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Perth Scuba News Issue 129

Welcome to 2011!!! We hope this year brings you great happiness, health and HEAPS of fantastic diving!!! This week we bring you plenty of Upcoming Dives to take advantage of the weather, plus Marc introduces us to the Technical diving world & Lee’s Update returns in 2011!

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Perth Scuba News – Issue 129 – 8th January 2011

ROTTNEST ISLAND NIGHT DIVING – wednesday 19th january

Port Jackson Shark at Rottnest Island taken by Johanna PoolPerth Scuba is heading out to Rottnest Island for a magical NIGHT DIVE! It’s amazing the critters that only come out at night. This is a must do for anyone who’s only experienced the Swan River at night or Rottnest Island during the day.

The last trip out to Rottnest Island at night saw Crayfish walking across the sand, Port Jackson sharks sitting in caves, Wobbegong hiding amongst the weedy bottom, even a GIANT Green Turtle sleeping on a ledge!

These night dives are awesome fun and not to be missed. The boat is ours and so is the skipper so lets go out there and have an awesome time! Book early as these night dives fill fast!!!

The cost of the single night dive to Rottnest is $75 and if you need gear too a special price of $25 for a Scuba Unit Hire applies. ** Special price also available on Seemann Sub Torches with batteries – were $65 now only $35!!!

Never night dived before? We’ll have certified divers who can take you on your very first Night Dive at Rottnest Island. It’s a gorgeous place to learn with the added bonus of the water temperature being absolutely gorgeous!

We’d love to see you there. We’ll also be trialling the new Light & Motion SOLA 600 focus light – with RED LEDs. If you’re a photographer this is an amazing focus light to try out. The critters don’t seem to even notice you’re there as you creep up on them under the cover of red light – very cool!

tek corner with marc van der poel

MARC VAN DER POEL – TECHNICAL DIVING INSTRUCTOR: Perth Scuba Technical Instructor Marc van der Poel

Born in Malaysia in 1969. Marc is studying a B. Ed at Murdoch University. He learned to dive whilst traveling through WA as a backpacker, and turned professional 1996. He is a keen traveller he has dived around Europe, Middle East, South East Asia. He has logged well in excess of 3000 dives and has trained more than 700 divers at all levels. Over the years he has been fortunate to dive and train with some of Asia and Australia’s finest instructors and instructor trainers. He started technical diving whilst working in the Philippines and has explored many of the deep walls and wrecks in the South China Sea and Philippines. His passion for deep diving is reflected in his extensive experience at depths deeper than 40 meters. His experience, patience and attention to individual divers needs make him a very respected instructor. You are guaranteed to get more than just a course with Marc.

SCUBAPRO JET FIN :


The Scubapro Jet Fins ave a long and celebrated history of performance. They set the standard for power and durability in 1965, and are still immensely popular.

SCUBAPRO MK25/A700 REGULATOR SYSTEM :

The Mk25 teamed wth our exceptional new A700, offers superior ultra-high airflow system for maximum performance in all temperatures and diving conditions. Scubapro is synonmous with piston-controlled first stages. Our Mk25 underscores this heritage with an array of proprietary features ensuring outstanding performance. The Mk25 balanced piston first stage is our absolute top performer, make this system our very best.

PERTH SCUBA IS NOW ALSO A HALCYON AUTHORISED DEALER: Perth Scuba Halcyon Authorised Dealer

Halcyon offers a primary light for every occassion: Whether you’re a Recreational Diver or a Technical Explorer, we have high quality, underwater lighting to support your diving goals. Your idea of a perfect dive may involve lighting up a coral reef during a favourite night dive; finding a previously undiscovered wreck might fulfil your aspirations. Halcyon’s broad range of products supports the enthusiast and professional with the best possible value.

Perth Scuba has a whole new range for all your needs…

Come in and see what we have to take your diving further and even more enjoyable than before. We now carry Scubapro X-Tek, Dive Rite, Halcyon, Hollis, Metal Sub and so much more. Plus we’re teaching both PADI TecRec and TDI Technical Diving Courses every week – come in and give it a try with Perth Scuba Tek!


UPCOMING TECHNICAL DIVING COURSES:

INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL DIVING – Saturday 29th January 2011 ONLY $199Perth Scuba Technical Diving Instructor Marc van der Poel

See what Technical Diving is all about and try this experience with Perth Scuba’s Technical Diving Instructor. It’s only 1 day and walks you through the special techniques, planning procedures and skills that set Technical Diving apart from Recreational Diving.

