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British International School scuba students, PADI Specialty polo shirts and Ocean Art 2018 Winners

Asia Divers Puerto Galera Blog Jan 24 2019

Welcome back British International School Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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It was great to have the BIS Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam back here for the 6th year in a row with 17 students and 3 teachers. They all had enjoyed the sunny days and kept busy doing diving courses, enjoying the awesome food, card games at night, shopping ops walking past them on the beach and a very nice visit to a local school.

7 students left here as PADI Open Water divers and 9 earned their PADI AOW and one did PADI Rescue/EFR!

Everyone worked very hard and should be very proud for what they have accomplished. Even two of the teachers did their Nitrox course this week.

Thanks to Daniel Gamwell who organized everything over the past year to make this happen and to Daniel, Sian and Nathan for keeping things smoothly running while they were here. It sure makes our job easy!

 

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Happy new PADI Open Water divers, Quoc Linh, Ashyle, Abhay with Margaret and Yu.
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This PADI Advanced group of nine had three instructors (Elly, Jeremy and Ruben) to show them the ropes and lots of cool stuff this week. Congratulations to Anna, Anna, Natasha, Matthew, Bion, William, Fieke, Rose, Christine.
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Congrats to Team “Maria” who are all happy new PADI Open Water divers, Yodai, Tina, Jack, and Jia Yu.
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Ratul Mangal moved up the PADI ladder completing his PADI EFR and Rescue courses this week with Pete along with Arthur assisting and being a darn good victim.

Allan’s Great Adventure

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Allan is off on his two month motorcycle adventure around South America. These are the first few scenic photos he has sent us from Chile. We’ll be keeping you up to date on where he is and what he’s up to over the course of this epic trip.

 

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PADI Specialty course Polo shirts

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padi specialty course polo shirt asia diversWe’re including some funky news polo shirts when you do certain specialty courses with us. Eventually we’ll have all of them covered but for now we have the polo’s for the PADI Enriched Air course and the Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) course.

The “Freddies Specialties” polos are made from high quality material and have some very creative artwork designed by a local artist. On the front is the small “Freddies Specialties “ logo and on the back is the design for the course . You can also purchase these polos in the dive shop, but the best way to get one is to come here and do the specialties with us!

Visit the PADI Specialty Courses page for more info.

Ocean Art 2018 Underwater Photography Winners

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The Ocean Art 2018 winners have been announced! This year’s competition was the most competitive year so far. They had the highest number of entrants and witnessed some of the world’s most beautiful underwater images.

Special congratulations to Debbie Wallace who won a 7 night dive package here for her 2nd Place Mirrorless Behavior win, “Schools of Schools”

You can view the winning image(s) here:

http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/oa18-2nd-mirrorless-behavior

You can also check out more of Debbie’s photos at:

 

That’s all for now folks! Until next week…

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Tons of PADI Certifications, Stylish new Asia Divers shirts, Freediving and gearing up for the PADI IDC

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A new PADI Divemaster in the ranks

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A very big congratulations to Arthur Nash for completing his PADI Divemaster course with Pete. We have one very proud dad now! Get used to seeing Arthur more in the newsletter for the next while as he will now be guiding some dives and getting lots of experience as he works towards becoming a PADI Instructor.

Welcome back British School Ho Chi Minh!

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We’re into the swing of things with the BIS group. 7 OW, 9 AOW and 1 Rescue/EFR are on their way to becoming certified! More details to follow next week.

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New Asia Divers Polo shirts in stock

Our new Polo-shirts have arrived and are now available in the dive shop. Thanks to Beth Watson for allowing us to use her photos to create these really cool designs.

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1000 Dives Milestone!

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It’s not very often that we see someone get one of these shirts. Congratulations to Tomas Rapp for doing his 1000th dive. Thomas has been diving 4 times per day and just racking up those dives while he was here but now it’s time to get back to chilly Sweden.

Welcome back to Pelle and Lena back here after six years!

