IDC workshops during the PADI IDC Gili Islands

IDC workshops during the PADI IDC Gili Islands

PADI IDC Indonesia Cesa Workshop

PADI IDC Gili Islands: CESA workshop

During the PADI IDC Oceans 5 has a few workshops for the participants. The workshops give the candidates more and on an easy way information about the things should be arranged, controlled, and managed above and underwater.


PADI IDC Gilis Buoyancy skills control

PADI IDC Indonesia: Buoyancy Workshop



 What kind of IDC workshops?

PADI IDC Gili Islands how to control open water divers

PADI IDC Gilis: Workshops



PADI Course Director Joeri van Hal is teaching these workshops with his experienced IDC Staff team.

Examples of his extra workshops are:

  • Control of student divers in Confined Water.
  • Control of student divers in Open Water.
  • Positioning yourself as an instructor during the skills
  • Explaining the more difficult skills like Air Depletion, Alternative Air Source, CESA, and more.
  • Explaining the new skills from the revised Open Water Course like Emergency Weight Drop, Loose Cylinder Band, Disconnecting the LPI, and more
  • Dry Skill practice

PADI Course Director Joeri van Hal

Free IDC Preparation Year-Round at Oceans 5 Gili Air

Free IDC Preparation Year-Round at Oceans 5 Gili Air

Dive resort Oceans 5 has 2 in the house PADI Course Directors who are conducting the PADI IDCs. The main PADI Course Director is Joeri van Hal and Sander Buis, the owner of Oceans 5, helps the IDCs when help is needed.

Joeri became PADI Course Director in June 2015. Since that time he is teaching the Instructor Development Courses at Oceans 5. He became an instructor in 2011 at Oceans 5 and worked himself up to PADI Course Director.

Joeri’s philosophy is relax and don’t worry! Joeri is a master to get candidates in a relaxing mood. He conducts the Instructor Course over 13 days and these days are starting at 8.30 till 17.00. After that there is a preparation for the next day at the relaxing areas around the “Coffee and Thyme” bar. Joeri likes that all his candidates become flexible instructors, so there is no one way of teaching. As long the candidates stay in between the rules and regulations of PADI.

PADI 5 star Career Development Center Oceans 5

Dive resort Oceans 5 is a PADI 5 star Career Development Center located on the beautiful Gili Islands in Indonesia. Oceans 5 conducts every month a PADI Instructor Course and can do this in the following languages, English, Dutch, French, Spanish and German.

What Oceans 5 so unique makes are the fantastic facilities for a PADI IDC. Oceans will have from the first of January 2016 two training pools and one specially dedicated for PADI IDCs.

PADI IDC Gili Eilands met Duik Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air in Indonesie

PADI Career Development Center Oceans 5 Gili Air



Another major benefit is a huge classroom at Oceans 5 property just a few steps away from the new IDC  training pool. The candidates have just open the doors of the classroom and they will see the pool in less then 2 meters. The pool is 20 meters long and 5 meters width.

Oceans 5 has an experienced IDC team. There are two PADI Course Directors in the house, a PADI Master Instructor and tree PADI IDC staff instructors.

Also Gili Air is not that busy like Gili Trawangan. And even there is nightlife, bars and restaurants on Gili Air.  Gili Is isn’t that famous for clubbing. The place is perfect for the IDC because there is less distraction.


If you like to know more about Oceans 5 or the PADI IDC at Oceans 5 Gili Air write us an email at

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Scuba diving around the Gili Islands

Are you ready for a new adventure?

Come SCUBA DIVING at Oceans 5 Dive Resort and experience exploring the underwater world for yourself!

Oceans 5 Dive Resort is located on tropical Gili Air, Indonesia and offers diving for everyone, from first time divers to already certified and experienced divers.


Have you never been scuba diving before but you want to give it a try? Sign up for the Didiscover Scuba Diving experience and find out if it’s something for you! After a basic introduction in diving theory and some practice in the pool, you will go for a real dive in the ocean with a PADI instructor already to 12 meters deep. This Discover Scuba Dive gives you the opportunity to swim with beautiful fish, experience weightlessness and even see sea turtles from a few meters away!

