Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Project AWARE Foundation™ Recognizes California Dive Center with Prestigious Environmental Achievement Award for 2005

Project AWARE Foundation™ Recognizes California Dive Center with Prestigious Environmental Achievement Award for 2005

The first Dive Center to receive three Consecutive Environmental Achievement Awards.

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (PRWEB) March 1, 2006

California Dive Center™ today announced that the Project AWARE Foundation – the renowned international environmental agency focused on the plights of our world’s oceans – has awarded California Dive Center the prestigious 2005 Environmental Achievement Award for its work on raising the awareness of ecological tourism. Worldwide, a total of twenty-one dive centers and resorts were selected for this award. This is the third year in a row that California Dive Center was selected to receive the Environmental Achievement Award –the first dive center to do so.

“The Environmental Achievement Award is about rewarding vision, excellence and pursuit of conservation”, stated Dr. Drew Richardson, chairman, Project AWARE Foundation. “Project AWARE Foundation is proud to award California Dive Center for their environmental achievements for three consecutive years. This level of commitment demonstrates their ongoing dedication to conservation in their local community.“

“The staff and Instructors of California Dive Center are proud to receive this honor again”, said Bill Oakes, president, California Dive Center. “Our team infuses environmental activism to our student divers, creating yet more ambassadors for saving our ocean for future generations. Receiving the Environmental Achievement Award is a definite reward for the continued efforts of our staff.”

To qualify for this prestigious award, dive center and resort operators were evaluated on award criteria in the following six areas: 1) Environmental Events, 2) Environmental Education, 3) Responsible Business Practices, 4) Project AWARE Program Support, 5) Public Awareness, 6) Responsible Diving Practices.

Project AWARE honors award winners with printed recognition in industry publications, an official plaque and window decal to recognize their dedication to sustainable business practices and the environment.

About California Dive Center

California Dive Center is where the family learns to dive. California Dive Center is a PADI 5-Star Dive Center, 5-Star Instructor Development Center, and National Geographic Dive Center, training divers to become responsible visitors to the other 70% of the planet Earth. Named as one of the top dive centers by the dive industry, California Dive Center provides dive equipment and instruction from beginner to professional, a children’s scuba program, travel, kayak and swim accessories, as well as a revolutionary way to learn to dive. California Dive Center is based in San Bruno, California, and can be reached at (877)5-CALDIVE, (650)588-4998, or http://www. cadive. com (http://www. cadive. com).

About the Project AWARE Foundation

The Project AWARE Foundation, established by PADI in 1992, is a non-profit organization committed to conserving and preserving the aquatic environment and its resources. Project AWARE teaches the world about the importance and responsibility of preserving the aquatic environment. Further information about Project AWARE is available at http://www. projectaware. org (http://www. projectaware. org).

About PADI

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world's largest recreational diving membership organization. The membership includes dive businesses, resort facilities, academic institutions, instructor trainers, dive educators, divers, snorkelers and other watersports enthusiasts. Professional PADI Members (dive centers, resorts, educational facilities, instructors, assistant instructors and divemasters) teach the vast majority of the world's recreational divers, issuing over 1,000,000 certifications each year. PADI Professionals make underwater exploration and adventure accessible to the public while maintaining the highest industry standards for dive training, safety and customer service. Further information about PADI can be found at http://www. padi. com (http://www. padi. com).

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