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The birth of WASE DivEducation

The history of WASE DivEducation has its roots in 1982 in Texas, in Lubbok when a group of divers got together moved by the idea of diving in a different way, thus NASE, an acronym for National Academy Scuba Educators, was born. The idea was, in fact, not to limit themselves to teaching how to go underwater, but to educate the new Divers to respect the sea and its conservation.

The expansion of NASE-WASE

Under this new philosophy, the training methodologies that soon colonized all of America were developed, so much so that in 1999 NASE absorbed the WASE (Word Academy Scuba Educators) brand and became NASE-WASE. WASE arrived in Italy in 1997 thanks to the owner of Sector who, in his far-sighted vision of creating a pool of exceptional sportsmen, understood the potential of the new philosophy for diving training, becoming a spokesman and patron of the new objectives.

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Growth and international recognition

WASE Italia enters as a protagonist in the booming European diving market thanks to the support that Sector with the new “No Limits” team can give it. In those years, in order of numbers, it expanded to represent one of the most important Italian educational schools in terms of quality and number of patents, and began to open offices in Europe and Egypt as well, also thanks to a skilful marketing vision made up of large advertising campaigns in specialized and non-specialized magazines and the presence in all the most important fairs with huge stands. The direction of the brand is entrusted to the Iacono brothers and the didactic part to Vittorio Bianchini as instructor evaluator, assisted in the office by Stefano Gasparotto, former instructor evaluator. It was precisely in those years that the development of the training lines with the production of all the manuals and the beginning of a great work of dissemination and promotion of the sea at 360°. WASE Italia is the first educational institution in Europe to invest money and resources in the protection of our Blue Planet.

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“Blue” Revolution and Environmental Commitment

In 2004 Vittorio Bianchini bought the brand and started the “green” or rather “Blue” revolution of the brand: he established increasingly close relationships with true professionals of the sea: doctors, doctors and researchers who make the study and protection of the sea their life; Important collaborations were born, such as the one with Dan, thanks to whose support, studies on diving medicine were carried out so important that in 2007 NASA, ESA and the Italian Navy also participated in the “Endless Diving” experiment, as observers. Also on the safety front, WASE Italia becomes one of the reference didactics, understands before others, the importance of recognition of the quality and safety of its training programs and certifies its courses internationally according to ISO standards. (2008) Also in the same year is the DES (Diver’s Environmental Survey) project: WASE Italia, sponsors a project involving Greenpeace and DAN, and driven by the need to know the real state of health of the Italian coasts undertakes a tour along our entire peninsula and thanks to the help of over 150 diving centers collects data for scientific research and protection of the sea. It is the first time that sport divers have become the protagonists of scientific research. The results of this work have prompted WASE Italia to revolutionize its entire structure by closing the Perugia offices and encouraging the smart working of its employees, another important step was the transfer of all the forms in digital format, so as to limit the use of paper and reduce water consumption in printing processes and the replacement of plastic patents with PET ones. They may be small things, but they represent a big change of course. In those years, economic well-being encouraged consumption and the environmental issue was not at all fashionable as it is today. WASE Italia’s choices were decidedly against the tide.

DivEducation: A New Era of Diving Education

Between 2012 and 2015 in Jacksonville , Florida , the new structures of WASE were discussed with the commitment to draw up a new manual that meets the demands of the European market, which is much more demanding, so in 2016, an agreement was reached to divide the brand: NASE remained operating in the American market while WASE in the European one (Wordwild Academy Scuba Educators) and Vittorio Bianchini He acquired the property to continue the diving education project aimed at respecting and protecting the environment that had begun almost twenty years earlier. The addition of the name DivEducation is intended to underline this commitment. Increasingly convinced of the responsibility that divers have towards the sea, he surrounds himself with great professionals to draw up a new manual that is increasingly inclusive and attentive to education and respect for the underwater world. In 2016 the
Atlantide Prize
was born, a unique foundation of its kind, it is one of the few that totally rejects the commercial roots of most of the events that revolve around the world of diving, to reverse the course towards objectives that cannot be postponed: to bring more and more people to love the Submerged Planet, to promote a conscious Culture.

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