Wednesday, 28 September 2022

***OFFERS EXTENDED!*** Dreaming about your next Curacao dive vacation..?


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BOOKING WINDOW EXTENDED!
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HERE'S A LIMITED-TIME SPECIAL 

YOU DEFINITELY WON’T WANT TO MISS:

All photos courtesy of Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa and Casino


NEW! DIVE, DRIVE and STAY Packages with

The Dive Bus & Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino

EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE THROUGH DIVE TRAVEL CURACAO,
FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

So if you’re dreaming of your next Curacao dive vacation?

Read on.

Because planning and booking your next Curacao dive vacation just got a whole lot easier – especially for families. 


While Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino isn't the highest-rated hotel in Curacao, it’s the number one choice for a huge number of families, couples, singles and groups diving with us at The Dive Bus

And many of them return to Sunscape year after year, for a whole bunch of reasons - one of the main ones being that if the resort was any closer to The Dive Bus, it would be in our parking lot.

Other reasons include: (scroll down for photos)
  • For divers vacationing with kids that don’t dive, Sunscape has different Kids Clubs based on age, to keep them happy and out of trouble, while the parents enjoy their Dive Bus shore diving adventures and PADI dive courses.
  • For kids vacationing with parents that don’t dive, Sunscape has a bunch of different bars and activities to keep them happy and out of trouble, while the kids are diving to their heart's content.
     
  • Being able to stroll - or drive! - across the street to The Dive Bus – and back again - after another day of #seriouslyfundiving and a couple of cold ones at Beer O’Clock. 

  • The ‘wow’ moment when you return to Sunscape to be greeted by the million-dollar view: the white sand beach of the aqua-blue lagoon, with the Caribbean ocean just beyond the break-water.

  • Another wow moment later, as the sun slips beyond the horizon in another glorious display of colours, while you sip your cocktail. Or beer

  • And - because diving makes you hungry - the convenience of strolling along Sunscape's beach and choosing whichever of the several onsite restaurants takes your fancy, in terms of themes, vibes and fare.
  • With so many other conveniences onsite too, you don't need to bother with taxis to get to somewhere else. 
(That said, Mambo Beach Boulevard is just a few minutes’ walk away, offering even more restaurants, shops, clothing boutiques, chill-out spots and plenty of souvenir stores for gifts and memories to take home.)
  • There are a bunch of fun activities on-site at Sunscape for your non-diving days and evenings, or once diving’s done for the day, like: 
    • concert projections under the stars
    • movies on the beach
    • live musical performances
    • trying your luck at one of the largest and most visited casinos on the island
    • dance and Papiamentu lessons
    • or simply (continuing) sipping cocktails and cold beers on your balcony 

So if this is sounding a lot like your kind of dive vacation?

*** FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY ***

The Dive Bus Curacao DIVE, DRIVE and STAY Packages at Sunscape are now available,
exclusively through our buddy and travel partner, Bryan, at Dive Travel Curacao.

Take your pick from Guided or Independent Drive and Dive Packages - but hurry:
there's only a short booking window so there’s no time to waste!

 πŸ‘‰Booking Window: Now until 27 August 2022
πŸ‘‰Travel Window: Now until 22 Dec 2022
πŸ‘‰Prices starting from $1,499 per person, based on 2 people sharing a room
πŸ‘‰Scroll down for photos...

And for a preview of what's in store on your Dive Bus Curacao dive vacation,
follow us on Instagram and Facebook


Got questions about the Dive Curacao DIVE, DRIVE  and STAY Packages with 
The Dive Bus at Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa and Casino, Curacao?

Or
ready to book? 

Drop us an email and let's get planning. 

Because we're already looking forward
to seeing and diving with you 
SOON, in sunny Curacao!



(Tell your dive buddies, friends, family and colleagues - we'd love to dive them, too!)

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#shorediving #caribbean #curacao #scubadiving #caribbeansunset #diving #wintervacation #curacao #scubadiving #caribbean #divepackages #divecuracao

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Fun, USEFUL ways to make a difference this PADI AWARE Week


Make a difference this PADI AWARE Week 
with these fun, simple ways to protect and sustain our reefs and oceans
get more from EVERY dive you make
AND save 15%! 

