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IDC Course in Paradise! Go Pro at Buddy Dive Academy
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 15:52

Buddy Dive Resort in Bonaire has long been recognized for its professionalism and quality of service. With the advent of the Buddy Dive Academy, we are now ready to share our knowledge & secrets with divers who want to become PADI Professional Diving instructors. For just $2,572.50, you can attend a "PADI IDC in paradise". This price includes a short preparatory program, the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), hands on experience, all PADI materials and fees, attendance at the PADI Instructor Evaluation (IE) in Bonaire, and sales tax.

Augusto Montbrun (Dive Operations Manager): ‘It’s with great pride that we offer the "PADI IDC in Paradise" program. Now we can give divers around the world an enjoyable training environment with all the facilities and support needed to obtain PADI instructor status. Currently, Buddy Dive is working very hard to open the doors of the first Buddy Dive Academy in the Caribbean. Of course we will keep you informed and hope to see you soon at Buddy Dive!’

Come to paradise to become a PRO!

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New Dinner Menu
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 15:40

The Poolbar at Buddy Dive Resort is a great place to have lunch, or a tropical cocktail after a late afternoon dive during happy hour! And, of course, who can forget Buddy’s Free Rum Punch Party with live music by Moogie and All You Can Eat BBQ each Friday evening.

Fortunately, daily lunch, and Happy Hour, the Rum Punch party and Friday Night BBQ haven't changed!  Even we (Buddy Dive Staff) still enjoy drinking a cocktail or two during happy hour listening to the Caribbean sound of Moogie! However, the Pool Bar has undergone a few changes to dinners on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. We've added a new A la Carte Dinner Menu. Of course, we are very proud of the new menu, but we are also interested in your opinion, so please share your feedback with us.

We hope to see you soon at The Poolbar!

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Upcoming Shows
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 15:36

This weekend, we will visit Beneath the Sea in New Jersey (booth 720) and LIDS in London (stand 1113). From April 30th till May 1st we will exhibit at the Bay Area Dive Show in San Jose (booth 304), May 15th and 16th Scuba Show Long Beach (booth 443), and from May 21st till May 23rd we will represent Buddy Dive, Belmar and Caribbean Club at the Dive & Travel Expo in Tacoma (booth 213). Come and visit us at one of these shows to check our great show specials!

 
 
Guest Experience: A Remarkable Story!
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 15:18

Bonaire lovers Bas Goossen and Marianne Kuijper landed the 17th of October on Flamingo International Airport for a 3-weeks diving holiday on Bonaire. Everyday, they enjoyed the island, its beautiful nature, the friendliness of the Bonairian people, the great climate, and of course the diving! On a daily basis, Bas and Marianne explored several different dive sites, from Willemstoren to Lac Cai and many more. Each dive site is unique at the point of entry, but also the diving experience is unique as well. Especially the experience Bas and Marianne gained from their dive at Atlantis and everything that followed after that specific dive…

It was around 3.00 p.m., Bas and Marianne prepared themselves for their third dive that day. When they entered the water at Atlantis they noticed straight away that the current was pretty strong. Therefore they decided to make use of the current and make it a drift dive to the more southerly dive site Vista Blue. The dive started well with some interesting fish, which Marianne shot with her camera. They came to what was planned as the end of their dive when a turtle passed by. Of course Marianne wanted to shoot this amazing animal too. This picture would have definitely made the dive one not to forget but Marianne realized that her camera was gone… The d-ring to which the camera was attached was empty. Bas and Marianne were diving at around 8 meters (24 feet). They knew that their camera normally floated and they decided to ascend to the surface to look for their camera. After 20 minutes searching at the surface and just beneath it, they had to get out of the water because they were starting to run out of air. Quickly they took of their diving gear to search from shore hoping to see their camera floating somewhere. That day the wind was blowing gently from the west so they hoped that the camera would float towards the shore line. Slowly but surely, it was getting darker and darker, which unfortunately led to Bas and Marianne making the decision to go back to Buddy Dive Resort without their camera.

Back at Buddy Dive Resort, the dive staff, who were enjoying a drink at the Poolbar after a hard day of work, immediately saw that Bas and Marianne were not looking that happy. In a little bit of a bad mood, they told the dive staff the entire story. Very quickly some encouraging comments were made: “It’s very possible that the camera will be found, and of course, we will get it back to you”, but also less optimistic comments were made: “For sure, your camera is on its way to Venezuela!”
The next day, Bas and Marianne went to Buddy’s Digital Photoshop and told their story to John, Manager of the photo shop, and luckily they were able to rent a similar type of camera for the rest of their holiday.

A week after the camera incident, Bas and Marianne unfortunately had to go home again as their vacation came to its end. With the image of a lonely floating camera on its way to Venezuela in their mind, they were waiting at the airport to board the plane back to Amsterdam.

