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Eggciting times in Puerto Galera~!

This month’s Monday News cover photo is a real special treat, taken by Jordi Lopez! Look very carefully and you’ll see the baby flamboyant cuttlefish inside. Our divers we’re very lucky to witness them hatching!! If you would like to get our weekly newsletter to keep up to date on everything here just send us an email to: instructors@asiadivers.com


What’s been happening

June has started out as an amazing weather month. Perfect diving conditions, warm clear water and so much cool stuff to see! There are no more Covid test requirements to come to the Philippines if your fully vaccinated and have a booster and  the insurance requirement has also been lifted. The other very recent news is that for those travelling to the U.S.A. there is no more test requirement so very easy to go home if you’re from there. Start planning your visit to El Galleon and Asia Divers now! https://asiadivers.com/reservations/

June 1 2022. We couldn’t find thresher sharks this morning ….No problem. We saw Manta Ray instead!!! What an amazing surprise for our group of divers.

No matter what level of diver you are and no matter how many exotic locations you have dived, the diving in Puerto Galera will not disappoint even the most seasoned of divers.

Puerto Galera offers beautiful protected coves with stunning coral gardens and scores of exotic underwater species. Schooling reef fish, including jacks, snappers, fairy basslets, triggerfish, groupers, trevally, drummers and barracuda, set the scene against vibrant coral reefs and passing reef sharks. Turtles, moray eels, cephalopods and macro crustaceans are all found in abundance. And then there’s the thresher sharks – one of the most impressive sharks to see in the ocean.

P.G.  offers everything underwater that you would expect from the world-class scuba diving in the Philippines. From macro critters to cruising pelagics, Puerto Galera truly has it all – and in abundance!

The Best of Solomon Islands

Join us November 18 to November 28!  Asia Divers will be hosting a dive liveaboard, aboard the M/V Solomon Master and  Maria will be the one to lead this trip. Check out the schedule, details of the M/V Solomon Master and some of the amazing dive sites you’ll visit aboard this impressive vessel. Dive sites, reef, walls, WWII wrecks, amazing swim throughs such as the Leru Cut.  Departs from Coral Sea Resort, Honiara Solomon Islands, 16:00hrs November 18. Contact us at admin@asiadivers for more information if you’re interested to join.

E-IDC update

Congratulations to David, our newest PADI Instructor for passing the IE and to Pete who did his Staff Instructor course. Pedro and the whole team here at Asia Divers are very proud of you both!  If you are a PADI Divemaster with at least 100 logged dives, you can sign up for the next IDC and become a PADI instructor. Next IDC Sep. 4 – 16. IE Sep 17-18. RSVP: instructors@asiadivers.com.

 

 

Celebrate of 30 years of Asian Diver with us!

Asian Diver is celebrating 30 years of publishing with a special feature of divers digging deep into their greatest diving experiences. Allan Nash was asked to be featured in their upcoming issue of Asian Diver. Under the 2010s category, he was asked to answer the following questions:

  1. Share one unforgettable diving experience in the 2010s.
  2. What were your favourite dive sites in the 2010s?
  3. What diving gears did you use in the 2010s?
  4. How did you connect with Asian Diver Magazine? As a reader, contributor or part of the team.


Learning to dive at the age of 12

Below are his answers:

I’m the founding partner of Asia Divers and we own operate Asia Divers, El Galleon Resort, Tech Asia and Ocean Dive Supplies, Philippines. Asia Divers was started May 1987, the other businesses followed shortly after.

I traveled the world diving and some of my favorite places to dive is the Cenote in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, Mt Gambier South Australia, the wrecks of Tuke and the Sardine Run in South Africa. But one dive I know well is Black Fish off Verdi island, out of Puerto Galera Philippines, it simply never fails to please.

