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Asia Divers Underwater Photo Workshop begins!

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After many months of planning we’re super excited to see this day. Our photo workshop with two very talented underwater photographers Phil Rudin and Beth Watson has just started.

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The camera room is busting at the seams and everyone is all good to go for a great week of learning, shooting and fun. It’s very much a hands-on workshop with a chance for everyone to get some training on techniques for both in and out of the water. Mixed in with lots of great diving, there will be some presentations, lessons in Lightroom and of course getting to learn from each other. Very excited to see what everyone comes out with this week.

What’s been happening at Asia Divers?

It’s been 8 years since we’ve seen Dave Archer here. It’s been wonderful to have him, TasaneeJames and Kimmy here with us. Congratulations to James who has taken his first steps in diving on this trip, doing the Bubblemaker course in the pool and then out on some dives in the ocean.

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Justin, Camden, Elly, Elsie, Allen and Jackie can hardly wait to jump in to the 29 degree water!

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Perhaps some new hops in the works for El Galleon. We’ll keep you posted…

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Alli and Artur celebrating in the Sports Bar right after the Raptors won the NBA game. It was a very nail biting last few minutes. The flag will now earn its place in The Point Bar along with the other flags up on the ceiling.

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Great to have Murata back with a group of divers this week. He’s been a long time friend of ours for more than 30 years!

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Family holidays are super fun when it involves diving. Congratulations to Elspeth, Andrea and Madeleine for doing the PADI Advanced Open Water course. They all had a great time being taught by Pete and enjoying some great fun dives with him along the way.

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Elie is all good to go for his 100th dive.

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The 100th dive for Elie was at The Canyons with Alli, Ally and Sheila. Perfect current, lots and lots of big schools of big fishes and big smiles on everyone’s face.

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Congratulations to Lily who also did her 100th dive this week.

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E-IDC update

Freediving –  VIP visit by Jean-Pol François (JP) of Freediving Planet…

Jean-Pol Francois freediving planetSabine is back in PG and right away back in the water with Jean-Pol François (aka “JP”), founder of Freediving Planet to introduce him to Asiadivers for some exploration freedives around this area. JP is PADI and AIDA Freediving Instructor Trainer, Judge trainer and organiser of countless national and international freediving competitions – and also holds the national static apnea record of Belgium. It was JP’s first visit to PG and he was quite impressed with the dive sites, the facilities and the team.. So hold your breath for more exciting freediving news… something’s brewing… 😉

freediving puerto galera philippines asia diversJP’s friend Dyna was also visiting PG for the first time and took a few nice underwater pictures during the freedives… and she’s in some of them too.

PADI Career Advancement Opportunities

Visit our updated website for our professional scuba diving courses and your career advancement opportunities: https://asiadivers.com/gopro/

Final call: PADI Instructor Development Course starts on 27thJune

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Now is the best time to join our 10 days onsite IDC program. If you are a Divemaster with at least 100 logged dives, reserve your space and start right away. RSVP via idc@asiadivers.com

  • 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 27th June until 6th July with the PADI Instructor Exams on the following 2 days (7th / 8th ).

For more information about PADI Professional levels visit https://asiadivers.com/gopro/

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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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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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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.

underwater marriage proposal

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.