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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.

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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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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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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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Chinese New Year, UW Photography Workshop & PADI E-IDC Update

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 It’s a fun and very active week around here as it’s the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival. CNY has more than 4,000 years of history and is the longest holiday of the year. The national holiday begins on February 5th and lasts until the 19th.

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During this time, the world’s largest human migration will take place as hundreds of millions of Chinese people make their way home to celebrate with family. The holiday is also celebrated by millions of people around the world. We’re happy that there are so many folks around here to celebrate the season with in this year’s “Year of the Pig”.

Gong xi fa cai and Kong hei fat Choi to everyone!

What’s been happening at Asia Divers?

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Nothing like a great dose of vitamin sea to get you going. Peter, Maria, Sunny, Sunman and Joakim are looking forward to doing some critter hunting at the Giant Clams dive site.

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Time has flow by for Martin, Annette and Mikael on their stay here and now after some excellent dives and good fun with everyone it’s time to say bon voyage. Martin was here for almost one month and happily went home with a new T-shirt for his 500 dives. That’s a lot of time submerged!

 

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Preparing for Valentines day…Romantic Evening …Mating pair of Nembrotha chamberlaini by Sunman Rowe

 

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Big congratulations to Bella, Chris and William Moriaty whom are now certified PADI divers! They did the course at a nice relaxed pace over a couple long weekends and even got some time afterwards to do some fun dives. 

Underwater Photography Workshop – June 16-23, 2019

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Getting Great Color Underwater ~ The key to getting great color underwater is incorporating artificial light into the scene.  Proper strobe placement is vital.  Get close to your subject, and then get closer.

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

PADI E-IDC update

Instructor Internship is in full swing!

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This week is rather busy here at Asia Divers and we are glad to have several of our previous IDC candidates return to help out as well as gaining more experience teaching courses. While Alex has been just visiting with friends and family, Matt is guiding dives and Kelly is currently busy teaming up with Pete for an Open Water Diver Course with a family of 4. Great opportunity during his instructor internship month to further develop his teaching style and get exposed to many different kind of divers.

Thinking of becoming an instructor? Sign up now for the 10 day IDC on 16th March 2019 . If you are a Divemaster with at least 100 logged dives, prepare yourself now for your next step – the PADI IDC. Reserve your space ASAP via idc@asiadivers.com

That’s all for this week folks!

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The PADI EFR Course, E-IDC Update, Allan’s Adventure…

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Jamie has been having a fine time with his friends Greg and Deo visiting last week. The bell has sure been swing around a lot! Now Jamie and Maria are off on a little adventure to the Visayas and Chris and Clive have had a great two weeks here but time to go now.

Not easy to leave, but we know they will be back!

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Want to beat the February blues? Contact us for a great escape to sunny PG!

Allan’s Great Adventure

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We’re continuing to follow Allan along on his trip. These photos were from a great day in the Parque Nacional Radal Siete Tazas, and Allan’s first night in a tent since he can’t remember when…but he loved it!

What’s been happening at Asia Divers?

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A cozy, cuddly little moment for Lena, Pete and Pelle.

 

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Daniel was hear several years ago and tried out scuba diving for the first time and loved the whole experience. Now, several years on he’s back with Ditte to give it a go again. 

 

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Congrats to Ben who earned his PADI AOW and got to join his friends on a wicked wreck dive to Alma Jane.

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Just look at the awesome buoyancy of Andy’s Open Water student Vicky. Good training pays off! If you’re looking for great training in a beautiful environment, than Asia Divers is the place for you. Have a look at the PADI courses we offer:

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Jamie’s divers requested to see a shark …so he delivered!

The PADI Emergency First Responder Course

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Discover simple to follow steps for emergency care. This course focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency.

Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Course participants learn simple to follow steps for emergency care and practice applying skills in a non-stressful learning environment. All courses are supported by self-study manuals, videos and quick reference cards to enhance learning and allow you start learning right away.

EFR courses meet the CPR and first aid training requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver course and all professional-level ratings.

Read more

E-IDC update

Look who is back…

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Instructor Kelly who passed our IDC and PADI IE last year has returned to ramp up his Specialty Instructor ratings and also to gain even more experience during a month of instructor internship with Asia Divers. He will be joining different courses and gets a chance to team teach with our instructor team.