My first dive at Black Fish was a tech dive to 50m. It starts with a descent to 30m, down a pinnacle (starts at 20m) that is covered with colours and fish life. It rolls off into the abyss. Visibility is almost always twenty to thirty plus meters and there is as the name suggests the resident school of black fish to welcome you on the descent. You drop off the side of a wall that will decent to well over a hundred meters with large over hangs and just a few meters off the wall is another pinnacle that rises up from the depths to around 40m giving you the opportunity to swim over and around the top of this pinnacle. From there you swim (scooter) along and slightly up to where it slops up to an amazing forest of giant Gorgonians, spectacular view looking up through this forest and to the main pinnacle of Black Fish which will lead you up through fantastic formations covered with hard and soft corals to where you will eventually ascend up a finger like pinnacle to a depth of 21m, switch over to 50% and swim south west to the slopping island of Verdi where you slowly make your way up and around a corner into a quiet 6m, switch to a 100% and finish your dive in a sandy colourful reef with all kinds of small critters to amaze you while you finish your deco. Defiantly one of my favourite dives.

On the way to Black Fish early to mid 2010’s

My favourite dives in 2010’s would be the Sardine Run off of the wild coast of Africa. Manta aggregation Dives in northern Maldives, big action dives Darwin Galapagos, Cocos pinnacle, Mantas Raja Ampat Indonesia Cenote Pet Cemetery includes King Pong restriction onto the Blue Abyss, Mexico.

My dive gear, Tech is Halcyon regulators, lights and wing with Shearwater computers. I used an Inspiration rebreather, and Suex scooter. Recreational dives, Cressi dive gear with Waterproof wetsuits.

I first met the Asian Diver magazine owner back in the very start when it was launched at the Asian Dive Expo in Singapore. I was  regular advertiser in Asian Diver mag and if I remember right I may have done an article in one or two additions. I have written for many magazines, but it has been a while since I have done any stories.

Allan Nash
Managing Director
El Galleon Resort
PADI Course Director

 

March into Paradise

Spectacular sunsets, turquoise waters, and lots of fun for the kids right here in our beachfront! The resort sits on the largest beachfront property in Small Lalaguna beach, and the waters in front of the resort are excellent for swimming and snorkeling.

We are only 3 hours away from Manila, and we offer private transfers that can drop you off directly here in the resort. Only a booking confirmation and tourist QR code are required to enter Puerto Galera. So…what are you waiting for?! email:admin@asiadivers.com

What’s been happening

Tina has got back into mermaid mode since she arrived here last week. A refresher course got her going so that she could spend the rest of the week happily submerged.  Her last dive for this trip was with Arthur and Rene.

Want to give it a go?! After a short briefing you’ll get comfortable with the gear and the basics of diving in the comfort and safety of our training pool under the watchful eye of an experienced Instructor. You’ll then enjoy a great dive at one of Puerto Galera’s unrivaled sites, your Instructor will never be far away as you’re introduced to a wonderful new world. Check out the PADI Discover Scuba program: https://asiadivers.com/padi-diving-courses-philippines/padi-recreational-scuba-diving-courses/ and contact us for a dip in the ocean.

It’s been great to have Pedro Magsino back on the Asia Divers dive platform these past few days. He’s been busy with an IDC here. Looking to become a PADI instructor? checkout all the details on how to do it with our awesome team: https://asiadivers.com/gopro/

Happy 65th to Tommy! Hope the next year is full of many great adventures for you…

 

A very long time friend of Allan’s, Steve Smith was here for a visit along with Rey Villarama. Allan has known Steve from his previous life back in Hong Kong, but have remained friends ever since. It’s always such a wonderful thing to have our long time  friends visit us here. Enjoy the rest of your time together in the Philippines.

 

Thanks to Sarah McLeod for this gorgeous photo from the Point Bar. Best place in the world to enjoy happy hour!

Delicious  times!

What a delicious afternoon spent with friends. Allan hosted an a special lunch at El Galleon with chef Mark Biddle who created and supervised  this 6 course long lunch along with our El Galleon team. Mark is an accomplished chef with forty years of extensive culinary, kitchen management and menu planning experience gained all over the world. You can only imagine what a culinary experience this was!

