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Summer with Dive Funatics

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Summer of 2017 is about to reach its end, but for Dive Funatics, what better way to end the summer than with a Dive Against Debris, Green Star Award, becoming a 100% AWARE partner and with 54 certifications issued.

We are never been more grateful for having been given the opportunity to train so many fine divers in a relatively short window. To be part of a diver’s journey, experience and learning is a privilege worthy of an article to pay tribute to the trust, the confidence and the kind words our alumni has uttered in our favor. These people have trusted us, used our online booking system, accepted how our courses are structured, and gave our choice of learning materials a chance to prove their suitability. They simply are the right people that we hope to reach.

Summer is not just training and certifications for us. Summer is also the time where we see familiar faces, the ones whom we consider friends and even family coming over to dive with us for the Nth time. Summer is also a time when we celebrate our PADI Membership anniversary, our birthdays, a time when we get attacked by angry and protective huge titan trigger fishes despite our heightened situational awareness. We even had the very rare opportunity to dive with the PADI Regional Manager for Philippines in one of our fun dives!

Scuba diving in Cebu is convenient, practical and course-centric. It is a place where one can get the most value for money in terms of PADI scuba diving courses and dive adventures. This is the area where Dive Funatics excel at, are known for, and the place where your safety and service quality are highly regarded.

Ultimately, we want to end our summer with a sincere appreciation to the people behind our operations, to those who have helped us become what we are today, and to those who trusted us with their courses. Congratulations for a summer well spent!

Guide to Guilt-Free and Non-Selfish Protection Alternatives for Your Skin as well as the Corals

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Is Your Sunscreen Saving Your Skin  but Harming the Environment?

It’s summer time again on this part of the world. The sun has been meaner more than ever and thus requiring more potent sun-protection additives to sunscreens. When going out to buy one for your upcoming summer adventures in the beach, please also consider the effects this may have on our underwater friends especially the corals. It’s not enough that the label reads “organic”.

Be mindful of the ingredient called oxybenzone. This is component found in many sunscreen products as well as shampoo and mascara. It is a very dangerous component which can cause severe deformity in corals and even death to these underwater creatures. Per MarineSafe.Org, one drop of this substance is equivalent to six and a half Olympic-size swimming pools’ worth of water sufficient to damage coral. It’s that harmful to our underwater friends. It could also even be harmful enough to humans as this substance is being tagged as an endocrine disrupter, meaning it affects the hormones and reproductive functions of the user. Oxybenzone is currently being tagged as a product which meets the criteria for substances under high concern and is included in the list of substances which needs to be replaced. MarinSafe.org has published a list of chemicals commonly found in sunscreen lotions which may be beneficial to humans but are extremely deadly to corals. You may access the list on this link.

Military Cap / Hat from Dive Funatics

Next time you use a sunblock when you hit the waters, consider buying green brands. Or you may go to your garden and check your pantry. You can whip up some concoction free of petrochemicals and other artificial ingredients. For a natural water-resistant sun lotion, you may use the gel of an aloe vera and mix it with some beeswax, shea butter, olive oil, and rosemary extract– these are the common ingredients used in marine-approved sunscreens. And just wear a hat!

Why Choose Dive Funatics

Best Scuba Diving School in the Philippines

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What makes Dive Funatics the best scuba diving school in the Philippines

Customers value our training because we stand firm in what we believe in

There are times when we lost our potential customers to other centers because they offer cheap prices with a lot of “freebies”. Sad to say, with our current pricing models, we still do not make a lot of money. We have always wondered how others are able to offer theirs with all the freebies, it doesn’t seem to make any business sense. We have the same costs, we are supposed to use the same materials and manuals, and still, the math doesn’t add up. Something has to give, some corners are being cut in the process, at least that is what our logic suggest.

Here’s a short video about why it is still in your best interest to choose us even if you pay a little extra.

The People behind Dive Funatics

over 30 years of combined years of teaching experience, collectively issued over 3000 certifications under their belts

Our team of instructors started young, trained by the best course directors in their time, trained with proper diving fundamentals, with safe diving habits in mind, and passion for eco-marine protection. Dive Funatics believe that the people who makes up the organization determines the outcome of our students and products. Our team shares the culture of sustainability by protecting the reef which supports our industry. Our team shares the culture of ensuring that each diver that comes our way will be trained properly. Our instructors share the common value that safety is the primary priority.

Responsible diving – The heart of ideology

the world is composed of 71% water, 97% of that is ocean

Our consistent conservation efforts without less marketing hype puts us in the forefront of serious marine conservation movement. We do what is necessary, we act without any external support, we spend and produce without getting anything back in return. We don’t just clean up because everyone does it in September, we don’t just do it because media will make a buzz about it, we just don’t do it because everyone in the social media would react to it.

We believe that we should shift our focus more to protect our marine environment. The world is composed of 71% water, 97% of that is ocean, but nobody else seems to care much about it. The world is busy posting tarpaulins about fun runs and other land based activities and most of their bottled waters, food packaging, plastic trash ending up in the ocean! Who would clean up after that?

