1) PADI A.W.A.R.E., a non-profit foundation associated with PADI Europe
(PADI is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and is the
largest trainers of scuba divers worldwide) ordered 27 Reef Ball molds
today. The molds ordered were: 1 Model Mold for making Mini-Reef Ball for
promotion; 3 Oyster Ball Molds; 3 Lo Pro Molds; 12 Bay Ball Molds; 6
Pallet Ball Molds; 1 Reef Ball Mold; 1 Ultra Ball Molds. Also included in
the deal were two Reef Ball trainers for a week in Europe and copious
spare parts. PADI AWARE will make these molds available to PADI dive
shops, dive clubs and other diving groups throughout Europe for projects
that enhance diving. Because the molds were provided to PADI AWARE
through the Reefs Around the World program of the Reef Ball Foundation, to
qualify a project must meet these requirements:
-The projects must be for public benefit (private uses not allowed)
-A monitoring plan must be in place to include a minimum of two underwater
video tapings per year for a minimum of three years, a copy of monitoring
tapes and results must be sent to the Reef Ball Foundation.
-The Reef Balls can only be deployed where proper governmental permits are
-A copy of all articles published in the press should be sent to the Reef
-A publicity plan should be in place for each project and press releases
and articles in PADI publications about Reef Ball projects must include a
reference to the Reef Ball Foundationís website, www.reefball.org. The
Reef Ball Foundation is happy to provide photographs and broadcast quality
video when needed for publicity.
-The project must keep the Reef Ball Foundation informed about the
location and nature of all projects along with deployment coordinates.
E-mail updates to email@example.com are sufficient to meet this
If you are in Europe and you have an ideal of a Reef Ball project in your
area that PADI AWARE might want to support we suggest you contact them and
inquire about using the molds.
Congratulations to the Reef Ball Foundation for helping spread Reef Ball
technology throughout the world!
2) The 'Dive Into Earth Day' of which the Reef Ball Foundation is a major
sponsor has a web site now at www.coral.org/divein.html. They also now
have an official logo!. (If anyone wants a copy of the ad or the logo,
3) SAUES (Southern African Underwater Ecology Society), is a non-profit,
not for gain organization that is specifically involved in marine
ecological research on Coral Reefs is working with the Reef Ball
Foundation to create a Reef Ball project.