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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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Visit the ODS website

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.

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What’s our Divemaster Intern Elliot been doing?

asia divers divemaster intership puerto galeraStraight from the horse’s mouth:

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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Night crossings are now possible!

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We can now do day and NIGHT transfers using our speedboat. We’re very excited that we are perhaps the ONLY resort in Puerto Galera who can offer this service to our guests. We can pick you up in Manila at the airport or hotel and get you down here any time of day or night using this service. If you live in Manila and want to drive down there is an area for you to leave your car right at our area where you get picked up by our speedboat. Contact us for all the details: admin@asiadivers.com Continue reading

BIG NEWS FOR TRANSFERS!

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We are now set up to do day and NIGHT transfers using our speedboat. We’re very excited that we are perhaps the ONLY resort in Puerto Galera who can offer this service to our guests. We can now pick you up in Manila at the airport or hotel and get you down here any time of day or night using this service. (weather depending of course) Contact us for all the details: admin@asiadivers.com

Diving with friends

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It was a short but sweet three-day dive trip for Paul Bronston and Steve Gershon to Puerto Galera. Steve has been coming here for many many years and he wanted to introduce his long time friend to Asia Divers. Steve and Paul go way back…I mean all the way back to being kids together! Check out the photos below. Continue reading

Monday News Update

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Stunning weather and conditions this week so it was the perfect time to get everyone over to Verde Island for the morning. Nothing beats the Verde Island Passage, the center of the center of the world’s best marine biodiversity! Luckily we’re in the heart of it here in Puerto Galera.

What been happening this week

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August 25th was a very big day for a Phil Rudin because he did his 5500th recreational dive in his 55 years of diving.  Phil used to be a police diver and has over 500 dives done on the job, but these 5500 dives are separate from that. Congratulations Phil!!

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Baby on board!

 

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Congratulations to Meena and Arthur on the arrival of their beautiful baby girl, Allan’s first granddaughter, River Blu Mahtani Nash. Such a beautiful addition to the family! Everyone here is looking forward to meeting her soon.

What’s been happening here

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After Larry’s little adventure with Tommy and Rene he’s back down here with all the girls and Malcolm too! They are in for a fun week of diving and also cracking on with Nitrox courses for Kris, Seren and Rhiannon. Perhaps getting them all ready for some future live-aboard trips!

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Alli was recognized by PADI for her 20 years with them. PADI Territory Director Tim Hunt and Philippine Regional Manager Conny Jeppson presented her with this recognition award.  Alli now joins the others at Asia Divers who have been PADI members for more than 20 years. (Allan, Andy, Tommy, Dave, and Pete)

Delicious new additions to the Menu

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Check out what’s new on the menu! Chocos and Mochas for those with a bit of a sweet tooth and the Fresh Blend Juices for those that want the more healthy options. I’d say do the healthy stuff in the morning so you can live it up a bit in the afternoon with the sweet stuff!

EL Galleon and our environment

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Some months ago El Galleon applied for a zero discharge permit. After weeks of waiting the DENR arrived for a site inspection and were amazed at the system El Galleon had built to incorporate its own waste water treatment system. Years ago El Galleon with the help of the DENR built an above ground septic system to handle grey water and waste water from the resort. In the past few weeks El Galleon has doubled the size of this system making it easier and more efficient. The other day we received an approved discharge permit which we were at first disappointed but after reading the permit and talking with the DENR, it was explained that it’s difficult for them to issue a zero discharge permit due to many internal concerns at the DENR. The good news is we have a permit that allows us to no longer have our water tested unlike other resorts due to the fact, we don’t discharge outside the resort. The reality is El Galleon is probably the only resort in Puerto Galera that does not discharge some form of waste water other than rain water. El Galleon works hard to work with environment and is committed to continue to do so.

Travel

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Tommy together with Larry Bird and Rene Sten have headed to Yap for some diving and to explore the diving at Ngulu Atoll. Diving with our old friend Bill Acker from Yap Divers www.mantaray.com and have already manage to do 5 dives at Yap with sharks on every dive plus a beautiful Manta spotted on the last dive. An unforgettable shark dive at the Vertigo site that never will be forgotten despite some technical problem with Rene’s camera. More from the boys next week when they report from Ngulu Atoll.

Women’s Dive Day

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“PADI Women Dive day” and our very own “Men’s Day” weekend was a blast. Thanks to all who came and participated in our celebration for a “healthy ocean – healthy body”.  It was super fun with some interesting things to do and taste for everyone. Alli stated it up with a 6 a.m. loop walk, than Sabine got everyone doing yoga on the platform. The day continued with some diving, drinking some very yummy healthy drinks by Jamie, eating and just all hanging out together. Some went on to do the Hash Run as well…. It was a bit wet, but everyone enjoyed. Continue reading

Monday News

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This month’s cover shot is by Matt Hutchinson. Matt came here to do his Divemaster course with us over the past few weeks and has been getting some superb photos of the area in his free time. Matt is a very talented photographer and now he’s starting to do underwater photography as well. You can follow him on Instagram @h2onomad

jul18a2Congratulations to Matt Hutchinson for competing his PADI Divemaster course! The final test, the snorkel test was passed with flying colours so now he becomes part of our hall of fame. We’ve really enjoyed having Matt here and we’re sorry to see him leave. Matt got lots of real life experience during his  Divemaster training at Asia Divers with students and divers and the being part of the team in the evenings at the  Barrel Bar.  Looking forward to seeing you back in September!

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Congrats to Toby Morton who became the 3rd generation of Morton’s to not only become divers, but also to be diving at Asia Divers. It was a very special time for Jamie to have Toby here from New Zealand and to be able to be his instructor. This was Jamie’s first certification as an instructor. Continue reading

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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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/