 

What’s new at Ocean Dive Supply

 

New arrival of wetsuit, hood and boots from Waterproof Diving International. With all the delivery problems and delays we are happy to see our stock of below being topped up again.
https://divesupply.com.ph/en/blog/viewpost/105/waterproof-new-arrival

Asia Divers Dive Angels

The “Asia Divers Dive Angels” is up and running and getting a great turn out. It’s a group of ladies plus sometimes few ” Devils” that are living or working here plus some of our guest mermaids who are also staying with us. We get together every Wednesday for the 13:30 dive and then on to snacks and bubbles following at El Galleon Resort. If you’re in the area full time or just temporarily, and want to join, just let us know! It wonderful to see this community building up and we look forward to adding more team members.


Our Asia Divers Dive Angels have their own logo and t-shirt. Want one? …Join the Asia Divers Dive Angels today and you can have one!


So nice to have many Asia Divers Dive Angels enjoying our weekly event now.

 

The whole team got together for Rhuby’s birthday dive.


BCD party time! This is the way the gang finished off the dive on Rhuby’s B day. It’s such a cool feeling to be floating out in the Verde Island Passage while enjoying good company and a few cold beers.

Spectacular Diving in Puerto Galera made easy!

Thanks to Yvette Lee of Discovery Fleet, for the below photos and also this gorgeous photo of Dee in the Canyons.  We we’re all very excited to have this group of eight here for 5 diving days over the holidays. Dive conditions in Puerto Galera have been superb and they also got in a day of diving at Verde Island.

According to them and everyone else who has been here during the past few weeks, the trip to Puerto Galera is seamless, only 2 hours to Berberabe Port, 25 min Speedboat ride to Puerto Galera and then the boat drops off all our guests off at our private pier at Asia Divers in Small lalaguna. They were diving by 13:30 pm!Contact us to make your escape from the city…we can organize everything for you to get here easily!

Karen Chan, Davidson Huang, Brittany Kaw, Regine Tan, Maria Teresa Robles, Yvette Lee, Edna Decastro, and Drew Weiner enjoying their stay at El Galleon Resort and Asia Divers in Puerto Galera.


Most of Puerto Galera’s dive sites are only 5-10 minutes away from the resort

Check out more of Yvette’s photos below:

The Boulders is one of my favorite dives sites. The whole area is covered with huge boulders of different shapes and sizes to give you some very interesting topography. At depth is the place to look for seahorses, ghost pipefishes, and sea moths. Afterwards, you wind your way up to shallow depths amongst the rocks. A resident school of snapper will escort you through the site with lots of whip corals, many fishes, bubble corals, sea fans, sponges, and perhaps even a ribbon eel. Beautiful soft corals up in the shallows make this a very picturesque dive.


Just look at the healthy sea fans at Verde Island Drop Off. Only twenty-five minutes away by Asia Divers speedboat, it makes a fantastic day trip! Pinnacles break the surface on the East side of Verde Island and drop away to great depths. The Drop Off is a gorgeous vertical reef with some beautiful gorgonian fans, sea snakes, frogfish and some large pelagic schools.

 


There are lots of Batfish in the stern area of Alma Jane Wreck. This popular PG wreck is right off the end of our pier! It’s a 30m steel hull and wooden cargo vessel which was sunk in March 2003 and has turned into a fantastic dive site with great fish life. It sits in 30m of water and is a perfect training site for different courses such as nitrox, wreck, and deep specialties. Sweet lips, snapper, batfish, jacks, lionfish, boxfish, and rabbit fish have taken to the wreck.

 

Fantasy Reef is a very pretty reef dive just off of our pier! Lovely hard corals escort you all the way up to the shallows from an 18-20 meter depth. Turtles, snapper and lots of fish make it extra special.


Yellow snappers at Alma Jane.

