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Perth Scuba News Issue 121

Welcome to the new look Perth Scuba Newsletter! If you hadn’t noticed Perth Scuba’s been getting a massive makeover as well as an expansion into the adjacent shop. Our website has also been given a touch up, so if you haven’t checked it out lately, jump on and have a look. The weather is looking better and better in Perth and Perth Scuba has plenty of events and courses coming up to make sure you have fun in the water – check them out in this week’s newsletter!

Perth Scuba News – Issue 121 – 23rd October 2010


Our Technical Diving Instructor extraordinaire, Marc Van der Poel, has been teaching up a storm the past two weekends on our Technical diving courses. Our crew of students even headed down to Dunsborough on Saturday & Sunday of last weekend and enjoyed two dives on the HMAS Swan and two deep dives on the reefs of Dunsborough. Lee and Joey were lucky enough to join them on their Saturday dives on the wreck. To check out the photos from the day click here.

We are only a couple of weeks away from unveiling our all new Perth Scuba Tek store and I have to tell you it’s been a long time coming. We have been working behind the scenes to make sure all of our Instructors are ready to begin teaching the world of Tek Diving. Headed up by Tek Instructor guru Marc Van der Poel, the Perth Scuba team of Instructors is ready to take you through the paces and show you all the cool stuff that waits. Caves, Caverns, Deep wrecks and a whole lot more are ready for you to explore. Learn how to do full decompression dives and learn how to reduce the time you spend on the “deco” bar using higher percentage oxygen in your additional “bail out” stage bottle. Learn how to use all of the equipment designed to make technical diving that much easier. The cool part about these courses is that you don’t have to be a real tekkie to try it out. Perth Scuba will soon be doing intro to Tek dive courses – a 2 day course that will have you “twinning up” (using twin set cylinders with manifolds) and doing all the stuff the teckies do in the comfort of a swimming pool at first then out for a couple of dives after that. Its great fun and you can even impress your mates on Face Book with your very own photo of you in your Tek “rig”.

Keep posted in the Manta Club Newsletter for upcoming intro dates. For those of you who just want to get straight into it… The courses will be advertised over the next couple of weeks too!

Tek Diving… For when one tank just isn’t enough!


Don’t miss the Perth Scuba non diving event of THE YEAR! This is a party you don’t want to miss, we provide the vessel to cruise on the Swan River, we bring the food, the icy cold drinks, Joey jelly shots (wouldn’t be a party without them!) PLUS the Perth Scuba Slushy Machine makes an appearance – oh yeah, not for the faint hearted.

Places are strictly limited so hurry and book your place before you miss out. The Christmas Party departs the South Perth foreshore on Saturday 4 December 2010. You can be a guest on this evening of fun by calling us on 9455 4448 or emailing [email protected] and securing your place with payment in full.

It’s only $140 and includes your 4 hour cruise on the Swan River, plenty of food, beer, wine, alco-pops (Lee & Joey’s favourites!), joey jelly shots + the slushie machine. Arrange a lift because you WILL NOT be driving!


The weather is getting better and better as we work our way towards Summer!!! So what better way to celebrate (like we need an excuse to dive!) that Spring is upon us, but get out into the beautiful waters off Rottnest Island. Lee, Joey and Andy enjoyed the gorgeous day last Sunday and saw plenty of critters on the West End. We saw a giant sting ray, wobbegong, Port Jackson shark, heaps of Blue Devils of all different sizes, a couple of cute little fish in bright yellow and blue (left) and LOTS of crayfish…. Typical, still got to wait until the holy day – CRAY DAY – 15th November. Rotto is a gorgeous place to take Underwater Photos, so bring your camera or hire one from us!

Would you like to join us on a day to Rottnest Island? Call us on 9455 4448 to book your place. It’s only $130 when you show your Manta Club Member Card. What does your day out include? You get two dives off the boat, your second cylinder provided, full on buffet lunch, soft drinks and Perth’s underwater playground location – Rottnest!


Our PHOTO COMPETITION finalists will be in next weeks’ newsletter for you to vote. In the meantime, check out all the Photo Competition entrants for this years competition. There’s been some fantastic entries and fascinating diving that the Perth Scuba Crew has been doing.

Vote and be in the running to win cool prizes just for letting us know your favourite picture. Gary and Joey have been busy trimming down the massive number of great entries to just a few for you to decide on which ones will win the fantastic prizes on offer this time!

Perth Scuba Website goes LIVE!

For those of you who have been on the Perth Scuba website lately, you would have noticed a new look and a lot of changes.

Joey and I decided that a change is as good as a holiday and since we weren’t going to get the holiday anytime soon, we opted for the change. Joey has been working tirelessly to get the website up to the level it was before. (And better of course), and there is still a lot more that we will be adding over the upcoming weeks. The online shop will be bigger and better than ever before (with stacks of cool stuff going in there), New dive sites both at shore level and boat co-ordinates will be added weekly for those of you wanting to try out something new.

