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Objectif Atlantide Underwater Investigation kicks off!

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Objectif Atlantide is kicking off at El Galleon right now. The organizers are preparing the welcome sign for the participants, media and Department of Tourism officials. (With Daniel MeouchyMélanie Sergent,  and Patrick Louisy). We’ll be posting in Facebook and Instagram for updates this week along with more in next week’s newsletter.

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The underwater police investigation is a week of fun investigation, cerebral gymnastics and naturalistic scrutiny, as well as emotion, discovery and fun. Two world champion Freedivers are also going to participate in the event along with the scuba divers. Very exciting times ahead!

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Back in Black(water)

We are back into the black again last week with a group of four guests who decided to try it out for the first time….and they loved it! This is an amazing experience that is just so different from anything else. Lots of weird and wonderful creatures that you won’t see during a regular night dive. Just ask us about details.

Here are a couple more awesome photos from Scott “Gutsy” Tuason.

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Larval Lizardfish
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Larval Cleaner Shrimp

Discovering Scuba on a company outing

During the long weekend of 6th, 7th and 8th of April, Asia Divers was delighted to welcome a team of ten colleagues from OSM Maritime Group (Manila) and Rederiet Stenersen AS (Norway). This close-knit, fun team chose El Galleon and Asia Divers as their resort of choice, introduced to us by Asia Diver’s own freelance Instructor, Matt, who knows the group professionally in Manila.

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We were thrilled to host their annual team building and ‘Roadmap’ for 2019. On Saturday afternoon, the whole group rented an Asia Divers boat for an evening of snorkeling at Coral Garden. Then, after a busy two days in the Asia Divers conference facilities, it was time for some Discover Scuba Diving on Monday 8th April. Matt, along with Pete, Alli and Cody (Asia Divers trained Divemaster and member of the resort team), headed out to Sabang Bay with 6 of the group. The diving was brilliant, visibility great and, as a result of the Discover Scuba Diving experience, 5 members of the team have decided to take their PADI Open Water Course with Asia Divers! We couldn’t be more pleased to see this group return to us again in the near future for their Open Water certifications!

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What’s been happening at Asia Divers?

Look who’s back! Taken by Andy Xie this week. Yes!!

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A very proud moment for Andy to dive with his son Richard, Granddaughter Cazandra and grandson William who got to supervise the whole thing from the boat with his mom, Conny. Congratulations to Cazandra who became a PADI Open Water Diver and now three generations of the Norman family are scuba divers!

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ADEX Singapore 2019

Allan, Rhuby and Sabine had a busy but productive time at ADEX this year meeting up with lots of old and new friends and really enjoying their time of course! Looking forward to seeing some new faces here from Singapore soon.

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adex singapore 2019

 

That’s all for now folks, catch up with us again for more news and updates next week!

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The Blackwater Diving adventures continue!

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The week of diving begins for Kamala Shadduck and her group from SingleDivers.com. SingleDivers.com is the world’s only provider of group trips designed for single or “married but buddyless” divers.

They are a travel company NOT a dating site “Our Hookups are to Tanks”. We’re very happy to have Kamala back with us again!

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Back in Black!

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We all had those amazing two Blackwater dives with Scott “Gutsy” Tuason, Vanessa  Vergara and Bryan Nazareno  from Squires Bingham Sports and learned lots about how to do them, set up the dives, and what sort of really cool creatures we might be able to see.

It really did blow us all away with what there is out there in the black. We now have all of the equipment needed to do them and are trained on how to look after our divers who are doing them, so give us a shout if you want try it out!

Check out these cool photos taken on the dives by Gutsy

Comb Jellyfish with Larvacean
Comb Jelly with Larvacean inside
Pelagic sea snake blackwater diving
Pelagic sea snake
Pelagic squid on blackwater dive
Pelagic Squid

 

If you want to see some more amazing Blackwater photos by Gutsy, Mike Bartick and several other amazing blackwater photographers check out “BLACK IS THE NEW BLUE (Vol 2)”. It will be launched at ADEX and books are available for sale at Squires Bingham Sports BGC Taguig.

Black is the new blue blackwater diving book

What’s been happening at Asia Divers

2500 dives award asia divers puerto galeraCongratulations to Chuck Dreyfus for earning this very special T-shirt! 2500 dives is a huge amount of dives and a lot of them have been here with us.

