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2019 Underwater Photography Workshop is about to kick off!

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Join us June 16-23, 2019 for our Photo workshop

There is still time to register for our photo workshop with two very talented underwater photographers, 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

See details here: https://asiadivers.com/2019-underwater-photography-workshop/

Contact admin@asiadivers.com if you would like to join.

What’s been happening at Asia Divers?

Everyone achieved their goal during this trip to Asia Divers –  Carole: 5000 dives, Leon: 4100 dives, Philip: 2200 dives, Stephanie: 1900 divesThat’s a total of 13200 dives between the four of them and a lot of it done here!! It’s always great to have these guys diving with us. They all have so much experience and such great eyes to spot some pretty amazing stuff.

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Congratulations to Kevin Shipley and Jaydon Beal who both did their OW referral dives to get their PADI Open Water certification and Kevin again went on to do his Advanced Open water course. When it came time to do the night dive, Jaydon, Dad John and friend Andrew Leutheuser did their Adventures in diving night diving so they could all go together. Awesome!

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Steve Simpson got a bit bored hanging out and not diving, so he’d decided do a PADI Discover Scuba experience. He did better than he thought he would. I think we got him hooked. Good Job Steve!

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Alli in Grand Turk scouting out a new wreck. She is wondering if she can put it in a big balikbayan box to send it back here…

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

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Scuba Monster, Verde Island, and PADI E-IDC begins

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Asia Divers welcomes Scuba Monster from Hong Kong

Very happy to have the group from Scuba Monster Hong Kong! Specialty thanks to John Ng, Jennifer Chu and Woody Tam who organized this trip. Great dives everyday and we hope to see you guys again soon!

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Scuba Monster got to “The Point” pretty much as soon as they arrive. We could tell it was going to be a fun few days!

 

What’s been happening this week at Asia Divers?

A great day to head off to Verde Island with Ruben, Elly, Sarah, Iain, Piet, Adrian, Nicolas, Brant, Sandra, Steven and Ralph.

dive at Verde Island Puerto Galera with Asia Divers

 

Going to Verde Island is a breeze with Asia Divers. Our comfortable, sun covered speedboat can get us there in 30 minutes…and before all the other dive shops get there so we have the whole dive site to ourselves!

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Tommy on Tour week 4 & 5

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Tommy and Leary got so busy riding the bike last week there was no chance for an update, so we will cover 2 weeks now…

Went to see our old friends Rob and Ning Clark just south of Yass at their farm Merryville Station where they raise Lamb. Great experience for the boys to see the life on a real farm.

To Sydney to see the team from PADI Asia Pacific with some serious stuff and a few beers of course.
Straight north along the east coast until they hit Cairns.

Over the Atherton Tableland to the Purple Pub in Normanton, oil change in Mount Isa, turn right at Threeways and just arrived in Kakadu National Park.

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PADI E-IDC update

Our May IDC has just started ! Stay tuned for updates…

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Everyone is so excited that the IDC has finally started and especially about writing exams on the first day… yay.

Stay tuned for all the fun updates throughout our 10 days program. Next PADI Instructor Development Course starts on 27th June 2019 with only few spaces left.

Register now for our popular 10 days IDC including EFRI. If you are a Divemaster with at least 100 logged dives, reserve your space and start now.

RSVP via idc@asiadivers.com or use our Contact page

That’s all from Asia Divers for this week folks. Be sure to catch up again next week!

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Long Live the ‘Monday News’ & Underwater Photography Workshop

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“The Monday News” is a great way to keep up to date on what’s been going on at Asia Divers and El Galleon Dive Resort. Before Facebook, Instagram, blogs and all other social media came into play, this was how we let our previous guests and friends know who’s been doing what and what new and exciting things were coming up.

We still get people giving us comments like

“I just love coming into work on an ugly Monday morning through a massive snowfall, and icy roads and than seeing your newsletter!”

