In 2017, we will be pledging monthly donations to Sea Shepherd Dive, Large Marine Vertebrate Project (LAMAVE) and Island Rescue Organization (IRO) Bohol, and ramping up our community projects with Dogs of Alona and Ocean Quest.


Sierra Madre Divers has been very proud to support Project AWARE by being 100% AWARE in 2015 and 2016. Our donations on behalf of our dive students meant that all students graduating in 2015 and 2016 received the limited edition Project AWARE certification card. However, from February 2017, we will no longer be 100% AWARE as we have decided to channel our resources into direct action and local NGO programmes. Regardless, we still urge all dive graduates to opt for the Project AWARE version of their PADI certification card with a personal donation of Aud10.


In 2017, we will be supporting the following organizations with monthly donations.


Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd’s mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd Dive has been developed to provide a network to enable the dive community to get involved with Sea Shepherd and its worldwide mission. Sierra Madre Divers is one of the few Sea Shepherd Dive partners worldwide that have adhered to a stringent set of rules and ethics.


The Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines (LAMAVE) conducts scientific research and raises environmental awareness in collaboration with government agencies, non-government organizations, universities and the private sector. We have been friends with LAMAVE for many years and are very happy to be able to contribute the funds they require to conduct their critical research in the Philippines.


Island Rescue Organization (IRO) Bohol is a non-profit organization that works to promote responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of animals. They rescue homeless companion animals and operate the first and only animal rescue center and sanctuary in Bohol. IRO Bohol also supports our community project, Dogs of Alona, by offering their expertise and experience, and network of volunteers.



In addition, this year we will be fully committed to our Dogs of Alona project, launched in October 2016. Dogs of Alona is a community project, ensuring that all the dogs on Alona Beach are tagged and collared, vaccinated and sterilized. We hope to share with everyone a more personal face of the “stray problem”. Every individual animal has its own story, personality, quirks, and dreams (even if they are only of sausages). We will be crowd-funding for this project, and covering all extraneous costs with our own donations. Please contact us if you would like to support our project.


We are also extremely excited to be ramping up our Ocean Quest / Sea Shepherd Dive Alona Beach coral nursery project with the addition of a full-time volunteer Nursery Director from Ocean Quest / Sea Shepherd to our crew. We hope to continue to involve our staff in coral propagation and conduct more community programmes to ensure that local stakeholders are involved in the rehabilitation of their reefs.


Our heartfelt appreciation to all our past students and divers for your patronage, allowing us to give back to our ocean planet in a variety of ways. Here’s to a brilliant 2017!