 Are you ready ? Start preparing for the IDC on 16th March 2019

If you are a Divemaster with at least 100 logged dives, prepare yourself now for your next step – the PADI IDC.

Step 1: Start the eLearning component with PADI by following this link and choosing the “IDC online” option: .

Step 2: The onsite part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) here in Puerto Galera starts on 16th March until 25th March with the PADI Instructor Exams on the following 2 days (26th/27th). Reserve your space ASAP via idc@asiadivers.com

 

That’s all for this week folks!

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Tons of PADI Certifications, Stylish new Asia Divers shirts, Freediving and gearing up for the PADI IDC

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A new PADI Divemaster in the ranks

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A very big congratulations to Arthur Nash for completing his PADI Divemaster course with Pete. We have one very proud dad now! Get used to seeing Arthur more in the newsletter for the next while as he will now be guiding some dives and getting lots of experience as he works towards becoming a PADI Instructor.

Welcome back British School Ho Chi Minh!

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We’re into the swing of things with the BIS group. 7 OW, 9 AOW and 1 Rescue/EFR are on their way to becoming certified! More details to follow next week.

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New Asia Divers Polo shirts in stock

Our new Polo-shirts have arrived and are now available in the dive shop. Thanks to Beth Watson for allowing us to use her photos to create these really cool designs.

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1000 Dives Milestone!

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It’s not very often that we see someone get one of these shirts. Congratulations to Tomas Rapp for doing his 1000th dive. Thomas has been diving 4 times per day and just racking up those dives while he was here but now it’s time to get back to chilly Sweden.

Welcome back to Pelle and Lena back here after six years!

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PADI Freediving

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Exciting times for our Chinese team doing their PADI Free Diver Course at Asia Divers. Contact us for information about PADI freedive training.

E-IDC update : Ready for the next step?

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Start preparing for the IDC on 16th March 2019

If you are a Divemaster with at least 100 logged dives, prepare yourself now for your next step – the PADI IDC.

  • Step 1: Start the eLearning component with PADI by following this link and choosing the “IDC online” option: https://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/elearning/?irra=2736
  • Step 2: The onsite part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) here in Puerto Galera starts on 16th March until 25th March with the PADI Instructor Exams on the following 2 days (26th/27th).Reserve your space asap via idc@asiadivers.com

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An exciting start to 2019 at Asia Divers

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Ocean Dive Supply Online Store

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The Ocean Dive Supply website is now finished, including the online store. Now you can sit back onyour sofa to do your scuba equipment shopping, and have it delivered within 3 days to your doorstep via LBC Express. 

If you are planning to visit Asia Divers, you can check out the products in the online store, let us know what items you would like, and they will be ready for you at the resort!

Underwater Photography Workshop June 16-23

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Thanks so much to Peter Rowlands and www.uwpmag.com for including our Underwater Photo Workshop with Phil Rudin and Beth Watson in the latest issue.

Mike Bartick has a great article on Blackwater Diving and Kate Jonker reviews the Orca Torch as well.  Sign up and download the magazine here: www.uwpmag.com


Come and fine tune your underwater photography. Join our workshop June 16-23, 2019 at El Galleon Resort/ Asia Divers. Details about this great event are here: https://asiadivers.com/2019-underwater-photography-workshop/ or send an email to instructors@asiadivers.com for inquiries/bookings.

What’s been happening at Asia Divers & El Galleon?

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January 1st 2019…late afternoon. What a yummy start into the New Year… with good friends, cheese, sausage and wine.
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Marilyn Pimentel decided to take the plunge again and “Discover scuba”. Hopefully this will lead on to her Open Water course next…

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Roberto Giudici had a fun time here this past week dividing his time between Tech Asia and Asia Divers. With his technical and DPV training he is super ready for his next stop… Chuuk.

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Oh and the bell was ringing! This lot decided to celebrate the New Year for a second time… for most of the evening on the 1st. Many bottles, many rings and a few very sheepish looking ladies the next day. All good fun.

Try Freediving at Asia Divers!

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Something new for us at Asia Divers: We’re very excited to announce that we’ll now be teaching the PADI Basic Freediver and the PADI Freediver courses.

Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you.