Even with all the new social media options and technology there is still a group of people out there who enjoy seeing it every Monday….so we keep it going!

Every month we change the cover photo and this month’s cover pic is a stunning nudi branch taken by Sue Goodman. Sue has been living here for several years and has been taking some really beautiful and creative photos. She really captures the beauty of Puerto Galera’s marine biodiversity within her photography.

If you would like to get signed up for the Monday news just complete the form below:

Awesome dive conditions continuing on this week with lots of sunny calm days, warm water and thresher sightings are still happening!

Thresher Sharks in Puerto Galera

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What’s been happening this week at Asia Divers

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It’s been a superb time having these guys here with us this past week. Iain Caldwell, Sarah Holmes, Danaka Shaver and Kim Nguyen got to see the best of P.G. and have some good fun and laughs along the way. Congratulations to Danaka for completing her PADI Advanced Open Water and Nitrox courses.

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It’s been such an amazing time teaching Jack Jones, Benjamin Mansfield and Aspley Stevens to dive this week and of course to have Jack’s dad Ian Jones join in on all the dives. I’m so proud of all the hard work they did to get this accomplishment. Most especially to Jack who at eleven years old has completed the same course that an adult has to do and kept up with the big boys all week! Big congratulations to our new “mermen”!

fun at the Point Bar in Puerto Galera

Now this looks a bit dangerous….Ben and Aspley on the start of their T-shirt collection. The Point Bar is a great place to wind down or wind up at the end of the day.

 

PADI Open Water Diver courses in Puerto Galera Philippines

Congratulations Jerumel Deveza  on your PADI Open Water Diver qualification! The result of some intense few days and lots of determination…. Enjoy the underwater world now awaiting you as a qualified diver!!

It’s not too late to sign up for our Underwater Photography workshop happening June 16-23, 2019

Underwater Photography workshop at Asia Divers, Puerto Galera, Philippines

Less is More ~ Negative space is a welcome element in photography. It does not matter whether it is a wide angle scene or a close-up macro image. Composition is the key when working with negative space. Learn about this and much more 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
  • Full details about the course can be found here:

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

E-IDC update

Another PADI Freediver is born…

Congratulations to Romain for achieving the PADI Freediver certification! Romain has been snorkeling and skin diving before but now wanted to get training in Freediving and came out with great achievements, for example a static breath hold time of 3:35min after an initial 2min in the pool. Fantastic! And on our open water dives we were surrounded by wide mouth mackerel, rainbow runners and schools of fuseliers…

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That’s all for this week folks, visit us again next week for the latest news from Asia Divers and El Galleon Dive Resort

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Diving with Thresher Sharks in Puerto Galera – Video

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Scuba Divers in Puerto Galera were treated to a spate of Thresher Shark visits recently.

What an incredible experience being able to dive with these majestic creatures!

PADI Scuba Diving Courses for Kids

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Family diving at Asia Divers & El Galleon Dive Resort

PADI Scuba Diving courses for kids and grown ups at Asia Divers & El Galleon Dive Resort in Puerto Galera, Philippines.

Jack age 11 and his cousin Aspley 18 in action on their first dive as newly qualified PADI Open Water Divers. Asia Divers/El Galleon is the perfect choice for a tropical family diving holiday.

Summer is here and we have the skies to prove it!

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It’s that time of year when the sky is showing us her amazing colours in the evening. Elly shot these photos last night in the Point Bar while many others were also running out to catch the fire in the sky! Summer time in Puerto Galera is awesome.

Email us to arrange your escape to paradise: admin@asiadivers.com

Or send us a message on the contact page

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Join the Blackwater Diving revolution at Asia Divers

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Join us for the “greatest migration on earth, which happens every night, right in front of you!”

Find out all about Blackwater diving with Asia Divers on the Blackwater Diving page

 

What’s been happening at Asia Divers this week?

Asia Divers and El Galleon Resort are proud to be recognized for our environmental practices by Project SEAyasat and Save Philippine Seas!