After this first dive you might have fallen in love with diving and want to become a certified scuba diver. That’s easy! Come and get all your diving certifications with Oceans 5, starting with you PADI Open Water Diver course. This course is the worlds most accepted and acknowledged scuba course and has taught millions to scuba dive around the world. Without needing previous knowledge or experience, you can become a PADI Open Water Diver in 3,5 days and be certified to dive to 18 meters with a buddy all around the world. The course consists of 5 chapters of dive theory, several swimming pool sessions and 4 dives in the ocean and is taught by experienced PADI instructors who teach in English, Spanish, French, German, Bahasa Indonesia and Dutch.

Are you already a certified diver and you just can’t get enough? Oceans 5 offers all courses every day, so come sign up and enjoy your Advanced Open Water, Rescue diver and Divemaster course or come fun diving at one of our 20 incredible divespots around the Gili Islands!

Ready to come and explore? Check out our website: or have a look at our Facebook page –

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Free IDC preparation year-round at Oceans 5 Gili Air in Indonesia

Oceans 5 IDC Dive Resort Now Offering IDC Preparation Year-Round 

Oceans 5, an Indonesian dive resort on Gili Air, is now offering free IDC preparation courses all year long.


For divers who dream of becoming dive instructors, participating in a PADI instructor course is a necessary step in making dive instructing a career. Oceans 5 knows how important it is to be prepared for these courses and has expanded their IDC preparation classes from a week before IDCs start to a year-round offering. These classes put divers at an advantage for the IDC by getting them comfortable with dive knowledge and diving skills.

Free IDC Preparation Year-Round at Oceans 5 Gili Air

Free IDC Preparation Year-Round at Oceans 5 Gili Air


Oceans 5 is a PADI 5 star Career Development Dive Center, the highest rating within PADI for a dive center. This is reflected in the facilities and instructors of Oceans 5. There is a 25 meter training pool, specially made for scuba diving, an AC-ed classroom with a coffee corner, a bar, a restaurant and lots of relaxing areas.


The IDC preparation classes will not be conducted by one of the PADI Staff Instructors of Oceans 5. Instead, the IDC preparation will be conducted by one of the course directors or IDC staff members working for Oceans 5.


The advantage of Oceans 5 is that Oceans 5 has a big experienced IDC team:two PADI Course Directors, a Master Instructor, and four PADI IDC Staff instructors. This team promises that IDC candidates will get all of the knowledge they need in the language they want. Oceans 5 offers the IDC classes in the following languages: English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Swedish, Italian and Bahasa Indonesia.


IDC preparation will be an easy and relaxing process. IDC candidates start with a fun dive in the morning;the diving around the Gili Islands is amazing and the fun dive takes the stress away from the candidates. The fun dive will be followed in the afternoon by a skill circuit and knowledge lecture. The day ends with a drink at the bar.


Oceans 5 likes that the IDC candidates become a team, maybe friends for ever, and that all the candidates will follow their dream to become a PADI Dive Instructor.


About Oceans 5 Dive Resort

Oceans 5 Dive Resort was founded in 2010 on Gili Air, an island near Lombok in Indonesia. Oceans 5offers all PADI courses from beginner to instructor level and is also a DDI and a Reef Check facility. Oceans 5 is a multi-award winning IDC dive resort, having won the 2011 PADI Accessibility Award, 2012 Outstanding contribution to diver acquisition and business development,2013 Outstanding contribution to diver education, and the 2013 Career Development Dive Resort, just to name a few. For more information, please visit


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Free IDC preparation

An IDC preparation helps the future IDC candidates to brush their skills and dive theory, so they can concentrate an the most important part of the Instructor Development Course; the Instructor Development Course it selves. And this without having long study days.

The IDC preparation at Oceans 5 is a flexible program. This means when the candidate arrive he or she can starts the preparation. The experienced IDC team will help the candidates with their skills by a skill circuit and their diving knowledge by giving lectures about the dive theory topics.

Free IDC preparation with Oceans 5 Gili Air in indonesia

Free PADI IDC preparation with PADI CDC center Oceans 5 Gili Air in indonesia

Oceans 5 has an experienced IDC team  out of 2 PADI Course Directors, a PADI Master Instructor and 3 PADI IDC Staff Instructors. The biggest advantages that Oceans 5 has is that the IDC preparation and the IDC can be conducted in more languages, English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia.