Elly at the Anchor after the 3rd canyon. This is one of Puerto Galera’s signature dives. It is an exciting drift dive for experienced divers.  There are three drop-offs below the Hole in the Wall covered in soft corals and sponges. You can duck into the canyons for a break from the current. There is much to find on the bottom but primarily it is the large school of drummers, snapper, emperors, sweetlips, barracudas, jacks, and trevally that make this an exciting drift dive. The dive ends at a 1½m anchor embedded in the coral, where the group can gather before being swept off for a blue water assent to the safety stop in the current.

Resident Frogfish at Alma Jane.

Promo Packages

It’s time to escape to Puerto Galera!

We’re now open for domestic tourism so if your in the Philippines we can make it easy for you to come here to spend some quality time with family and friends.

Your well-being and comfort is our priority and we have lots of space for everyone to enjoy their stay and dive in a relaxing and safe way.  All considerations for your health, safety are already in place throughout the resort. It’s time to rejuvenate with fresh air, fantastic food and great diving at our beachfront location.

Our special 7 night packages includes accommodation with continental breakfast, and return transfers from Manila.*

ONE PERSON

One person Budget room: Price per person USD $782
One person Poolside room: Price per person USD $1017
One person Seaview room: Price per person USD $1146

TWO PEOPLE

  • Two persons Budget room twin share (Must be from the same household): Price per person USD $411
  • Two persons Poolside room twin share (Must be from the same household): Price per person USD $529
  • Two persons Seaview room twin share (Must be from the same household): Price per person USD $593
  • Two persons Budget rooms (2): Price per person USD $537
  • Two persons Poolside rooms (2): Price per person USD $772
  • Two persons Seaview rooms (2): Price per person USD $900

THREE PEOPLE

  • Three person Budget Rooms (3): Price per person USD $455
  • Three person Poolside Rooms (3): Price per person USD $690
  • Three person Seaview Rooms (3): Price per person USD $819

FOUR PEOPLE

  • Four person Budget Rooms (4): Price per person USD $414
  • Four person Poolside Rooms (4): Price per person USD $649
  • Four person Seaview Rooms (4): Price per person USD $778

 

  • Four person Budget Rooms (2) twin share (Must be from the same household): Price per person USD $288
  • Four person Poolside Rooms (2) twin share (Must be from the same household): Price per person USD $406
  • Four person Seaview Rooms (2) twin share (Must be from the same household): Price per person USD $470

*For direct bookings only and limited offer only

Transfers made easy!

We can assist you in having your COVID test. We’ll pick you up in the morning and take you to the Valenzuela lab. The test will be P4,500 and the extra charge for the car/van is P1000. The test will take approximately one hour. We will need you to send us a copy of your test results, the receipt for your test and a valid ID (Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp). We will then pass that onto our LGU and notify them of your arrival.

Underwater Adventures

This month’s Monday News cover photo is of Maria zipping around the yacht on a DPV.  You can have a go on the DPV while you’re here. Just ask us about doing the PADI DPV Specialty course or if you’re already DPV certified you can join a dedicated DPV dive. Its super fun and completely different type of diving.  If you would like to keep up to date on what’s happening here please sign up for our weekly newsletter.  Just send a message to instructors@asiadivers.com

A time for learning something new

Andy Xie has been back in China since March keeping busy working and he just did a course for “Public Safety Diving” at Fuxian Lake. The Public Safety Diving course is for police, fire, and civilian volunteers.

They learned about the use of dry suits, full facemask , underwater communication equipment, and signal ropes, crime scene investigation, risk assessment, land and underwater evidence search and collection. Also study the search and salvage of human remains, vehicles, and physical evidence in zero visibility and highly contaminated waters, as well as post-effluent investigation, protection, transportation, and disinfection procedures.

Andy is looking forward to coming back here and perhaps teaching this to others who might be interested.