Plus it’s a whole new beginning of really cool gear! For more information contact us at instructors@asiadivers.com and see course details on our Freediver Courses page

E-IDC Update: Visit our GoPRO website and find out about Marine Conservation in Puerto Galera

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On our new dedicated PADI PRO website you can not only find out more about our Instructor Development Program, and also other interesting information, such as how you can get involved in marine conservation here in Puerto Galera

Visit our Marine Conservation page

Our next PADI IDC starts on 15th January 2019

 

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2019 Photo Workshop, eIDC update, and showing off Puerto Galera’s diving to friends old and new

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Allways Dive Expeditions explores Puerto Galera

It’s been a great couple days hosting this group of dive shop owners and their representatives from Australia. Thanks so much to Allways Dive Expeditions for organizing this, and to Nikki Cairns for being an awesome team leader. We’ve been able to give them a quick tour of our lovely beachfront resort and facilities and introduce them to the beautiful diving in Puerto Galera. They will leave here having seen the amazing diversity that our area has to offer and we’re looking forward to seeing them come back soon. With Cleyon Wright, Cristine Jones, Graham Willis, Lillian Sassart, Paul Sorensen, Shannon Carlson, Zhiyanne Naera-Crafter, Nikki Cairns, and Darren Hall.

We spent a beautiful Sunday on Verde island with our group from Allways Dive Expeditions. It was a perfect sunny calm-water day to enjoy three wonderful dives, a delicious BBQ, a walkabout on the island, and a BCD party in the Verde island passage on the way home. Also, a big congratulation goes to Darren Hall who “Discovered Scuba” twice in one day with Paul Sorensen introducing him to a whole new world.

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We spent a beautiful Sunday on Verde island with our group from Allways Dive Expeditions. It was a perfect sunny calm-water day to enjoy three wonderful dives, a delicious BBQ, a walkabout on the island, and a BCD party in the Verde island passage on the way home. Also, a big congratulation goes to Darren Hall who “Discovered Scuba” twice in one day with Paul Sorensen introducing him to a whole new world.

Underwater Photography Workshop 2019

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Join Phil Rudin & Beth Watson June 16-23, 2019, here for a Photo Workshop which will cover:

  • Hands-on in water mentoring
  • 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

Join Phil and Beth for fun, learning, laughter and friendship

Contact: allison@asiadivers.com for more details if you’re interested

Welcome to Puerto Galera, Bill and Pat Acker

Welcome to Puerto Galera, Bill and Pat Acker

We had a visit this week of Bill Acker and his brother Pat. Bill and Tommy did their Instructor course together 1989 in the same time as Andy Norman did his Staff Instructor training. Bill is the owner of Yap Divers and Manta Ray Bay hotel www.mantaray.com in Yap, a great place for Mantas and also Shark dives. Tommy together with Rene Sten and Larry Bird visited Bill last August for this year’s Ngulu expedition.

Now it was Bill’s turn to come and visit us and he brought his brother Pat with him. They managed to do some nice dives here in Puerto Galera, together with Tommy and had the opportunity to get introduced to the Classic Club as well.

Bill and Tommy also got some time to do a bit of planning for next year Ngulu expedition that will happen in the end of July. Keep an eye out for the details as the trip will have limited space to 6 divers only!

PADI eIDC Update

Who is diving and teaching with us next…

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It could be YOU living the dream… like George Vest who introduced the Green and Wallis family – all connected with the Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan, where George is an orchestra instructor also promoting SCUBA diving in and out of Japan. George did his IDC in the Philippines and is now working with Asia Divers, teaching and interning on courses, earning commission to finance his holidays. Contact idc@asiadivers.com to find out options to work with us.

Lots of fun in and out of the water

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We all enjoyed the families here with lots of entertainment from playing fun card games during meal times, sunsets and moon rises at the barrel bar and of course lots of in-water activities: 8 year old Camille worked with Ruben and got several dives as a Bubblemaker while Chris, her dad, did a DSD and took photos from the dive boats.

His wife Cinnamon and son Cameron along with Mike Wallis completed their Open Water course with Sabine. Shawna Wallis and her son, Zach did a review and then completed the Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty course with George. Shawna ended up with 10 more dives in her log book.

Everyone had a blast and would like to return with George and other families from Canadian Academy!

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