Category Archives: Environment

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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”

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

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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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Photo Corner

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Wonderful to have Gino Symus back here again recently and see some of the amazing photos he took. These two are a great example of behaviors of animals and should be entered in some competitions!

ADEX Voice of the Ocean Competition 2017

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Congratulations to Beth Watson for being the ADEX Voice of the Ocean Competition 2017 Environmental Photo of the year Winner! A photo that represents the effects of climate change or the efforts made to confront it. The judges were looking for a photograph that makes people stop and stare, and that affects them enough to want to do something about protecting our environment. This gorgeous shot, titled “Hope Spot”, was shot in the Apo Reef, last year on an Asia Divers trip to Tubbataha and Apo onboard the Discovery boat, standing out from over 100 submitted entries.
Beth is again walking away some cool prizes!

#StopSharkFinning project

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Check out these very cool shirts! This project has been started by one of our good friends Alex Suh. 100% of profits go to #StopSharkFinning project. You can order at www.DiveWet.com under products.

Let it go, let it go…

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Our boat man Kim found this poor little seahorse floating on the surface with a leaf in Verde Island so they decided to call it “Kabayo” (means horse in Tagalog). Kim took it back to home and set it free into the ocean.  At least there’s some sandy bottom area and food to keep it happy.

 

#StopSharkFinning project

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This project has been started by one of our good friends Alex Suh.  % of profits go to #StopSharkFinning project. “Shark Diver” men’s T-shirt and women’s loop blouse with one of Alex’s Great White Shark images. Made by Prawno Apparel so you know the quality and softness. Order at www.DiveWet.com under products. Limited quantity and sizes, order soon.

Asia Divers Instructor Development/iDAP College news

 

Yea! We did it again! Our September Instructor Development Course (IDC) started in style with a very fun Dive Against Debris in the Sabang Bay. We recovered 13kg of trash including rice sacks, fishing lines and unusual steel items and reported all data to Project AWARE. It’s a great feeling to get involved in ocean conservation and being able to take direct action. Some of our fun divers joined right in and helped to fill the sacks for a good cause…High five to Alex, Michael, Juta, Lutz, Jamie and Sabine.

 

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Project AWARE certifications and limited edition cards

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Congratulations to Beth and Steve  Watson, Damien and Rob Jacobs, Hanno Jansen, Amit Kakar, Matt Hubball, Felicity Lee and Ross McLeod who have all successfully completed their “Project AWARE – Dive Against Debris Diver” Specialty certification and earned themselves a fancy limited edition 50 years PADI – Project AWARE certification card…(see picture)

These folks are certainly not letting their dives go to waste – and are now able to organize and conduct the ‘Dive Against Debris’ survey so it counts towards future policy development and implementation, while being very conscious of their buoyancy and applying good judgment on what to collect underwater and what to leave. We had especially great discussions about the impacts of plastics in the food chain and how debris can be avoided in the first place. Students apparently even had fun during the knowledge reviews – here is an example Q&A: Question: “List and describe criteria you should use when deciding whether to remove objects from underwater.” Student’s answer: “Is it debris or something I can sell on eBay, like pirate treasure”… B) Great recycling thought !

Have a look at the video of their graduation dive…

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