You can have your input with the Perth Scuba Blog, or you can just see what everyone else is up to. The photo gallery is expanding by the day and we expect it to just keep on doing that – thanks to Joey, Gary and all of the Manta Clubbies who send us in their photos. There will be more spot prizes and some really cool competitions coming up.

If you haven’t been there yet, check it out and if you have any suggestions that you would like us to put on the website, let us know. We’d love to make our website how you want it.


SUNDAY MORNING FREE CLUB DIVE 24-Oct-2010Cowfish at Rottnest IslandLearn how to catch crayfish with "Great White Hunter" Lee Johnson on Wednesday 10th November!

All divers are welcome to Perth Scuba’s FREE Sunday morning club dives. Meet at Perth Scuba at 9am for a free BBQ breakfast, followed by a dive brief by one of our fabulous Dive Masters or Instructors and then a short drive to the best dive site of the day. Hire equipment available – just come in on the morning!


Come along to Perth Scuba’s FREE Night Dives. Meet us at the dive site of the week @ 7pm. Call 9455 4448 to find out where we’re going this week! Never been for a night dive? Call us and we can arrange a qualified and experienced dive buddy to take you down into the dark.




Haven’t been for a dive in a while? Not sure you remember how to put your gear together correctly? Lost the confidence you once had in the water? Then come along to our FREE Refresher morning where our qualified Dive Masters and Instructors will take you into the water and refresh your SCUBA skills.


Lee “The Great White Hunter” will be showing you how to catch the yummy and tricky WA Rock Lobster (otherwise known as lunch!). Come along to this free information evening where we’ll give you all the information about applying for your Crayfish licence, what equipment you need, restrictions, and best of all, HOW TO CATCH THEM!


ADVANCED OPEN WATER COURSE $ 325 Digital Underwater Photography

Saturday 5-Nov-2010     Saturday 19-Nov-2010



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.

Rescue Diver Course




6-Nov-2010 or 27-Nov-2010

The TDI Intro to Tech course is the perfect course for divers who have heard about technical diving and want to find out more about this exciting branch of advanced recreational diving. This course walks students through the special techniques, planning procedures and skills that set technical diving apart from traditional sport diving. It will show them how to improve their dive planning methods, in-water skills and streamline their existing gear configuration, in a non-threatening and fun learning environment.


30-Oct-2010 or 13-Nov-2010

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.

PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy


Saturday 30-Oct-2010     Wednesday evening 17-Nov-2010

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.


Saturday 6-Nov-2010

Mastering your Buoyancy is one of the most important achievements you will make in your diving career. To be able to hover without motion, to use the air in your lungs to control your buoyancy and be able to reduce the amount of lead weight you dive with are all very much within reach for the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialist. Join Jodie Bond on this great value course by calling 9455 4448.


Saturday 13-Nov-2010

Want to learn how your Dive Master or Instructor always gets you back to the boat without a long swim? Well look no further. The PADI Underwater Navigation course will have you landing back to your starting point after just one day of training. Join Ian “Destructor” Ross on this invaluable course that gets you back to the boat!


Saturday 20-Nov-2010

Discovering and Exploring mysterious wrecks is something which every diver at some time dreams about. Every Wreck is a time capsule. The exact time and  place in history where circumstances placed these wrecks on the ocean floor can be seen and explored by wreck divers. Become A Perth Scuba PADI Wreck Diver specialist today and uncover some of the mysteries of the deep. This course will be run over two days with 2 dives on the HMAS Swan wreck, located in Dunsborough and taught by Instructor Glenn Storey.


Saturday 20-Nov-2010

Every Diver wants to go deep! A deep dive is always going to get the adrenalin flowing and what better way to do that than in the safe hands of one of Perth Scuba’s Elite Instructors. From your Advanced course (prerequisite), you will remember that things are a whole lot different at depth. Well – we are going to stretch the boundaries even more now! This course will be run over two days with 2 dives on the HMAS Swan wreck, located in Dunsborough and taught by Michael Doswell.


Saturday 27-Nov-2010

The Equipment Specialty is a classroom based course where you will learn all kinds of equipment styles and configurations. 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!


Saturday 27-Nov-2010

What better place to learn to do a Digital Under Water Photography course than Perth Scuba?

With 2 professional and award winning underwater photographers on staff and Perth’s best range of underwater photographic equipment in store, Perth Scuba is THE best place to learn. We have camera’s available for hire or you can bring your own to learn with on your course.

Join Perth Scuba on any of our fun and rewarding dive courses. Call us on 9455 4448 or email [email protected] to secure your place – places are filling fast so don’t miss your chance!!!

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