Discover scuba diving in Puerto Galera with Asia Divers

Alli did a “Discover Scuba” with Laila and Sherly who both work for El Galleon/Asia Divers. Both ladies enjoyed the experience very much and would love to do it again. It’s important for us to get as many of our staff trying diving so they can appreciate why people come half way around the world to dive in Puerto Galera.

Thanks to Matt and Cody who came along on the dive to help out and take photos and to Ariana for joining in for the dive. It was a great time for all!

Tommy on Tour

Tommy and Leary are doing their annual school holiday trip (father and son bonding). After having spent two days in Perth to do the final work on the bike and get some maps for the planning of the trip they set off last Friday morning together with Tommy’s friend Crew Chief Mark who is looking after Tommy’s bike in Perth.

Exploring the southwest of the West Australia state with all the forest and small towns. Feeding Kangaroos and Emu’s, climbing a 53 meter tall Karri tree and wandering around amongst the treetops in Valley of the Giants. Met up with Allan Nash’s brother, Graham in Albany last Saturday. Tommy and Leary joined Graham to Esperance while Mark went home to Perth to face a week at the office.

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Alma Jane Night Dive for Carsten’s 300th dive

alma jane wreck sabang puerto galera night diveCongratulations to Carsten on his 300th Dive!!! And we picked a special place for it: Alma Jane at Night !

What a great dive- so much to see and also a lot of fun with the lights out pop dance quiz during ascent.

That’s all for this week folks! Catch up with us next week for another installment of the Asia Divers Blog

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Asia Divers Plunges into the Black!

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What an awesome two nights we had as we all ventured out for our first experiences into Backwater diving. Scott “Gutsy” Tuason, Vanessa Vergara and Bryan Nazareno from Squires Bingham Sports  were here to show us the ropes and get us all set up for this venture into the dark side.

It was an entirely new cast of characters coming to life, all very mysterious but exciting really. Suspended in the pitch black we hovered over a depth of 160 meters in the Verde Island Passage awaiting for the show to begin. Sensational, alien-like creatures of the deep rose to the surface to feed and breed.

Our first two back-to- back blackwater dives did not disappoint us. Along with lots of weird and wonderful jellys, squids, salps we got to see a paper nautilus and a pelagic sea snake. This photo of a paper nautilus is by Arthur Nash. He took this on his second ever black water dive using an Olympus TG-3 with no strobe.

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Paper Nautilus by Arthur Nash

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Asia Divers team getting Blackwater trained. With Ruben, Alli, Maria, Pete, Sabine, Gutsy, Elly, Bryan, Arthur and Vanessa.

Contact us to talk to us about doing Blackwater diving here in Puerto Galera with Asia Divers.

“Old Gits Tour” 2019

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“Old Gits Tour” 2019 kicked off this past week with the usual fun and adventures, although we we’re missing a few of them this year. Happy birthday to Brian King and to the missing Jim Morten. The time was filled with diving, eating, drinking, golfing and lots of good laughs along the way.

Whats been happening at Asia Divers

Congratulations to Andy Xie who was awarded this Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from PADI Examiner Rommy Cheung. All of us here at Asia Divers are very proud of you Andy!

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padi certificate of recognition for excellence asia divers

 

padi dpv course at asia divers in Puerto GaleraCongratulations to Dustin Gold who completed his AOW, Nitrox and DPV courses with Pete this week. Now they are off with Art for a nice celebration dive to Odies!

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Jana and Glenn’s short but intense weekend visit. Congratulations to Jana and Glenn for becoming DSMB specialists with Sabine in preparation for their Tubbataha liveaboard adventure in May!! What a great way to fine-tune skills and equipment ahead of a great dive trip away. It was lots of fun on a short weekend from Manila. They’ll be back for more….

E-IDC update

Yay ! Still 100% first time pass rate on PADI IEs… Congrats Carsten !!

PADI Instructor training at Asia Divers in Puerto Galera

Congratulations to all new PADI Instructors – and of course especially to Carsten for a job well done!!! We are all very proud of you. Carsten was even specifically mentioned during the closing ceremony as a great role model for skills performed in neutral buoyancy!

