Monday, April 1, 2013

Rocco Gets His Pet Diving Certification!

We love finding fun activities to do with dogs, so we were super excited to be one of the first teams to experience the new PADI (Pet Association of Diving Instructors) Pet Diver certification this past weekend.


Havanese in life vest
Rocco gets ready for our latest adventure!
What's really cool about it is that this scuba dive training program is designed exclusively for dogs and cats (yes, cats too!) and chances are you can start the certification even if you don't live anywhere near the ocean.

First, Rocco and I enrolled in the PADI eLearning certification where we learned all about pet scuba theory in the comfort of our own living room.



Rocco learns some stretching techniques before making his first dive
Next, we headed out to our local PADI certified diving school right here in Atlanta,  where we got hands- and paws-on experience with subsurface fetching and power dog paddling techniques. 

And finally, we got the chance to experience our first open water dive at Vortex Spring, an easy drive from Atlanta, just over the Florida state line.


Dexter Goldendoodle is suited up for his dive
We also got to meet Dexter, the first dog to complete the diving certification!

Turns out there are 6,200 dive centers and resorts worldwide and you can check here to see if there's one near you!  We had a blast with our dive experience. What adventures did you have this weekend?



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    1. Um... yeah! April Fools! We love a good joke!

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  2. :) I can never get enough of his cute face!!!

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  3. April Fools! :) Rocco looks super cute in his vest!

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  4. Dexter is adorably hilarious! This has GOT to be an April Fool. Cats diving? Say it ain't so!

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    1. It ain't so, my pal! April Fools! hehe!

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    2. For a moment there I was truly trying to envision cats diving ...

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  5. Uh, this better be an April Fools because dogs and cats swimming UNDER the water...that just can't be. BOL

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  6. Rocco looks so cute in his gear! Very professional!

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  7. Uhhhhh, sure. BOL. I love the goldendoodle!!

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    1. hehe! We love a good prank. April Fools! I love the goldendoodle in his gear too!

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  8. OMD you're kidding right? If not there better be some photos of Rocco suited up posted soon cause I have to see them ;)

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    1. Um, well you'll be waiting a long time for photos.... because... we are just kidding! April Fools!

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  9. We've never heard of such a thing!!!! That is absolutely, incredibly awesome!!! Congrats to you!!!! :)

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  10. Wait a sec.... Are you April fooling us??? BOL! Great One!!

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  11. Now, I know I have seen videos of diving dogs, but I definitely have never heard of PADI doing it.....hmmmmm....could it be a prank?

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  12. hehe! I do love a good April Fools joke! While Rocco and I love a great adventure together, this one is never, ever going to happen! Dock diving, maybe.... scuba diving, not going to happen, at least not for us!

    Happy April Fools Day! And in case there is still any doubt, yes, this is a prank thanks to the nice folks at PADI!
    Diane and Rocco

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  13. Hmmm...sounds suspicious but then I realized it was a joke :) Good job!

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  14. Oh my goodness! Since we read this a day later, we fell into the April Fool's trap and believed it!

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  15. Interesting. I can't wait to hear more! I can't tell from their website or your posts how it works. Do they actually go all the way underwater? How does the breathing mechanism work?

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  16. That sounds awesome! I think I'd like to know more about these diving cats though lol

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  17. LOL... I almost fell for it until I read the comments!

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