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PADI Freediving

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Exciting times for our Chinese team doing their PADI Free Diver Course at Asia Divers. Contact us for information about PADI freedive training.

E-IDC update : Ready for the next step?

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Start preparing for the IDC on 16th March 2019

If you are a Divemaster with at least 100 logged dives, prepare yourself now for your next step – the PADI IDC.

  • Step 1: Start the eLearning component with PADI by following this link and choosing the “IDC online” option: https://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/elearning/?irra=2736
  • Step 2: The onsite part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) here in Puerto Galera starts on 16th March until 25th March with the PADI Instructor Exams on the following 2 days (26th/27th).Reserve your space asap via idc@asiadivers.com

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An exciting start to 2019 at Asia Divers

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Ocean Dive Supply Online Store

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The Ocean Dive Supply website is now finished, including the online store. Now you can sit back onyour sofa to do your scuba equipment shopping, and have it delivered within 3 days to your doorstep via LBC Express. 

If you are planning to visit Asia Divers, you can check out the products in the online store, let us know what items you would like, and they will be ready for you at the resort!

Underwater Photography Workshop June 16-23

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Thanks so much to Peter Rowlands and www.uwpmag.com for including our Underwater Photo Workshop with Phil Rudin and Beth Watson in the latest issue.

Mike Bartick has a great article on Blackwater Diving and Kate Jonker reviews the Orca Torch as well.  Sign up and download the magazine here: www.uwpmag.com


Come and fine tune your underwater photography. Join our workshop June 16-23, 2019 at El Galleon Resort/ Asia Divers. Details about this great event are here: https://asiadivers.com/2019-underwater-photography-workshop/ or send an email to instructors@asiadivers.com for inquiries/bookings.

What’s been happening at Asia Divers & El Galleon?

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January 1st 2019…late afternoon. What a yummy start into the New Year… with good friends, cheese, sausage and wine.
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Marilyn Pimentel decided to take the plunge again and “Discover scuba”. Hopefully this will lead on to her Open Water course next…

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Roberto Giudici had a fun time here this past week dividing his time between Tech Asia and Asia Divers. With his technical and DPV training he is super ready for his next stop… Chuuk.

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Oh and the bell was ringing! This lot decided to celebrate the New Year for a second time… for most of the evening on the 1st. Many bottles, many rings and a few very sheepish looking ladies the next day. All good fun.

Try Freediving at Asia Divers!

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Something new for us at Asia Divers: We’re very excited to announce that we’ll now be teaching the PADI Basic Freediver and the PADI Freediver courses.

Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you.

Plus it’s a whole new beginning of really cool gear! For more information contact us at instructors@asiadivers.com and see course details on our Freediver Courses page

E-IDC Update: Visit our GoPRO website and find out about Marine Conservation in Puerto Galera

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On our new dedicated PADI PRO website you can not only find out more about our Instructor Development Program, and also other interesting information, such as how you can get involved in marine conservation here in Puerto Galera

Visit our Marine Conservation page

Our next PADI IDC starts on 15th January 2019

 

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A Very Merry Xmas & Happy New Year 2018 at Asia Divers!

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Smiles were everywhere here, as Santa has arrived at El Galleon for the 25th year now, delivering presents to the local kids with a nice meal to fill them up.

Everyone enjoyed the day diving and relaxing in the sunny weather and then sat down to our scrumptious Christmas dinner prepared by Jamie and his team.

Asia Divers and El Galleon Staff Christmas party

As always our Company Christmas party was a lot of fun and enjoyment for everyone. Lots of delicious food, good fun, some silly games, presents, raffle prizes, team talent competitions plus plenty of alcohol made it a great time for everyone. Were all in the spirit now to celebrate the season with everyone here!

Last of the shops Christmas dinner was in Manila with the Makati Team, Kahren, Janet, Licca, Angeline and Joel. Nice dinner at Conrad Manila, the team did a very good job at the dessert table, almost cleaned it.

Christmas Dinner at El Galleon

Christmas dinner at El Galleon was served with a smile to over 100 people. With scrumptious food, an amazing beachfront view and great company how can you go wrong?!