ADVANCED NITROX & ACCELERATED DECO COURSE – Weekends starting Saturday 15th and finishing Sunday 23rd January 2011 ONLY $875

The Advanced Nitrox Course qualifies divers to use enriched air nitrox from EAN 21 through EAN 100 to a depth of 40 meters for   dives that do not require staged decompression. Taught in conjunction with the TDI Decompression Procedures course, this can be considered the foundation of your technical diving career. Advanced Nitrox is also a great course for those wanting to extend their bottom times.

TECREC 40 – Weekends starting Saturday 5th and finishing Sunday 12th February 2011 ONLY $450

Ever gone on a dive and run out of air before you did everything you wanted to do? The Tec 40 course is the perfect way to learn how to dive with two cylinders on your back and double the amount of air you have available!

DEEP CAVERN DIVER – 3 Nights & 4 Days ONLY $850

The Deep Cavern Course is the amalgamation of skills and knowledge necessary to safely dive in Cavern and Sinkhole rated sites. Training covers areas that may have zero visibility and the potential for unlimited visibility. A maximum training depth of 40m is recommended. There is a maximum of 4 divers on this course, the first being nearly fully booked for February, so if you’d like to join us in March, email [email protected] with your interest!

TO BOOK ONTO ANY OF PERTH SCUBA’S TECHNICAL DIVING COURSES – CALL 9455 4448 OR EMAIL [email protected] TO SECURE YOUR PLACE WITH A DEPOSIT.

lee’s update – not up lee’s date!!!

HEY ALL! I HOPE YOU ALL HAD A GREAT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS DIDN’T LEAVE YOU TOO HUNG OVER!

Rottnest Island diving with Perth Scuba by Johanna PoolThe diving has been awesome of late with visibility at Rotto around 25m!!

Andy and the Perth Scuba Instructional team have been busy bringing new divers into the world. You can take the boy out of Yorkshire, but not the Yorkshire out of the boy!Last year Perth Scuba hit a massive milestone with over 1000 certifications! Well done to the crew for their hard work and a huge THANK YOU to our club members who keep referring people to us for their courses. Your support is fantastic and very much appreciated!!

As you all know by now, Perth Scuba Tek is up and running and the Tek courses too.

You don’t have to be in to twin tank diving to enjoy some of the cool things that Tek diving has brought to Perth Scuba. Solo Diving for those of you who love your photography and Cray hunting… diving the safe way alone. There is also EZY Nitrox. Forget those hard to learn dive tables… learn with your own computer and enjoy the benefits of diving with Enriched Air… better bottom times and safer diving. Why wouldn’t you?

Marc (our Tek Instructor ) has some awesome dives planned and for those of you interested and we will soon be running our first Cavern and Cave Diving Courses! These will all work towards our upcoming trip to Mt Gambier and to dive the caves in the middle of the Nullarbor.The training and lead up dives to this trip are going to be great fun! Join us if you are keen. (Contact the store to let us know if you are interested in joining us).

The full range of camera housings and accessories has now arrived at Perth Scuba. We are now proudly the largest supplier in WA of camera The Komodo Islands by Johanna Poolequipment, housings and strobes. No need to buy online any more. Our prices are the same as the US without having to pay import duty, freight AND you get a full manufacturers warranty! Joey and Gary are always around to ask questions about improving your photography underwater and if you are really keen to get things going, we can even arrange for a one on one photography session with Gary or Joey to learn all about your camera and how to get the best from your underwater photography. The cost of this is only $495 and you will see the results instantly!

Our photo gallery is almost complete now with all of the images showing on the big screen, now available to purchase. You can order any image you like and have it framed, put onto canvas or just as a print in store. The images are all priced by size and style (framed, canvas or plain) and are great value. We will keep on adding more fantastic images as they are taken and if you would like your image, print or canvas signed by the photographer, we can even arrange that too. We have some fantastic photographers at Perth Scuba and their work is world class! Next time you need to buy someone a gift, or want to put something on that blank wall in your living room, why not make it a framed print of your choice from our range of over 2000 images (and growing by the day).

