Saturday, May 25, 2024

San Pedro Tour Guide Association

San Pedro’s Philip ‘Billy’ Leslie and celebrity Chef Sean Kuylen are 2023 Oceana’s Ocean Heroes

On the 13th annual Ocean Hero Award, Oceana Belize recognized another islander with prestigious recognition. Philip ‘Billy’ Leslie was presented with the Ocean Hero Award on Friday, November 10th alongside another Belizean champion of the sea, Chef Sean Kuylen.

The Kids in Action summer program is back

The Youth Scuba Summer Camp, Kids in Action 2023, was launched on Monday, July 17th, at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium with the enrolment of 50 children. The two-week program is divided into three fields. Some participants will learn scuba diving, while others will take lessons in snorkeling and swimming, and the third option will include fly-fishing training.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve to secure SSB loan to combat Sargassum

The beaches of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, as those across the country, are again choking with the heavy influx of the brown algae known as Sargassum. It has become an inconvenience making the shoreline unattractive with the rotten seaweed and threatening the local tourism industry. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) is securing a $3.5 million loan from the Social Security Board (SSB) to address the situation. Some consider this move by HCMR frivolous and that the Government of Belize should bear the expense. The Hol Chan management, however, explained the need for the loan and what the project was all about.

BTB offers stakeholders the opportunity to become tour operators

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is offering tour guides, tour guide associations, micro and small-medium enterprises the opportunity to become a tour operator. The program will provide first-time tour operators applicants a grant of up to $1,000 to cover expenses of the public liability insurance, a document needed to become a tour operator.

Kids in Action scuba diving camp certifies 18 students and two public officers

The annual summer scuba diving program ‘Kids in Action’ came to an end over the weekend, certifying 18 children and two health officers. The two-week program concluded on Sunday, July 25th, with a beach clean-up and a fun dive at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The summer camp, which paused in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, also included fly fishing lessons and reef ecology.

Kids in Action is back; another group of island children to become divers

After postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Youth Scuba Summer Camp known as Kids in Action is back. The two-week program is already underway and saw the enrolment of 18 children and two public officers. The aim is to teach and certify them in diving to appreciate better the natural marine resources surrounding Ambergris Caye.

Belize Diving Adventures offers scuba diving training to public officials

On Thursday, March 5th, local tour company Belize Diving Adventures (BDA) began its first scuba diving training session for public officials.

2019 Kids in Action Youth Scuba Summer Camp begins

The two-week summer program has enrolled 30 island children and is organized annually by the San Pedro Tour Operators Association (SPTOA) in collaboration with the San Pedro Tour Guide Association (SPTGA).