Asia Divers Instructor Development/iDAP College news

 

Yea! We did it again! Our September Instructor Development Course (IDC) started in style with a very fun Dive Against Debris in the Sabang Bay. We recovered 13kg of trash including rice sacks, fishing lines and unusual steel items and reported all data to Project AWARE. It’s a great feeling to get involved in ocean conservation and being able to take direct action. Some of our fun divers joined right in and helped to fill the sacks for a good cause…High five to Alex, Michael, Juta, Lutz, Jamie and Sabine.

 

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Team Singapore

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A few “Freeflowdivers” from Singapore who came for a visit that proved to be way too short for all the activities planned…

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While Achim and Lutz explored the reefs and wrecks, Juta accomplished her Open Water Diver certification with flying colors. And on her very first dive as a PADI diver, Juta already took part in the Dive Against Debris -what a great start!

Mid-Autumn Festival at El Galleon

This holiday is celebrated in mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Korea. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night, corresponding to late September to early October of the Gregorian calendar with full moon at night. We’ve been very busy with many people from China over the holiday celebrating the extra few days off work and the chance to go diving.

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Animals on the prowl…

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Welcome back to “the Animals”! Every year for many many years this awesome cast of characters joins us for some great diving, distinguished birthdays and perhaps even some fun times in the Point BarJ. Here we have a group of happy “Animals” and friends (Tom, Zsolt, Larry, Russ, Helen, John, Robert, Rene, David, Terry and Pete) getting ready to head off to Verde Island.

The Diving & Resort Travel Expo





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If you happen to be in Manila September 9th to 11th, drop by and visit us at the DRT show. The Diving & Resort Travel Expo is a 3 day event being held from 9th September to the 11th September 2016 at the SM Megatrade Hall in Pasay, Philippines. This event showcases product from Marine & Boat, Travel & Tourism industries. Tommy, Dave and Alli will be there at Ocean Dive Supply and Tech Asia booths.

Show hours:

9th—11th Sept 2016 – 12.00am – 8.00pm
10th Sept: 12.00am-7.00pm
11th Sept: 12.00am-6.00pm

There will be many interesting guest speakers at the DRT show, including our good friend Beth Watson. Beth is an amazing photographer and has done a lot of her work here in Puerto Galera.

Check out her presentations:

Date & Time: 10 September 03:50-04:30pm
Topic: Shooting Wide Angle – A Path to Freedom
Venue: Stage B

Date & Time: 11 September 03:00-03:40pm
Topic: The Photographer’s Friends – Breathing, Buoyancy & Bubbles
Venue: Stage A

Photo Corner/Blue-ringed octopus

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Look at these amazing photos that Sue Goodman got of a Blue-ringed octopus in Manila Channel recently.  Did you know that the mating ritual for the blue-ringed octopus begins when a male approaches a female and begins to caress her with his modified arm, the hectocotylus. A male mates with a female by grabbing her, which sometimes completely obscures the female’s vision, then transferring sperm packets by inserting his hectocotylus into her mantle cavity repeatedly. Mating continues until the female has had enough, and in at least one species the female has to remove the over-enthusiastic male by force. Males will attempt copulation with members of their own species regardless of sex or size, but interactions between males are most often shorter in duration and end with the mounting octopus withdrawing the hectocotylus without packet insertion or struggle. Blue-ringed octopus females lay only one clutch of about 50 eggs in their lifetimes towards the end of autumn. Eggs are laid then incubated underneath the female’s arms for about six months, and during this process she does not eat. After the eggs hatch, the female dies, and the new offspring will reach maturity and be able to mate by the next year. To read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-ringed_octopus

Diver training in the Philippines

Learning with Asia Divers….fun, safe and thorough!

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Congratulations Wenchao Zhu for getting your PADI Open Water in Puerto Galera with Asia Divers! He had Pete plus instructor intern Chen to guide him though the course.

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Yao Zhang and Wei Li became PADI Advanced divers this week and got to put their skills to use in some strong currents. Nothing like a good drift and feeling comfortable to build up your confidence!

Photos of the week

Here are a few photos taken by Sergey Kazantsev this past week. Don’t you love the natural lighting?! It’s really amazing what’s here in Puerto Galera. Every day you can see something special. Asia Divers has four scheduled divers per day, plus a night dive so you have lots of opportunities to take some wonderful photos and bring home some amazing memories from the Philippines.aug16c7 aug16c8