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What’s Been Happening at Asia Divers?

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It’s been a busy week at Asia Divers, which is just the way we like it!

If you have visited the Asia Divers website before, you probably noticed it’s had a major facelift. It was a big job, spanning several months, with many hands involved, but everyone did their part, and we’re very happy with result. Hope you like the new site!

Now you can buy top quality scuba gear from us online!

We’re very pleased to announce that Ocean Dive Supply has a new website and online store. You can see our products at https://divesupply.com.ph/ and visit the ODS Online Store https://divesupply.com.ph/shop/diving/en

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A PADI Open Water course 15 years in the making!

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Congratulations to Arthur Nash for completing his PADI Open Water course. I’d have to say that this is the longest running course that I’ve ever done….ha ha. Actually, Arthur started the course 15 years ago and never quite finished it, so second time around we made sure it got completed. Now on to AOW and more. Needless to say the family genes are there as far as comfort and ability in the water…a chip off the old block for sure!!

Night dive on the Alma Jane wreck

Diving one of our favourite dive sites with Richard, and Andrew plus 4 instructors! What a great dive to do for the more experienced divers.

Alma Jane wreck night dive Puerto Galera

What’s our Divemaster Intern Elliot been doing?

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Over a month now interning with Asia Divers and learning more each week. Passed the Dive Master exams, averaging over 90% and now working with Allison on the PADI Advanced Open Water Course, gaining more great experience training students.

Besides training students I’ve had the opportunity to learn how to work the compressors including the theory of how to repair and analyze cylinders and regulators in the dive shop.

With the number of guests increasing each week there is more and more opportunities to explore and learn the dive sites along with meeting interesting people from all different walks of life. Can’t wait to see how the next month unfolds.

 

Guilty Pleasures…

They say an army marches on its stomach, and the Asia Divers team is no different. Guess who was very happy to get the chance to go to Batangas SM by speedboat, run in, and get a bag of Big Macs to bring home!

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Some recent photos from around Asia Divers

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PG memories

We’ve had Paul Mongomery here with us for the past while and he passed along some amazing photos. They are a snap shot of some of the early pioneers and long term guests that frequented Sabang and LaLaguna beaches around 1983 to 85. We’ve added these photos along with some others that Alli took in the late 90’s on to our “Asia Divers Oldies” album on our Facebook Page. Have a look here:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/asia.divers/photos/?tab=album&album_id=158818000907642

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Super Umbrella in Sabang

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Spending your time doing what you love

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Enjoying the nice weather and cold beer at the Barrel Bar! It’s been a busy time here this week as Kelly, Eleanor and Sabine have been in IDC land, while Maria has been teaching Sarah her OW course. Sarah is on her solo backpacking around Philippines and decided to take Open Water Diver course with Asia Divers. She has done great job as student and absolutely loved the experience. She’s also been brave to give the local delicacy, Balot a try. At the end of the day it’s nice to come together to either the Barrel or Point Bar and chat about all the great things going on and appreciate the fact that we’re all here. Make every day count!

PADI Womens Dive Day and more!

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Come and join​ us for the weekend of July 21-22 to celebrate “PADI Women Dive day”! 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. Now to make even more interesting we’ll have a “Men’s Dive day” on Saturday just to keep things even. A Verde trip could be in the works along with, “Beer and Barrels” yoga! Please join us for a fun weekend by contacting admin@asiadivers.com

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A nice moody shot of Pete at Alma Jane by Matt Hutchinson.  Thinking of a couple of great specialty courses to get you to Alma Jane. Consider perhaps PADI Deep Diver, PADI Wreck Specialty and PADI Enriched Air. The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

Instructor level – Project AWARE Dive Against Debris

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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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Friends reuniting at Asia Divers

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Such a fun day with this mixed group of friends from all over the globe…. South Korea, USA, Canada, China, Columbia…all getting together in Puerto Galrera!  Mike, Bryan, Drew and Jorge tried a “Discover Scuba” while their certified friends joined in for the dive to the Giant Clams. Afterwards celebratory drinks of course at the Barrel Bar.

Welcome back Sha Tin College

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It’s the beginning of an action packed week for these 50 kids and several teachers. They’ll be kept happily busy and very well fed. In the works for the group are diving lessons, sailing, water sports, hiking, Extreme sports, Golfing, Zip line and community service at Verde Island. Let the games begin!

Asia Divers Photo Corner

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Puffer on a sucide mission?! Thanks Carole Harris for the photo

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Hello little blue Ringed octo! Thanks for making an appearance in the Giant Clam area and thanks to Eliz Annand for the photo!

Vision Divers at Asia Divers

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It was great to have Vision Divers here with us again.  Mostly from Melbourne Australia, Vision Divers have been visiting us for at least 10 years, and always have a great time. Scott, Kaite, Dave,Rob, Emma and Eliz all carried on  that tradition .  All the usual activities were at hand, including a great day out at Verde Island. There were lots of critter sightings on our local dives, including an encounter with an eagle ray on their final dive. Of course Vision are no wimps when it comes to post diving activities, so the Point Bar is always the venue of choice. We are really glad the new look Point Bar got the seal of approval from these guys. See you next time!

Notable people missing from the trip were, Pete Webster and his Mrs Deb Lord who could not attend this visit. We missed you!

Who’s been doing what

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Congratulations to Scott Brickell for getting his PADI Open Water certification this weekend. Scott did his Scuba Diver course in 2011 and felt it was about time for an upgrade!  On Sunday Scott did his 4th dive with Alli who happened to be on her dive number 11,111!

What friends are for

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John, Rene and Larry were indeed happy boys in Truk with Tech Asia last week. Larry, always thinking about his friends knew that Malcolm Ward would be here while he was not, so he cunningly arranged a new beautiful new regulator case for Malcolm. I think the “Hello Kitty” regulator case could be a big hit in the tech diving community!