Diving: European Divers Meeting Malta & Gozo Successful international diving event from June 5th – 9th2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 15:55

The Malta Tourism Authority is pleased to announce that the first edition of the European Divers Meeting Malta & Gozo, which took place between June 5th-9th 2017, was a huge success. This extraordinary diving event was a joint initiative the Malta Tourism Authority, the Ministry of Gozo, leading European diving portal Taucher.Net, and The Professional Diving Schools Association (PDSA) and was strongly supported by various Maltese and Gozitan dive centres.

On the evening of June 6th, more than 160 participants from all over the European Union and representatives from numerous local dive centres gathered for a networking dinner. The evening also included lectures by Prof. Alan Deidun (Director International Ocean Institute Malta Centre) and Prof. Alessandro Marroni (Divers Alert Network Europe). In addition, a new degree in Management of Diving Tourism (MDT) (http://www.isdsm.edu.mt/) was launched. This online degree comprises a vast array of diving topics such as safety, medicine, biology and conservation.

On June 7th, the European Union Dive took place at the “MV Karwela” wreck in Gozo. Over 150 participants from all over Europe dived to the Karwela which was adorned with flags of all EU countries. The divers were accompanied and supported by local dive centre representatives. For each diver, Taucher.Net donated 5 EUR to the NGO “No To Plastic Malta”. Divers Alert Network Europe (DAN) provided the participants with qualified medical advice, useful safety tips and collected dive data of the divers. A safety boat by ERRC Gozo, Emergency Response and Rescue Corps, was at the participants’ disposal. Further partners such as Scuba Systems and the Gozo Tourism Authority (GTA) were also present at the event.

The third and final part of the European Divers Meeting revolved around “World Ocean Day“. A range of Gozitan dive centres organised underwater clean-ups. In the evening, participants and their dive centre partners gathered at the Cittadella for an interesting guided tour and a Gozitan evening with typical food and drinks hosted by the Gozo Tourism Association. The guests also had the opportunity to watch the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” followed by a lecture by Mr. Edward Sultana, initiator of the environment project “No To Plastic Malta”.

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