Christmas Day Celebration at Verde Island

It was actually quite a busy day for everyone on Christmas as we had several groups of divers and students completing courses here at the resort. Ruben along with Tomas Rapp, Vittorio Rapa and Nini Castelli went to Verde Island for two “jolly” dives and then they joined the Christmas day feast at the Verde Island “Surface Interval” with a whole group of our guests. It was a great time had by all and we’ll do it again next Christmas for sure.

What else has been happening at Asia Divers?

Allan is showing off one of our new T-shirt designs which will soon be available in the dive shop. Thanks to Beth Watson for allowing us to use this superb mantis shrimp photo for it.


Lizzie Stanton is well on her way to becoming a certified diver

James Stanton Is spending his Christmas vacation working on his PADI Advanced course.

Keith, Aom, Blaine and Bart just about to get wet. Both Aom and Bart were happy to get back into the pool for a refresher course.

Family diving with Glenn, Sheila and Blaine Thibodeaux. Congratulations to Blaine for getting his PADI Open Water certification this week.

PADI Certifications Galore!

It’s been wonderful to have the Stanton family with us over the holidays. Leaving here after 11 days with a PADI Open Water certification for Lizzie, and a PADI Advanced certification for James, a PADI Nitrox certification for David and lots of family time diving along with Sally.

A lot of history with these guys below at Asia Divers. Welcome back to the Helbig extended family! Tobi “Discovered Scuba” with Alli and then he joined a family dive with Frieder, Gerret , Nadja , Anjuscha , Robin, and Samuel along with Elly and Arthur. It was awesome to see you again!

On December 29th, the Rocher family of six divers (Jayde Rocher, Noel Victor Kjonstad, Kevan Rocher, Megan Rocher, Shannon Rocher, Mark Swanepoel and Denise Rocher who supervised the whole experience), along with Jacqueline Teer and Esther, all obtained their Discover Scuba Diving certifications. What a great group to dive with!


Matt (who qualified as an Instructor via Asia Divers earlier this year), conducted the course with 4 family members, assisted by Cody, who is soon to finish his Divemaster training in the New Year. Pete certified the remaining 2 members of the family along with Jacqueline Teer, Esther Chian, assisted by Arthur, who is soon to finish his Divemaster training. Alli joined the group on the open water portion of the training and also on additional open water dive after the family completed their DSDs so she could take some photos of everyone. Well done to the whole gang! We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

DPV Diving!

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Scooter dive with Jerry, Alli and Pete!! West Escarceo, Canyons, Shark Cave, Atol, and Kilima and all the way back again….. all in one go. YE HA!! Nice to have a huge barracuda and turtle on the scene with us.

E-IDC update: Happy 2019 – the year of change – what’s your resolution?

Is 2019 going to be YOUR year of change? More diving, more sunsets, more fun with friends, ready to quit that corporate job? We did it – and if you are planning to make a transition, talk to us to discuss your plans – we might be able to help you. Become a PADI Pro, upgrade your skills, get involved in conservation, etc. – drop us a note via idc@asiadivers.com

Wishing you all the best for 2019!

Wishing everyone much peace, love, happiness and some cool diving experiences to you all for 2019. Hope to see you here soon!

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Revving up for the Festive Season in Puerto Galera

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It’s been a great week here at El Galleon and Asia Divers as we slowly get ready for the festive season, and we are really starting to feel it. It feels like every night has been a party night.

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Well Done to Nathan Nash, who completed his PADI Advanced Open water course care of Maria. Nathan did Peak performance buoyancy, Night Dive and wreck as his elective dives. He liked the night dive so much he did another one for fun the night after the course!

 

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Now here are some familiar faces. Arjan Kroon AKA Candyman, with his lovely partner Ingrid Vierzen and all us lot. Well Ingrid had a double celebration on this night as she had made her 100th dive and completed her PADI Drift Diving Specialty course, which took her on a pretty swift dive in to the Canyons. We had such a great night in the Point Bar!