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Asia Divers and El Galleon Resort are proud to be recognized for our environmental practices by Project SEAyasat and Save Philippine Seas!Congratulations to Alan Lo who completed his PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water this week. Seeing him in the water you can tell how comfortable he is already!

 

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Very nice to have father (Jacky Lo) and son (Alan) diving together this week.

 

PADI Advanced Open Water Course Puerto Galera Philippines

Charolotte and Zaid did a refresher when they first arrived to get back into the diving swing and sure enough it got them all excited to continue on with doing the PADI Advanced Open Water course.

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Paul Stripp and Paul Mounsey had a blast on their Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) course with Jamie.

E-IDC update

PADI Instructors learning Freediving…

PADI Instructor Magnus Peterson and his daughter Veronica teamed up to explore the underwater world on one breath with the PADI Freediver Course. And in short amount of time they doubled and tripled their initial breath hold to an astonishing 3:07 and 2:13 min static. In the open water both went beyond the required 10m depth easily on second dive and practiced rescue scenarios specific to freediving.

See a short video clip about their adventures here on our YouTube channel

Did you know…?!

padi freediving courses puerto galera philippinesThe PADI Freediver certification also counts as one of five Specialties for your PADI MSD – Master Scuba Diver certification.

That’s all the news from Asia Divers for this week folks, see you next week!

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Objectif Atlantide Event Week at Asia Divers

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What an exciting week it has been with the Objectif Atlantide event happening here. It was something completely new for us to have and there was a lot of buzz and excitement around the resort as the participants we’re trying to win the game.

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Here are the first 3 teams of the 2019 underwater survey of objective Atlantis in the Philippines:

Team Scubaland for the first place, team Spirit of Diving for second place, and team The Bubble Heads for third place. The result between team 1 AND 2 is played in a pocket handkerchief

All the teams discovered the underwater environment of the Puerto Galera region while having a lot of fun solving a police riddle. A very big congratulations to Aurélie Pineau and Pauline Thomas who have won for the second year in a row.

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We were thrilled to have two of the world’s renowned French  Freedivers here with us for Objectif Atlantide Philippines 2019, Alice Modolo and Arthur Guerin Boëri.

Alice Modolo partnered with Giullaume Nery in his popular video “Naughty Boy” and Arthur Guerin Boëri is world record holder in Dynamic – amazing 300 meters!!

Check out these amazing videos. Photo by Kamel Benabid

“Naughty Boy”

“Arthur’s Record”

freediving puerto galera philippines asia diversMaybe you’re all getting excited about Freediving like we are?!

Contact us to learn about becoming a certified PADI Freediver . You can see all the details on our Freediver Courses page

What else has been happening at Asia Divers?

Congratulations to Katherine Patawaran from the Philippine Department of Tourism who tried scuba diving for the first time. She had a wonderful experience seeing why so many folks love to dive in Puerto Galera and enjoyed the company of her colleague, Celstine Sy.

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DPV Diving

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Welcome to Peter Delmonte and Lynette Morris from PNG who had a hoot with the scoot!

PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle certification…done!

 

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Sandy Chan is super excited to dive in PG along with her friend’s Lwok Po Chu, Lau Nga Yan and Amethyst and do her Advanced Open Water course!

 

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Awesome to have team Japan here: Hiroko, Yukiko and Tommy for a few days break from Manila- and all of them kept pretty busy.

Hiroko managed to complete her Emergency First Responder course, as well as the challenging Rescue Diver certification – well done!!

Yukiko and Tommy completed the PADI EAN Nitrox course in Japanese with us – and all went to Verde Island to celebrate their achievements, meeting turtles, large sweetlips, snappers, sea snakes, a velvety frogfish and the usual thousands of reef fishes.

That’s all for this week folks, see you next week for more news from Asia Divers

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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.

E-IDC update

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 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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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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Point bar 80s party sabang puerto galera

 

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!

 

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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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