Monthly Archives: August 2008
Scuba Diving, the adventure in the fascinating world under water that a generation of Indians grew up watching on television, is now at your doorstep, with the launch on Friday of the country’s first Inland Training Center in Bangalore.
Set up by Planet Scuba India, a story of combining passion with business opportunity, the Scuba Diving School will for the first time make scuba diving accessible and easy for a majority of Indians who live away from the country’s long and lovely sea coast.
“We believe anyone can dive, provided there is proper training and good equipment. With our Dive Center we are fulfilling both these needs for the first time in India,” said Madhava Reddy, Founder Director of Planet Scuba India.
“Every year, more than a million people around the world become scuba divers through a certification process. There are very few Indians among them. We hope to contribute significantly in changing that,” he said. He said scuba diving was one activity that directly contributes to the protection of environment by spreading awareness about the beauty and fragility of Marine Life.
Planet Scuba India’s dive center is being launched in technical partnership with Planet Scuba Malaysia and Mr Venkatesh Charloo, a pioneering diving instructor in the country.
“We have been in the business for many years now and we firmly believe that India is the next big growth area for scuba diving. There is a lot of potential here and a lot of people are passionate about the sport,” said Dato’ E.K. Lim, a founder of Planet Scuba Malaysia.
By virtue of association with the Malaysian company, Planet Scuba India has been granted a very high level of rating of Five Star Dive Center by PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors), the world’s largest recreational dive training, certification and membership organization. Planet Scuba India will offer the PADI Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver certifications initially in Bangalore. These courses will be held twice a month starting September and there will be special courses held during the holiday period. These certifications will allow a person to dive anywhere in the world.
This makes PADI-Certified Planet Scuba India a one stop destination for all your scuba diving needs. Here you can learn to dive, pick up diving equipment and plan your diving holidays – sitting right here in Bangalore city. The holidays are to destinations around the world, including established scuba diving spots in the country like Andamans and Lakshadweep for a hands-on experience.
During the launch, Planet Scuba India felicitated the pioneers of Indian Scuba Diving – Prahalad Kakkar in Lakshadweep, Venkatesh Charloo in Goa and Vandit ‘Vinnie’ Kalia in Andamans.
— JULES VERNE
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Marine ecosystems cover approximately 71% of the Earth’s surface and contain approximately 97% of the planet’s water.
Why is aquatic ecosystem health important to humans? Because everything is connected, where an ecosystem is out of balance eventually humans will begin to suffer as well. Our health and many of our activities are dependent on the health of aquatic ecosystems. Most of the water that we drink is taken from lakes or rivers. If the lake or river system is unhealthy, the water may be unsafe to drink or unsuitable for industry, agriculture, or recreation – even after treatment.
The proliferation of non-native species has created problems. One recent example is the rapidly expanding zebra mussel population. Zebra mussels have few natural predators, and because the female can produce 30000 eggs yearly, they are expected to spread throughout most of the freshwater systems. This mussel species is already clogging industrial and municipal water treatment intake pipes, coating boats and piers, and causing beach closures.
Because we share the world with many other species of plants and animals, we must consider the consequences of our actions. Over the past several decades, increasing human activity has rapidly destroyed or polluted many ecological habitats throughout the world. It is important to preserve all types of biomes as each houses many unique forms of life. However, the continued heavy exploitation of certain biomes, such as the forest, freshwater, and marine, may have more severe implications.
We at Planet Scuba recognize the threats to the marine ecosystem and realize that awareness about these threats is minimal in India. Through our diving courses, we hope to make the whole experience fun and educative, and ensure that people can appreciate the natural beauty in abundance in our oceans and follow appropriate measures to safeguard them.
If you’ve always wondered what lies beneath the surface, now’s the time to find out. Start the journey of a lifetime with the PADI Open Water Diver course. It will change you forever.
In the PADI Open Water Diver course, your PADI Instructor takes you through the basics of learning how to scuba dive. You start in a pool or pool-like conditions and progress to the open water (ocean, lake, quarry, etc.) getting the background knowledge along the way.
Earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification is just the beginning. As a certified diver, fabulous dive destinations, exciting people, unparalleled adventure and uncommon tranquility await you. And, as you continue your adventure and gain experience through higher training levels, your opportunities expand.
Becoming a diver opens a door to a whole new world. Open yours and step through.
You will also earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification that is recognized worldwide. As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, you have the freedom to dive independent of a professional. You earn this rating by completing five pool and knowledge development modules and by making four open water (ocean or lake) dives.
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. At some point in the course, your PADI Instructor will ask you to demonstrate the ability to swim 200 meters/yards without swim aids or 300 meters/yards with mask, fins and snorkel and complete a bit of paperwork, to get you on your way.