News from El Galleon Dive Resort & Asia Divers, Puerto Galera

Asia Divers 25th Anniversary Photo Competition

We’re all very excited because Asia Divers celebrates its’ 25th Anniversary this year! During 2012 we’ve got some special things to mark the occasion and one of them is to run a photo competition. We think it will be a fun challenge for many of our photographer friends and it will also give you a chance to be recognized for your talent.

 

Details and prizes will be announced very soon, so keep your eyes on our Blog!

 

Cocos Island (Costa Rica)

We still have 1 spot (male) left for Allan’s and Tommy’s trip to Cocos Island (Costa Rica) April 28-08 May, 2012. This is probably the best dive destination if you like big stuff at one single location. Schooling Hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks, Hunting Whitetip Reef Sharks, Mantas, Lots and Lots of Schooling Fish and you never know sometimes the largest fish in the world shows up. DON’T MISS THE CHANCE ! Contact [email protected]

New Pontoon is completed

The new pontoon at El Galleon
Many hours of work but now nearlng completion
New divers pontoon at El Galleon beach Resort in Puerto Galera
Bright enough under water to keep the fish happy.

 

For some weeks now we have been witness to the construction of our new pontoon, which has been taking shape on the rocky shore next to Asia Divers. Like a giant meccano set it has slowly but surely materialized in to a marvel of engineering. Our new 12m X 12m Pontoon had been built on a wooden temporary scaffold and needed to be lowered so that it could be launched on the night of January 10th on the high tide. Allan came up with an ingenious way to remove the scaffold and lower the entire pontoon in preparation for the launch. Sand bags were positioned  as temporary supports, allowing the scaffolding to be removed, then the sand was slowly released from the bags lowering the pontoon to the ground. It’s just like ancient Egypt!

We are all thrilled with the new pontoon already. Because of it’s size, all of our boats can be tied up to it, which makes it easy to load up the boats with equipment and divers, even when the dive shop is very busy. No more waiting for a boat to leave to bring in another one! Check out the new ramp as well. It’s a very easy access from the pontoon to the pier.

Pontoon at the El Galleon beach resort in Puerto Galera
All ready and in position for dive boats.

It’s all happening at Tech Asia….

photo by: Mike Barrow

Want to try something new? Tech Asia is going full speed ahead into 2012 with a packed program of Wreck diving activities, Scooter courses and dives, and all levels of Trimix training. One or two spots still exist on trips overseas to fantastic wrecks such as the HMS repulse in the South China Sea, and HMS Hermes in Sri Lanka. Have a look at their calendar here

2012 Bring it on!

El Galleon finished off 2011 with great food, fine wine, and fantastic friends.  A spectacular fireworks display topped it all off as we rang in the New Year in The Point. It’s been a great year for us and we are looking forward to this year especially because 2012 is Asia Divers 25th Anniversary year!!  We’ll have all sorts of things going on over the year and we’ll keep you posted on it all right here in our blog.

 

The photo is of the gang all done up for our recent 60’s Night Celebration on the Platform. It was a great turn out and everyone rocked the platform. Watch out for more exciting events coming up soon.

60s night at El Galleon resort in Puerto Galera
Party revelers at our Christmas 60s night

On the road again.

El Galleon / Asia Divers will participate at the Salon de la Plongee Sous-marine in Paris January 13-16. Tommy will be there with help from Carole Pither. January 21-29 Tommy and Rudy Schmiedel will again be at the BOOT show in Düsseldorf.  At both shows we are joining Philippine Department of Tourism DIVE Philippines stand so we will be easy to find.

Divers for Operation Smile.

Asia divers help with hospital costs.
Two very happy mothers.

Last week some doctors visited Provincial Hospital in Calapan to carry out

Surgery on children with Harelip. Though the actual surgery is free it is always expenses around such transport cost for parent and the child, food and others. Tommy & Lina Soderstrom, Göran Ritter and Rudy Schmiedel decide to chip in some money to help some of the kids who’s parent can’t afford these expenses. Giving 5,000 pesos each we thought it would be good for 3 kids including medicine but Lina managed the money so it was good enough for 4 children! Two got the operation to close the gap in the gum so they can speak properly and two children got their lips rebuilt. Angie Robles from our accounting office and our Instructor Allison Manis also helped by donating milk for these children as they obviously only could take fluid after the operation.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

El Galleon Waitresses
Looking forward to Christmas.

The start of December always brings excitement of the upcoming holiday. The resort is all decked out for the festivities and preparations are in the works for what will be a wonderful Christmas in paradise! We are looking forward to seeing many old friends and ringing in the New Year with you all. It all kicked off with our staff Christmas party at Talipanan beach yesterday.  You can read more about those escapades in next weeks’ Monday newsletter. Check out the photos above and below: The waitresses and Point bar staff are all decked out in new uniforms. Don’t they look great?!

Point Bar staff
The new uniforms look festive.

 

All work and no play?…not for this group! A team of 15 visited Puerto Galera for the Intercept Technology annual resource summit. They came from Australia, Phillippines, South Africa, United States and Germany. In the group were five first time divers, and few who were already certified. Congratulations to Neal Duffy, David Mckenna, Frank Boardward, and Keith Donaldson for taking the plunge and to Matt Hill who went on to become a PADI Scuba Diver. You have to admit, El Galleon is the perfect place to hold a conference on company money and get in some great diving too!

On November 22nd, the European Commission announced the long awaited proposal for closing the loopholes in the European Union’s ban on shark finning. And the European Union has become a signatory to the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Sharks.
These are important steps forward in Project AWARE’s work to protect threatened and vulnerable shark species.

 

The DEMA 2011 show in Florida

Allison from Asia Divers at DEMA 2011
Allison attended DEMA 2011 for Asia Divers

DEMA 2011, was another great opportunity to see what was new in the dive industry and to catch up with many of the good friends we have in the USA, this year was Orlando. This was Alli’s first time to attend and she spent lots of time running around with Allan and Tommy getting introduced to many of our wholesalers that we work with. There were several exciting seminars to attend that we all attended and have walked away with a few new ideas to bring back to the beach. It was especially good to meet up with the PADI team and as always they had a lot of great ideas they were busting to share with us. We also had some fun times with the Waterproof gang and a very nice dinner hosted by David from Cressi. As always, we look forward to the next dive show where again we will be able to spread the word and meet up with new and old friends

DEMA 2011, was another great opportunity to see what was new in the dive industry and to catch up with many of the good friends we have in the USA, this year was Orlando. This was Alli’s first time to attend and she spent lots of time running around with Allan and Tommy getting introduced to many of our wholesalers that we work with. There were several exciting seminars to attend that we all attended and have walked away with a few new ideas to bring back to the beach. It was especially good to meet up with the PADI team and as always they had a lot of great ideas they were busting to share with us. We also had some fun times with the Waterproof gang and a very nice dinner hosted by David from Cressi. As always, we look forward to the next dive show where again we will be able to spread the word and meet up with new and old friends.

 DEMA 2011
Allison and Allan at DEMA 2011