Celebrating 4000 Dives!

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Chef Jamie pulled out all the stops and dressed for this very special occasion. Check out his threads…. his underwater Tuxedo! Leon Betts was doing his 4000th dive, and Jamie thought it deserved this high class look.

Ocean Dive Supply Christmas Dinners with Tommy

Tommy is travelling around the Philippines to have “Christmas Dinner” with all the staff in our Ocean Dive Supply stores around the country. including Boracay, Dumaguete , Cebu and Alona . That’s a lot of festive food!

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Dive Resort Travel Expo, 2019 Events and more!

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What’s been happening this week at Asia Divers

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Tony Mulholland had a wicked time with Pete on his DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle) trial last week and thought he looked pretty cooll! We think so too Tony. Find out more about the PADI DPV Speciality course.

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Congratulations to Larry Bird and Kris on their engagement. Larry romantically popped the question to Kris underwater on a dive in the Maldives. So sweet, and I guess you can figure out her answer…

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Congratulations Candyman on getting your 700 dive t-shirt. So glad you did it here with us!

DRT Hong Kong

drt show hong kong 2018If you’re in Hong Kong this coming weekend please come by the DRT SHOW at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), Hall 5G.

Alli and Elly will be there promoting Asia Divers and El Galleon at the Philippine Department of Tourism booth. We have some very good dive packages for fun divers and interesting offers for instructors to bring students here to teach their courses.

Dates are: December 14-16. Opening Hours: 12:00 noon – 8:00pm (Friday) 12:00 noon – 8:00pm (Saturday) 12:00 noon – 6:00pm (Sunday)

Asia Divers Events in 2019

We have a couple of very exciting events planned for 2019 at El Galleon and Asia Divers, so if you’re thinking of what to do for your next holiday please see below:

Objectif Atlantide

onjectif atlantide puerto galera philippinesThe new underwater survey organized by Objectif Atlantide in 2019 in the Philippines!

We are proud to be hosting this event in 2019.

Photo Atlantis objective submarine survey April 2019. Registrations are open!

Details are here

You can also visit the Objectif Atlantide Facebook page.

2019 Photo Workshop – Sneak Peek

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Join us June 16-23, 2019 for our Photo workshop with Phil Rudin and Beth Watson. There will be hands on workshops on many different subjects including:

Black Backgrounds : The key is to block out all natural light so only the light reaching the camera sensor is produced by strobes or torches aimed at the subject. Camera settings, strobe positioning, composition and subject location all play a role in achieving a black background. Join us to learn more!

For details please see the 2019 Underwater Photography Workshop page, or contact  instructors@asiadivers.com for inquiries.

PADI Freediver Courses, eIDC Updates, and the return of old friends

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Look who’s back!

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It’s been a great week having this gang back here for their warm up trip before heading off to the Maldives! A big congratulations to Jenny Masters who completed her PADI Advance and nitrox courses. With Jenny, Alli, Chris, Eric, Fitri and Mark

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Before the fly through of The Canyons dive site with Chris, Pete, Eric, Jenny, Mark, Fitri and Matt…and what a trip it was!! Just before the first canyon there was a nice big trevelly welcoming us to the heaps of sweetlips, snapper and batfishes. Nothing like a little bit of excitement to get your day rolling along.

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Way back in 1997 Alli, Mark and Eric did their PADI Divemaster courses together here at Asia Divers with Peter Wilson and Dave Ross. That’s 21 years of awesome memories for sure!

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Welcome back home Candyman and Candy mermaid (Arjan and Ingrid)!!! Only at Asiadivers: Personal VVIP speedboat pickup in Batangas with Candyshots, cold towels, cold beers, peanuts and of course: CANDIES….

Become a PADI Freediver

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Asia Divers is very excited to announce that we will now be teaching the PADI Basic Freediver and the PADI Freediver courses.

PADI Basic Freediver

Learn basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breathhold techniques in a pool or confined water site.

PADI Freediver

Your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves. No previous freediving course is required.

Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you. Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves.

For more information contact us at instructors@asiadivers.com

PADI Divemaster Elliot

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Congratulations to Elliot Dawson for completing his PADI Divemaster course. Elliot has been here for almost three months now doing his DM training as well as working in the shop, helping out on dives, and generally just about anything that needs doing around the resort.

As a Divemaster intern he’s been learning the ropes about becoming a dive industry professional and gaining some quality life skills along the way. The Divemaster course teaches skills that can be used in many aspects of your life. Elliot’s time is here at Asia Divers is coming to an end and he’ll be joining the “real world” again. It’s been great to have him here with us and we all wish Elliot the best for the future…and hope to see him back again….perhaps taking the next step to becoming an PADI instructor.

Alma Jane Memories

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It’s been wonderful to have Tony Mulholland back with us after so many years. He was actually here for the sinking of Alma Jane on March 3rd 2003 and then as soon as it was down Alli and Tony jumped in for a dive on it. It was quite the site to behold with lots of interesting things flying off of it! This week he went back there again for the first time and got to see what an amazing dive site it has turned into.

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Going, going, gone! These photos we’re taking by Tony as Alma Jane was sinking.

E-IDC update

A busy week with PADI Specialty Instructor Courses

The best way to use the time after your PADI IE is to further improve your marketability and become PADI Specialty Instructor in areas that interest you.

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The PADI Wreck Specialty is a great course to start with. With many good sized wrecks in Asia, learning safe techniques to explore the inside is important and appealing to many. And look at how fun it can be navigating our very own barrel bar obstacle course as dry practice. Great job Matt and Cody.

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News from DEMA, 2019 UW Photography Workshop, and SoCalScuba Group

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SoCalScuba visits Asia Divers

What a great time with SolCalScuba! Lots of fantastic dives in our amazing biodiversity in Puerto Galera with a great group of folks.

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We spent a wonderful evening with the gang from SoCalScuba as we celebrated American Thanksgiving with a scrumptious Turkey dinner and all the trimmings prepared by Chef Jamie and his team.

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What has our Divemaster Intern, Elliot been up to this week?

It’s been a busy week with Asia Divers as we enjoyed the company of SoCalScuba from America. Myself and Elly were paired with the PADI Open Water divers in the group. Along with showing them a great time, we focused on improving their air consumption and buoyancy skills. We were able to show them the best of our fantastic reefs and watch them improve over the week. It was sad to see a great group of people leave but I enjoyed being able to watch my group of divers improve each day.

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I’ve also had the pleasure of a visit from my own dad, who has been desperate to dive this spectacular coast line and make a special visit to Verdi Island. For me to be able to bring him along on the dives and show him why Asia Divers is one of the best dive centres we’ve been to has been very special for us. Only two more weeks until I leave Asia Divers now so I’m trying to finish my amazing time here with as many dives and memories as I can.

 

2019 Underwater Photography Workshop

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Join us June 16-23, 2019 for our Photo workshop
with Phil Rudin and Beth Watson

Photo workshop will include:

  • Hands-on in water mentoring with short slideshow presentations throughout the week
  • Learn about lighting, composition, camera settings, equipment and much more
  • Learn macro and wide angle techniques using fisheye and rectilinear lenses
  • Daily photo critiques, Lightroom and Photoshop editing techniques
  • Learn creative lighting and advanced photography techniques

Please see all the details here

Contact admin@asiadivers.com if you have any questions or would like to make a reservation.

Asia Divers at DEMA 2018

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Tommy, Alli, Rhuby, and Allan and our favorite jailbird, Danny Dwyer, from PADI at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas having a quick drink before attending the DEMA awards night with the Black and White theme.

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This year’s DEMA was very successful in terms of catching up with our travel agents and business associates from all over the world, but spending time with some of our great friends made it even more special. With John Comerford, Chona Baret, Sue Goodman, Karen and Ray Hopton. John, Ray and Karen used to spend a lot of time here in the early years and we’re an important part of what we have become today…thank you!

