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Local couple promoting scuba diving in Canada

'I think the more connected that people are and the more aware people are, the more powerful and more subjective they will be to taking action to help protect it'
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Scuba diver Joey Postma sporting a Canadian Flag. Photo courtesy Alisha Perron.

Joey Postma and Alisha Perron have done scuba expeditions across the planet.  While many don’t associate scuba diving with Canada, these two enthusiasts decided to start promoting it to the scuba community on Canada Day.  

Their recent project called  Canadian Splash, is a carefully crafted 13-part project where they plan on diving and photographing every province and territory of Canada showcasing the beauty, wonder, and fragility hidden beneath its surface. 

“There are some really beautiful places, there are some amazing animals,” stated Alisha Perron, who is a marine biologist.  

“There are some cool historic sites you really have to dig around to find out about and we are just really hoping that we can open peoples eyes. Nobody knows what goes on under the water and we have so much water that surrounds us and is connected to Canada and that kind of seems crazy.” 

The couple runs “Scuba Buddies 4 Life”, a scuba diving enthusiasts blog where they promote scuba diving and their environmental initiatives.  

They say this region has a lot to offer too. 

“The Temagami area has lots of really great scuba diving opportunities,” said Perron.  

“There are some really clear lakes up there and we just love clear lakes, just amazing photo ops to get the really nice lily pads and seaweed coming up.”   

Joey Postma is excited about promoting diving in Canada but he admits they find a lot of pollution in Canadian waters 

“We will probably be showcasing a few posts about it to keep up the awareness for people to be careful with what they dump in and around the water,” said Postma. 

Perron, who promoted an anti-straw campaign in North Bay last year, says it is no secret that we have a lot of problems with pollution and plastics.   

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“The fact that Canada is connected to so much water, I think it is our job to take it really seriously and kind of think about what is going on so featuring animals, showing people how beautiful underwater Canada is.,” said Perron. 

“Just the fragility of all these critters and how everything plays a part in the intricate balance of nature, it is really what we are hoping to do with this project and what we are hoping to feature, and just connect people with water.

“I think the more connected that people are and the more aware people are, the more powerful and more subjective they will be to taking action to help protect it.” 

For more on Alisha and Joey's underwater adventures check out their blog at https://divebuddies4life.com 




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