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Perth Scuba News Issue 184

Perth Scuba News Issue 184: 14th July 2012 Can’t view the Perth Scuba Newsletter? View it in your browser Find us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterProject AWARE My Ocean
Shannon Conway Underwater Photography Workshop
Underwater Photography Workshop in Lembeh Strait by Shannon Conway
With Shannon Conway’s experience at your shoulder, he will teach you the secrets to creating beautiful Underwater Photography. Shannon believes that there’s no substitute for having your own workshop right on your doorstep so that you have the time to practice what you have learnt with the opportunity to go back again and again to work towards achieving that perfect image. Shannon will be available to critique your work and suggest ideas for improving your images. He will present optional talks and workshops relating to the Art of Underwater Photography, sharing his approach and experiences with you.

Shannon Conway is a professional underwater photographer creating images for the educational, advertising, editorial and fine art market. Shannon lives in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Originating from Poole (but we won’t hold that against him!), on the Dorset coast of England, Shannon has always been fascinated by the ocean, spending most of his childhood summer holidays in Bournemouth with his grandparents, searching rock pools for marine creatures. With his wife Amanda he moved to Australia in 2006 in search of blue waters and sunny skies. After changing from a previous working life in IT, Shannon now focuses on his new career whilst sharing his passion by teaching underwater photography. He teaches one 2 one workshops in Fremantle and group workshops in photo friendly destinations around the globe.

Shannon is a very successful underwater photographer, and has won a variety of awards within the British Society of Underwater Photographers. He has also been awarded the top slot in underwater photo competitions in Bonaire, Truk Lagoon, Wakatobi and Dominica and was the winner in the underwater category of the prestigious ANZANG Nature and Landscape Photographer of the Year award in 2007 and 2008.

Shannon will be presenting his upcoming Lembeh Strait Tour at Perth Scuba on Wednesday 18th July 7.00pm. Join us in our presentation theatre for drinks and nibblies and find out why you should join Shannon on his upcoming Underwater Photography Workshop to Lembeh Strait.

Decompression bubblesDive Manado Lembeh Hills Resort swimming pool
Ssssshhhhh…. Decompression sickness
Explore Manado

Do they call them silent bubbles because when someone gets decompression sickness – no one talks about it?

It happens… Trust me, I know – Not from my own personal experience, but by the experiences of others.

What actually happens when you get the bends? Is it something we should hide?

Recently in the store, I got into explaining to my staff, the physiology of diving – I know weird right? And you just thought we talked about the girls and the last dive trip we went on and all that cool stuff! Anyway, I was talking about how nitrogen works and micro bubbles and how the body works with it all when we dive. At the end of the chat a couple of my staff came up and said “wow – I have dived for years and never knew that. I have never had it explained to me so I understand what actually happens” I got to thinking that if we don’t explain these things to our professional level guys, how are non professional divers meant to understand? Don’t get me wrong, my staff are full bottle on diving within limits and avoiding decompression diving unless trained to do so, and the guys who are trained to do so are all over it, but having it explained I guess in layman terms is what seems to have been lost somewhere. So here we are… I figured that I can do a couple of things about it. I can write here and put it out there for you all to read and hopefully understand, and if that saves 1 person from getting bent or taking risks that could end up that way then mission accomplished. OR I could leave it unsaid and never know if I could have helped someone who didn’t know. Whatever the case, I figure it’s worth a shot… So here goes – and please – I am sure there is a lot more science involved in this and I am sure that there is a lot more medically that I am not putting in here – but I am writing this as it is best explained to someone who just doesn’t quite understand.

So here we go:

When we breath air, we inhale 21% Oxygen, 78% Nitrogen and 1% other gases (a mixture).

Our body absorbs the oxygen and nitrogen from the air and pushes the nitrogen out of the body through a combination of the exhaled breath and by releasing nitrogen through our body – (pores) in the form of very minute gas particles. This keeps the body free of Nitrogen build up.

When we dive, we enter an atmosphere much denser than air. What this means is that whilst we can expel nitrogen through the normal exhale, it reduces the bodies efficiency in removing consumed nitrogen through the skin. The deeper we go, the harder it is for nitrogen to escape. This added to the fact that when we dive deeper, our partial pressures change and the amount of nitrogen consumed is much higher again. The longer the dive, the more nitrogen is absorbed and the less nitrogen is able to escape through our skin due to the density of the water.

