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Perth Scuba News Issue 124

Wow! Hasn’t the weather just pumped you for diving? With the last few days at 39 degrees, it’s a beautiful time to get into the water and enjoy the warm water. Everyone is welcome to one of our FREE club dives, choose from a Wednesday night dive or Sunday morning dive – PLUS our Friday BBQ Party & Night Dive on 26 November @ 7pm – Meet at Pt Walter Reserve, Bicton!

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Perth Scuba News – Issue 124 – 20th November 2010


Cray Season is Here!

Wow – November 15 sure came around fast this year!!! The word around town is that there are plenty around to grab so if you aren’t out there already… what are you waiting for? We are already getting reports of where they are catching them so if you would like to know, ask us at the shop – we’ll only be too happy to help you out.

Store Refit

The store refit is back on track after a bit of a delay with shop fitters… ok a lot of delay with shop fitters, but not to worry – we are well on the way now. For those of you yet to see the original Perth Scuba store, it’s starting to look a bit different. We’ll keep you posted with some photos in next week’s newsletter.

New Website

For most of you who are yet to visit the new Perth Scuba Website, we are now up and running, thus the different look Newsletter. Joey has been working very hard to get it ready and is still adding things to see daily. There are some great plans for the site so even if you have been there lately, keep checking in to see what’s new. Hey, you can even set your internet home page to so you can watch Nemo swim around the screen :)

Photo Competition Winners

A big Congrats to the winners of the 2010 Perth Scuba Photography Competition. Dean Eldrid took out first prize with his Above Water shot of Mabul Island in Borneo. For his efforts he takes home a Scubapro Everdry 4 Dry Suit valued at $1450. Well Done Dean. Daniel Welfare won a Day with a Pro Photographer valued at $550 for his under over photograph taken in Egypt. Mate it was so close! Everyone that owns a camera tries to do what you have absolutely nailed… and with a compact too! Well Done. And finally, a huge effort from Dawn Scotson who’s up close and personal photograph of a school of Barracuda was brilliant. To get so close and get everything right whilst in mid water is a great effort. Dawn wins her very own white Sea Wing Nova Package. Power and comfort with no effort coming your way Dawn. Way to go!

the komodo PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition at kidogo arthouse, FREMANTLE

Perth Scuba along with the Kidogo Art Institute will be showcasing an amazing collection of photography from the islands of Photographer Johanna PoolKomodo, Indonesia from the 12th to the 15th of December.

These stunning images will take you to a place where time stands still. A place which remains unchanged from its natural wonder with active volcanoes, unique landscapes and a Kaleidoscope of colour in the underwater worlds which surround these Islands.

Join the adventure of a group of Perth’s own professional Land and Underwater Photographers, Gary Brennand, Dean Eldrid, Johanna Pool, and Torbjorn Prestegard, who experienced first hand, the life of the Komodo people and the wonders which the Islands of Komodo bring to anyone who is lucky enough to be able to visit there. These Underwater Photographers, spent 20 days traveling through the Komodo region with the purpose of bringing Komodo and its’ people into the spotlight and to raise awareness of their culture.

The results, a truly breath taking display of images which share the emotions and the lifestyles of the people and the amazing and rare underwater creatures that inhabit the pristine reefs surrounding the Komodo Islands.

Join the Photographers who will be on site to discuss and present their images to the public. There will also be advanced screenings throughout the day of the new upcoming “Loco TV” – 6 part TV series of “Komodo 2010” filmed on this very expedition. The film crew will be there on opening night to film the fantastic premiere event.

There will also be a sneak preview of the soon to be released full colour publication, “Komodo” which is made up of hundreds of Photographer Gary Brennandimages taken and experiences shared in Komodo by the photographic team.

All photographic works can be purchased with all proceeds going to the Komodo Communities.

Pre orders for copies of the Komodo Islands publication will also be available.

All pre ordered books will be hand signed by the team of photographers making this a unique gift or personal keepsake.