Thanks to the Asia Divers family for the support and especially to Arthur, George, Mae and Sarah for playing incredible students and victims. Time to party at the Point Bar…

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It’s Show Time! ADEX Singapore & DRT Shanghai

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ADEX Singapore / DRT Shanghai…its show time!

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Allan, Rhuby and Sabine will be attending ADEX in Singapore. This year’s show is dedicated to Ocean plastic free future. April 11-14, 2019 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. If you’re in the area, please drop by and see them at the TOURISM PROMOTIONS BOARD PHILIPPINES Booth Number: J01-J10 and look for El Galleon/Asia Divers stand in the booth.

Another show happening on the same weekend is the DRT Show in Shanghai. Sam Collett will be there at the Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center at the Tech Asia stand in the TOURISM PROMOTIONS BOARD PHILIPPINES Booth. He’ll also have some nice dive packages with him for Asia Divers. Please drop by if you’re around.

Diving Express Hong Kong living in up in Puerto Galera

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Thanks Mango Lo (Diving Express Hong Kong) for organising this group of 13 to stay and dive with us, lots of laughs and fun last week and great night with hot pot at El Galleon!

Peak Performance Buoyancy – Mermaid style

peak performance buoyancy asia divers puerto galeraUnderwater somersaults, buoyancy games, finning like a mermaid and generally just having a lot of fun underwater was exactly what Jackie Hughes needed on her relaxing long weekend trip over from Manila. She successfully completed her PPB course with Sabine and now really feels like a little mermaid. We even have an underwater sign for it now…

The PADI Peak Performance buoyancy course is a great way to get back in to diving or just fine tune your in water position. For more details please follow the link.

In-between a PPB course, a couple DPV dives and relaxing, Jackie had a chance to take this awesome photo. Check out the full moon rising with the Point Bar and our dive shop below. What a cool photo!

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Puerto Galera has had some amazingly colourful sunsets recently….it’s that time of the year again! Nice to see Andy Xie out with his camera.

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Great to see Glenn and Sheila back with us again and for Glenn to earn a well deserved 400 dive t-shirt in which most of those dives have been with us! There we’re a few nervous moments for us when we discovered we didn’t have the right size shirt in stock, but a miracle happened just in time. We hope to see Sheila get hers next time…

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That’s all for this week folks. See you next week!

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Environmental Protection, Asia Divers at OZTek, eIDC Update and more!

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It was great to have Igor Savelyev back with us with a fun and lovely group from Russia. Hope to see you guys again soon! With Aleksandr Deriglazov, Denis Krykhtin, Diana Voronina, Dmitry Remezov, Igor Grigoryev, Igor Savelyev, Maria Pozhogina, Oleg Gladchenko, Oleg Karaichev, Sergey Konovalov, Vadim Novikov, Yulia Remezov

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Bruce Harling has taken the plunge and jumped into the PADI Open Water course with Pete. Starting off with a “Discover Scuba” he decided to keep on going and get the cert. Congratulations Bruce, you’ve just opened the door to some new amazing travel experiences and destinations! Alli is supper happy to have a member of her clan to dive with too…

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Ilya from Russia did his Discover Scuba Diving 2 days ago and got so hooked that he now dives every day since accompanied by his Dad, Igor. He’s very good underwater, already dives like a certified diver!

Asia Divers & EL Galleon Resort featured for Environmental Protection efforts

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Check out the article about our environmental efforts in latest issue of Active Boating & Watersports Starts on page 24.

OZTek 2019

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Allan and Dave we’re at the OZTekdive show in Sydney this weekend meeting up with many of our guests and agents. Look who dropped by… Carole and Leon!

Allan had a chance to see Mel from Divers Alert Network at OZTek. Asia Divers can arrange DAN short term insurance for you upon arrival at our resort. Have a look here for more information on insurance options:

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New Freediver T-shirt included in PADI Freediver course

padi freediver shirt from Asia Divers Puerto GaleraOur funky Freediving polo shirt is now in stock . It’s included when you do certain the PADI Freediver Specialty course with us. 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!

PADI Freediver Course

E-IDC update
Look who is back for the IDC…

Today we are starting the March IDC and welcome Carsten back to Asia Divers.

