Its been two great weeks for Tommy and Allan as they set out for another DEMA (Dive Equipment & Marketing Association) show, this time to be held in Las Vegas.
After a long long flight from Manila-HK-LAX-Mexico City and onto Havana one was ready to either crash or look for a little fun. All hyped up after the flight and not knowing if it was morning or afternoon, a good feed of seafood was on the cards and a few beers to follow.
That was exactly what I had, a large bowel of oyster soup (superb) and a serving of lobster, Cubana style. Then time to explore Havana. What a city, and incredible walk back in time, with old buildings with the facades still standing with sculptured artwork on building after building. The streets cobbled stoned and the quant little restaurants lining the streets with live music playing in many of the small bars and restaurants. The atmosphere is exciting and the feeling is overwhelming, you just cant do more than sit back relax and enjoy the ride, or after dark and when the time is right, get up and dance, Havana style, Salsa! Great people, awesome buildings, crazy cars and transportation and the music, something you want to take home with you, absolutely outstanding musicians, its a must do, must see kind of place and now is the time to see it.
Las Vegas and the town that never sleeps was again the host of the DEMA show 2010. The show was held at the Las Vegas Convention center and there was little to no space left for anymore. It took me the best part of two days to get from one end to the other, along with my schedules with some of our very best friends in the dive industry. As always its a great pleasure to meet up with Ken and Tina from Island Dreams and Yasuko from Island Cruisers along with many more. The waterproof guys were there selling there latest dry suit, designed for ice diving, nothing we were immediately interested in, however a huge hit for the team selling out all there current drysuit stock. Waterproof’s line of wet suits were as always top of the list and a well sort after items. Waterproof have by far stolen the stage on wet suits, everyone is talking about them. So if you don’t have a waterproof wetsuit and are looking to buy a new suit, don’t look past Waterproof for excellence.
Other items of interest at the show were UK (Underwater Kinetics) lights and accessories, take your time and take a look at what this company has to offer. There new lights UK SL3 is about to be upgraded with a new bulb that is guaranteed to outdo anything close to its size. Already the SL3 has taken many by surprise, its size and durability is by fare more superior than anything else in its class. Asia Divers is taking slowly all its rentable lights and changing them to the UK SL3, that’s how good we think they are.
During one evening we decided to take a night off (something not easy to do at a DEMA show) and go see an old favourite singer song writer Rod Stuart, what a man, mid 60’s and still as strong as ever. Its been a long time since I have been to alive concert (not to many visit PG) but I have to say I was overwhelmed by Rod’s voice, his energy and his simple way of having a great party at the Coliseum, go Rod, the man!
Four days of DEMA, lots of excitement, so many new ideas and lots of leads to follow up, it was time to leave and head for the airport for that wonderful flight back home. If your ever near a dive show, do drop by, you never know who you will find wondering around, its generally the beginning of another great night of meeting new friends and telling old stories. Till next year, Orlando Fl., DEMA 2011.
Cheers Allan Nash Managing Director PADI Course Director
Fed up with leaving the bottom early? Enriched Air Nitrox is great way to spend longer time in some of our best spots- imagine 40 minutes in canyons? It really doesn’t get any better! We believe everyone should be a Nitrox diver and always dive with Nitrox. To us it’s just good old common sense. As you’ll notice here, all of our instructors and Divemasters use nitrox for all pretty much all of their diving.
Enriched air. Learn to dive with Nitrox.
Why Nitrox ?
*Nitrox can give you longer bottom times on recreational dives. A good example of this is being able to spend 30 minutes of bottom time in the Canyons compared with about 20 on air. *Gets you back to the surface with way less N2 in your system than diving on air.
*Decrease N2 loading if used with air profiles.
*Leave you less tired after multiple dives.
The PADI Nitrox Certification just got a whole quicker and easier to gain. No tables or calculations. All you need is a Nitrox dive computer and if you don’t have one yet, we’ll give you one to use for the course.
Asia Divers offers the PADI Nitrox (EANX) course for just $210 USD. Come to our dive centre, or contact Asia Divers at [email protected] for further details. After your certified you can take advantage of the great deals we have for diving on Nitrox. For only a small extra charge you can do all of your diving on Nitrox!
Jos Van de Giesen has had a great weekend here with his son, Bart and girlfriend, Jzene. Discovering scuba again, all three got to do some diving together along with Pete and Christopher Tong. It should also be noted that Jos did a sneaky note on the board on his last dive with Alli that said “#400”. Looks like there will be a celebration next time he is here!
Jerry O’Shea advanced though his Advanced course with Pete so quickly that he had to fill some more time doing his Nitrox course as well. Jerry did his theory on-line and came down here to complete the dives. E-Learning is the way to go!
A night of celebrating in the Point for Norbert and Birgit Andreya, Tina Lockie, Andrea Hensel and Rainer Kleenner because Andrea earned a 500 Dive Club T-shirt. Congratulations!
Dicery Gen Aribal is very happy to be on her honeymoon and the fact that she got to go diving her new hubby, Robert Cyr
Congrats to Jenny Fisher, who snuck in a quick Nitrox course before starting the IDC. Christopher Tong hasn’t been diving in a while but came down with some diver friends and got right back into the swing of things with a review, a Nitrox course and of course, some great diving.
It’s been a howling All-Saints Day long weekend here with lots of Manila regulars around, plus groups from the U.S. and Germany. The Halloween party at the Point was filled with the usual sorts of spooky characters and very bewitching staff members. Face painting was once again was a big hit for the many kids and even the bigger kids too. Thanks to everyone who came along and got into the spirit of things.
Asia Divers had another fantastic trip aboard the Manthiri Live-aboard boat with Moosa as out host again. It was six days of cruising in the sunshine with manta filled waters, excellent food and service, and great friends to share it with. The big excitement for this time of year was the chance to see the manta aggregation…and we weren’t disappointed. Imagine being surrounded by so many mantas that you can’t see the water! Alli is still smiling about it. Thanks to Stephanie Scawen, Sheila Cooke, Veronique Ficheux, Ali Philipot, O and Debbie Leenutaphong, Elaine Kunkle, Gladys Yao, Scott and Jodi Milliken, and Judy Banning for joining this trip.
A couple of beautiful manta shots by Elaine Kunkle
In recent months there have been some major changes going on, both to our resort and to our web site.
The changes to our Web site have been extensive and this Blog has been introduced to help keep you informed of special offers and deals you can enjoy. We are launching the blog with a free draw to win 3 nights accommodation at El Galleon.
September saw the completion of our new pier and dive storage.
This was a major undertaking and took many months of construction. The decking itself has been made to perform a dual purpose. By day the pier functions as a dive station with storage for 100 peoples clothes and accessories in the dive store, whilst on the outside deck there are wash tanks for wet suits and gear, mobile racks to dry wet suits and a a filling station for dive tanks.
Although tanks can now be charged on the pier, the compressor with it’s attendant noise is where it has always been, back on the shore.
The first hint as to the full function of the pier decking comes when you see that along the edge of the pier, sections can be lifted to provide sun loungers, where you can relax and soak up the sun.
Closer inspection shows that entire sections of the pier can be raised to create tables. Indeed, when all tabes are raised from the decking there is seating for approximately 90 people.
We shall be hosting themed dinners approximately once a month as an excuse to party.
If you plan to visit us, check out our blog to see what events are planned during your visit. You can tap in to receiving all our Blogs by adding this RSS feed to your e-mail program http://blog.asiadivers.com/feed/
We shall be doing our very best to see that we now proide you with all the latest information on current and coming events at the El Galleon resort as well as updating you with the fun things happening here.