When we ascend, the pressure on our body is reduced. When we get to the last 5 metres our bodies are able to off gas the excess build up of nitrogen much more efficiently than at depth. This is why we do decompression stops and safety stops at shallower depths.

You will never be able to fully flush out all of the nitrogen absorbed, but you can certainly bring those levels down to much safer levels in a very short time.

So what happens when we get bent? Read more…

Departing: 4th April 2014

8 nights including 19 Dives ex-Perth

Tour Leaders: Lee Johnson & Joey Pool

Let’s Go Diving!!!

Your Manado Tour includes:

    • Flights ex Perth – Singapore – Manado – Singapore – Perth flying Singapore Airlines/SilkAir

    • 4 Nights accommodation at Kima Bajo Resort, Bunaken

    • 4 Nights accommodation at Lembeh Hills Resort, Lembeh Strait

    • Twin share accommodation

    • All meals included

    • All airport and hotel transfers

    • 9 Boat Dives in Bunaken: Beautiful Reef!!!

    • 10 Boat Dives in Lembeh Strait: Astounding Critters!!!

    • Tanks, weights & air fills

    • Experienced dive guide – to find you the BEST critters!

    • Free 30min Spa Treatment at Lembeh Hills Resort

    • Tangkoko National Park Jungle Trek

    • Perth Scuba Special Edition Tour Shirt

Whilst staying in Bunaken you’ll enjoy Kima Bajo Resort. Nestled amongst undulating coconut groves overlooking the tranquil Wori Bay and just minutes away from North Sulawesi’s Bunaken National Park, Kima Bajo is a small upscale boutique resort which offers romance, luxury and every comfort a traveler could wish for.

The resort is conveniently located just 25 minutes from Manado’s international airport. Divers can expect world class dive and snorkel experiences while non divers take part in soft adventures available in the surrounding Minahasa Highlands or relax at the pool with beautiful views of Bunaken Island and Manado Tua and breathtaking sunsets over the Sea of Sulawesi…

The dive shop is based at Kima Bajo Resort & Spa. The purpose built boats are built in a traditional design, powered by energy efficient double outboard engines and have comfort features including sundeck, camera rinse tanks and shaded salon.

They take divers to over 30 dive sites with speed and comfort, each carrying a maximum of just 8 guest divers. Snorkellers and non-divers are also welcome to join the trips.

Read more…

Digital underwater videography30 Days to Shoot wherever you are!
Digital Underwater Videography Course
Underwater Festival 2012

Introducing your Underwater Video Instructor Joseph Bicanic:

I am Joseph Bicanic and I love my underwater Videography. I started diving in 1999 whilst on Holidays with my children on Heron Island in Queensland. Since then I have become obsessed with all things related to Scuba Diving  – Especially Underwater Videography.

With this in mind I have written two “PADI APPROVED” Underwater Video Distinctive Specialties. These are two courses (Levels) that flow on from each other. Level 1 is aimed at the Scuba Diver wanting to learn the basics of underwater videography and making short movies for sharing via the web or mobile media. Level 2 delves more deeply into camera moves, story creation, a greater degree of editing and producing a completed DVD or BluRay. Upon completion of each course students receive the PADI Certification Card for that course.

I started off in video after several years of fun diving when I wanted to find a way to share the underwater experience with my family and friends that did not dive. Video was the obvious choice.  In 2002 I bought my first Video Camera, a little Standard Definition JVC Camcorder and its accompanying plastic housing rated to 30 meters. At the time I thought it was all I would ever need (and at the time it was).

Since then I have upgraded to a professional level Sony HD Video Camera in an Amphibico housing and unless I am teaching or catching crayfish, it is a rarity to catch me diving without my Video Unit.

My footage is aired on the locally produced TV show “The Water”, ABC TV and I have done contract underwater videography work as well. I also have a library of Video’s from local, interstate and international destinations.

My passion and hobby has turned into a part time job which I love. I hope to see you on my next course so that you too can learn how to share your diving experiences.

