Photo Corner

Chris Doyal and his wife Julie were here with us recently and he took some amazing photos that we wanted to share with you.

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Chris became interested in underwater photography after becoming certified to dive in 2001. He has been diving and taking photos all around the world, winning awards in several photography contests and has been published in numerous publications.

Chris also teaches several classes at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan and elsewhere. They include underwater photography, land photography, and computer skills classes. He’s am also certified to teach the Nautical Archaeology Society’s Level III Underwater and Artifact Photography course.  To read more about Chris and view photos from his recent trip to Puerto Galera  please visit his website:

http://www.chrisdoyal.com/puerto-galera-2017/4593830292?preview=Y

Golden Week at the beach

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It was a great week spent with Discovery Divers Tokyo. We not only had awesome dives together, but also had fun in point bar ringing the bell.  Such a cool group of people and we would love to see them back again! Yu decided to take the DPV course and flied underwater together with Ad.  She quickly mastered it and fell in love with scooter dives–Ad not only got a scooter buddy but also a Fiancé! Yes, you read it correctly: big congratulations to Ad & Yu’s engagement on this trip! A very special thanks to Ad Timmering for organizing this great week along with such a awesome team:  Aleksandr Lopashev, Alexander Jaspers, Aya Hanada, Charles Han, Daphne Wesseling, Fumio Arai, Hager Bassyouni, Hiroaki Yoshida, Ilya Nekhay,  Jan Brezina, John Kawase, Kelly Clodagh, Laurens Schaberg, Nekhay Ruzana, Pascal Kuyten, Pilar Camila Zarate Ortiz, Thomas Wasser, Yu  Matsuzaki, Yuko Murakami, Yumi Tahata

Introducing our newest PADI Divemaster

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It’s been quite a journey for our newest PADI Divemaster Louise Kim. She arrived in March and got right into the dive shop learning the skills to become a Divemaster. Louise had lots of experience helping out on real courses with real students and also got lots of training in dive guiding. At Asia Divers we make sure our Divemaster candidates are kept nicely busy.  Congratulations Louise you did an amazing job!!

Good bye to Island Dreams Travel

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It’s been wonderful to have the Island Dreams Travel group of 27 with us this past week enjoying the sun and the sea in Puerto Galera. The group has seen the best of the area including the beautiful healthy corals, heaps of fishes, some weird and wacky critters and the stunning Verde Island. Thank you so much to Ken Knezick for all your support in getting this together! With Sandy Alexander, Alena King, Jacquelyn Coles, Anson Phetteploce, Jackie Reid, Catherine Tolbert, Chester King, Christie Guion, Diana Green, Eva Buskas, John Amador, Jon Haddan, Karen Flynn, Lance Glowacki, Lucinda Sherry Elliot, Mary Lou Reid, Meiyin Yap, Michelle Gourley, Patricia Low, Raymond Janik, Richard Crofoot, Samuel Maslowski, Stacey Janik, Theresa King, Theresa Whiteside

Look what we found…

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Carl Jones was quite surprised to see that Alli had dug up his map from his Divemaster course…from 16 years ago! Carl’s main goal on this trip was to see his daughter Chloe get certified, but he also was thrilled to be back in the PG waters again.

Holy Week happenings

apr17c1 As one group leaves…another one comes in! It’s been a busy Easter here with many people enjoying the sunny days, calm seas and spectacular diving. The resort is in full swing now with the high season and all hands on deck. This pic is from the pack-up day for our group from Belguim. We joked around with them that we could start a “garage sale “…apr17c2

It’s been an action-packed; full-on four days for this mermaid team! Congratulations to Alexandra Munoz Hernandez, Nathalie Sabine Becher Munoz, and Alisha Boome for getting their PADI OW certification. The hard work paid off for sure!

Time to go diving…again!

mar17c1It’s been wonderful to see Brandon Geithner back with us again. Brandon did his OW course many years ago with Alli and he felt it was time to get back to the beach and upgrade his diving skills. Congratulations on your Advanced Open Water and Nitrox certifications! Not only did Brandon come back, but he also brought along his dad, Klaus….mar17c2

Klaus was keen to do the Open Water Course even before he got here. Klaus is 76 years young and has spent lots of time in the water, but he always wanted to be able to spend more time under the water and not have to come up all the time.  Over the next four days, Klaus did the course with Ruben and left here with a big smile on his face along with his certification. A very special congratulations to Klaus from all of us here at Asia Divers…you rocked it!