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Perth Scuba News 193

Perth Scuba News Issue 193: 6th October 2012 Can’t view the Perth Scuba Newsletter? View it in your browser Find us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterProject AWARE My Ocean

Welcome to Perth Scuba’s Newsletter! Check out our upcoming events including our fight to keep the ocean clean at South Mole, new dive wear and our upcoming Dive Courses. This Sunday 7th October, don’t forget we’ll be judging the Perth Underwater Festival Photography Competition. Meet at Perth Scuba 3:00pm to see who has the best Perth photos from their September diving!

WA Beach Clean Up 2012
WA Beach Clean Up Day – Sunday 14th October 8:30am

What is Marine Debris doing to our Ocean?

A 1997 study found that at least 267 species have been affected by marine debris worldwide, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species, and 43% of all marine mammal species, as well as numerous fish and crustaceans. Laist, D.W. “Impacts of Marine Debris: Entanglement of Marine Life in Marine Debris, Including a Comprehensive List of Species with Entanglement and Ingestion Records.” In Marine Debris: Sources, Impacts and Solutions, eds. J.M. Coe and D.B. Rogers. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 1997.

About one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals (including 30,000 seals) and turtles are killed by plastic marine litter every year, around the world. Dr David Kemp Minister for the Environment and Heritage March 2004

In South Australia alone, marine debris is believed responsible for the deaths of about 370 sea lions and fur seals each year. Around Kangaroo Island, Australian sea lions and fur seals get entangled at a rate that is the third and fourth for any seal species globally. Plastic is a particular danger to 20 Australian threatened species, listed under the EPBC Act.

Endangered species: Loggerhead Turtle, Southern Right Whale, Blue Whale, Tristan Albatross, Northern Royal Albatross, Gould’s Petrel.

Vulnerable species: Leatherback Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Flatback Turtle, Green Turtle, Wandering Albatross, Humpback Whale, Antipodean Albatross, and Gibson’s Albatross, Southern Royal Albatross, Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Grey Nurse Shark, Grey-headed Albatross, Blue Petrel, and Northern Giant Petrel.

Dr David Kemp Minister for the Environment and Heritage March 2004

Marine debris can be ingested by animals, fish and birds causing internal blockages and death. 76 pieces of plastic were found in the stomach and intestines of a green sea turtle. It had died of septicaemia and starvation. (picture right top).

Many animals including albatross have died due to ingestion of many pieces of plastic. When this animal degrades into the earth, the plastic will remain and potentially cause the death of many other animals.

Animals, fish and birds can become entangled in marine debris.  The marine debris becomes tighter and tighter as the animal grows eventually causing painful infections, amputations and death.

In every square kilometre of ocean there is an estimated 18,000 pieces of plastic. Marine life and seabirds are living in an ocean of plastic!
Plastics breakdown into smaller and smaller pieces as they float around the oceans and do not biodegrade. Not only do they become ingested by marine life, but they can also accumulate toxic chemicals, including DDT and PCBs. Plastic particles have been found to concentrate such chemicals to one million times the levels found in the water itself. Moore, C. “A Comparison of Neustonic Plastic and Zooplankton Abundance in Southern California’s Coastal Waters and Elsewhere in the North Pacific.” Presentation to California and the World Ocean Conference. Santa Barbara, CA, October 2002.

How Can You Help?

Help keep our beaches beautiful by joining the Perth Scuba volunteers already registered in the great WA Beach Cleanup on Sunday 14th October @ 8:30am. We want to help protect the marine environment from the harm of marine debris. After our recent club dive to the area we understand how much help the South Mole beach needs from divers and non-divers alike.

You can get involved by joining our clean up at South Mole Beach, Fremantle. Meet at South Mole Fremantle 8:30am near the Challenger TAFE carpark on Fleet Street. If you’re diving for debris don’t forget to BRING: Dive Gear, Sturdy Gloves & Catch Bag OR if you’re shore support bring your Sturdy Gloves, Sunscreen & Hat. All volunteers will enjoy a FREE BBQ lunch after cleaning up above and below the water.

Thanks for keeping Australia beautiful! Register as a volunteer by contacting us.

New Perth Scuba Dive T-Shirts Perth Scuba Dive Travel Mexico Cenotes
New Dive T-Shirt Range
2013 & 2014 Dive Travel

NEW Dive T-Shirts now in store at Perth Scuba! Come in and grab your new dive wear today!!! Four new designs and colours to choose… Or just grab them all – I know what I’ll be wearing to our next club dive!