It will only take 8 days and we will be ready for the PADI Exams on 26/27th. So mark your calendars for the party on 27th…

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Shanghai American School students ‘Dive against Debris’ and news from Asia Divers

Shanghai American School students Dive against Debris

We’ve had two amazing groups with us this week at Asia Divers: Maine Maritime Academy and Shanghai American School!

Farewell to the Maine Maritime Academy group. This group of 20 has enjoyed their tropical water diving experience for sure. Every dive was a feast for the eyes for them to be seeing the amazing biodiversity of Puerto Galera.

Thanks to Alan Verde, Tim Schroder and our good friends from Island Dreams for making this all come together. We’ve loved diving with you guys and hope that you can come back again.

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What a great few days with this group of students from Shanghai American School.

 

Their “Caring for Coral “ week started at Stairway Foundation in Aninuan and then the last part of their trip was dedicated to completing their PADI Open Water training dives and joining in for the Project Aware specialty, “Dive Against Debris”.

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Thanks so much to Kevin David for all the organization this took, and also to Karl Poulin and Joey Zhang for having it all run so flawlessly. This was also our first time to work with Big Blue Diving in Shanghai as they did the academic and confined water dives there. We hope to do more of this collaboration in the future with them and we’re already looking forward to seeing the Shanghai American School back again next year.

“Splash for trash!”

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These we’re the results from our “Dive Against Debris” in our Project Aware, adopted dive site, Sabang Bay. Twenty four participants from the Shanghai American School plus their instructors participated. It’s amazing how much you can collect in just one dive! Along with picking up the trash on a very beautiful area some of us got to see a couple turtles and sea snake. The kids enjoyed sorting and collecting the trash and the data will be sent to Project Aware. Every small piece was counted.

A very busy dive platform!

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Congratulations to everyone at the Shanghai American School. 22 PADI Open Water divers and 26 Project Aware Dive Against Debris Divers!

Let’s get to The Point!

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The Point Bar was rockin on the last night of the Maine Maritime Academy group. 24 T-shirts all in all for the night….2 jelly tours, 11 Shark Attack, 5 Stairway to hell, 3 The Point, 1 Tim Bridge and 2 Walk of Life plus a few bell rings in the mix!!

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Thresher Sharks in Puerto Galera get help from local divers

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The big excitement in Puerto Galera over the past while has been the thresher sharks. This photo is by one of our instructors, Andy Xie. He’s been able to get very close to the thresher sharks using his rebreather and if you read further down you’ll see the reason why he’s been getting so close to these magnificent creatures.

Puerto Galera has just been booming with thresher shark sightings over the past few weeks. Seems like there are six of them in the area now which is truly amazing. We sure do hope that they stick around for a while!

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Video credit : Rob Jacobs / Calypso Multimedia

Maine Maritime Academy experience tropical diving for the first time

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Oh what it week it will be!! Alan Verde and Tim Schroder are here from the Maine Maritime Academy with eighteen 20+ year olds who have never done tropical diving before. Being used to cold water diving they’ve taken the plunge mostly just in shorts and T-‘s and they are all smiling about it.

So far on day two they are completely blow away from the marine biodiversity and some have already seen one of our neighborhood sharks too! We’re all looking forward to a great week with them.

What’s been happening this week at Asia Divers

Fantastic to have Edward Lin and his friends here from Taiwan (Larry, Wu, Jean, and Yang). They had an amazing few days enjoying all the awesome diving including diving with…guess what?!

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Status Quo for the wooden-hulled private boats of Puerto Galera

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We appeal to all friends to help us, please sign this petition. This is to try to stop the phase out of the private bangkas. If this happens it will affect tourism in Puerto Galera in a major way. Please pass this along and sign.

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Rebreather divers help tangled thresher shark in Puerto Galera

It’s been quite a week for thresher shark sightings in Puerto Galera. There have been 3-4 of them around pretty much every day now and our divers are getting some real close encounters with them. Unfortunately there is fishing line tied up around two of them. Andy Xie and Aaron Gillespie went out on their rebreathers. Check out the report from Andy below.

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Day 1: With a 120-minute bottom time, we finally gained the trust from the sharks, and the opportunities to get closer. Actually there are two sharks tangled in fishing lines. The lines cut deeply in their dorsal fins. We made two successful cuts out of three times attempts, and removed half of the lines from the shark that was in a worse situation. We will continue this action tomorrow to remove as many lines as we can. We appreciate it a lot that when Asia Divers learned about our plan, they assign us a boat free of charge, and give us many supports. Divers: Andy Xie and Aaron Gillespie.

