The sun is shining, the water is beautiful and warm so it’s no better time to get out there and DIVE! This week’s newsletter is jam packed full of stuff for everyone – including Andy’s Bit in the Middle (about time Andy!), Dunsborough Weekender, the upcoming Solomon Islands Tour, Project Aware’s news for divers PLUS our Upcoming Perth Scuba Courses.
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|Perth Scuba News – Issue 130 – 15th January 2011
BECOME A padi ADVANCED or WRECK DIVER IN DUNSBOROUGH
FRIDAY 28TH – SUNDAY 30TH JANUARY 2010
The Perth Scuba Crew is headed to Dunsborough for a fun filled weekend of Diving and Partying on the HMAS Swan, led by Instructors Glenn Storey, Steve Rudge & Marc van der Poel. It’s going to be an AWESOME weekend, so if you’ve ever wanted to dive the Swan or would love to again – book on now or you’ll miss out!
Your weekend includes:
- 4 Boat Dives on the HMAS Swan
- 1 Shore Dive at Canal Rocks or Smiths Beach
- Saturday & Sunday Breakfast (light one day & fully cooked the next)
- Saturday Night BBQ – YUMMY!
- 2 Nights Accommodation
Your weekend costs only $395 when you show your Manta Club Member Card.
The former HMAS Swan, is a 113 metre long decommissioned naval destroyer, which was scuttled in December 1997.
The Swan has now become a popular dive site; being one of the largest ships in the southern hemisphere to be sunk as a dive wreck. Measuring 113m length, 21 meters in height and 13 meters wide, she is truly a spectacular site.
Since the sinking, an abundance of marine life has taken advantage of the Swan as their new home. Large schools of Bulls eye inhabit many rooms, with King George whiting and brim swimming around the hull. The inquisitive Samson fish gives divers an added bonus when looking around the wreck, along with blue devil fish and sweep. The list seems to be endless.
The best time of year to dive the HMAS Swan is between the months of November to May.
Get your PADI Advanced Open Water OR Wreck Diver Specialty – Only $175 more!
You save $150 when you complete your course whilst on our Dunsborough Weekender – PLUS you get to enjoy 4 dives on the HMAS Swan wreck! Your course includes your PADI Text Books, Project Aware donation, all your Instruction, PADI certification card and the best Instructors around from Perth Scuba!
Don’t miss out on this fun weekend. Give us a call on 9455 4448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place with a deposit. It’s going to be an awesome weekend, we look forward to seeing you there!!!
ANDY’S BIT IN THE MIDDLE!!!
Been a while since my last bit in the middle , so here it is !!
So summer is whizzing by !! been so busy with courses and so many students !!
Things at Perth Scuba do not stand still for long ( except Nat ) , the introduction of the Tech diving has only added to student numbers and is great to see !
Loads of events and trips this year to look forward to Solomon Islands in October , lots of people but we are still taking bookings , it’s going to be a great trip , loads of drinking and a little bit of diving no doubt ….If you need any more info for the trip just drop into the shop and ask for details .
Loads of congrats to give out to people , congrats to all recently qualified Divemasters , and in particular Jason Avery and Brad Crawford , they were both a great help in the part of the season and are now embarking on the road to becoming a PADI Instructor.
The next IDC starts in Feb, so all you Divemasters out there who are thinking about the next step , you need to speak to the guys in the shop for details on how immortality can be achieved !!
I want to also give a big thank you to a few other people there, Craig Fearnley , who is a divemaster and gives up so much of his time to help on courses.Also to Mike Doswell who has done so much work with me Lately.
People out there need to know of a little event that I am organizing ……ALL the current Perth Scuba staff, Assistant Instructors and Instructors are going to be repeating there divemaster test , for some pof us that was last done several years ago .
There will be tickets sold at the gate on the day and advanced tickets can be obtained from Perth Scuba , so if you want to have a laugh and see the staff going through the pain barrier again , watch this space !!
The rest of the summer still looks busy , plenty going on , Night dive at Rotto , Weekenders in Dunsborough and Albany and deep specialty courses amongst others.
Register your interest with the guys in the shop and I will see you on one of the weekends with corona in hand !!
So that’s it guys …don’t forget about the Solomon Islands trip and hopefully will see everyone soon !!
SOLOMON ISLANDS DIVE TOUR – DEPARTING OCTOBER 2011
9 Nights including 10 Dives ex-Brisbane
Departing: Wednesday 5th October 2011
Tour Leader: Andy Goddard
Perth Scuba’s Solomon Islands Tour includes:
- Return airfares Brisbane to Honiara flying Solomon Airlines
- 2 Nights accommodation at Airport 85 Motel
- Twin Standard Room
- 7 Nights accommodation at the Pacific Casino Hotel
- Twin Standard Room
- 10 Dives with Solomon Island Diving INCLUDING diving the wreck of the Aaron Ward.
- Tanks, weights, air fills and lunch
Join Andy on this fun filled trip to the Solomon Islands and enjoy 10 magnificent dives in a tropical location.
The Solomon Islands offer a very diverse range of dives from the most pristine reef dives where you can be buzzed by Mantas and dolphins through to diving on some of the famous wrecks of World War II. Be one of a very limited group who have dived the Aaron Ward wreck… AND have the certificate to prove it! Everything in one great location!