It’s not “new” news that coral reefs – and the massive, diverse and vital eco-system of which they’re the backbone – are rapidly declining. 

According to NOAAcoral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth, supporting more species per unit area than any other marine environment. That’s about 4,000 species of fish, 800 species of hard corals and hundreds of other species – and who knows how many more millions are more yet to be discovered / identified. 

Scientists are discovering that animals and plants within the reef ecosystem are key to finding potential cures for cancer, arthritis, human bacterial infections, viruses and diseases. 

And clean, healthy coral reefs make for great diving, too. So while we don’t take life too seriously at The Dive Bus, diver safety, sustainability, and ocean protection are notable exceptions. 

Protecting our underwater office has been a cornerstone of The Dive Bus since hitting the road back in 2005. So don’t be surprised if you see your Dive Bus Divemaster or Instructor pocketing trash or unwrapping fishing line from corals during your #seriouslyfun guided dives and trips .

Divers regularly cite our Eco Policy as a key reason for diving with us, so they can make a difference too - on regular dives, as well our monthly PADI AWARE clean up dives. Beer o'Clock is a close second on the list of top reasons to return to The Dive Bus.  

So to celebrate, take action, and make a difference during this year’s 5th annual PADI AWARE Week, we’ve selected 3 PADI Specialties that will enable you help you protect and sustain our reefs and oceans, and make a positive difference – confidently, safely and correctly, without inadvertently doing more harm than good. 

On every dive you make. 

While having a ton of fun. 

AND while adding 6 dives and 3 PADI Specialty Certifications to your logbook, making your dives and your vacation truly memorable.

                        

Here’s how: 

Over 3 fun days of diving around some of our favourite Curacao shore diving sites, you can:
  1. Better understand and appreciate just how amazing our underwater world is – and why it’s so important to protect it.

  2. Understand the “so whats” and “hows” to protect and sustain our reefs and oceans.

  3. Learn dive skills to increase your confidence, reduce your air consumption - and ensure you do more good than harm, and get the most out of every dive you make - on all your diving adventures, wherever in the world they may take you… 
     
  4. Add 6 more #seriouslyfun dive adventures to your logbook 
     
  5. Earn 3 PADI Specialty certifications, which also count towards to your PADI Advanced Open Water course and Master Scuba Diver rating.

  6. Explore even more of Curacao’s underwater world while you learn.  


Here’s what you’ll learn on your shore-diving adventures: 

Day 1: PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty


This is the perfect, smart and fun way to kick off your Curacao diving adventures. 

During fun games and exercises, you’ll learn and practice simple skills to manage your movement and position underwater and your breathing, so that:
  • you dive more confidently, comfortably and easily (and are less likely to accidentally damage the reef – or yourself)
  • your tank lasts longer 
The more dives you make, the sooner your buoyancy skills become ‘automatic’, so just keep divin’!

                            


Day 2 : PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty Course 


Jump onboard the Bus for a
2 tank Dive Bus Trip to another of Curacao’s best shore diving sites. On the drive, you’ll learn where marine debris comes from - and how to prevent it reaching the ocean in the first place. 

Once you’re on-site, you'll learn what trash to look for, how to remove it without doing more harm than good, and - one of the trickiest and most important skills - how to get the trash into your clean-up bag! 

After the dive, sort and report the debris on the PADI AWARE app to complete your PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty certification.

                        


Day 3: PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Course 
 

Have you ever seen a fish or critter behaving ‘oddly’ on a dive and wondered what the heck you were looking at? 


You’ll get so much more from every dive once you know and understand what you’re looking at – and where to look for it. 

On another 2 tank Dive Bus Trip, you'll explore a new dive site while identifying marine vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants, and their interactions & behaviors.  

And, since you’ll probably cover less distance while you 'hang out with the locals’, you might find that your tank lasts longer. So if you have a regular dive buddy that you’d like to keep, it’s a smart idea to take this course together. 

                        

Here’s why you might want to do this 

Besides the sense of achievement that comes from protecting and sustaining our reefs and oceans, these courses will help you get more from EVERY dive you make. 