Plus Perth Scuba supports PROJECT AWARE, a non profit organisation protecting our marine environment. With the purchase of one of these shirts, Perth Scuba will donate $5.00 to PROJECT AWARE on your behalf. For more information on PROJECT AWARE visit My Ocean page.

Thank you for your support!

On Wednesday 3rd October 2012, the Perth Scuba Crew released our Dive Travel line-up for 2013 and 2014. It was a great night where the crew presented videos, photos and their experiences of each of our holiday destinations. Welcome to all our new travellers that will be joining us in Palau, Truk Lagoon, Manado, Mexico, Kosrae and the Komodo Islands in 2013 and 2014. Haven’t picked where you’ll be joining us yet? Contact us for a full travel information pack – but hurry, our dive holidays are filling FAST!!!

Dive Travel destinations…

Perth Scuba Christmas Party Kosrae Micronesia
Christmas Party 2012 – Saturday 8th December
Kosrae Micronesia

It’s Perth Scuba’s Christmas Party and we’d love you to join us!

This not to be missed event is the one that everyone will be talking about until at least next year! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!

Here’s what you get…

4 Hours of unlimited nibblies, drinks – Beer, House Wine, Spirits and Cocktails – And YES the famous lethal “Joey Shots” will be there!!!

There will be lots of cool stuff happening throughout the night including the Perth Scuba annual award presentations – Nominate someone for an award if you think they qualify for doing something completely stupid, funny or just deserve a bit of a stir on the night. It’s all in good fun. Santa will be handing out Christmas presents and one lucky person will “win” a special Christmas present.

When: Saturday 8th December 2012
Time: 7.00pm – Midnight (open bar until 11pm)
Where: The Terrace Lounge – 185 St Georges Tce Perth
Who: You, The Perth Scuba Crew (Its our Christmas Party)
Cost: $85 per ticket – Tell LOTS of friends!

Tickets can be purchased at Perth Scuba in store or by calling 9455 4448.

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written by Lee Johnson – Perth Scuba Manager (as seen in Dive Log)

This month Perth Scuba is happy to announce one of our upcoming trips to Kosrae.

Kosrae, situated between Pohnpei and Honolulu in the Micronesian Islands and is home to the best reef diving we have ever seen. In this modern day, to be able to visit a place where fewer than 200 divers per year explore the fantastic reefs and walls, is unbelievable and the diving… nothing short of spectacular!

Australian owners of the Nautilus Resort, Doug & Sally, are the best hosts you could hope for and run one of the nicest boutique type resorts in Micronesia. All of their staff are Kosraean and are fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble for anyone at Nautilus Resort and Doug & Sally are more than happy to arrange some of the many other non diving activities such as rainforest treks, Kayaking and visiting the ancient village ruins of the ancestors of the Kosraean people for those in between dive times.

The diving… As I mentioned, never have I seen such pristine reef. With massive hard and soft corals as far as the eye can see and colour which covers every possible combination of the colour spectrum, the cameras didn’t get a chance of a rest. The diversity of Kosrae diving is great.

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Perth Scuba PADI Dive Courses Perth Scuba diving events
Upcoming Dive Courses
Upcoming Manta Club Dives & Events

PADI Open Water Diver Course

Got a friend who you’d love to become your buddy? Perth Scuba runs 3 day dive courses EVERY WEEK!!! Spring is a gorgeous time to be diving and a fantastic time to get in the water in the lead up to SUMMER! Contact us to book your place – it’s great fun and includes your PADI eLearning Pass – no boring classroom study! Plus, now you can learn to dive AND then grab your SCUBA gear for only $500 more!!! Ask us how!

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Starts evening of Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October 2012. Get 5 fun and different styles of diving under your weight belt! Enjoy 2 boat dives to Rottnest Island and 3 shore dives to explore the underwater world. Plus try out night diving under the supervision of our qualified Instructors. Gain more confidence in your diving and be certified to dive to 30 meters!

PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver

Wednesday 10th October 2012 6:00pm. Extend your no decompression time in one evening! Diving with Enriched Air Nitrox gives you better bottom times, a greater safety margin plus you get out of the water feeling great! Plus, Perth Scuba banks 36% Nitrox so you can get a Nitrox fill in under 5 minutes at our store – without needing an O2 clean cylinder! Next course starts Wednesday 24th October.

PADI Rescue Diver

One of the MOST rewarding courses you will ever take part in. This is the course to build confidence as a diver and KNOW you can help yourself or your buddy. Jump onto this fun, exhausting and exhilarating course on Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th November 2012. You must already be an Advanced Open Water diver to start this course.