Honesty and Transparency

we do not compete with pricing, our fees are reasonable and transparent. No misleading published rates

We do not compete with pricing, our fees are reasonable and transparent. No misleading published rates, No hidden fees and No surprises, No cutting of corners, No substandard instructors to handle your courses. Our services are not cheap, nor they are expensive, just priced right.

The little money we make allows us grow our business, pay our people reasonably, give back to our community, fuel our passion.

We are unmatched when it comes to value for your money, superb customer experience, reasonably priced PADI courses, and unparalleled professionalism.

How do we compare from other popular dive operators in Cebu?

The verdict is clear. Dive Funatics successfully sets itself apart from the other dive centers in Mactan, Cebu, Philippines in this clear and credible side by side comparison between Dive Funatics vs. Sidive vs. Kontiki Divers with carefully and logically criteria set as basis for the choice. Here’s the Top Pick Best Dive Centers in Cebu.

Ultimately, we are the best scuba diving school in Cebu, Philippines!

You want your training to be thorough, safe and worth it. Experience may be the best teacher but having a solid and strong dive basics and foundation ensures that you do not develop the bad habits and instead maximize your learning potential as you dive more and more over time.

Cebu the best place to learn scuba diving

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Why Cebu is the best place to learn scuba diving?

为什么选择宿务?

宿务,这个被眷顾的潜水圣地,因为城市的高度发展和诸多新晋的潜水点而著称。一些潜水点更是由于它们的整体美感,珊瑚礁,能见度,水温以及水下生物的多样性而闻名全世界。其中,妈妈拍丝瓜岛,莫阿尔博阿尔岛,麦坦岛是最受潜水员和准潜水员欢迎的目的地。蒸蒸日上的潜水业,遍地开花的潜店,等待一个向往大海的您……

水肺潜水是有一定前提条件的。只要您年满十岁,不畏惧水,身体和精神状况较好,向往学习新技能,那么恭喜您!您已经满足潜水员的基本条件了!学习潜水的两天时间里,您只需阅读和学习相关潜水资料并通过笔试,在水中训练熟悉各种潜水技巧并独立完成相应测试,您即可成为一位合格的潜水员。事实上,我们有不少学员不用两天时间就完成了所有课程。

水肺潜水和机动车驾驶相似,都需要您持有有效的相关证件。潜水时,您需要持有国际认可的潜水员证,如PADI潜水员认证协会颁发的潜水员证。您可以将其当作参加潜水活动的许可证,购买装备和气瓶充气的许可证等等。

水肺潜水看起来轻松休闲,实质有不少潜在危险,如果处理不当还可能会有致命危险。训练学习潜水的重要性由此可知。参加正规的潜水课程学习,您将学习处理各类水下常见或潜在问题的必要技能。潜水理论的基础知识,相关规则,下潜深度与您身体所承受水压的关系等,由此培养您成为一个可靠的准备充分的潜水员。

在麦坦岛参加潜水员训练考试是您性价比最高的不二选择。现行的开放水域潜水员课程价格在15,000比索到18,000比索不等,根据您套餐选择而不同。需要您注意的是,在您进行选择或比价时,请记得询问课程细节。请记住,价格不是您唯一考虑的因素,甚至可能是您最不需要考虑的因素。您的人身安全和教学质量才是您首先要考虑的。在选择时,请确保您的教练是积极高效,有资历的,持有官方授权的,以及您的潜店是PADI认可的潜水中心或度假村等等。留意除价格标签之外的提供选项,绝对值得!

麦坦岛,与妈妈拍丝瓜岛或莫阿尔博阿尔岛相比,为旅客提供了相对便利的潜水环境。无需长途跋涉的转船,穿越海峡。除此之外,您的活动范围远不止麦坦岛边际的潜水带,我们小岛还有很多地方等着您去探索,更多未知的惊喜在等着您去发现。麦坦岛和一桥之隔的宿务市有数以百计住宿佳所,各式各样的美食,丰富的夜生活以及放松身心的美容按摩spa。

当您在麦坦岛寻找合适的潜店时,这些潜店的教练们就已经准备好了伴您一起畅游海洋。其中最为专业的Dive Funatics将是您的绝佳选项。Dive Funatics提倡安全潜水,教学质量保证。同时,我们大力主张对抗海洋垃圾。Dive Funatics为您精心准备不同的入门潜水课程套餐,您可根据您的需求自行选择。点击查看我们的主页https://www.divefunatics.com/padi-courses/, they have the most reasonably priced deals.

我们在TripAdvisorScubaTribe上好评如潮,收到全世界潜水员的喜爱和推荐。

 

 

Divers are generally happy people.

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My usual routine involves opening mailboxes in the morning, sorting the ones that require immediate action, or the ones that need to be marked as spam and everything in between. So this morning, there was this video being circulated around, at least it was from within my inner circle and that puts a good smile on my face. It says “Happiness is a serious business” so how can I possibly ignore that? I’m a sucker for a serious business so what can I do?

