Happy New Year!
It's a new year, and a fresh start! Like many of you we are taking a minute to look back and reflect on our past year. here are some highlights!
Our first big news of the year came in May 2012, when we committed to being "100% AWARE!" Every time we issue a certification, we also make a financial contribution to Project Aware. This organization currently focuses on two main areas, both of which are near and dear to our hearts: Shark Conservation and Marine Debris. In addition, our commitment means that you, our students, receive a special edition certification card - so you are part of the solution!
Next news was in July 2012, when we received a wonderful letter from PADI recognizing our increase in specialty training. We have worked hard to focus on some areas that we believe will help our divers become safer, more confident, and just plain BETTER divers, and we're happy that our efforts seem to be working!
During the summer and fall, we worked hard on assessing all of the areas of our business: the dive operation, the scuba school, and the resort. We made some changes, trimmed some fat, and in October 2012, we were extremely please to receive the PADI Green Star Award, recognizing our ongoing commitment to environmental initiatives!
We've also been supporting our wonderful staff. You can read about their activities and steps up the ladder here and here and here. All of this goes to support our biggest achievement of 2012: in December, we received our 5 Star Instructor Development Resort designation, which means that this year, we will begin offering Instructor Development Courses. Watch for more information on those programs coming soon!
Thank you all for being part of our fabulous 2012! We wish you all the happiest of new years, and we hope that you will continue with us on our journey as we head into the excitement that a new year brings. Very best wishes from all of us here at Blue Angel Scuba School!