PADI Deep Diver Specialty

Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th November 2012. Get deeper and find out what Nitrogen Narcosis is all about! Learn how to safely decend and return from a Deep dive up to 40 metres. These are the skills you need to keep you safe when you’re extending your limits. You must already be an Advanced Open Water diver to start this course.

PADI Wreck Diver Specialty

Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th November 2012. Most people think of old ships when they hear about scuba diving on wrecks. However, wreck diving includes diving on all kinds of submerged craft including planes, trains, jettys and automobiles. There are also thousands of sunken sailboats, submarines, buses and even army tanks. That means wreck diving is something you can do almost anywhere there’s water. Join us on a fun and rewarding course learning how to dive on wrecks!

PADI Equipment Specialist

Tuesday 6th – Wednesday 7th November 2012 (evenings). You will learn “field repairs” for those times when a leak is out to spoil your day, how regulators work and what the difference between a balanced regulator is as opposed to a non balanced regulator. Learn how to disassemble your second stage and learn how cylinder valves work. Did you ever wonder how cylinders are made? This is the course for you! The Equipment Specialty Course is a MUST DO for future, current and training Dive Masters.

PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty

Starts Saturday 24th November 2012. Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone’s buzzing about a reef or checking out a shipwreck, they’re having a great time – until it’s time to go. Then they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the way back to the boat. Jump onto this course that always leads you home by contacting us to secure your place.

Sunday 7th October 2012 8:30am (Free Refresher Dive)

Are you a qualified diver but haven’t dived for over 12 months? Build confidence with our friendly staff on this FREE Refresher Dive. We’ll get you back in the water and remind you of all your training so you’re a safe and confident diver once more. All levels of divers are welcome on this free event. Call us on 9455 4448 or email us to book your place – limited places available so hurry.

Sunday 7th October 2012 3:00pm (Underwater Festival Party!)

Close out the Underwater Festival 2012 with a fun afternoon. Share your photos, submit your local competition entries for great prizes and have a drink and nibble with the Perth Scuba Crew. We’ll also be announcing the winners of the local photography competition. Everyone is welcome to join us at Perth Scuba!

Both Joey Pool (Perth Scuba) and Tammy Gibbs (WAUPS) will be judging the winners of our Perth competition. Once again there’s been some great entries and we look forward to awarding the prizes Sunday!

Wednesday 10th October 2012 7.00pm (Shore Dive)

Meet at The Coombe, Mosman Bay for a night of spotting critters. The dive site is great for critters and wreck diving. Just in front of the reserve are two shallow wrecks at 10 & 12 metres. You can spend time searching its nooks and crannies for the variety of marine life it holds. Once you’ve done several lasp of the wreck you can follow the bottom contours looking for critters that bury themselves in the silt. There’s plenty of marine life including small fish, seahorses, sponges, anemone and decorator crabs.

Don’t forget to bring your torch OR you can hire a Light & Motion Sola Light! Call us to secure trying this small & super bright light. Give us a call on 9455 4448 to let us know you’ll be there.

Sunday 14th October 2012 8.30am (Cleanup Dive)

Help keep our beaches beautiful by joining the Perth Scuba volunteers already registered in the great WA Beach Cleanup on Sunday October 14.

We want to help protect the marine environment from the harm of marine debris. After our recent club dive to the area we understand how much help the South Mole beach needs from divers and non-divers alike. You can get involved by joining our clean up at South Mole Beach, Fremantle.

Bring your hat, sunscreen, catchbag, sturdy gloves AND your dive gear to help us cleanup this local beach. Contact us to register as a volunteer and we’ll send you all the details so you can help! Meet the crew at the Fleet Street side of South Mole beach, Fremantle near the Challenger TAFE at 8:30am.

Thanks for keeping Australia beautiful!

Wednesday 17th October 2012 7.00pm (Shore Dive)

Meet at Jerrat Drive, East Fremantle for a free shore dive. The dive site at Jerrat Drive is located out from the Scout jetty where you can find two wrecks, a WWII army landing craft and a Japanese junk. The landing craft is large and well worn but has lots of holes to peek inside at the inhabitants. The junk rises about 2 metres above the river bed and is more interesting. Both wrecks can be found in just over 9 metres, meaning there’s plenty of time to check them out thoroughly!

Don’t forget to bring your torch OR you can hire a Light & Motion Sola Light! Call us to secure trying this small & super bright light. Give us a call on 9455 4448 to let us know you’ll be there.

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

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