Only $2,590 per Diver
(plus taxes $198 – subject to change)
For reservations contact Andy or Lee – Perth Scuba email@example.com or call 9455 4448 for a full information pack to be sent to you for your viewing pleasure. For more information click here.
DIVER’S SECURE A WIN FOR SHARKS!
A WORD FROM SUZANNE PLEYDELL – PROJECT AWARE FOUNDATION
Congratulations! As we approached the end of 2010, AWARE Divers succeeded in securing a win for sharks. 423 Members of European Parliament (MEP’s) have listened to our collective scuba diving voice and signed on the Written Declaration for strengthening the European Union ban on shark finning, ensuring a majority needed for further action.
The European Parliament has now endorsed a resolution on shark finning calling on the EU Commission to deliver a proposal prohibiting the removal of shark fins on-board vessels.
AWARE divers, advocates and supporters like you were instrumental in bringing about this change through emails, letters and phone calls to your representatives. Together we have shown the commitment of European citizens around the world to the conservation of shark species.
Why do European fisheries policies make such a significant difference to shark populations worldwide?
- Spanish fishing fleet catches account for over a quarter of all shark fins brought into Hong Kong – a hub for at least 50% and possibly up to 80% of world trade in shark fins
- European fisheries have a major impact on fisheries worldwide – Spain, Portugal the UK and France are among the world’s top 20 shark fishing nations responsible for 80 percent of the global catch.
- Non-EU governments and international fisheries policy bodies all look toward the EU when implementing their shark catch limits and bans.
Enforceable finning bans not only effectively halts the practice of finning but also provide important data about the species caught, vital for robust populations assessments and effective shark conservation and management.
This win could not come at a better time. Together we’ll continue to battle for improved shark conservation measures, including work to ensure the EU Commission now comes up with an effective finning ban during 2011.
From all of us at Project AWARE Foundation – thank you.
UPCOMING MANTA CLUB EVENTS
CONGRATULATIONS Greg Thomms on winning the best Seahorse image (left) taken on our Manta Club BBQ Party Night! Considering the viz on the night, you did really well! Come on in and collect your prize from Perth Scuba!
SUNDAY MORNING SHORE DIVE! Sunday 16-Jan-2011 @ 8.30am FREE
Lee and Joey are firing up the BBQ for our breakfast and then we’re heading out to the BEST dive site of the day. Bring your cameras if you have them as Joey will be there taking plenty of photos and will answer any questions you may have about what settings will work best for the dive site of the day. We’d love to see you all there – looking forward to a gorgeous day on the water!
ROTTNEST ISLAND NIGHT DIVE Wednesday 19-Jan-2011 @ 6:00pm FULLY BOOKED!
The boat is now fully booked – if you missed out, contact us with your details and we’ll let you know when the boat is going out next
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DIVE Wednesday 19-Jan-2011 @ 7:00pm FREE
If you missed the trip out to Rottnest, never fear, you can still dive with the those staying behind. Call the shop on 9455 4448 on Wednesday to find out where we’re heading. Never been on a night dive? How about getting your Night Diver Specialty so you can dive at night like a pro! Call us to arrange your Instructor for the evening, it’s only $199 and includes your Project Aware donation, PADI certification card, shore dives, tuition and plenty of FUN!
HMAS SWAN DUNSBOROUGH WEEKENDER Friday 28 to 30-Jan-2011 $395
Join the Perth Scuba Crew on a fun filled weekender diving the HMAS Swan wreck. Enjoy 4 boat dives on the Swan plus a shore dive exploring the reef at Canal Rocks or Smiths Beach. You can even get your Advanced Open Water OR Wreck Diver Specialty for only $175 more! That’s a saving of $150 PLUS you get to enjoy it in Dunsborough!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
* NEW DIVE SITES BY LEE JOHNSON * CLICK PIX BY JOEY POOL * ROTTNEST ISLAND OVERNIGHTER * ALBANY WEEKENDER *
UPCOMING PERTH SCUBA DIVING COURSES
Upcoming 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!
Upcoming courses start: FULL-TIME 21-Jan-2011 28-Jan-2011 4-Feb-2011
PART-TIME 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.
Upcoming courses start: 28-Jan-2011 (dive the HMAS Swan too – read above) 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@example.com 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!
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. Click here to read Gary’s comments on Day 1 of January’s Rescue Diver Course from last weekend
Upcoming courses: 19-Jan-2011 26-Jan-2011 2-Feb-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 TEC 40 – TECHNICAL DIVING COURSE $450
Upcoming Course runs: Weekends 5-6th & 26-27th 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!
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.
Upcoming courses start: 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.
CAVE DIVERS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA
DEEP CAVERN DIVER – 3 Nights & 4 Days ONLY $850 – 1 spot left!
Upcoming course starts: 9-Feb-2011 (evening of the 9/10/11th) Weekends 12/13th & 19/20th February
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest!
TO BOOK ONTO ANY PERTH SCUBA COURSE EMAIL US AT INFO@PERTHSCUBA.COM, CALL 9455 4448 OR COME INTO THE SHOP TO SECURE YOUR PLACE WITH A DEPOSIT AND COLLECT YOUR COURSE INFORMATION PACK!