live within 100 kilometers of a coral reef and benefit from its production and protection. Human-caused, or anthropogenic activities are major threats to coral reefs. Pollution, overfishing, destructive fishing practices using dynamite or cyanide, collecting live corals for the aquarium market and mining coral for building materials are some of the many ways that people damage reefs all around the world every day. (Bryant et al., 1998)

One of the most significant threats to reefs is pollution. Land-based runoff and pollutant discharges can result from dredging, coastal development, agricultural and deforestation activities, and sewage treatment plant operations. This runoff may contain sediments, nutrients, chemicals, insecticides, oil, and debris (UVI, 2001).

When some pollutants enter the water, nutrient levels can increase, promoting the rapid growth of algae and other organisms that can smother corals (Jones & Endean, 1976).

Coral reefs also are affected by leaking fuels, anti-fouling paints and coatings, and other chemicals that enter the water (UVI, 2001). Petroleum spills do not always appear to affect corals directly because the oil usually stays near the surface of the water, and much of it evaporates into the atmosphere within days. However, if an oil spill occurs while corals are spawning, the eggs and sperm can be damaged as they float near the surface before they fertilize and settle. So, in addition to compromising water quality, oil pollution can disrupt the reproductive success of corals, making them vulnerable to other types of disturbances. (Bryant, et al, 1998). In many areas, coral reefs are destroyed when coral heads and brightly-colored reef fishes are collected for the aquarium and jewelry trade. Careless or untrained divers can trample fragile corals, and many fishing techniques can be destructive. In blast fishing, dynamite or other heavy explosives are detonated to startle fish out of hiding places.

This practice indiscriminately kills other species and can crack and stress corals so much so that they expel their zooxanthellae. As a result, large sections of reefs can be destroyed. Cyanide fishing, which involves spraying or dumping cyanide onto reefs to stun and capture live fish, also kills coral polyps and degrades the reef habitat (NMFS Office of Protected Resources, 2001). More than 40 countries are affected by blast fishing, and more than 15 countries have reported cyanide fishing activities (ICRI, 1995).

Certain types of fishing can severely damage reefs. Trawlers catch fish by dragging nets along the ocean bottom. Reefs in the net's path get mowed down. Long wide patches of rubble and sand are all that is left in their wake. Other damaging fishing techniques include deep water trawling, which involves dragging a fishing net along the sea bottom, and muro-ami netting, in which reefs are pounded with weighted bags to startle fish out of crevices. (Bryant, et al, 1998).

Often, fishing nets left as debris can be problematic in areas of wave disturbance. In shallow water, live corals become entangled in these nets and are torn away from their bases (Coles, 1996). In addition anchors dropped from fishing vessels onto reefs can break and destroy coral colonies (Bryant, et al, 1998).

Around the Gili Islands there is are the same kind of problems. The Gili Islands were attacked by a bleaching event, sand erosion by coastal developments, dynamite fishing, compressor fishing, coastal developments on the beach, waste water problems, plastic problems and more. It is time to stand up, to do something about it. That's why Oceans 5 organizes free Beach and Reef Clean Ups. Oceans 5 supports actively the Ocean CleanUp program and Shark Guardian.

Oceans 5 is also organizing events, the next event will be the 25th of August: a presentation about Mola Molas, the Sun Fish.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

IDC Gili Islands starts soon

We ensure that the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) at Oceans 5 Dive Resort in Gili Air, Indonesia gives you more than just an instructor certification. We focus on helping you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence you will use daily in your career as an instructor. Learning to teach diving is a bit like learning to drive a car. Passing your driving test does not necessarily mean that you have the skills, experience and confidence to be a good driver. It's the same with diving. Our IDC is more than just a way to get your instructor certification!

Why do your IDC with IDC Gili Islands - Oceans 5?

We offer every IDC in English , with the possibility of taking it in Dutch, French and German. The next IDC Gili Islands starts the 16th of August. The IDC preparation starts 1 week before the IDC starts.

By taking your IDC with us, you will:

1) Benefit directly from the real-world diving industry experience of our PADI Course Director. Our Platinum PADI Course Director, Camille Lemmens, has over 10 years' work experience as an Instructor, in Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and Philippines. His background means that Camille has experienced many of the situations you can expect to meet as an instructor. He shows you how to apply what you learn and handle successfully the challenges instructors face every day. Owner of Oceans 5, Sander Buis, is also a PADI Course Director.

2) Become highly employable, worldwide. Dive centres seek instructors who know how to balance the needs of guests, colleagues and management, and who can deliver high-quality courses, sell and promote diving. Camille and Sander will help you to develop and apply the skills that make you attractive to employers and help you find work.

3) Increase your work opportunities. Approximately 85% of our IDC candidates work with us afterwards. While we do not guarantee you a job, we seek staff who display a positive attitude during the IDC. Our working language is English; speaking German, French or Dutch gives you an extra advantage.

4) Gain teaching experience, by shadowing one of our staff teaching a PADI course. You see for yourself the practicalities of running a course, and make a smooth transition to teaching students of your own.

5) Benefit from Oceans 5 staff instructors to assist, advise and support you, on many of our IDCs. They are ready to share with you their experiences of working in diving, living on Gili Air, and the challenges and rewards of being an instructor.

6) Enjoy the same high level of professionalism, high-quality facilities and friendly atmosphere that we offer to everyone diving with us. There is a maximum of 8-10 candidates per IDC group, allowing each to receive individual attention. Oceans 5 dive resort creates a family, at the end of the course you will be part of it.

Our facilities We run the IDC Gili Islands at Oceans 5 dive resort in Gili Air. Our award-winning facilities include air-conditioned training rooms, and a specially designed diver training pool. After the day's IDC training is completed, you can relax at Oceans 5 Bar, the chill out zone, or our restaurant.

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