Oceans Unlimited Dive center has been a staple in the Manuel Antonio community for almost 17 years. As the new season begins, we are excited to share the news of a change of ownership at the center. Captain Robert McDaniel is stepping down and retiring after many years of great leadership and passing the reins to his right hand, and Director of Training Georgia King.
This is exciting news for us as we move forward into a new era of scuba diving and marine conservation in the Manuel Antonio /Quepos area. With Georgia’s close ties with the non-profit Marine Conservation Costa Rica, the partnership and work that both do, in the local area will only grow stronger.
At Oceans Unlimited we have been offering local scuba diving tours as well as trips to Caño island and all levels of training throughout the years. We have welcomed many people through our doors and taught thousands of people, showing them how to dive and even how to teach others to scuba dive. Even if you haven’t had any previous experience, we love offering the chance to try diving in a day with the discover scuba diving program and open water courses. Our professional training programs have always been a strong element of our focus, offering opportunities for life and career changes for those wanting to become dive professionals, either as PADI Divemasters or scuba instructors. All of these programs will continue to be offered here and we hope that many new faces will come to visit us to try diving in this incredible area. We have a great dive team ready at the center, looking forward to taking you underwater.
With the founding of the nonprofit, Marine Conservation Costa Rica by Georgia King and fellow biologist and dive instructor, Katharine Evans in 2019, the main focus of many of these programs shifted. A new drive and eco element were introduced to all of the courses at the center, spreading the importance of the conservation of the oceans. As part of this exciting change at the dive center, we look forward to focusing more on these environmental contributions and giving back with the expansion of our conservation curriculum. Our ocean is in peril and we need to do something fast. With every diver we take underwater, we can show them the beauty and fragility of our underwater environment and hence the importance of working together to save it.
Our main flagship project, the restoration of the corals around the Manuel Antonio National Park has so far allowed 100s of corals colonies to be out-planted on the local reef reinvigorating the area and the underwater life it supports. Workshops are offered at the dive center allowing all those who are interested to see and learn about the work that is being done. In addition to this, the marine conservation education program is building and we hope to spread the message with workshops in the local schools around the area. With so much work to be done, this new era at Oceans Unlimited is an exciting opportunity to strengthen and grow our message of conserving the oceans and the natural environment.
To celebrate this exciting time, we will be running some amazing promotions and competitions throughout the month of December. These will be available online and at the dive center, located in the Marina Pez Vela. There will be weekly giveaways on our social media channels, and at the shop, including free scuba courses so follow online to make sure you don’t miss out. We will be open every evening as part of the Christmas light celebrations in the Marina from November 25th onwards, so don’t forget to stop by to find out what activities and programs we have going on. We will also be running some free workshops for anyone to attend and a Marine Conservation Kids camp in January.
So, what are you waiting for?
Come join us in celebrating new beginnings with Oceans Unlimited and Marine Conservation Costa Rica.
You can find us online at Instagram @scubadivingcostarica, & @marineconservationcostarica, Facebook /oceansunlimited.costarica/.
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