UPCOMING MANTA CLUB EVENTS

Leatherjacket at Rottnest Island taken by Johanna PoolSUNDAY MORNING SHORE DIVE! Sunday 9-Jan-2011 @ 8.30am FREE

Come on into Perth Scuba where we’ll fire up the BBQ for your Sunday morning breakfast followed by a shore dive to the best site of the day. Sunday is looking clear and calm, so it’s a perfect time to get into the water before you head back to work. Got a new dive site you’d like to check out? Let us know on Sunday morning around the BBQ and we’ll be more than happy to try somewhere new :)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DIVE Wednesday 12-Jan-2011 @ 8:30am FREE

For those of us that haven’t gone back to work yet (yippeeeeeee!!!) come on in for a Tuesday morning dive. Last Tuesday 20 of us headed to the BHP Jetty and enjoyed the beautiful warm waters (23 degrees!) and clear skies. We saw plenty of fish cruising through, including Snapper, Skippy, Herring and Leatherjackets. There were a few different types of nudibranchs for the photographers, plus plenty of little crabs hiding in holes waving at the passing divers. We’ll be heading somewhere new this Tuesday, so if you’ve got a dive spot in mind, let us and know and we’ll give it a go.

ROTTNEST ISLAND NIGHT DIVE Wednesday 19-Jan-2011 @ 6:00pm $75
Join the Perth Scuba Crew on a night dive to remember at Rottnest Island! Rotto offers some fantastic day dives but have you ever seen it at night? There’s some amazing creatures that come out at night and you should definitely come along to check them out. Call us on 9455 4448 to secure your place with payment – places are limited so you’ll have to be quick!

KOMODO ISLANDS PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION ON NOW AT PERTH SCUBA!!!

The Komodo Islands Exhibition has come to Perth Scuba. Come in and check out the NEW Perth Scuba Gallery and the awesome prints taken at the Komodo Islands above and below the water by Perth photographers; Gary Brennand, Dean Eldrid, Johanna Pool & Torbjorn Prestegard. All Komodo prints are available for sale – with all proceeds from the sale being donated to the Komodo Islands Community. These prints are a magical addition to anyones wall, whilst also contributing to a very worthy cause. Contact us on 9455 4448 or email [email protected] and we can send you a catalogue today!

PERTH SCUBA PHOTOGRAPHIC SHOOTOUT Sunday 27-Feb-2011 

The Perth Scuba PHOTO SHOOTOUT for 2011 is coming up on Sunday the 27th of February (Starting at 9am). Be sure to register your name for this great event. There are all kinds of catergories from camera type, to creature photos, wide angle and macro to enter your photos into. There are some great prizes up for grabs and everyone will have a chance to win something. The location will be advised closer to the day. Call the store to register!

OTHER STUFF COMING UP AT PERTH SCUBA

* DUNSBOROUGH WEEKENDER * NEW DIVE SITES BY LEE JOHNSON * CLICK PIX BY JOEY POOL * ROTTNEST ISLAND OVERNIGHTER * ALBANY WEEKENDER *

UPCOMING PERTH SCUBA DIVING COURSES

PADI Courses

DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE $249

Rare shrimp on fire coral Komodo Islands taken by Johanna PoolUpcoming Course: Saturday 22-Jan-2011

The PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course is great fun and you’ll learn a lot about improving your photography! A photo is worth a 1000 words and when trying to explain to friends and family what you saw when diving is near impossible, so when you show them a photo of what you saw, they can share your awe and passion for your diving experiences. If you’ve ever thought about photography or aren’t happy with the results you’re currently achieving, book onto this course.

The Perth Scuba photography course includes your PADI Digital Underwater Photography book, Project Aware donation, PADI Certification card, introduction to Photoshop editing and 2 dives! Call 9455 4448 to secure your place on this exciting course with a deposit – it’s great fun – don’t miss it!

PADI OPEN WATER COURSE LEARN TO DIVE IN 3 DAYS $ 495

Patto enjoying a Rottnest Island diveUpcoming courses start:   FULL-TIME      14-Jan-2011     21-Jan-2011     28-Jan-2011     4-Feb-2011

PART-TIME     10-Jan-2011     24-Jan-2011     7-Feb-2011     21-Feb-2011

LEARN TO DIVE FOR $495 WITH PERTH SCUBA IN 3 DAYS!  Perth Scuba gives you your PADI Open Water Certification, PADI Pack (inc. DVD), pool fees, 2 shore dives, 2 dives at Rottnest Island & your SCUBA hire equipment! Courses start EVERY FRIDAY! Plus we run Part Time courses that run over 3 weeknights plus Saturday and Sunday – just in case you can’t get a Friday off! Bring a friend and save $45!!! Only $450pp when 2 or more people book on together.