The days of a preparation are flexible. The goal is to get the dive shop known, the people who are working there, how the dive shop works with for example with pool or open water dives. Another goal of the preparation is to take the tension away from the candidates before the IDC starts, so the will absorb the information during the instructor development course more easier.

Free PADI IDC preparation in the Gili Islands with Oceans 5 Dive Gili Air

Free PADI IDC preparation in the Gili Islands with Oceans 5 Dive Gili Air

Mostly the day starts with a fun dive at 8.30, followed by a skills circuit in the pool in the afternoon and at the end of the afternoon, a 1,5 hour lecture about one of the topics of the dive theory. The day will be finished with a drink at the bar.

If you like to know more about the PADI IDC Gili Islands at Oceans 5 Gili Air, the Free IDC Preparation, or about the IDC tam write us an email at

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Dive Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air in Indonesia

Dive resort Oceans 5 Gili Air is located on one of the most beautiful islands of the world: Gili Air. Gili Air is part of the famous Gili Islands. these islands are so famous because of its not allowed to have on the islands a car, motorbike and dogs. The islands are surrounded by crystal clear water and views over the volcanos Rinjani (Lombok) and the Angung (Bali).

The people of the islands are original from Sulawesi, East Indonesia.  They came with boat and fount water to drink on this island. They gave the island the name Gili Air. Air means in Bahasa Indonesia Water.

Dive Resort Oceans 5 located on the Gili Islands

Dive resort Oceans 5 is locater on Gili Air in Indonesia

Dive Resort Oceans 5 came just 5 years ago to the island. The owner, Sander, wanted to follow his dream and he wanted to make a dive resort where everyone can dive. In the up following years Oceans 5 developed herself. At this moment there is a dive shop, 12 bungalows, a restaurant, bar and coffee bar called Coffee & Thyme, a boutique called Sea Gypsy, a silver shop called Yin and new projects are starting.

New at Oceans 5 will be a free dive center called Freedive Flow. It will be a separated building with a view over the new 20 meter swimming pool. Around the pool there will be 6 new bungalows.

If you like to have more information about Oceans 5, visit our website or write us an email at

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Shark Guardian at Oceans 5

Shark Guardian at Oceans 5

It is a Sunday night with Shark Guardian at Oceans 5 Dive resort, and the front yard is packed with people. Brendon Sing is on stage. “The first time I saw a wild shark was in Sodwina bay, South Africa when I was 16. As a fresh open water diver I went on the reef with 12 meters of water above me. And then I see this majestic reef shark. I’m breathing like a freight train and my arms and legs go wild…  and  the shark is gone, scared of me! At that moment everything changed  for me. Sharks are more afraid of us then we them and they have every right to be.”

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Sharks are dominant apex predators in all the oceans

Sharks have survived in the oceans for 400 million years. But now these superb predators that are vital for the worlds ecosystem are facing a serious threat in the form of another predator, humans. Sharks need help.

How Shark Guardian started

Five years ago Brendon together with his wife Elisabeth quit their day jobs as dive professionals and started  to work full time to protect the sharks of the world. In 2013, the work was organised under a UK based charity organisation and Shark Guardian was born. Today Brendon, Elisabeth and their four month old daughter Olivia are travelling around the world to make the people see the importance of sharks. “It all happened naturally, I just talked about sharks cause I love them. It grew and grew and then we said lets give a name for it, and then it became Shark Guardian. We already see the results of our work. We have received letters from parents saying that they learned so much from their kids about sharks that they don’t want to eat shark anymore. We are self funded by raising donations and selling merchandise so that we can go to as many places as possible to give our educational presentations and workshops.”

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Brendon, Elisabeth and Olivia. Sharkguardian at Oceans 5!

The Shark Guardians have been at Oceans 5 for three times during the last two years. ” We had heard about Sander and the good reputation he has and decided to contact him. The co operation has  been fruitful ever since. We always get a good crowd when we visit Oceans 5. Last time we were here we organised a night dive and went out to Sunset to see the Whitetip reef sharks hunting in the dark, That was really awesome! When I see a shark under water I feel humble and honoured for being in presence  with something that has been around for 400 millions years.”