Highlights of Scuba Diving in Puerto Galera

scuba diving in puerto galera

No matter what level of diver you are and no matter how many exotic locations you have dived, the diving in Puerto Galera will not disappoint even the most seasoned of divers.

Puerto Galera offers beautiful protected coves with stunning coral gardens and scores of exotic underwater species. Schooling reef fish, including jacks, snappers, fairy basslets, triggerfish, groupers, trevally, drummers and barracuda, set the scene against vibrant coral reefs and passing reef sharks. Turtles, moray eels, cephalopods and macro crustaceans are all found in abundance. And then there’s the thresher sharks – one of the most impressive sharks to see in the ocean.

 

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Puerto Galera is home to stunning coral reefs

 

Puerto Galera offers everything underwater that you would expect from the world-class scuba diving in the Philippines. From macro critters to cruising pelagics, Puerto Galera truly has it all – and in abundance! Here are 5 of our favourite dive sites that should not be missed when you are diving Puerto Galera…

The Canyons:

Three canyons make up this action-packed dive site which is a hot spot for schooling trevally, groupers, drummers, snappers and barracuda. Huge gorgonian sea fans and an abundance of soft corals make this a colourful site. Look out for resting turtles, hiding octopus and passing reef sharks.

West Escarceo:

This long stretch of sloping reef is home to vibrant corals, a plethora of reef fish and huge schools of red tooth triggerfish which occupy the blue. On the reef you’ll find moray eels at all depths and if you venture deeper than 20 metres / 65 feet, look out for blue-spotted stingrays on the sandy bottom.

 

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Resting turtles are one of the highlights of diving in the Philippines

 

San Agapito Point:

Located off Verde Island, this is a stunning pinnacle site that will entice pelagic lovers and macro fans alike. Schooling jacks and fairy basslets are a highlight along with frequent sea snake sightings, vibrant corals, huge gorgonian sea fans and a myriad of macro crustaceans.

Kilima Steps:

As the name suggests, this dive site offers a range of ‘steps’ starting from 5 metres/ 16 feet down to 22 metres/ 73 feet. Start at the deepest point and work your way up for a range of marine life including soap fish, nudibranch, barracuda, moray eels, lionfish and stunning corals. If you like intriguing topography this site is an absolute must.

 

thresher shark puerto galera
Thresher sharks have a distinctive long tail fin and are on many divers’ bucket lists

 

Sinandigan Wall:

If you are a macro photographer or nudibranch aficionado this dive site should be on your list. This beautiful coral wall extends down to 30 meters / 100 feet from where it becomes a sloping reef. Look out for macro critters among the colourful soft corals and resting turtles.

Diving with Thresher Sharks:

If you are hoping to dive with thresher sharks then diving in Puerto Galera must be added to your bucket list. Thresher sharks are generally a deeper dwelling species of shark that spend most of their time below 40 meters. So why then, do they come to the shallower water and dive sites around Puerto Galera? Because of the fish!! Thresher sharks need regular ‘cleaning’ to remove parasites from their body. The small cleaner fish found at our shallower depths are perfect for the job. It’s a beautiful symbiotic relationship – the thresher receives some TLC and the cleaner fish receive a free meal!

 

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Blackwater diving in Puerto Galera reveals a host of strange and unusual marine species

 

Blackwater Diving:

Blackwater diving is a relatively new type of diving in Puerto Galera and it’s when we see some of the strangest and most unusual marine life – which is rarely seen by other divers. Blackwater diving takes place at night and we use powerful lights to attract plankton and larvae stage marine species. The plankton, in turn, attracts some of the weirdest critters from the deep. This is an exciting dive and a must for underwater photographers.