Tommy, Alli, Rhuby, and Allan and our favorite jailbird, Danny Dwyer, from PADI at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas having a quick drink before attending the DEMA awards night with the Black and White theme.

Dive Travel – Dive The Best!

Asia Divers has booked some spots on Discovery Palawan for a 7-day trip to Tubbataha Reefs. The trip is May 16-22, 2019 with 5 days of diving on South and North Tubbataha Reefs.

This is the best diving in the Philippines, don’t think anyone will argue about that. Beautiful walls and reef tops with plenty of corals and of course the pelagics cruising along the wall and out in blue water. In the past trip we have seen plenty of Sharks, Mantas and of course the real highlight, Whalesharks.

Contact instructors@asiadivers.com for more details.

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International Dive Groups of the Week

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It’s been a bit of a busy week for us here at Asia divers, with two groups from different sides of the world.

Bestdive from Warsaw Poland had an awesome time with us, diving all the usual spots with a great trip to Verde Island. They also seamed to enjoy a few nights in the point bar, and their last night saw a fair few shots downed as well a few T-shirts for shots.

Joanna (Joasia ) Drozd-Piekarowicz celebrated her 100th dive with us and was so happy with her T-shirt. Well done and thanks for visiting us!

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After a few days with our Polish friends, Udive from Taipei, Taiwan arrived and boy did these guys like to dive. Most did all four day dives, with a few night dives for good measure.

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They also did a three dive day at Verde with BBQ. Udivers enjoyed communal meals in the restaurant in the early evening with a few bevies but really let go on their last night in the Point Bar and we couldn’t help but join in! See you next time!

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Asia Divers at DEMA Las Vegas, Halloween Party Pics, and Diver News

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Creepy times at our Halloween party

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A ghoulishly delightful night was had by all at our Halloween party. Thanks to everyone for putting in the effort to getting creepified!

You can see more photos in the album on our Facebook page

Asia Divers at DEMA 2018

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Allan, Tommy, Alli and Rhuby will be at the DEMA Show November 14-17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall.

We’ll be with the Philippine Department of Tourism booth #2425 introducing folks to Asia Divers/El Galleon. Please drop by for a visit if you’re attending.

Scuba Diver News

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We’re very excited to welcome three new mermaids into scuba diving. Sarah Fenwick and two sisters, 13 year old Katie and 14 year old Ella Callahan completed their PADI Open Water course with Elly. They worked really hard to achieve this goal and even went through a bit of a tough logistics day because of some bad weather…but they did it, and should all be very proud! Congratulations ladies!

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Congratulations Jobert Tapia (Cody) on your Rescue Diver Certification (with EFR Primary and Secondary care with AED! Now, on to your Divemaster! It was a fun course with Arthur Nash who is almost done as well.

This was a great example of team teaching here as Matt did the EFR courses for both Arthur and Cody and Pete and Matt both got involved with the Rescue course. Matt is now an Assistant instructor and very soon will be an Instructor, so he got some great experience in team teaching with Pete.

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Very nice to have the Lalani family here with us this weekend! Ruben and Elliot introduced them to diving through a PADI Discover Scuba program. Mahmud, Temina and Kiran thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I suspect they’ll be back for more.

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Way to go Sarah Fenwick!! She completed Open Water and Advanced OW this week and now on to her next great adventure to meet up with mom and dad in El Nido.

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Wonderful to have Richard Hughes back again and this time bringing his mom Jacqueline. Richard kept Jackie very busy with finishing off her PADI Advanced course and also doing a Nitrox course. Then they brought out the “big boys’ and got Jackie certified as a DPV diver by Pete. Congrats Jackie!

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This month’s cover shot for Asia Diver “Monday News” newsletter is a photo of The Point Bar. The Point Bar is a great place to wind down with good friends, great ambiance and perhaps a cocktail or two at the end of your diving day.

The Monday News is a weekly newsletter that will keep you up to date on what’s been going on here with Asia Divers and El Galleon.

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