Eshark project

One of the Shark Guardian projects is called Eshark. For divers it is a great way to participate. By collecting dive log data Shark guardians will be able to provide evidence about the changes in the Shark populations around the world.

“Sharks are dominant apex predators in all the oceans. They are on top of the food chain. If you remove sharks, the species under them will overpopulate and have a damaging domino effect to the whole ecosystem they belong to. A prime example of this can be seen in the US east coast, where  Hammerhead sharks were regularly seen, but are now fished to near extinction. This has lead to an overpopulation of cownose rays which in their turn have destroyed shell fish population which were a major source of income for the fishing industry. More sharks in the oceans means more fish in the oceans. This is already proven with marine sanctuaries where sharks are protected and as a result, all aquatic populations are in better condition.”

After the presentation Brendon and Elisabeth are bombarded by questions.  People are eagerly asking how they could participate. “Media is treating the sharks in a ugly way.Sharks are not cute like dolphins and turtles. But sharks are not after humans, we are not a part of their diet. Shark attacks are unfortunate mistakes. To turn this around, we try to establish more knowledge about sharks, underlining the value of sharks to people.  It is a privilege to see sharks, it is a positive rewarding experience. For dive professionals I have a very simple request: Please pass this message to all your dive students. For divers and non divers  I would ask you to make an important decision not to buy or eat any shark related products. ”

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Hammerhead shark

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Hammerhead shark at Gili islands!

Hammerhead sharks are a rare sight at Gili Islands. But a few days ago we saw one! Here’s the full story:

On Sunday morning we were on the 8:30 dive boat with Oceans 5. It was not a busy morning, there were only seven divers with boat captain Cakdi on the boat. When we arrived to Sunset, south of Gili Trawangan, the sea was calm, no waves, wind or current.

Arne and Jarle, my Norwegian dive buddies and me got into the water and quickly decended to around 29 meters. From there we started to work our way up to the bummies where we usually see the baby Whitetip sharks. As we were closing to 24 meters I saw a two meter long Whitetip lying on the seabed, getting cleaned by a few Cleaner fish. When we were about three meters away from it, it started to swim. First going around a bummy and then coming back, swimming an eight shape around us. We stopped to witness this amazing sight, Jarle was taking video with his Gopro. We watched this for a good five minutes, enjoying the majestic moves of the shark swimming around us.

When it finally turned away, I watched how it started to swim towards the blue. And then another object in midwater caught my eye. Something big was moving a little bit above me and to the left. There was no doubt about it! A Hammerhead shark came from the shallow part of the reef, maybe two meters above us, three or four meters in front of us. It moved slowly from left to right, right in front of us and continued towards the deep. Jarle saw it, Arne saw it and I saw it. The shape of the head left no space for speculations. The first Hammerhead sighting at Gilis for over two years!

(c) Kimmo Pekari 2015

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Diving for the first time


It is easy to try scuba diving with Oceans 5 dive resort. pic (c) Nayoung Kim 2015

Diving for the first time is a once in a lifetime experience. For Jurian Gouldwaard it happened the 11th of July 2015. Jurian has been travelling in Asia for some time. He likes to snorkel, chill out and eat good food. After some hectic days in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta it was an easy choice for him to head towards Gili Air, where there are no cars and public transportation is done with horse and carriage. Meeting old friends and getting familiar with the laid back lifestyle of the paradise island, just a two-hour boat ride away from busy Bali, he was watching at the numerous dive shops all around the island. “I have learned that the Gili islands are one of the worlds top dive locations, and you can really sense it here. There are a lot of dive shops, and there are divers everywhere. Last night I was watching divers doing rescue exercises on the beach while we were waiting for our dinner.”

Diving for the first time

Discover scuba diving is a PADI program designed for people who want to experience the underwater world for the very first time. It is not a course, but a half day experience. The day contains a short theory session and one dive in the pool, where the participants get to know how the equipment works and learn a few problem management skills. And then of course the actual dive, the highlight of the experience. “It was really interesting to take the first breaths under water. It felt like I needed to actively control my breathing to make it happen. But then again, it felt really easy to breath. The air was just flowing in from the regulator”. The maximum depth for the dive is 12 meters.

