FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/05/2020
Director of Ceningan Divers and Ceningan Resort
+62 821 45855934
A new way to promote environmental conservation in the time of Covid-19
Nusa Ceningan, Bali: Ceningan Divers today announced the release of their online Education Centre, a new learning portal giving worldwide access to their conservation workshops focused on marine life and environmental best practices. Ceningan Divers’ Education Centre offers those interested in marine conservation an opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics from marine life, coral reef conservation, and practical skills to help them improve their knowledge of the underwater world.
“With travel restriction in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to offer a new way to share our knowledge of marine life and the conservation of our ocean planet. As a small business affected by the current situation, we saw an opportunity to provide people something unique that they can access from their homes while still promoting our passion for conservation and supporting our team”Robert Scales, Co-Founder of Ceningan Divers.
The Education Centre offers workshops covering: mola, mantas, turtles, tropical fish, coral reefs, mangrove, and more. The mola workshop is available free of charge while the others are $20. Complete all 8 workshops to qualify for the Conservation Diver Certification Program. You can also enrol for the Project AWARE speciality eCourses available online for just $80.
“We employ 24 people each of whom is responsible for looking after their family. Beyond our innovative new Education Center, the first independently curated online learning platform built by a dive operator, we also set up a GoGetFunding campaign, which has raised over $6,500 to help us support our staff to buy food for their families and essential services such as electricity and cellular data to keep in touch with others. For those who make a donation of $50 or more on the platform, we unlock our educational workshops for them – it’s a thank you from us to them which also benefits the environment.”Robert Scales, Co-Founder of Ceningan Divers.
Features and benefits of Ceningan Divers’ Education Centre include.
- Free Enrolment to the Education Centre gives you access to 8 custom created workshops by our in-house Marine Biologist
- Signing up to the Education Centre gets the first workshop on Mola (Sunfish) for free
- On-demand unique quality educational programs available online
- Take the popular Project AWARE Specialty or AWARE Coral Reef Conservation eCourses conducted by our team, including PADI certification upon completion of the course curriculum.
- A growing selection of PADI eCourses conducted by our team.
- Complete all 8 workshops and receive a 1,000,000Rp Gift Voucher exchangeable to book one of our PADI Learn & Stay or Dive & Stay Package.
World Environment Day and World Ocean Day 2020 Initiatives
“With World Environment Day coming on June 5th and World Ocean Day coming on June 8th, we will also be offering our ‘Coral Reef’ and the ‘Personal Challenges We Should Aspire’ workshops free of charge from May 25th to June 15th. We hope these educational programs will help promote the importance of our reefs and how we can reduce our impact on the environment to broader audiences while people are observing social distancing practices and remaining at home during the Covid-19 crisis. Since we opened our dive resort in 2015, we have conducted annual initiatives for World Environment/Ocean Day, however, with the current restrictions, it makes it impossible for us to present at local schools, conduct beach and street cleanups or dives against debris. With our online Education Centre, we can continue to promote the importance of actions and education to build a more sustainable future.”Robert Scales, Co-Founder of Ceningan Divers.
Ceningan Divers Education Centre eCourses and Workshops are now available online.
For more information on Ceningan Divers Education Centre, please visit https://edu.ceningandivers.com/.
For more information about our other eco initiatives, please visit https://www.ceningandivers.com/eco-initiatives/.
About Ceningan Divers: Founded in 2015, Ceningan Divers (https://www.ceningandivers.com/) is an award-winning, eco-friendly, PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort. A top rated Green Fins Dive Operator (currently ranking #4 in the world), 100% AWARE Partner, Trash Hero Partner, the winner of the Dive Resort of the Year at the 2019 BlueGreen360 Awards and the winner of the Dive Operator of the Year at the 2018 BlueGreen360 Awards.
About PADI: Founded in 1966 PADI Worldwide (https://www.padi.com/) is a privately held corporation and the world’s largest scuba diving training organization with nearly 450 employees in PADI corporate offices around the world. PADI Regional Headquarters support the efforts of individual professional members and PADI Dive Centers and Resorts in more than 183 countries and territories. To serve the needs of divers worldwide, translations of PADI materials are available in at least 26 languages.