They count as training dives for your PADI Advanced Open Water certification - as well as the coveted PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

But mostly? The knowledge, skills and experience you'll gain on these courses are fun as well as useful, and will for sure enhance your diving adventures.

                        

From 17 September – 31 October 2022, you and your favourite buddy / buddies will enjoy a 15% DISCOUNT, so only US$ 569 per person for all of the above. And a 10% discount any new dive equipment from the Dive Bus shop! 

Get even more out of this great offer and with one more day of diving to become a PADI AWARE Advanced Open Water Diver as well! With just 2 more adventure dives – Deep Diver and Underwater Navigation – you’ll complete this awesome course and be certified to dive to 30m/100ft. 

And if that's still not enough dives for you and your buddy, take your pick from plenty more fun Specialty courses.

Or jump on board one of the Dive Busses for a fun Dive Bus trip or 3 to more of Curacao’s best shore-diving sites, to explore and enjoy with your new skills and knowledge.

Ready to book?! Click here to enter your Booking Enquiry and let's get planning! 

We look forward to seeing you in sunny Curacao, soon!




(Tell your dive buddies, friends, family and colleagues - we'd love to dive them, too!)
#padiaware #seiko #diveagainstdebris #EveryDiveaSurveyDive  #UglyJourneyofTrash
#PADI #AWAREImpact #underwater #sustainability #gogreen #clean #green #recycle #ecotourism #reducereuserecycle #rethinkplastic #cleanoceanmovement #sustainability #seriouslyfundiving #caribbean #keepingitclean #scubadiving #curacao #caribbean #divecuracao

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

PADI Womens Dive Day, Curacao: time to get wet, ladies!

PADI WOMENS DIVE DAY 2021: 



Celebrating 
The Dive Bus Women of Conservation and our amazing women divers
 (Because if you think scuba diving is a “guys-only" thing? 
This may change your mind.) 

Since you’re reading this, chances are that:

1. You’re already a scuba diver. 

2. You already know that diving is an amazing, fun way to meet new people, in wonderful places, and share extraordinary experiences. Experiences that most people only get to see on a screen. 

But did you also know that, once a year, on PADI Women's Dive Day, PADI dive centers around the world focus exclusively on female divers, for a day of fun, discovery, adventure and camaraderie?

PADI Women's Dive Day is a perfect opportunity to connect with other women who share your love of the ocean and passion for diving. And what better way to do that than to join forces with other like-minded ladies on a Clean Up dive, and making a positive impact on our underwater world?

And if you're lucky enough to be in sunny Curacao for this year’s PADI Women’s Dive Day, here’s why The Dive Bus is a GREAT place to do just that.

(And if you're not anywhere NEAR Curacao, click here to find an event near you
, and hope to see you here, soon.)

If you're familiar with The Dive Bus, you'll already know that ocean conservation has been at the heart of The Dive Bus business model since the very beginning: cleaning dive sites as we discovered them, becoming CuraΓ§ao’s first 100% AWARE and PADI Green Star Dive Center, the first to action the Project AWARE Adopt a Dive Site initiative, and the first to implement onsite recycling facilities. 

You'll also already know how excited we were when PADI “officially” recognized our contributions to ocean protection by appointing Mark as a PADI Ambassadiver, while Project AWARE recognized The Dive Bus Women of Ocean Conservation.

And so, to celebrate this year's Womens Day:

Meet The Dive Bus Women of Ocean Conservation

Suzy Pinnell: joint founder / owner of The Dive Bus + PADI MSDT: 

“Keeping Curacao's reefs trash free and healthy has been a priority since we started up The Dive Bus back in 2005. The same goes for. With the biggest opportunities to influence our divers’ behaviour and mindsets, it’s important that our PADI Pro Crew believe in and support incorporating reef protection and conservation into every dive they make - and above water too. 

Working together with Project AWARE (now PADI AWARE) and PADI, we’ve implemented fun, simple and easy ways to influence, educate and encourage our divers to do the right thing too. Besides making dive weights from fishing line lead collected on our monthly PADI AWARE Adopt a Dive Site Clean Up dives, Eco-Friendly Packing Pointers are emailed to divers before leaving home, to help reduce their impact on the island.