Oceans 5 Dive Resort pays a lot of attention to deliver the best possible experience for the new divers to be. The group sizes are kept small, always four or less people per instructor. Oceans 5 is a PADI career development centre, which also means that the level of teaching is kept high. “This day was super nice. I will most probably continue to the Open Water course at some point. In the pool this morning we did a lot of skills like clearing the mask and finding the regulator. They were easy for me, it is clear that these “problem management skills” are good to know when you are under water. You can’t go up to the surface every time when you have a little bit of water in your mask. ”

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Jurian taking his first breaths with a Scuba unit. pic (c) Nayoung Kim 2015

Turtle City

After the pool session we take a little break. At 11:30 we go diving to Turtle City, a dive site that is famous for it’s huge Green turtles. And the turtles are there! For almost 40 minutes we drift under the surface, watching the turtles fly in the ocean together with an ubiquitous amount of colourful fish all shapes and sizes. “That was really cool!” shouts Jurian when we surface near the shores of Gili Meno. ” You see a lot of things under water when snorkelling, but with the dive equipment you can get really close to turtles, watch them eat, sleep and swim up to the surface to breath”

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In Oceans 5 ‘s pool, diving for the first time. pic (c) Nayoung Kim 2015

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5 tips how to choose a dive shop

5 tips how to choose a dive shop. In this blogpost we look into how to choose a dive shop for your holiday.

If you are interested in diving but not yet a certified diver, please also check a previous blogpost from Oceans 5 dive resorts blog, “How to start scuba diving?

For recreational diver, a dive holiday is the highlight of the year. It is nice to go to new places, to explore new dive sites. To select the holiday destination should be done with care. PML_6261 Once the destination is selected it’s time to start to think about how to select the dive shop in the location. Once in the location, the good old “walk-in and check the vibe” is still a very valid way of making the final decision. Here are five tips how to choose a dive shop and what to take under consideration when selecting the dive shop.

1. How to choose a dive shop? Use the Internet!

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After you have chosen your destination, Google the local dive shops. Check out their web pages, a decent dive shop has also decent web pages. Look out for customer reviews from their own pages, from Tripadvisor and from diving related services, such as Diviac . Send the dive shop an email explaining your schedule and wishes, and have a dialogue with the store. How fast do they answer? Do you get satisfactory answers to your questions? Are they nice? This should help you a lot in your final decision.

2. Big or small?

Should you choose a big dive school or a small store? Both options have their advantages. Usually, bigger stores are more professionally operated, they have their own rental gear, boats, pool and fixed personnel. On the downside, they might be less flexible with schedules, dive sites, or other personal requests. Bigger schools usually belong to one or several of the global dive organisations. The biggest ones are PADI and SSI. Look for signs like “Five Star Dive Centre” or “Career Development Dive Centre” for highest quality. Small operators can be a good choice, if there is a good match of chemistry between you and the dive shop owner. Small companies are often also more flexible with special needs. The downside could be lack of resources and more hassle because smaller operators use shares boats, rent the equipment from other companies, do not have their own compressors to fill the tanks etc.

3. Check the equipment, boats and logistics

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If you are looking forward to use rental equipment, ask to see the gear before making a decision. Diving is much safer and much more fun when the equipment is in good condition, well serviced and well maintained. Look especially at the BCD’s, wetsuits and regulators. BCD and wetsuit should fit you tightly. Be reasonable. There might be some wear and tear but they should not smell bad or be torn apart. Check the mouthpiece of the regulator. there should be no pieces bitten off. Ask about the boats and the overall logistics. How long does it take to get from the dive shop to the boat? Or is there a pickup from your hotel? How long is the boat ride to the dive site? How big is the boat? Is it a shared boat or is only for one dive shop to use? What do you need to bring with you? Is lunch, drinks etc included in the price?