The Kidogo Art Institute “Komodo 2010” Exhibition opens at Kidogo Gallery, Bathers Beach, Mews Road Fremantle on Sunday the 12th of December and runs until Wednesday the 15th of December from 10am to 5pm each day.


Perth Scuba Santa ClauseThe boat has nearly reached capacity, so if you’d love to join the Perth Scuba Crew – CALL NOW! 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!

And remember, if you have a favourite jelly colour… Make sure you let Joey know before she makes her famous (infamous?) JOEY JELLY SHOTS! So yummy and sooooooo dangerous! We look forward to seeing as many of you there as we can fit on the boat!


Lee and Joey are leading a tour of divers and non-divers to gorgeous Palau in April 2011. It’s going to be an amazing holiday with plenty of diving, sight seeing, relaxing by the Dolphin experience in Palaupool with a cocktail in hand and of course PLENTY of partying in Perth Scuba style!

Your  tour to Palau is only $3295 and includes:

  • Return flights ex-Cairns flying with Continental Airlines via Guam
  • Hawksbill Turtle7 Nights accommodation at the Sea Passion Hotel
  • 1 Night Cairns Colonial Club Resort
  • Breakfast daily
  • Twin Standard Room
  • Late checkout on the last day
  • 12 Dives with Sam’s Tours
  • Plus 4 Bonus dives on Sam’s Wall at Night
  • Tanks, weights, lunch and air fills
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • Jellyfish lake snorkel
  • Chandelier Cave dive – dive amongst stalagtites!
  • Dolphin Close Encounter – cuddle & kiss a dolphin!!!
  • Rock Island Kayak & Snorkel Tour – explore the beautiful Rock Islands
  • Return airport transfers
  • Day room use in Guam Hotel

Palau is a divers dream! A true “one stop shop” when it comes to diving! From sheltered coral gardens filled with colorful reef fishes and lots of turtles to current swept plateaus patrolled by schools of sharks and barracudas, Palau offers a wide and wonderful range of diving for divers of every interest and skill level. Healthy reefs, stunning walls, beautiful hard corals and soft corals, lots of sharks, huge mantas, turtles on every dive and huge schools of fish, tiny seahorses, elusive mandarinfish and lots and lots of tiny critters, all topped off with an amazing collection of WWII wrecks!  Whatever your diving pleasure, level of interest or experience level, Palau diving is sure to please!

Palau’s richly abundant waters also provide wonderful leisurely snorkeling and free-diving too!  See turtles, sharks, barracuda and multitudes of colorful reef fish as you glide over dazzling coral reefs.

The majority of diving in Palau consists of drift diving along the beautiful walls, plateaus and coral gardens of the outer barrier reef, a forty minute boat ride from Koror through the picturesque rock islands. While you dive the boat follows along from the surface to meet you upon ascent. This is your last chance to book onto this gorgeous dive holiday with the Perth Scuba Crew. Call us on 9455 4448 or email [email protected] to get your full Palau Holiday Information Pack.


SUNDAY MORNING FREE CLUB DIVE 21-Nov-2010 @ 9am FREEKomodo Islands by Joey Pool

Sunday is looking to be a warm 29 degree day with flat calm seas (just ignore the forecast rain), so what better time to come out and dive with us. Meet at Perth Scuba at 9am for your dive briefing and free BBQ breakfast. Then we’ll head to the spot of the day where we’ll hunt down lots of curious critters. Bring your camera along as we’ll be nominating a subject for the dive that whoever gets the best photo on the day – WINS A PRIZE! There’s two camera’s in the shop available for hire if you don’t already have one – only $30 for the day!


Meet the Perth Scuba Crew this Wednesday evening at Bicton Baths for a dive in the Swan River. There’s so many critters that come out at night! Never night dived before? You’re welcome to join us and we’ll arrange you a qualified and experienced buddy to take you on your first night dive. It’s great fun so we’d love to see you there. Call 9455 4448 to let us know you’ll be there or to arrange a buddy if this is your first night dive.


