News from Asia Divers

Monday news

Matt Hutchinson captured this lovely image just as the group was heading out for a night dive. It’s a tough call sometimes…Barrel Bar or night dive?!

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Wechat and Alipay is now available

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Life just got much easier for our Chinese guests. You can now use WeChat pay and ALIPAY here at the resort and dive center. You can also use it to pay for deposit before you arrive.  If you’re coming here soon and would like to do that, just send an email to admin@asiadivers.com

DM Internship with Asia Divers, Puerto Galera, Philippines

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Are you keen on becoming a PADI Divemaster? Would you like to spend 2-3 months in Puerto Galera Philippines with Asia Divers PADI CDC center? If the answer is yes, we are currently looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals who are eager to experience what it is like to work in the scuba diving industry! Apply for the Divemaster Internship with Asia Divers, gain the first professional level in the diving industry and join the PADI family. Contact instructors@asiadivers.com for details.

Consider It Sorted!

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Thanks to the Unlimited Office Choice team in Australia for donating six boxes of school supplies, donated to five schools that very much need support. The schools donated to were two schools at Verdi Island the San Agapito elementary school, the San Agapito National High School. Then the two boxes to Baclayan Magyan elementary school, one box to Paraway elementary school and one box to Vilaflor elementary schools. Also a thanks to our good friend John Cassidy from the Beef Steak and Burgundy (B&B) club, Manila for donating the money to mail these boxes and to Paul Jones, Rhuby Soderstrom and the El Galleon/Asia Divers team for helping to organize and distribute all boxes, it was great fun and very rewarding. june18b2 june18b3

 

Whats been happening

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Wonderful to have Paul and Rowena Leszczynski back at Asia Divers. Paul used to work for us in our Manila shop back in the late 90’s and we still get to see them at DEMA most years too. june18b7

One of Asia Divers instructors, Magaret Tan was giving a PADI Project Aware presentation to more than 300 students, teachers & parents at a school in Kunming last week. How cool is that?!!

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Join in a day of shared adventure and passion for the ocean.

Asia Divers will be participating in PADI Women Dive day on Saturday July 21st. Events are being held at hundreds of locations worldwide for divers of every level and ability. Since 2015, divers from every corner of the globe have come together each July to bond over their love of the ocean.

Come and join us for the weekend of July 21-22 to celebrate the wonderful women diver’s around the World! We’ll be making it a special “Healthy Ocean, Healthy Body” weekend with some fun things to do and taste as well.  On Saturday there will be a Dive Against Debris, where we’ll get a chance to make our ocean healthy by cleaning up one of our local dive sites. All friends and family are invited to join of course…boys and girls! To make our body healthy we’ll also be offering a Yoga class by Sabine, our PADI Course Director, early morning walks and some great specials in our Spa. To top it all off we’ll have some yummy fresh fruit drinks available. Please join us for a fun weekend by contacting admin@asiadivers.com

Dish of the week, by Chef Jamie

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What’s been happening

This month’s cover shot for the “Monday News” of our stunning private pier and dive platform was done by Beth Watson. Check out more of Beth’s amazing images which have been published in books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, web sites and have been selected for juried art exhibitions.

If you would like to subscribe to the “Monday News” , our weekly newsletter to keep up to date on everything going on around here please send an email to instructor@asiadivers.com. Follow us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/asia.divers/,  Instagram: @asia.divers,  Trip Advisor : https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g294254-d1021710-Reviews-El_Galleon_Beach_Resort_Hotel-Puerto_Galera_Oriental_Mindoro_Province_Mindoro.html

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Alli and Ruben took the gang out on a wonderful day trip to Chicken Feather, Bonito and Maricaban for a very cool day with some good variety of different types of diving.  Along for the adventure were Beth, Steve, Sue, Chuck, John, Jenny and Elly. We ended the trip with a nice lazy slow ride back to the resort with a few beers and lots of laughs.  Contact us and learn more about day trips to these places.


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Visit our La Palm Spa and enjoy the unique and tranquil surroundings and enjoy the full range of treatments from our professionally trained staff and take full advantage of our discounts in our Low Season Promotion.

