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More Blackwater Diving fun in Puerto Galera!

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While Phil Rudin was here conducting a photo workshop last month he managed to go out on just one backwater dive….and what a dive it was!! Here are just a couple of the photos he took in the Verde Island Passage in front of El Galleon Resort /Asia Divers.

 

He was using: Sony A7R III, 90 macro, two Inon Z-330 strobes, Nauticam housing. ISO-200, F/13, 1/250th sec.

We know that Phil is now eager to come back for more Blackwater diving with us! Keep watching out here for the details next photo workshop…

Check out: https://asiadivers.com/blackwater-diving-puerto-galera/ for information on Blackwater diving with Asia Divers.

More stunning underwater photos on Phil’s Instagram: @philrudinphotography

What’s been happening at El Galleon Dive Resort & Asia Divers

Allan is just waiting in anticipation for our new boat to be ready to go… were very close now. Checkout our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mindoro-Sprinter-100292734654073/.

El Galleon Dive Resort Mindoro Sprinter boat

 

Four instructors joined in fun to get Jordan and David through their PADI Open Water course. Not that they need all of us…we just wanted to make their last dive something pretty special. A beautiful turtle decided to pose with us just to add icing to the cake. Thanks so much to Alan Dickson for always thinking of us and convincing the guys to do their dive training here at Asia Divers.

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Family diving is super fun! It’s always great to have the whole Lu/Lo family back here with us. We’ve seen the kids grow up right before our eyes and of course seen the parents stay young forever! Welcome back to CY, Bonny, Tim and Mary!

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It was a special week Mary to be able to do her Bubblemaker pool session and three follow-up dives in the ocean. She actually breezed through all the confined water skills from the Open Water course, just doing them for fun, and once she got in the ocean she had perfect buoyancy control…..all in two meters. The first steps of many more dives to come!

Check out the courses we can offer you and your family for a fun-filled family vacation.

PADI Recreational Courses

 

Nothing quite like having a birthday celebration in P.G. Happy birthday to Akiko who joined us with Sue for the celebration.

Elly is now under the wing of Jamie to get her up to speed on the DPV’s and get her certified. She’s geared up to do some more dives on it so she can soon teach this PADI DPV Specialty course.

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It’s always very special to us to have our previous guests keep coming back. Thank you to Sue and Akiko (who was not diving this morning), Kathy, Denny, Mariska and Lucas for coming back! Now go find those seahorses at Coral Cove…

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Phavandeep Singh, Sirendar Singh and Tony Munish Kumar Harjay enjoyed their “Discover Scuba” experience with Pete and his great assistants Ike and Gernie. Time to get certified…

https://asiadivers.com/padi-diving-courses-philippines/specialty-scuba-diving-courses/

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 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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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.

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 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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