I don’t get something like this as much as I used to but I still get a few every now and then. Knowing that it was passed around, going through corporate email servers with antivirus scans stamped on it, I didn’t hesitate to open the video while I was having my morning coffee.

The message of this video isn’t really new. The message is something that we already know, but something that we always take for granted or neglect. Watching this video reminded me of why I changed careers and why I feel that such a drastic change is worth it. It sort of affirms a direction, or puts a purpose or a meaning to ones ideology and advocacy.

You see, SCUBA divers are generally happy people. In fact, this is why most of us dive. We want a quick escape from the stress of everyday living. To us, the feeling of tranquility and serenity being engulfed with water, the feeling of weightlessness, or the time standing still, the sound of the bubbles and the sight of marvelous marine biodiversity is what living is all about.

The truth about diving is that, however momentary a dive can last, no matter how many times we have been diving in the same place, no matter how familiar the terrain looks like, the experience is never going to be the same. This is why we always surface with a big smile on our faces – the joy and happiness diving brings is almost always guaranteed.

As our own way of contribution to the “Live Happy” movement, we aim to bring happiness to everyone, one diver at a time.

Team ZEROTHREETWO discovers scuba diving

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Two of the founders of ZeroThreeTwo, one of Cebu’s widely read and followed online magazine went Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) with Dive Funatics last Saturday, November 15, 2014. What is so memorable for us about this whole experience is that both of these guys were so natural and as equally enthusiastic about diving as we are. They are yet to be the best DSD participants we have had the opportunity to conduct the program with, most definitely the fastest to blaze through the basic skills demonstration required in PADI’s DSD program as if they have already done so before.

Usual tour around the familiar Kontiki House Reef site, we managed to feed a bunch of small variety of damselfish – the first to catch the bread. We also toured the wreck or remains of what used to be the power shovel of a crane. This is where Jake saw a couple of coral snakes stalking their prey at the upper part of a piece of heavy equipment now fully covered with live corals.

Over all, it was a bit crowded and noisy with other DSD programs being conducted mostly for Korean tourists. Our dive on the other hand was as smooth as silk without any difficulties and issues; with very slight current and decent visibility. We ended just about lunch time. We logged our dives and discussed some strategy to make our DSD program more accessible and more affordable to the working class Filipinos.

ZeroThreeTwo will be coming up with programs and activities with Dive Funatics being one of its partners in the next few weeks so do not miss this opportunity to try and experience diving for FREE. Visit their website, like their facebook page (if you haven’t already).

We look forward to our next fun dives with the cool people at ZeroThreeTwo.

Airsoft Force of the Philippines (AFP) discovers scuba diving

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Winston and his core officers went diving with Dive Funatics last November 8, 2014. They have discovered a new way of taking their much needed R&R from the usual weekend airsoft games and tournaments. The Airsoft Force of the Philippines (AFP) is a private group of players dedicated to the sport of airsoft. The group promotes sportsmanship, good-fellowship, and brotherhood. Dyordz, a member of Dive Funatics team, is also part of AFP.

It was a day of chaos and mayhem due to the varied sizes and built of the participants where fitting masks, booties and even the wetsuits were traded back and forth so everyone gets to use the closest fit. It also took us a while to go over each of the DSD brochure making sure everything is in order and the forms fully filled up and signed.

Finally, we all went down to conduct the drills and perform the skills at the desired mastery and performance requirement before finally heading down to 5 meters of underwater adventure. It was then when Diane, decided to skip the DSD as she was unsure about tagging along. After the guys did the experience, we had to take a break for lunch and we made sure that Diane is able to experience what it feels like to be underwater. So we took her alone and she ended up seeing more than what the guys did. She surfaced feeling ecstatic about her experience and how good it felt to face and conquer her fear.

We managed to capture a great deal of underwater pictures to document the adventure. Everyone went home smiling and hoping to repeat the same adventure on a regular basis starting next year.

Pacifica Dive dives with Dive Funatics

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April and her husband Mervin finally found the time to dive with Dive Funatics after countless weekends of planning and anticipation. April felt that a DSD is one of the best gifts she can share with her husband and indeed it was a great and memorable experience for Mervin. April had challenges with the BCD that she was using, probably because it was not Scubapro, but she was still quick to remedy the situation despite being out of the water for a while after her last fun dive. A good diver will always be a good diver, it only takes a few minutes of adjustments.

We felt honored and privileged to be April’s choice considering that she knows a lot of good and equally reputable instructors and dive centers in the industry. April manages Pacifica Dive here in Cebu. Pacifica Dive is Scubapro’s and Bauer’s authorized reseller in the Philppines.

Dive Funatics enjoy a good discount on gear and accessories purchases at Pacifica Dive with discounts ranging from 30% and up to 40% on most products that they carry. The same range of discounts are extended to Dive Funatics’ students and alumni. If you are thinking of buying your own gear, let us know. A considerable discount is worth a second look.

Pacifica Dive Carries a variety of scuba, skin diving and snorkeling gear from entry level all the way up to professional and technical lines.