Joseph’s Level 1 Underwater Digital Videography Course starts on Saturday 28th July, for bookings and full course information packs contact us.

In 2012, the Underwater Festival runs for the whole month of September.  Divers throughout the Australasian region will have the opportunity to join a range of events and take part in the UF12 photo and video shootout, with more than $100,000 of prizes on offer.

Again this year, Perth Scuba is joining forces with WAUPS to bring a range of official UF12 fringe events to WA.  More info will be issued in next month’s newsletter, but here’s a taste of what you can expect during September.

Festival opening 

We’ll officially launch the WA fringe events in August with nibblies and drinks at Perth Scuba on Friday 17th August 7.00pm. 

Festival talks

There will be a range of talks during September, again hosted in the presentation theatre at Perth Scuba.  Talks will span a range of topics and speakers and include photography techniques, post-processing, videography and critters. Talks will be held on Saturday afternoons so that we can all still dive in the mornings.

Local dives

A range of shore and boat dives will be arranged during the Festival month.  There will also be prizes on offer for photos taken at some of these organised dives.  More details coming soon.

Local photo comps

There will be a range of local photo competitions supported by Perth Scuba.  Watch this space for more details.

Redeem program

Perth Scuba is part of the Underwater Festival Redeem Program, click here to check it out.  Perth Scuba will give you a credit for your UF12 entry fee (up to $100) if you purchase a strobe or lighting system during the Festival period.

Perth Scuba PADI Dive CoursesPerth Scuba Dive Western Australia
Upcoming Dive Courses
Upcoming Manta Club Dives & Events

PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty

Sunday 22nd July 2012. Improve your underwater photography by learning the techniques that will make your images pop!

PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver

Wednesday 25th July 2012 6:00pm. Extend your no decompression time in one evening!

PADI Underwater Digital Video Distinctive Specialty – Level 1

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th July 2012. Enter into the world of underwater videography. Learn how you can shoot great footage, edit it and share your very own productions to your friends. Joseph is an excellent underwater videographer and he can show you how to become one too!

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Starts evening of Friday 27th – Sunday 29th July 2012. Explore 5 different types of diving and enjoy your final day at Rottnest Island.

PADI Night Diver Specialty

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th July 2012. Find out why night diving isn’t spooky and is so much fun! Plus catch dinner as part of your course.

PADI Equipment Specialty

Starts evening of Tuesday 7th – Wednesday 8th August 2012. Perfect for Dive Masters in training and divers who want to trouble shoot on the road. Join Lee over these two evenings and find out what’s inside your second stage, what spares should you be carrying and the tools to keep your gear well looked after!

Sunday 15th July 2012 8:30am (Shore Dive)

Meet Perth Scuba 180 Bannister Road, Canning Vale for a FREE Shore Dive and BBQ Breakfast. All levels of divers are welcome to join us.

Need a buddy? We’ll find you one in the morning. Need dive gear? You can hire or buy what you need in store.

Wednesday 18th July 2012 7:00pm (Presentation)

Shannon Conway will be presenting at Perth Scuba. Shannon is leading our Underwater Photography Workshop to the amazing Lembeh Strait in 2013. Find out what you’ll learn on this workshop and see why we’re going to have a great time!

Thursday 19th July 2012 7:00pm (Night Dive)

Meet Ammunition Jetty, Nyyerbup Circle, Munster for a night dive exploring the critters found on the jetty pilons. All levels divers are welcome. Give us a call on 9455 4448 to let us know you’ll be there. Don’t forget to bring your torch!

Sunday 22nd July 2012 8:30am (Shore Dive)

Meet Perth Scuba 180 Bannister Road, Canning Vale for your FREE BBQ breakfast followed by a drive to the best dive spot of the day. All levels of divers are welcome. Don’t have a buddy? Don’t worry, we’ll find you one in the morning.

Wednesday 25th July 2012 7:00pm (Night Dive)

Meet Bicton Baths, Bicton for a night dive chasing prawns and crabs or taking photos of the weird and wonderful nocturnal critters. All levels of divers are welcome. Give us a call on 9455 4448 to let us know you’ll be there. Don’t forget to bring your torch!

To book on any of Perth Scuba’s Courses or Dive Trips email us or call 9455 4448

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