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Our updated menu is now out with a mix of old and new favorites for you all to try. Check out this week’s special our very yummy seafood laksajune18a12

Just recently Chuck got his 2100th dive and he also did his 200th of the year. That’s a lot of time underwater! Congratulations Chuck! We’ve had a fun week of cool critter sightings including the Solar Powered Nudi and two dive spots with Harlequin Shrimps. We haven’t seen Harlequin shrimps here in years so this was something extremely special and got everyone very excited to go out and see them.

Dive shows this coming weekend in Asia

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If you’re in Shanghai this coming weekend please drop by the DRT show. The DRT Show is considered to be the largest gathering for diving enthusiasts, marine conservationists and anyone with a passion for the underwater world. April  6-8  at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center.  Alli, Elly and Dave will be at the Philippine Department of Tourism booth representing both El Galleon/Asia Divers and Tech Asia. http://www.chinadiveexpo.com/

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ADEX in Singapore

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Inhouse PADI Course Director Sabine Henkel will be at the ADEX Singapore – get in touch – best via facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoPro.eIDC/

 

What’s been happening this week

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It’s been great enjoying time at the Barrel Bar at El Galleon this past week with the good weather, our IDC candidates (now certified Instructors) and of course a lot of our guests. Keep those sunsets in Puerto Galera coming!

Underwater’s Ultimate Weapon

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Listen to this audio recording below from Radiolab https://iono.fm/e/286830 . Start from 2:00 and end at 3:25. What did you hear? Rice pops? Twigs being burned? Frying bacon?

No – they are snapping shrimps, or rightfully called “pistol” shrimps which belong to the family Alpheidae. Do the sound even hint to a deadly weapon?

For starters, a snapping shrimp is a tiny creature, reaching one to two inches – just half of your finger . Now it gets scarier: it has a distinctive large claw which it uses to stun a prey instantaneously! The cracking sound produced is what you hear during low tide in shallow waters. Some species live mutually with gobies in burrows: the shrimp provides a home for the goby, while the fish confers protection to shrimp against predators .

To see the whole story and  know more about snapping shrimps or pistol shrimps, visit SeaLifeBase: http://sealifebaseproject.blogspot.com/2016/11/underwaters-ultimate-weapon.html

E-IDC update

Yay !! Our candidates all passed the PADI Instructor Exams with flying colors and are now PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors!!! Heartfelt congratulations to Vincent Wolf and Kirk Zhong for a job well done and for keeping up our 100% first time pass rate. We are so proud of you!!

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Party time!!!

And then it was party time!  Vincent and Kirk tried our newly designed instructor t-shirt shooter combination – that btw was non-alcoholic – but clearly lived up to expectations… B)  A long party night followed in the Point Bar….

The team will be back in Puerto Galera in a few weeks for the instructor internship month with Asia Divers and also to complete their MSDT specialty course training.

Next upcoming IDC in March

If you would like to become a PADI Instructor or Staff Instructor, join our March IDC on 17th -26th March with the PADI IE on 27/28th and secure your space now via email to idc@asiadivers.com.

Start the eLearning component via this link:

https://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/elearning/?irra=2736

 

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A new year begins with lots going on in Puerto Galera!

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It’s been a fun week to start 2018 for everyone as they all got their PADI diving certifications. Congratulations to Kyle, Marcil, David, James and Alexandra for all their hard work over the holiday. They we’re thrilled to complete their courses and then have a fun dive with no actual skills to do at the end of their training and to make a family underwater video. Luckily for everyone we had a very hungry turtle that was happy to have himself filmed for quite a while to become one of the film’s stars!

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Divemaster Duo! Juliana and John teamed up over the Christmas/New Year holiday to do their PADI Divemaster course. Not an easy job with so many options to stray off and enjoy the festivities, but they stayed focused and did it good!!  Congratulations to you both. You’ll be seeing more of John over the next while as he’ll be helping out around the resort and also getting into leading dives by himself.

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It’s always a fun time to go out on a scooter dive! First time for Sheika ….she teamed up with Pete and Trevor to fly underwater. Next time you’re in PG ask one of our instructors about trying out the DPV.

Blast from the past photo

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Allan says that this is probably the earliest photo he has of himself with diving gear on (tank and weights were close by). Allan would have been around 13 years old when this photo was taken.

Deck the halls at El Galleon!