4. Ask about the dives

What is the maximum dive time? some dive shops limit the dive time to 45 or 60 minutes, some let you dive your tank to 50 bar no matter how long it takes. How big are the groups? A nice group size is four divers per divemaster. In some shops, especially in the high season the group size can be much higher, up to 8 -10 people. How are the divers divided to groups? In bigger shops the custom is to have the divers in different groups, based on their certification level such as Open water, Advanced and professionals. This guarantees that everyone is diving with people who are on the same level. Ask about the dive sites. What’s there to see? Are there strong currents, how is the visibility and water temperature?

5 Talk with people

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Dive instructor Josep at Oceans 5. Pic Nayoung Kim (c) 2015

Talk with the people that you are going to dive with. If you get along with them on the dry, there is a good chance that diving will also be much fun! Language is a big issue. Do you share the same language on a level that you can communicate with? A lot of dive shops target certain language groups. English is the most common language in dive shops, but there are also dive shops who specialize in French, Italian, German, Russian, etc customers. If you want to dive with your own language, look around. Dive instructors come mostly from western countries and increasingly also from Asia. You should be able to find a dive school that has people who can teach in your own language.

This blogpost is about 5 tips how to choose a diveshop for your dive holiday. I hope you enjoyed this article. Please feel free to share it with your friends if you feel that this could be useful for them!

(c) Kimmo Pekari 2015

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Tropical sky in the night time Pic by Nayoung Kim (c) 2015

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Reef cleanup at the Gili Islands

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Diving conditions are excellent in Gili Air all year round. Photo (c) Nayoung Kim 2015

Reef cleanup…why? The underwater world is a magical place, where fish and other strange creatures live among beautiful corals, in the shades of light that shines in from the surface. The scenery has not changed much in the last millions of years. Unfortunately, the trace of human hand starts to be more and more visible under water.

How to reduce the human impact in the oceans is a big question. Divers have one efficient way to act on behalf of the oceans. By doing reef cleanups they directly reduce the amount of waste, and at the same time influence other people to be more concerned about their waste management.

Here at Oceans 5 dive resort we frequently organise reef cleanups. The cleanups are free for our customers and students. All divers must be certified as advanced open water or higher. The events are supervised by Oceans 5 ‘s divemasters or instructors.

Mieke Bruvnseels, Divemaster candidate at Oceans 5 dive resort

Mieke Bruvnseels, Divemaster candidate at Oceans 5 dive resort

Mieke Bruvnseels, a divemaster candidate at Oceans 5 is organising the reef cleanup for next week. “It is my way to contribute to Gili Air and the Ocean. I love diving at Gili Air. I have been staying here now for more than two months doing my Divemaster course. Diving here is fantastic” she says, and continues: ” Organising a reef cleanup is also a great challenge to me as a dive professional. Being responsible managing a team is a great experience that helps me to achieve my professional goals. Its like guiding a fun dive but with a real mission.”

Reef cleanups are performed in the house reef, just outside Oceans 5’s dive shop at Gili Air. The event starts around 5 PM, after the harbour is closed and boats are not coming in anymore. For divers the reef cleanup has many benefits. “I like to dive in clean waters” says Mieke. “I also believe that when people see what we do they might also start to think about it and throw less garbage in the ocean”. Divers also have a great possibility to learn to control their buoyancy in real life situation working near the bottom while handling heavy garbage bags.

Before going into the water it is time for a dive briefing. The participants are divided into buddy teams. Each team consists of 2 – 5 divers. Every team is then responsible of one section of the house reef. One diver in every team acts as team leader, supervising the team from above, holding up an SMB to warn boats about the divers below and assisting his team with garbage bags. Dive time is limited to 45 minutes, and every diver is equipped with protective gloves. Divers are briefed not to pick up items which already have coral growing in them and to be careful with any animals that might live inside the garbage.

“By far the majority of waste that is picked up from the reef is plastic in form of bottles, candy wrappers, diapers etc etc. But we also find good stuff. We have found money, shoes and even diving equipment!” says Mieke. “Last week a group of 5 people brought up seven full bags of garbage. This week it’s going to be even more! she says with a grin on her face.

Please contact us for more information about diving at Gili’s and possibilities to join our reef cleanup events!

(c) Kimmo Pekari 2015

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