Diverse Marine Life in the Coral Triangle

Puerto Galera is located in the heart of the coral triangle, did you know…

  • 76% (605) of the world’s coral species (798) are found in the Coral Triangle, the highest coral diversity in the world.
  • The Coral Triangle has more coral reef fish diversity than anywhere else in the world: 37% (2,228) of the world’s coral reef fish species (6,000), and 56% of the coral reef fishes in the Indo-Pacific region (4,050).
  • 8% (235 species) of the coral reef fishes in the Coral Triangle are endemic or locally restricted species. Within the Coral Triangle, four areas have particularly high levels of endemism (Lesser Sunda Islands, Papua New Guinea – Solomon Islands, Bird’s Head Peninsula, and the Central Philippines).
  • The Coral Triangle has 15 regionally endemic coral species (species found nowhere else in the world), and shares 41 regional endemic species with Asia.

 

marine life puerto galera
Puerto Galera is located in the Coral Triangle which is home to the most diverse marine life on Earth

 

PADI Open Water Course in Puerto Galera

If you are new to diving you can also explore and enjoy the amazing underwater world of diving in Puerto Galera! The conditions at our dive sites are ideal for beginners and our team of professional PADI Instructors are experts at guiding student divers through the PADI Open Water course in Puerto Galera. If you want to learn to dive in Puerto Galera then our team would love to teach you!

So are you ready to scuba dive in Puerto Galera with us? If you’d like more information or to make a reservation, fill in our online contact form, or send us an email to: admin@asiadivers.com

We are looking forward to scuba diving the Philippines with you soon!

Learn to Scuba Dive in Puerto Galera, The Philippines

Learn to dive Puerto Galera

Have you always dreamed of scuba diving?

Take the PADI Open Water Course! Imagine swimming over coral reefs and discovering some of the incredible marine life of the Philippines. This is what dreams are made of and it’s all possible when you learn to dive in Puerto Galera.

What is the PADI Open Water Diver Course?

The PADI Open Water Course is the first level of diving certificate. You’ll learn how to become a safe, competent and confident diver and you’ll be certified to dive to a maximum depth of 18 meters. When you finish your PADI Open Water Course at Asia Divers you’ll feel proud of your accomplishments, you’ll have made new friends and you’ll have your ticket to dive anywhere in the world.

 

Learn to dive puerto galera

 

During your Open Water Course in Puerto Galera, you’ll complete 5 knowledge development (theory) modules, 5 confined water (swimming pool) sessions and then you’ll be able to join us for 4 incredible dives in the ocean!

  • Knowledge Development utilizing independent study and PADI’s latest teaching aids will keep classroom time to a minimum to understand basic principles of scuba diving. If you would prefer to complete the theory prior to arriving in Puerto Galera, you may study in advance, online with PADI eLearning. Ask us for more information when booking.
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills. You couldn’t ask for anywhere better to learn to dive. You’ll be in the hands of capable, experienced dive instructors and an amazing dive facility.
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore some of the most diverse and unusual marine life seen anywhere in the world! Apart from mastering diving skills your instructor will make sure you learn something about the environment you’re in. During your four training dives you will get a chance to do beach and boat diving on different fantastic dive sites. The water’s warm and clear and there’s always time to exchange stories in the Point Bar at the end of the day. The certification you receive lasts a lifetime!

Please note: To take the PADI Open Water Course you must be at least 10 years old. You need to have adequate swimming skills to swim 200meters and you need to be in good physical health. No prior experience of scuba diving is required.

 

Open Water Course Puerto Galera

 

Why Take the PADI Open Water Course in Puerto Galera?

Did you know that we have over 30 different dive sites to explore? Learning to scuba dive in Puerto Galera means that you’ll be introduced to some of the marine life which people travel from all corners of the globe to see. You’ll see a vibrant mix of healthy hard and soft corals and on almost all of our dives we see schools of colourful reef fish in all shapes and sizes! You’ll be amazed by the diversity of marine life and there’s even ship wreck dives here too!

Why Learn to Dive with Asia Divers

The short answer is that we are fun, friendly, professional, love teaching and have high regard for safety. We are a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre which means we don’t just teach divers – we also teach Instructors!