Our all-female(-except-for-Mark) PADI dive pro team  do a great job of encouraging divers to take care of our reefs, by leading by example. And it’s awesome to see divers emptying underwater trash from their BCD pockets into our ‘ocean trash’ bin after their dives. 

Divers regularly tell us that our ocean protection activities were a major factor in choosing to dive with The Dive Bus on their Curacao vacation. And that's awesome!"

Zoe Osborn: The Dive Bus Dive Shop Manager + PADI Instructor:

 

"Part of my role is setting up and promoting our monthly Dive Against Debris events. It's brilliant how many of our local divers and vacation divers appreciate what we’re doing, and are super-excited to join in and make a difference themselves.

 

Love it!” 

Kelly Dananay, PADI Dive Instructor

One of the original three Dive Bus Project AWARE's Women of Conservation, Kelly was a Dive Bus PADI Instructor for 2 years - and particularly passionate about ocean protection:

“I was really happy to work at a dive shop that takes steps to do something for ocean protection, instead of just talking about it.

I loved having the opportunity to share our enthusiasm along with our divers - and seeing them become enthusiastic about making a difference, too. We used simple but smart ways to minimize our impact in the first place, and our monthly dive site clean ups helped fix what had already impacted, as well as prevent more harm. 

These are good things that I was incredibly proud to be a part of. The ocean gives so much to us, it's great to give something back to protect it, respect it and keep it a little more healthy."


Whitney Jones, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Whitney replaced Kelly when she returned home to sunny Colorado. Rather than stress about the challenging task of following in Kelly’s footsteps, Whitney’s sunny nature, confidence, experience, skills and passion for ocean protection helped her fit right in and make a difference, immediately. 

“I’m loving being part of The Dive Bus instructor crew. Part of the reason for choosing to work at The Dive Bus was their personal commitment to ocean protection: the easy, fun ways that we educate our divers about its importance – and the fact we and our divers actually do those things, instead of just talking about them.” 


Head on over to The Dive Bus facebook page ... 

And wherever YOU'RE joining in the fun this PADI Women’s Dive Day (and EVERY day that you dive!) make a difference: choose a dive center with ocean protection at its heart, too. 

Enjoy! 


#womensdiveday #divecuracao #thedivebus #adoptadivesite #PADI #projectaware #PADI AWARE #curacao


Sunday, 31 January 2021

A Month in Curacao: Your Great Escape

Picture this: you make your morning coffee while staring out the window at blue sky and palm trees.  During the day you take full advantage of the aircon, whilst trying your best to remain focused on work.  You have that big project you promised would get done if your boss let you work from Curacao.  

On your lunch break, you go for a dip in the swimming pool.  Maybe bring your laptop out to the poolside – where the Wi-Fi still works great – to answer your afternoon emails.  At the end of the day, you take a 10 minute walk to popular Mambo Beach for an outdoor dinner with the perfect sunset-over-the-beach view.  

Finally it's the weekend!  With keys to a rental car in hand, you pick up dive gear and tanks for a full day of diving and relaxing at Cas Abou.  You arrive early enough to claim a couple beach chairs under a palapa, and you get yourself set up for the day. 

Descending on your first dive after a short surface swim, you start out exploring the reef wall.  You find some garden eels on the sandy bottom, an elusive frog fish hiding in the soft coral, and immerse yourself in the marine life of Curacao.  After your dive(s), head over to the beach bar for a couple cold beers to toast a great day.  

Photo Credit: Turtle & Ray Productions

But one day just wasn’t enough, so you do the same thing the very next day, visiting Piskado and everyone’s favorite sea turtles!  

Living and working in a tropical paradise is clearly a life The Dive Bus crew chose.  Currently, the whole team is from colder much less tropical areas of the world (the UK and Washington state).  Each of us also lived in many other paradises before choosing Curacao.  Here are just some of the reasons the crew call Curacao home: 

  • Beautiful reefs, easily accessed from shore all around the island
  • Picture perfect beaches – totally Instagrammable (check our feed)
  • Delicious restaurants, with cuisine from around the world 
  • Other activities like kite surfing, SUP, wakeboarding, hiking, rock climbing to name a few – just in case we want a break from diving (a rare case)
  • Did we mention the diving is insanely good?  It’s important to us

Direct flights from many airport hubs also make getting to and from Curacao simple (you know, unless there’s a global pandemic hindering travel).  Direct flights operate from Miami, Newark, JFK and Charlotte in the US, also from Toronto, Canada, and Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.  Various central and south American countries also offer direct service into Hato International Airport (CUR).  These, of course, are subject to change.  Search for flights from your home on Google Flights or your favorite search engine!  