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Day 2: It didn’t go smoothly as we expected. 120 minutes bottom time. The healthy shark came first to detect as it did yesterday. Then brought us a new friend, a thresher with a bent dorsal fin (is it an injury from badly fight or hit? See photo 7), using pectoral fins with great effort to keep balance. Three sharks came closer to us, but the two tangled didn’t show up. Is it because the temperature increased by 1℃ or they are afraid of seeing too many divers? We removed fishing lines at the bottom about 20m long to prevent further harms to the creatures. We will dive tomorrow as well. Wish us good luck to cut off more lines from the sharks.

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andi xi helps thresher sharks

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What’s been happening at Asia Divers and El Galleon Resort…

Skip Tucker and his EGGstrordinary group have EGGsited El Galleon…Oh what an EGGciting week it was!

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What a great week it’s been having Skip Tucker from Eco Dive Center in California back here again. His group loved the diving and all the non-diving fun as well.

A very big thank you to Skip for putting his trust in us and getting so many wonderful folks signed up for this trip. Thanks also to Tim Yeo at Bluewater Travel for getting the logistics nailed down. Let’s do it EGGain!!

80’s Party at The Point Bar

The 80’s themed Wigs night was a huge success with people all done up in lots of big hair.

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80s party sabang point bar

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100 Dives in Puerto Galera

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Congratulations to Linda Van Der Linde who did her 100th dive and of course she just had to dress up for the occasion. Somehow we missed to add this on her t-shit…but we’ll add it on next time!

 

100 dives in Puerto Galera at Asia Divers
Charolotte Mausolf was also super excited because she did her 100th dive on this trip. Congratulations!

 

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Happy birthday to John Keeney who celebrated his special day here with us. Skip made sure the cake had the appropriate greeting to his very long time dear friend.

 

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Snorkeling mermaids with “Mama”, Linda, Laura and Rose.

 

Good times at Verde Island

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Verde Island Surface interval was a perfect place for the group to spend their last day after two fantastic dives on the Drop Off.

 

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Nothing like a BCD party with cold beers while floating around the Verde Island passage!

 

Flying and diving do mix!

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Getting super excited about the drifting through Canyons to see some of the big schools of big fishes…with Ruben, Sarah, Karl, Soren, Jesper, Charlie and Graham.

Photo Workshop – June 16-23, 2019

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Exposure Triangle:  Learn how to balance aperture, shutter speed and ISO to create a well-exposed image. What are the most important aspects of the image?   This will determine the settings used in a particular frame.

Come and join our Photo Workshop with Phil Rudin and Beth Watson

Enhance and fine tune your underwater photography.

Join our workshop June 16-23, 2019 at El Galleon Resort/ Asia Divers. See details here.

Or contact instructors@asiadivers.com

E-IDC update
PADI Freediving Workshop at Asia Divers

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Our entire Asia Divers instructor team and point shop participated in a PADI Freediving workshop, learning more about the sports itself, what PADI is offering and what awesome Freediving gear we have in the point shop with Ocean Dive Supply.

We are ready to support Freedivers (recreational and competitive) and those who want to give it a try… next update when Rhuby joins in the pool… 😉

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And look at the cool poster we received from PADI Regional Manager Conny Jeppsen. Thanks Conny

How long can you hold your breath?

Follow the link for more information about our PADI Freediving Courses

Learn to Freedive the PADI Way

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This week at Asia Divers: Dive Site of the week, Instructor Internship, Allan’s Adventure & More

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Dive site of the week: Manila Channel

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Manila Channel is a great place to dive. The bottom of the channel is a covered with rocks and features small marine life. It can be lots of fun for searching for some wonderful macro creatures. Photographers love this area for the unique nudis and critters. On the right side of the channel lies a sloping reef with a mini-wall with beautiful gorgonians, sea fans, whip corals, and barrel sponges. There is also a small wreck which quite often will have a frogfish or two living on it. Keep an eye out, one time we saw 5 eagle rays passing through. You can see more of our dives sites here.

This amazing photo and many more of our photos are by Beth Watson.

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Look who’s back!

