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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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British International School scuba students, PADI Specialty polo shirts and Ocean Art 2018 Winners

Asia Divers Puerto Galera Blog Jan 24 2019

Welcome back British International School Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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It was great to have the BIS Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam back here for the 6th year in a row with 17 students and 3 teachers. They all had enjoyed the sunny days and kept busy doing diving courses, enjoying the awesome food, card games at night, shopping ops walking past them on the beach and a very nice visit to a local school.

7 students left here as PADI Open Water divers and 9 earned their PADI AOW and one did PADI Rescue/EFR!

Everyone worked very hard and should be very proud for what they have accomplished. Even two of the teachers did their Nitrox course this week.

Thanks to Daniel Gamwell who organized everything over the past year to make this happen and to Daniel, Sian and Nathan for keeping things smoothly running while they were here. It sure makes our job easy!


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Happy new PADI Open Water divers, Quoc Linh, Ashyle, Abhay with Margaret and Yu.
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This PADI Advanced group of nine had three instructors (Elly, Jeremy and Ruben) to show them the ropes and lots of cool stuff this week. Congratulations to Anna, Anna, Natasha, Matthew, Bion, William, Fieke, Rose, Christine.
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Congrats to Team “Maria” who are all happy new PADI Open Water divers, Yodai, Tina, Jack, and Jia Yu.
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Ratul Mangal moved up the PADI ladder completing his PADI EFR and Rescue courses this week with Pete along with Arthur assisting and being a darn good victim.

Allan’s Great Adventure

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Allan is off on his two month motorcycle adventure around South America. These are the first few scenic photos he has sent us from Chile. We’ll be keeping you up to date on where he is and what he’s up to over the course of this epic trip.


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PADI Specialty course Polo shirts

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padi specialty course polo shirt asia diversWe’re including some funky news polo shirts when you do certain specialty courses with us. Eventually we’ll have all of them covered but for now we have the polo’s for the PADI Enriched Air course and the Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) course.

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!

Visit the PADI Specialty Courses page for more info.

Ocean Art 2018 Underwater Photography Winners

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The Ocean Art 2018 winners have been announced! This year’s competition was the most competitive year so far. They had the highest number of entrants and witnessed some of the world’s most beautiful underwater images.

Special congratulations to Debbie Wallace who won a 7 night dive package here for her 2nd Place Mirrorless Behavior win, “Schools of Schools”

You can view the winning image(s) here:


You can also check out more of Debbie’s photos at:


That’s all for now folks! Until next week…

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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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Dive Resort Travel Expo, 2019 Events and more!

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What’s been happening this week at Asia Divers

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Tony Mulholland had a wicked time with Pete on his DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle) trial last week and thought he looked pretty cooll! We think so too Tony. Find out more about the PADI DPV Speciality course.

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Congratulations to Larry Bird and Kris on their engagement. Larry romantically popped the question to Kris underwater on a dive in the Maldives. So sweet, and I guess you can figure out her answer…

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Congratulations Candyman on getting your 700 dive t-shirt. So glad you did it here with us!

DRT Hong Kong

drt show hong kong 2018If you’re in Hong Kong this coming weekend please come by the DRT SHOW at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), Hall 5G.

Alli and Elly will be there promoting Asia Divers and El Galleon at the Philippine Department of Tourism booth. We have some very good dive packages for fun divers and interesting offers for instructors to bring students here to teach their courses.

Dates are: December 14-16. Opening Hours: 12:00 noon – 8:00pm (Friday) 12:00 noon – 8:00pm (Saturday) 12:00 noon – 6:00pm (Sunday)

Asia Divers Events in 2019

We have a couple of very exciting events planned for 2019 at El Galleon and Asia Divers, so if you’re thinking of what to do for your next holiday please see below:

Objectif Atlantide

onjectif atlantide puerto galera philippinesThe new underwater survey organized by Objectif Atlantide in 2019 in the Philippines!

We are proud to be hosting this event in 2019.

Photo Atlantis objective submarine survey April 2019. Registrations are open!

Details are here

You can also visit the Objectif Atlantide Facebook page.

2019 Photo Workshop – Sneak Peek

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Join us June 16-23, 2019 for our Photo workshop with Phil Rudin and Beth Watson. There will be hands on workshops on many different subjects including:

Black Backgrounds : The key is to block out all natural light so only the light reaching the camera sensor is produced by strobes or torches aimed at the subject. Camera settings, strobe positioning, composition and subject location all play a role in achieving a black background. Join us to learn more!

For details please see the 2019 Underwater Photography Workshop page, or contact  instructors@asiadivers.com for inquiries.

News from DEMA, 2019 UW Photography Workshop, and SoCalScuba Group

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SoCalScuba visits Asia Divers

What a great time with SolCalScuba! Lots of fantastic dives in our amazing biodiversity in Puerto Galera with a great group of folks.

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We spent a wonderful evening with the gang from SoCalScuba as we celebrated American Thanksgiving with a scrumptious Turkey dinner and all the trimmings prepared by Chef Jamie and his team.

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What has our Divemaster Intern, Elliot been up to this week?

It’s been a busy week with Asia Divers as we enjoyed the company of SoCalScuba from America. Myself and Elly were paired with the PADI Open Water divers in the group. Along with showing them a great time, we focused on improving their air consumption and buoyancy skills. We were able to show them the best of our fantastic reefs and watch them improve over the week. It was sad to see a great group of people leave but I enjoyed being able to watch my group of divers improve each day.

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I’ve also had the pleasure of a visit from my own dad, who has been desperate to dive this spectacular coast line and make a special visit to Verdi Island. For me to be able to bring him along on the dives and show him why Asia Divers is one of the best dive centres we’ve been to has been very special for us. Only two more weeks until I leave Asia Divers now so I’m trying to finish my amazing time here with as many dives and memories as I can.


2019 Underwater Photography Workshop

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

Please see all the details here

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

Asia Divers at DEMA 2018

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Tommy, Alli, Rhuby, and Allan and our favorite jailbird, Danny Dwyer, from PADI at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas having a quick drink before attending the DEMA awards night with the Black and White theme.

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This year’s DEMA was very successful in terms of catching up with our travel agents and business associates from all over the world, but spending time with some of our great friends made it even more special. With John Comerford, Chona Baret, Sue Goodman, Karen and Ray Hopton. John, Ray and Karen used to spend a lot of time here in the early years and we’re an important part of what we have become today…thank you!

Tommy, Alli, Rhuby, and Allan and our favorite jailbird, Danny Dwyer, from PADI at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas having a quick drink before attending the DEMA awards night with the Black and White theme.

Dive Travel – Dive The Best!

Asia Divers has booked some spots on Discovery Palawan for a 7-day trip to Tubbataha Reefs. The trip is May 16-22, 2019 with 5 days of diving on South and North Tubbataha Reefs.

This is the best diving in the Philippines, don’t think anyone will argue about that. Beautiful walls and reef tops with plenty of corals and of course the pelagics cruising along the wall and out in blue water. In the past trip we have seen plenty of Sharks, Mantas and of course the real highlight, Whalesharks.

Contact instructors@asiadivers.com for more details.

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