If presented with the opportunity, the crew here assume most people would also choose to live in paradise.  If you disagree, this post might not be for you.  Maybe try this one about planning a Curacao dive vacation.

For those of you who would LOVE to live here, we know what your next thoughts are: 

  • I have to work
  • I can’t move, my [kids, family, friends] are here 
  • Is it really that great?  (Yes.  Yes it is.)
  • Maybe when I retire or when the kids graduate…

Or the most common response when we ask people why they don’t live here – 

I WISH.

It’s seems idyllic.  But stick with us here…because we also know a lot of you are working from home.  

Maybe you have a laptop on your kitchen counter, maybe you’ve remodeled your home office, or maybe you work from your smart phone in bed (no judgement).  Whatever your WFH situation is, we’re willing to bet the scenery is starting to get old.  

So...did you ever consider asking your manager if “working from home” meant you must stay in your own home?  If you haven’t, we encourage you to check.  You’re working remotely already – what’s the harm in making it slightly more remote?  

Somewhere like…Curacao!  

You had to see that coming πŸ˜‰

Making this a reality is where we come in.  Working with some friends and partners we’ve made over the last 16 years, we created some new packages we call Your Great Escape.  Live and work in paradise for a month – or more!  There are several package options, but in general they include a month fully furnished accommodation, scuba diving, and options for car rental.  We started with the basics and can fully customize a package to fit your needs and group!  

New to diving?  That’s one customization we’re well prepared for.  At The Dive Bus we teach the full range of PADI dive courses, all in warm Caribbean waters.  You simply can’t beat learning to dive in calm, clear seas.  

Imagine taking your first breaths underwater and seeing a cute little butterfly fish swim by, or exploring the reef up close instead of snorkeling at the surface.  You’ll learn scuba dive theory, in-water skills to keep yourself and your buddy safe and comfortable, and with the Open Water course you make 4 full dives at our beautiful house reef.  

Once you’ve completed your first course, carry on with additional dive courses, or join us for Dive Bus trips to see some of the best of the rest of our shore diving sites.  Remember that dive experience at Cas Abou mentioned earlier?  With your new certification under your belt, that day is within your reach.  You, too, will become obsessed with finding a seahorse or frog fish on every dive.  They’re great at camouflage, but we’ll do our best to help you find one!  

Before the pandemic, we never dreamed of people relocating to the island for a month or two while continuing to work their normal jobs.  Over the last year, we’ve seen it happen several times!  Whether people came down with the intention to stay for a month, or they got here and didn’t want to leave, travelers have consistently been enjoying life in Curacao.  

If you asked us to describe the perfect couple or group of friends to take advantage of Your Great Escape, we’d say: 

  • You have flexible working or school arrangements – you can work or learn from anywhere that has an internet connection.  
  • You love diving, or you want to learn from one of our awesome PADI instructors
  • International travel is a possibility for you.  
    • At the time we write this, Curacao is open to any visitor with a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure.  We also have testing facilities on island if you need a negative test to get home.  Find the latest details on The Dive Bus COVID info page.  
  • You’re keen to experience life on a tropical island for a month (or more) 

You might be wondering what life is like here at the moment, considering there’s still a pandemic happening.  We have restrictions, of course, but you get the feeling that we’re in our own bubble, almost a whole world away.  Businesses require masks be worn indoors, there’s an island-wide curfew of 11pm, and social distancing is practiced everywhere.  You’ll also pass by hand sanitizer on practically every corner.  

On the other [sanitized] hand, with so many outdoor spaces and the warm weather to match it, people are socializing, friends are laughing together – the vibe is happy.  Grocery stores are also well stocked, and restaurants are safely welcoming visitors.  

The Dive Bus crew love our life on sunny Curacao.  We actively choose this every day, and we work hard to keep it.  With these packages, we hope to share a taste of island life with you.  Just be prepared to use a couple vacation days while you’re here, because once you start diving we guarantee you won’t want to limit it to your weekends!  

