It was an eventful week at Splash Dive Center, as we prepared to celebrate PADI Women Dive Day. Quality and Safety has always been a part of all our services; that has changed a bit due Covid-19 as we now include Health with Quality and Safety!
We began the week by disinfecting and preparing the dive center, the shuttle, the equipment and boats. We set strategic sanitation stations, sneeze guards, social distance markers, social distance seating arrangements, and used an infrared thermometer to check guests and crew temperatures. Splash is full on for adding health to our quality and safety standards.
Women Dive “Day” became a weekend of conservation and fun – very much needed while adjusting to this new normal. We began with our weekly beach and snorkel clean-up on the Placencia Peninsula. We have now removed 2000 lbs of rubbish from the ocean.
The fun continued with seven Open Water Certification students in our classroom. Befitting Women’s Dive Day, five of the students were female!
Saturday, we headed out to Silk Cayes in the Silk Cayes and Gladden Spit Marine Reserve. Conditions were perfect.
The students did the confined water skills at the Caye while the certified divers went to North Wall.
Divers were rewarded seeing a manta ray and as a bonus, saw the silhouette of a whale shark. Students worked from the caye along Splash Instructors on open water skills. After the first dive and completing the confined water skills, all enjoyed a traditional Caribbean Island lunch on the caye before all went to dive at White Hole.
Sunday’s destination wPompion Caye is a private caye on the Belize Barrier Reef that Splash Dive Center has access to. Both the Open Water students experienced Pompion Wall and Pompion Canyons. A school of bottlenose dolphins participated for 15 magical minutes.
Women Dive Day 2020 was the first celebrated in Belize. Despite, the Covid-19 pandemic we wanted to celebrate the Women Dive Community and our love for the oceans. Note that for the photo, we took temporary relapse from social distancing to get everyone in the photo. The boat is a 46 foot Newton so had lots of room for social distancing.
We are looking forward to see you for the next Women Divers Day.