About Project Aware: Project AWARE® (https://www.projectaware.org/), a registered nonprofit organization, is 27 years old and transformed from an environmental ethic created by PADI in 1989, to a separate nonprofit organization with global reach and a passionate community dedicated to protecting our ocean. Over the years, Project AWARE has stayed at the forefront of emerging ocean issues and pressing global challenges.
About Green Fins: The Green Fins (https://www.greenfins.net/) initiative aims to protect and conserve coral reefs through environmentally friendly guidelines that promote a sustainable diving and snorkeling industry. Green Fins is coordinated internationally by The Reef-World Foundation in partnership with the UN Environment. Green Fins is a proven conservation management approach which leads to a measurable reduction in negative environmental impacts associated with diving and snorkeling. The approach is proven and replicable, and has been adopted by 11 countries and nearly 600 individual marine tourism companies since its inception in 2004.
About Trash Hero: Trash Hero (https://trashhero.org/) is a global volunteer movement, led, supported and governed by Trash Hero World. At its heart is a growing grassroots network of chapters: unincorporated, community-based organizations which run our programs. The Trash Hero mission is to bring communities together to clean and reduce waste.
Education Centre Promo video on Youtube https://youtu.be/DmmcKT62VBo
Promo Video and Stock Images
Ceningan Dive team sorting trash after a Dive Against Debris®.
We work with local recycling programs to limit our impact on the local environment.
We only allow the use of Reef-Safe Sunblock at our dive resort.
Our Education Centre offers a wide range of conservation workshops and eCourses.
Gina, our in-house Marine Biologist conducting conservation workshops with our guests.
One of the most popular dive sites around Nusa Penida because of this magical animal.
The Mola is on most divers Bucket List a frequent visitor to Crystal Bay in season.
The North shore of Nusa Penida has a healthy and thriving coral reef.
Our dive team is composed of experienced PADI instructors and Divemasters..
Our local Divemaster Vita had a close encounter with this glider at Manta Point.
Local Divemaster Vita is still smiling at the surface after an amazing dive..
The sun rises on Ceningan Resort on the beautiful island of Nusa Ceningan
Ceningan Dive team getting the boat ready for another fantastic day of diving from our private jetty.
The morning light shines on the cliffs of Nusa Penida on the way to Manta Point.
Relaxation time in the lounge at Ceningan Resort
Our 8 Traditional Balinese Thatched Roof Bungalows will make you feel right at home with their comfortable beds and garden view.
On a hot Bali day have a refreshing dip in the resort pool.
Take a course with Ceningan Divers and plunge into our 3-meter-deep dive pool
Ceningan Divers boat equipped with 2 x 150HP 4 stroke engines, marine radio, oxygen and safety gear ensuring our divers transit safely from our resort to the dive sites.
Other Statistics *updated May 25th
- Since we launched our online education centre, we had more than 400 people enrolled on our platform.
- 150+ students have completed our Mola workshop.
- 20+ students have completed additional paid workshops.
- Several students have signed up for our paid PADI Project AWARE Coral Reefs Conservation eCourse.
- The above data does not include the 58+ people who supported us by donating more than $50 to our GoGetFunding campaign and will as a result get access to some of our workshops. Those who donated more than $150 will get access to all 8 workshops. We will contact them this week to make the announcement.
- Since our official launch, we have received positive feedback from the scuba diving community: Our platform was featured at ADEX PIXEL on the Ocean 360 Channel, and on the first live Panel on how the dive industry is adapting during covid-19 pandemic.
- Our education centre was featured in several dive publications including; Dive Magazine Uk, Scuba Diver Mag, Asia Divers and Australia Divers and the UW360 group.
- Green Fins, World-Reefs Foundation and the United Nation Environment have also featured us to their audiences.
- Our platform has been shared on various social media channels and groups.