So if you'd like to live in Curacao for a month (or two!) while working your normal job “from home,” escape a cold winter, dive on your weekends, and relax into island life...  

Check out all the details here to kickstart your dream.  What could be better?  

Friday, 2 October 2020

Last opportunity to support YOUR favourite dive centers and destinations, in this year's DIVE Magazine Travel Awards πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™



DIVE magazine is the World's leading scuba magazine - and their annual Travel Awards are one of the World's largest online scuba travel polls.

Voting for your favourite dive destinations and dive centers in this year's Travel Awards is a great, fun way to support them
 during these peculiar COVID-19 times.

The annual DIVE Magazine Travel Awards give divers - that would be you - the opportunity to nominate and vote for their favorite scuba diving destinations, dive centers /resorts and liveaboards, in the World

So if you haven't already, you might want to check out the nominations for even more ideas for your next dive vacation (after your next Dive Bus Curacao one, obviously πŸ˜‰) - and vote for your favorites while you're at it.

Last year, both Curacao and The Dive Bus finished 15th (ish) out of gazillions (ish) of destinations and dive centers around the World, thanks to you, our awesome divers.

For this year's Awards, 111 destinations, 328 liveaboards and almost 1,100 dive centers / resorts were nominated  And, for the 3rd year in a row:

Curacao as a dive destination and 
The Dive Bus as a dive center /resort 
are through to the final 25.

And we're as happy as Homer! 


The final stage of the Award nominations is now open: the stage where YOU get to decide the Top 10 dive centers and dive destinations in the World. 

Casting your votes takes a matter of minutes and puts you in the running to win a free subscription to the digital issue of DIVE Magazine

Casting YOUR vote for your favourite dive centers and dive destinations also makes a bigger difference than ever to your favourite dive centers and destinations. During these strange times, they'll appreciate your vote more than ever. 

And, new for this year's Awards, is the "Comments" option, giving you the opportunity to share what you love about your favourite dive centers and destinations - and potential fame and glory for you, on the new DIVE Awards Best Comments page.

And if your favourite 3 Dive centers and Dive Destinations happen to include The Dive Bus and / or Curacao? You know that we'll hugely appreciate it. 

Voting closes at midnight (GMT), 31 October 2020. 

So if / when you have a spare 5 minutes?
and show your favourite dive destinations and dive centers some love

(And if The Dive Bus and Curacao reach the Top 10?  There'll be lashings of cold beers - and plenty of Homer-ing going on on our social media - and you're invited 😊)


#divecuracao #thedivebus #curacao #divemagazine #best-dive-centres-in-the-world #seriouslyfundiving  #divetravelawards  #curacaodiving #letsmake2020greatagain



Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Announcing the first The Dive Bus INTERNATIONAL Clean Up event...


... and you're invited!
 
Greetings from sunny Curacao. We hope you're doing well and haven't gone too #coronacrazy yet...
 
Apologies for the lack of Blog posts for some time. We’ve been lucky enough to be keeping fairly busy with building and implementing COVID-19 considerationsshore diving adventures and fun PADI dive courses and heaps of #seriouslyfun stuff on social media
 
We've also been working on some fun ways to keep you diving - even if you can’t get wet - coming up soon, so watch this space.
 
And, of course, there was the recent, fun and awesome Dive Bus Special Summer Community Clean Up.  Here's how that went:
 
 
If you don't see a video above please click here πŸ˜Š

We were blown away by how many Dive Bus divers got in touch wishing us good luck for the Special Summer Clean Up - and wishing they were able to be here and join in. We really appreciated your support and messages, it meant a lot to all of us, thank you
 
And you got us thinking about if or how we could enable Dive Bus divers everywhere to be able to join our next one, as it coincides with this year's World Clean Up Day and AWARE Week.
  
So please consider yourself officially invited to join in and be a part of:
 
The first ever Dive Bus INTERNATIONAL Clean Up!
 

Starting on World Clean Up Day and running until the last day of AWARE Week, the first ever Dive Bus International Clean Up is a fun way for you Dive Bus divers (and your non-diving buddies, family and / or work colleagues) to join in, make a difference and become a Torch Bearer for our oceans
 
Wherever you live.
 