On the 16th of November, more than a week after arriving back home, Bas turned on his computer to check his email. To his surprise and amazement, he read the following email from Marcel Westerhoff, Buddy’s Marketing & Sales Manager, with the topic: “Found Camera”.

Dear Bas,

From the information that I got from John Wall, Manager at our Digital Photo Center, I understand you lost your underwater camera during one of your dives after which you decided to rent a camera at the photo shop. I have good news because your camera has been found and returned in good condition to Buddy Dive Resort. The person who found your camera recognized Buddy Dive by looking at your pictures and went to John Wall to return it.


Bas and Marianne looked at each other with unbelief in their eyes. This can’t be possible, it must be a mistake. Quickly they replied via email in which they carefully described the camera to prove it was theirs. In return, they got an email back with images of their camera and even a picture of the honest finders. Unbelievable!! Slowly the message came through: Their camera was found! Because Bas and Marianne also got the email address of the finders they send them a thank-you-email. This is how they came in contact with Paul and Kathy Clancey from Kathy’s Scuba Center in Virginia USA and heard their complete story. Paul and Kathy found the camera at Vista Blue on a depth of 11 meters (34 feet) on November 11th, 10 days after Bas and Marianne lost it. For some reason the camera did sink, which is unexplainable to Bas and Marianne because even today, the camera still floats.



After communicating with Marcel Westerhoff it was decided that Marcel would take the camera to Duikvaker, a dive show in Holland, to hand it over in person to Bas and Marianne. And so on February 7th the camera finally got back to its owner in a good condition.



Looking back at this story, we still think it’s remarkable! So many coincidences happened, and so many people were involved in this story to get the camera back to the Netherlands. This is so typical of people’s attitude on Bonaire! It is one of the reasons why we already planned a trip to return to Buddy Dive in October 2010. Special thanks to Paul and Kathy Clancey, Marcel Westerhoff, and John Wall for everything they did to return our camera,

Bas Goossen and Marianne Kuijper.
 
Coral Restoration Foundation visits Buddy Dive Bonaire
Friday, 12 February 2010 20:28

 

 

During their yearly visit at Buddy in September, Ned & Anna Deloach (FishID books) pointed out a very interesting project being executed by Ken Nedimyer, president of the Coral Restoration Foundation. Of course this successful project got Buddy’s attention and the initial contact was made during DEMA in Orlando last year. The meeting resulted in Buddy Dive inviting Ken Nedimyer for a visit to Bonaire to look for possibilities to adapt the program in Bonaire.

 

A little background information about the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF)

In 2007, Ken Nedimyer formed the Coral Restoration Foundation Inc, a non profit company focused on developing simple, effective, and inexpensive offshore coral nursery and coral restoration techniques that could be duplicated anywhere. Their offshore Staghorn coral nursery has grown from five corals that settled on his rock in 1996, to over 3500 corals in March of 2009, and expected to grow to over 7,000 corals by spring of 2010. In 2008 they planted over 200 nursery grown corals back onto the reef, currently about 600 nursery grown corals have been planted on the Florida reefs. In 2009, Ken received permits to start two offshore Elkhorn coral nurseries, the first of their kind in the U.S., and he and volunteer divers were busy setting it up this past year. 2010 will bring new and exciting challenges for CRF along with plenty of reef restoration, outreach, and volunteer programs. In the future Ken will expand the offshore nursery techniques with other corals.

 

During their stay at Buddy Dive Bonaire

In the week Ken Nedimyer was on Bonaire, Augusto Montbrun, our Dive operations manager took Ken and his family diving and showed him the current situation. Although the Bonaire deeper reefs are still one of the best in the world, Ken definitely came to conclusion that his Coral Restoration project could make a big difference, especially on the shallow reefs. The current technique has proven itself for several years already in the Florida Keys and will help the shallow reefs in Bonaire recover more quickly. After thorough investigation and meetings with the stakeholders it appears that everybody agrees that this unique program should start as soon as possible.  Currently, Ken Nedimyer and Buddy Dive are now waiting for the final ok to start the first pilot nurseries on Bonaire!

 

Ken Nedimyer: “Bonaire definitely has great potential to adapt our program and we are looking forward to working on this project together so we can preserve and rebuild one of the finest reefs in the Caribbean”

 

Augusto Montbrun: “It is with great pride that we announce the birth of “The Buddy Dive Coral Restoration Program”. Together with CRF we will start to work on strengthening our coral reefs. It is expected that soon after the first setup many others will follow us and join the Coral Restoration program.”

 

For more information please visit www.buddydive.com &  www.coralrestoration.org 

 

To be continued……

 
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