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You know that Christmas is really here when EL Gal/Asia Divers and Ocean Dive Supply have our Christmas party…and oh what a party it was. Lots of games, a talent competition, great food, cool prizes from the raffle, gift exchange, and non-stop bell ringing in the Point Bar made this an amazing night.  We’re ready for the holidays!

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Christmas plans

Just a reminder that if you’re still a bit stuck on what to do over Christmas…we’ve got rooms here. Contact admin@asiadivers.com to join the fun! On the 24th, Santa arrives to hand out toys to the local kids followed by a lunch for them on the morning of the 24th. Our Christmas dinner at El Galleon will be on the evening of the 24th followed by some fun time up in the Point Bar. Christmas Day, we’re going to do a Verde Island dive trip in the morning followed by an amazing Christmas lunch on the island with time for relaxing, playing volleyball and getting into a festive mood. We’ll have a boat for the divers leaving at eight and another boat for the non-divers leaving later in the morning. We’re also planning to do the BCD/Beer float in the ocean on the way home….just like we did for our anniversary party.

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Tommy on his Christmas dinner tour around the Philippines continues in Alona with Luz, Riza and Marlie and in Cebu with Rose, Vangie, Jane and Jomar

December on the beach

This is a great shot taken at our 30th Anniversary weekend by Beth Watson. As our official photographer for the event  she has come up with quite a fine selection of photos. You can see of all these images on our website: http://blog.asiadivers.com/30th-anniversary-photos/ and and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/asia.divers/ . They are also on Beth’s website http://www.bethwatsonimages.com/asia-divers-30th-anniversary-weekend/

Thanks to Beth for taking some amazing photos of our Anniversary week that we’ll keep in our memory treasure chest forever.  It’s always interesting when Beth and Steve arrive here.  You can see what happens to our camera room with just their gear in it…actually, most of it is Beths!

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

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If you’re still undecided what to do over the Christmas holiday contact us as we do have a couple rooms available.  Experience a warm and fuzzy Christmas with friends here! Contact admin@asiadivers.com

What’s been happening this week

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A big congratulations to Jenny Moore for having the endurance to crack on with her PADI Open Water course on her honeymoon and not get too distracted by all the Anniversary festivities either! Puerto Galera is a wonderful location to learn to scuba dive and there is so much to see in the water.

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It was great to have Klaus here with us for the party week and to see him earn a 600 dive t-shirt. We missed Gabi this time, but loved the poster she made for us.

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Patrik Bonnier has been with us over the past couple weeks gaining some practical experience as a Divemaster which happens to include lots of time at the Barrel Bar! We have a “Divemaster Experience Week” program for folks who have been certified as Divemasters but would like to gain some good experience in a busy dive center. It’s also a great warm up to those who are starting their IDC. Have a look here for more info: http://www.asiadivers.com/PADI-diving-courses-philippines/learn_divemaster.html

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Congrats to Cathy-Ann Chouinard (Cate) who “Discovered Scuba” with Alli, in-between all the laughs!

30th Anniversary Memories in Puerto Galera

As many of you know we are celebrating Asia Divers 30th Anniversary this year. It’s hard to believe thirty years ago our dive center in Puerto Galera Philippines came to be. There are just so many memories to share of our home and the people who visited us in Sabang and Small Lalaguna. Some came to take PADI scuba diving courses to learn to dive or upgrade their diving skills, some were already divers and wanted to see all the beautiful corals and fishes our area in the Philippines, some came because they just wanted to chill out in the sunshine and have the sea breeze on them. And of course, some came for the great times socializing with friends at the Point Bar. Whatever the reason, we’re just glad to have had all of you in our lives. Here are a few good shots from 1994-1999 from Terry Collins. See if you can recognize a few people in them!

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Time is ticking away for our 30th Anniversary festivities. Remember that we’ve added a bit more fun into the big party on Saturday night at our platform as this will now be a Fancy Dress/ Costume Party. Use your imagination because there is no theme and anything goes. The more creative the better…just make it comfortable so you can dance and drink in it!

See the itinerary below.

Friday Nov. 24th
Verde Island diving: Includes 2 dives with BBQ and drinks. It will be a wonderful day over there with lots of time to relax and enjoy the beach after diving.

Saturday November 25th
Our 30th Anniversary party (Costume) on the platform: Includes buffet dinner, fire dance, fireworks and live band.

Sunday November 26th
Golfing at Ponderosa ending with a Sunset cruise with drinks