World Oceans Day is specifically focused on achieving the United Nations SDG Goal 14 -  one that's close to our hearts and yours, that so many of you have helped achieve on, what became our monthly Project AWARE Adopt a Dive Site clean ups for 15 years (can you believe it?!). 
 
By joining in the first Dive Bus International Clean Up Event, you’ll be supporting both of these important organizations in reaching their goals.

Without even getting wet (unless you choose to).

And you get to choose what, where, when and with who, you want to do it.

Because you, your family, friends, neighbors, pets, colleagues and maybe even random strangers, are hereby officially invited to be part of the first EVER Dive Bus International Clean Up Event. 
 
 "What, when and where the heck is The Dive Bus INTERNATIONAL Clean Up Event?"

You get to decide.

Pick an area nearby that you're familiar, with that needs your help to clean it up. Somewhere you can easily follow social distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions, relating to social distancing, hygiene and handling trash. 

Like the ocean or other body of water that’s safe to dive. 

Or a dry / land clean up, somewhere near to a body of water - a beach, river, lake or canal bank - where trash can easily end up. 

Or if you don't live near a body of water, then woodlands, fields and / or other areas of natural beauty would work just fine. Or your own street or local grocery store parking lot.

This short, sweet Project AWARE Journey of Trash video may help you choose your ideal clean up location, explaining how and why every piece of trash that you remove and dispose of properly, is a piece of trash you won't meet on your next ocean dive adventures:

 

Once you've decided on a location, arrange your own Clean Up event and become one of the teams of Dive Bussers cleaning up around the World on the same weekend. Remote but connected. Working together - apart. 

"How do I arrange a Clean Up event??"

Wherever you choose to clean up, the main consideration is ensuring that you and your buddies stay safe and follow local COVID-19 advisories while cleaning up. It’s easy to get engrossed in clearing away the trash and lose focus on important safety measures. Like wearing gloves, as trash can be sharp - and sometimes, yucky.

It's easy to set up your own a Clean Up event. The challenge comes in planning it, doing it and measuring your success. Safely - and without doing more harm than good. Smart planning and prep is the difference between your event being a huge success and a whole bunch of fun - or not. 

And that's what makes planning part of the fun! 

So if you're interested in planning, finding out about and / or taking part in a Dive Bus International Clean Up event that another Dive Busser is arranging near you, we've set up a special facebook group for like-minded* divers who care about our oceans and our reefs, too.

(* slightly bonkers / #seriouslyfun)

Within the facebook group, we'll be posting tips and info on how to set up, run and report on your Clean Up success, and sharing tools you'll need for sorting, measuring and reporting the trash you remove on the Project AWARE Dive Against Debris database. 

And you can meet and message us and the other folks taking part - potential new, like-minded dive buddies for to meet on your next Dive Bus Curacao vacation 😎. 

Sound like fun? See you in the special facebook group!


Join in the first Digital World Clean Up Day, too

If The Dive Bus International Clean Up doesn’t sound like your kind of thing? Or 'Heck yeah it 's my thing!' and you need something else to do in front of the tv, in your favourite chair, check out and take part in the Digital World Clean Up Day too.

Most of us are guilty of having a bunch of trash stored on our smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs and even servers, taking up storage space. 

The carbon footprint of the internet and the systems supporting it, account for about 3.7% of global greenhouse emissions. That's similar to the amount produced globally by the airline industry. Studies estimate that in a decade, the internet network will produce 20 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. 

Spending an evening with a glass or wine or a beer in front of the tv, deleting old or unused files, apps, photos and videos, can extend the life of your devices and save a huge amount of CO2 emissions.

Suzy started this a few weeks ago while researching this Blog post - and has deleted gazillions of ancient files from her phone and laptop. Many of which she didn't even know were there. Having now, single-handedly significantly reduced the world's impact on carbon emissions, she'll be doing digital clean ups a lot more frequently from now on. 

Try it, it's hugely rewarding!

Looking forward to seeing you in the facebook group and getting the first ever Dive Bus INTERNATIONAL Clean Event goin' ON!