China’s National Day Golden Week holiday comes to an end


China’s National Day Golden Week holiday comes to a fun filled end for Andy, Qun Qun and their group of very happy certified divers. oct16b6

Good to have you back Jing Chen (Jane) &Tao Chen (Leo)! Jane finished off her AOW course with an awesome scooter dive while Leo was feeling quite energetic to complete Nitrox, Deep and DPV specialties. It’s been super fun and looking forward for your return of Dive Master training next time:)


The excitement of completing OW course overcame the rainy weather–congratulations to Qimeng Mu, Hengyu Li, Zijiao Long and Yingying Fu! It’s fate to meet here and go through everything together as a team. This is definitely just the beginning of a long term friendship as dive buddies.

Sha Tin College returns to Asia Divers


It’s been a fantastic time for the group of 49 teenagers and 5 teachers from Sha Tin College, Hong Kong.  They took part in PADI diving courses and activities in for the past week. In the group we had 17 new Open Water divers, 4 Advanced divers and 2 Nitrox. The Activities group kept busy with sailing, Extreme Sports, water sports, zip line and a trip to Tukauran where they got to enjoy the waterfalls.  The whole gang also spent a day on Verde Island visiting a local school and having a beach BBQ and then we had a fun send-off in El Galleon with a cultural dance performance, fire dancers and a great band!  Phew…that was a very action packed time for everyone! Thank you to all of the teachers; Mick Wilson, Wendy Ho, Katherine Turbett, Victoria Harvey who made the week such a success and especially to Alan Dickson for getting this all organized. Looking forward to seeing you back again in 2017! Please see the Sha Tin video produced by Rob According to Rob it was once again quite an exciting challenge trying to fit 49 students, diving, sailing, paintballing, etc… in a 20 minutes film. The kids picked the music…most of it wouldn’t have been his first choice but it’s their film after all.

Asia Divers Instructor Development/iDAP College


You may have noticed that there was a lack posts with smiling candidates during the last IDC. No, it wasn’t because they were not happy, it was because they had asked to keep it under wraps so they could really concentrate on their studies. We’ll, all that study paid off today, so congratulations to Ian Diaper and Alex Siegel. If you have a keen eye you may have noticed a little give away in one of the photos, see if you can find it?

Monday News October cover shot


Thanks to Mat Watts for this absolutely amazing cover photo for this month’s newsletter. Juvenile Angel fish are so hard to shoot as they always are moving and for sure don’t like having their photo taken, never mind getting them to look straight at you. What makes this even more extraordinary is that despite the odds he got it perfectly lit and focused on the face…WOW!!! The ‘Monday News” is Asia Divers weekly newsletter which will keep you informed of all the shenanigans going on here. If you would like to subscribe to it please send an email to

Apo Reef and Coron trip

sep16d6Liveaboard Rags II has only a few open slots left for this season!  November 27th to December 4th, 2016 Apo Reef and Coron. Perfect combination of world class reef dives and historic WWII wrecks!  1710 US $ for six full days of diving and everything included (nitrox, food, beer, soft drinks) except equipment and 2450 PHP for Apo Reef Marine Park Fee. Four slots left! Contact Asia Divers for details at

Birthday celebration for Gareth


It was quite the night for Gareth Bowen as he celebrated his 40th birthday in fine style at the Point surrounded by all his friends, including a few “Animals”. The night started off quite calmly but when a table and Larry Bird in his priest collar got things going, it all started to go downhill. Gareth had a great night, survived his birthday and is now a “Cardinal” and an “Animal”!