 

Asia Divers Puerto Galera

 

We have over 30 years of experience so you can rest assured that you are diving with experts who understand the area and who have an ongoing passion for teaching diving! All of our PADI Instructors are professional, fun and have a love of teaching and sharing the amazing underwater world around Puerto Galera with new divers!

We understand that everyone’s needs are different so we offer a range of flexible learning options. Choose between taking the course in 4 consecutive days, or break it down into stages – your course can be scheduled to your convenience. We are a full service dive center and you’ll find we have everything you need, so you don’t have to worry about purchasing any items of equipment before taking your course – unless you want to!

If you are looking for somewhere to stay while taking your PADI Open Water Course in Puerto Galera we also offer accommodation at El Galleon Beach Resort – it’s a great way to meet other divers!

 

Puerto Galera scuba diving

 

Here are just a few of the resort facilities that you can enjoy during your stay:

  • We are the only beach resort in Puerto Galera with 24-hour speedboat pickup from Batangas
  • Fast WiFi in the resort and rooms
  • Extensive Dive Center with a dedicated camera room.
  • Lots of fun activities for adults and kids
  • PADI Scuba Courses from beginner to instructor level.
  • Swimming Pool & Outdoor Spa
  • Beachfront Restaurant and two Bars

 

Learn to dive Philippines

 

So are you ready to learn to dive in Puerto Galera with us?

We’d love to be a part of your underwater adventures! If you’d like more information or to make a reservation, fill in our online contact form, or send us an email to: admin@asiadivers.com

We are looking forward to exploring the Philippines underwater with you soon!

 

Learn PADI Courses Online, Dive in the Philippines

PADI Courses Philippines

What if you want to learn to scuba dive, but for some reason (such as the COVID-19 pandemic), it’s not possible for you to travel to The Philippines to appreciate its underwater beauty and to apply your skills. Don’t worry, because PADI offers the online PADI eLearning course to learn diving theory in the comfort of your home.

Learning theory is an important part of PADI courses

Even if you haven’t taken the eLearning course, your dive instructors will need to test your theoretical and technical knowledge before embarking on the practical skills. This is standard practice wherever you go.

The benefit of studying with PADI eLearning at home is that you don’t have to spend your holiday time in a classroom to learn about the prerequisite materials – you would’ve already done that at home!

What is included in the PADI eLearning courses?

All PADI eLearning courses contain a number of learning systems such as online videos, interactive learning, review tests, and the classic dive manual which you can download. Depending on your online course selection, an active internet connection may or may not be required (get in touch for questions on this).

With one years’ access to PADI eLearning courses, you can learn from an unlimited source of knowledge about scuba diving, from basic safety guidelines to technical calculations such as dive durations for specific cases and dive depths. You will receive the same knowledge that you’d have received in our live PADI dive classroom.

With the PADI online course, you can spend a longer amount of time than a rigid classroom schedule would allow. You may even surprise your instructor as you recall the dive table from memory.

How to learn online courses effectively?

PADI eLearning courses grant you the ability to study independently, which means at your own pace, you can learn at a style that you choose. Some people supplement their reading by further researching on the Internet about the material, and even calling up a diver friend to discuss the theories.

In any way you learn, don’t forget to be active – be an active reader or listener by reading up on supplementary materials outside the eLearning course. This isn’t to say that information in the online courses is incomplete. Supplementary reading allows you to add on to your current knowledge, about how the theory works in real life.

Why dive in the Philippines?

We hope you don’t change your mind about where you want to dive. The Philippines is an amazing place to start your diving career. In fact, the Verde Island Passage, between Luzon and Mindoro islands, is the most popular region for both amateur and professional divers.

There is an outstandingly high marine biodiversity in this region, and it has become known as the world’s most important reserve for coral and tropical fish species.

Whenever you have the time to go to the Philippines, visit Puerto Galera’s many dive resorts, like El Galleon, working together with Asia Divers to create a holistic diving holiday experience. Book your room and a PADI course here.