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Welcome back to Skip Tucker from Eco Dive Center and his group of 25 folks. Oh what eggstremly eggciting week it will be!!

 

New Polo-shirts in stock

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Just a reminder that our new Polo-shirts are now available in the dive shop. Thanks to Beth Watson for allowing us to use her photos to create these really cool designs.

What’s been happening at Asia Divers

 

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Congratulations to Jared and Yan Feng who came here with a mission and left super satisfied with their PADI Open Water certification with Pete and Kelly.

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Kelly has been getting some great experience team teaching with Pete. As part of our IDC course at Asia Divers we welcome our new instructors to spend a month with us on an internship, gaining lots of real life experience team teaching and becoming part of our dive center.

Taiwanese Dive Agents asia divers puerto galeraWonderful to have Ding Ho at El Galleon with his group of Taiwanese Dive Agents and Media Fam Tour – Dinner on 12 Feb. We quite often get to meet up in other countries at the various dive shows, but rarely in the Philippines.

Valentine’s Day in paradise

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“Lovey” decorations in El Galleon…it’s always fun to read the truly meaningful messages! Our restaurant was quite busy that night with many couples enjoying our special Valentine’s Day dinner.

Victims of love on Verde Island…. This group took advantage of the boats names and made a nice little photo shoot!

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Allan’s Great Adventure

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Always nice to see friends when you’re travelling! Hello Cathy-Ann Reinink who was heading to Chile for some new adventures and Habitat for Humanity build.

Ushuaia motorbike adventure

Ushuaia motorbike adventure

Sand storms broken pannier, pitted and scratched video and helmet dusty then wet with rain we ended up in Ushuaia the end of the world!

E-IDC update

Instructor Internship – Kelly certified his first student…

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Happy smiles of Yan FengKelly’s first Open Water Diver student certified. Well done Yan Feng and Kelly!

Kelly is off to an excellent start as an instructor and has been co-teaching courses with several instructors here, now taking on more and more tasks.

Congratulations to Jamie for becoming a PADI Freediver

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Jamie successfully finished his course to become a PADI Freediver and with that he is on his way to continue training and practice with the target of getting to the instructor level as well.

That’s all for this week folks! Be sure to catch up with the Asia Divers Blog next week.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner, PADI Freediving, and a Divemaster Graduation

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People all over the world consider February the love month. Filipinos are not immune from the Valentine’s Day fever! Apart from Christmas, Valentine’s Day is considered one of the biggest holidays in the Philippines. We just LOVE seeing you all here!

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Contact us on +63 917 814 5107 or email admin@asiadivers.com to make a booking

 

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Taking advantage of the Chinese New Year holiday it was time for the Kitching family to come back to El Galleon for a visit. Congratulations Oliver Kitching for earning your PADI Advanced Diver cert over the CNY holiday.

 

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Fun times with Kathy, Mary, Cody and Tom for Arthur this week as he introduced them to the Puerto Galera magic.

Congratulations to our newest certified PADI Divemaster, Cody.

Cody came through with flying colours from the superb guidance of your instructor Matt and along with the helping hands of the whole Asia Divers family.

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If you’re looking for an awesome location and experienced team of instructors to help you become a PADI Divemaster please have a look at our PADI Recreational Diving Courses page

 

Diving Adventure Travel Hong Kong at Asia Divers Puerto Galera
Wonderful to have Match and Dorcas along with their instructor, Simon from Diving Adventure Travel Hong Kong here for a few days. Hope to see you all again!

 

Try Freediving at Asia Divers

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Our latest freediving buoy has finally arrived – so we are now all set to teach the PADI Basic Freediver and Freediver Courses. The yellow buoy is already attracting a lot of attention in the dive shop – and we will test it out for the first course right away today. For more information contact us at instructors@asiadivers.com

Freediving Courses

E-IDC update

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Jamie taking the plunge – training to be a PADI Freediver

Jamie is super excited to jump into the PADI Freediving courses in style!

He practiced holding his breath in the pool from childhood on and is very good at it… but really??? No coffee in the morning before apnea???!! Kawawa!

Visit our dedicated GoPRO site for professional scuba diving courses

More info on instructor development, specialty instructor courses etc can be found here: asiadivers.com/gopro

That’s all for this week’s Asia Divers Blog folks!

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