We’ve had a really good few weeks here at Sheesa!
We mean that when we say it; the best Ramadan we’ve had in years is entirely thanks to the support we get from our great clients, as well as the hard yards put in by our staff on a daily basis. We don’t get to mention our staff enough, but the work that happens behind the scenes here is something to behold. We’re grateful to our entire team, and most of all we’re grateful to you for your support.
Our air-conditioned dhows have been going out consistently and we’ve been extremely fortunate with the conditions presented to us. Trip after trip our clients and staff return to rave about the experience and the marine-life on show.
We’ve also been able to consistently run our speedboats due to the perfect conditions at this time of year. If you haven’t managed to make it out for a trip yet, do yourself a favour and come join us. You won’t be disappointed.
We mentioned last week that some big changes are coming to Sheesa and we’ll be discussing them over the next few weeks as they start to fall into place; this week we’ll start with a topic that sits close to our hearts.
As dive guides and tour operators we’re extremely fortunate to spend our time in a beautiful part of the world.
We have a multi-national team from an array of different backgrounds, but we all landed in this industry for similar reasons. We have a profound passion for the environment, the ocean, and the life that lives in it. As a team we recognize the need to reduce the impact we have on the environment, and to protect the area we literally owe our livelihood to. We’re therefore embarking on a ‘Green Journey’; to improve ourselves and the way we do business. It’ll be a lengthy process of change for the better, but we’re taking it one step at a time and we’re excited about it.
We started the journey last month, with the launch of our campaign to combat the effects of the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish in the region.
For those of you that don’t know the COT Starfish is an invasive species which feeds on natural coral in huge quantities. The species is doing massive damage to the coral life in our region and we feel that it’s our responsibility to step in; giving back to the area that gives so much to us. We’ve been educating our divers on ridding the area of the alien species and we’ve been working flat-out to see results as soon as possible. The campaign is running well now and we intend to keep going. Our aim is to make a real, impactful difference in the protection of our marine ecosystem.
The second step that we’ve taken in this journey has further reaching significance. We’re working towards a Sheesa that is entirely free of single-use plastics. We’re all aware of the impact that plastic has on the environment and we no longer want to be a part of the problem, but rather a part of the solution.
This is by no means an easy undertaking, but we’ve set ourselves a deadline. By September 1st 2018, Sheesa Beach Dhow Cruises will have no single-use plastics in our operation. We’re committed to finding environmentally friendly alternatives.
You can help us by bringing your own water bottles when you come for a visit, so please do so if you can!
Moving on, we’re excited for the last week of June. We’re very nearly booked to capacity for our overnight trips and the dive centre is humming; we’ve got very excited open water students coming through and we’ll be running some rescue diver courses before month end too. So why aren’t you here up-skilling?
We pride ourselves on being educators, and we take a different approach to training here at Sheesa. We believe that education should be thorough, rounded and in-depth. We place emphasis on diver safety and competence, life-skills, problem-solving and crisis management from the outset. There are no shortcuts to safety and we believe in doing things the right way, every time.
We therefore believe in long-term skills development, which brings us to the next point.
Allow us to introduce you to Jad.
Jad is a loyal client of ours who’s become part of the furniture here at Sheesa. At only 13 Jad already has a stack of experience under his belt and he’s shown a real passion for the sport, we’re therefore doing all we can to support his growth in the industry.
He’ll soon be joining us for an apprenticeship during his school holidays and we’re keen to show him the ropes. Our instructors will be mentoring Jad with a focus on dive-skill enhancement, equipment training, life-skills, frosty-fetching techniques and client relations. Young divers are the future of our industry and we’re excited to help Jad along his path. You’ll see him working alongside us on the trips, so please welcome him when you do!
That’s it for now, cheers from all of us here!