ADVANCED OPEN WATER COURSE $ 325

Upcoming courses start:  14-Jan-2011     28-Jan-2011     11-Feb-2011     25-Feb-2011

JUST COMPLETED YOUR PADI OPEN WATER COURSE? THE ADVANCED COURSE IS FOR YOU!!!

Learn while experiencing 5 fun and rewarding dives. The PADI Advanced Open Water course gives you the chance to try out 5 different types of dives whilst teaching you some really important skills. This course is great to carry on with straight after your Open Water to build confidence and keep you in the water. Call us on 9455 4448 or email us at [email protected] Your course includes your PADI Text Book, PADI DVD, Advanced Open Water Certification, Tuition, 3 Shore Dives and 2 Boat Dives! It’s great fun – book now!

RESCUE DIVER COURSE $ 325

Upcoming courses start:  5-Feb-2011     5-Mar-2011

Become the best dive buddy you can be with Perth Scuba! This is the most rewarding course that you can do that builds your confidence and helps you anticipate and solve problems that can be encountered on a dive.

ENRICHED AIR NITROX COURSE $149PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Course

Perth Scuba Nuvair Nitrox CompressorUpcoming courses:  12-Jan-2011     19-Jan-2011      26-Jan-2011

Enriched Air (NITROX) is a great way to extend your bottom time by increasing your no decompression limits. By mixing a higher percentage of Oxygen in your cylinder (air contains 21%) to between 32 and 36% you can almost double your available dive time at certain depths. Learn how to set your dive computer to use Enriched Air. Learn what percentage is best for the depth you are planning to dive and learn how to analyse the contents of your Scuba Cylinder. Perth Scuba has its very own banked Nitrox at 32%, so you can come in and fill your cylinder in only a minute – PLUS your cylinder doesn’t need to be O2 Cleaned!!! Come and give Nitrox a try with Perth Scuba, you’ll increase your bottom time and safety too!

PADI TecRec

PADI TEC 40 – TECHNICAL DIVING COURSE $450PADI TecRec Course

Upcoming Course runs:     Weekends 5-6th & 11-12th February 2011

GET INTO DECO IN 4 DAYS WITH PERTH SCUBA!

Ever been frustrated by your dive being limited by your No Decompression time or the amount of air you’re carrying on your back? Would you love to stay on that dive for longer or go deeper than before?

Then the PADI Tec 40 Course is for you! Book onto this exciting course where our Technical Diving Instructor will kit you up with Twin Cylinders on your back and show you how to safely dive whilst extending your bottom time and coming up safely. Marc will show you how to rig your Technical Diving gear properly, calculate how much air you’ll need and to plan for realistic problems on a dive.

What you need: To be an Advanced Open Water Diver, Enriched Air Diver & Deep Diver – don’t have these certifications yet? We can book you onto the next available course and come up with a package for you.

COME AND EXPERIENCE TECHNICAL DIVING WITH PERTH SCUBA – Call 9455 4448 today!

Technical Diving International

INTRO TO TECHNICAL DIVING $199

Upcoming courses start:   29-Jan-2011

Have you ever watched the divers with their Twin Tanks, multiple computers, mixed breathing gases and thought that it looks pretty damn cool? Then this is the course for you! Join our dedicated Technical Diving Instructor, Marc van der Poel, for a fascinating and informative weekend course introducing you to the world of Technical Diving. Technical Diving takes you to where the action is deeper and for longer, find out how they do it, and Marc can tell you why he does it! It’s an awesome Introduction into this underwater world where we recreational divers just can’t go! Places are strictly limited so call us on 9455 4448 to secure your place.

ADVANCED NITROX / ACCELERATED DECO COURSE $875

Upcoming courses start: 15-Jan-2010      5-Feb-2011

With the nitrox diver course you learnt to utilize nitrox mixes with oxygen content up to a maximum of 40% to extend your bottom times safely beyond that of traditional air diving. After undertaking the advanced nitrox course you will have a greater understanding of the physics and physiology of nitrox diving and will use optimal mixes for extending no-decompression diving to a maximum depth of 40 metres – in other words MORE BOTTOM TIME. Upon certification you can use nitrox mixes up to 100% oxygen for dives not requiring decompression.

TO BOOK ONTO ANY PERTH SCUBA COURSE EMAIL US AT [email protected], CALL 9455 4448 OR COME INTO THE SHOP TO SECURE YOUR PLACE WITH A DEPOSIT AND COLLECT YOUR COURSE INFORMATION PACK!




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