Join the Perth Scuba Crew at Point Walter Reserve (end of Honour Avenue, Bicton) for a Night Dive followed by a FREE BBQ! It’s on Friday 26th November and is always a great night. We’ll all meet there at 7pm, listen to Lee’s site briefing, throw on our dive gear, run our buddy checks and then walk down the jetty for a night dive. Feel free to bring your camera – best photo of a Seahorse on the night wins a prize!!!
Never night dived before? Don’t worry! Call the shop on 9455 4448 and we’ll arrange an experienced buddy to lead you on your first night dive. Or even better, why not dive with one of our Instructors and kick off your PADI Advanced Open Water with a fun night out?
We look forward to seeing you all there. The whole family is welcome to come along – whether they’re divers or not!

SUNDAY ROTTNEST ISLAND DOUBLE DIVE Sunday 28-Nov-2010 @ 9am $130

It’s a gorgeous time of the year to get out and get wet! Brush off those cob webs and jump in that wetsuit for your dive with the Perth Scuba Crew. Call us on 9455 4448 to book your day out on the boat diving Perth’s underwater playground, ROTTNEST ISLAND! Your day out includes 2 boat dives, lunch, snacks, drinks and your second cylinder. Don’t miss it, plus bring your catch bag and loop to catch a few crayfish for the start of season.

KOMODO ISLANDS PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY EXHIBITION Sunday 12-Dec-2010 until Wednesday 15-Dec-2010 Komodo Islands Photographic ExhibitionA group of keen Perth Scuba divers and photographers were invited to the Komodo Islands, Indonesia  in July this year to take photographs for this exhibition, with a book to follow – Thanks Toby! The exhibition includes photos from both above and below the water, all taken whilst on the liveaboard vessel Mermaid.

The exhibition is to be held at the Kidigo Art Institute in Fremantle. The photographs will be available for sale, with proceeds being donated back to the Komodo Islands community. The photographers included Joey Pool, Gary Brennand, Dean Eldrid and Toby Prestegard. It’s a beautiful part of the world with absolutely amazing and diverse scenery and wildlife. All are welcome to come to the exhibition and keep an eye on our upcoming newsletters, website & facebook page for the full details.





Upcoming courses start: 26-Nov-2010   3-Dec-2010   10-Dec-2010   17-Dec-2010   22-Dec-2010   28-Dec-2010

LEARN TO DIVE FOR $495 WITH PERTH SCUBA IN 3 DAYS!  Book now & receive a free dive watch valued at $150. Perth Scuba gives you your PADI Open Water Perth Scuba Rescue Diver CourseCertification, PADI Pack (inc. DVD), pool fees, 2 shore dives, 2 dives at Rottnest Island & your SCUBA hire equipment! Courses start EVERY FRIDAY!


Upcoming courses start: 3-Dec-2010     17-Dec-2010

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.


Upcoming courses start: 11-Dec-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. Introduction to Technical Diving


It’s so important to know what to do in an emergency situation. Perth Scuba can teach you what to do in an emergency situation. You could help a loved one, a friend, a family member or a complete stranger – this course shows you what to do.

Upcoming courses start: 10-Dec-2010


Upcoming courses start:  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.


Upcoming courses start: 4-Dec-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.


Upcoming courses:  24-Nov-2010     1-Dec-2010     8-Dec-2010     15-Dec-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.


Upcoming Course: Saturday 27-Nov-2010 Scubapro Mk25 A700 Regulator

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!


Upcoming Course: Saturday 27-Nov-2010

What better place to learn to do a Digital Under Water Photography course than Perth Scuba? With a professional and award winning underwater photographer 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.

The Digital Underwater Photography course is great value for the budding underwater photographer. You’ll learn on this course what settings are best when underwater, what all those buttons and dials do on your camera, how to compose your photo, avoid backscatter and so much more! And what’s even better, you get to go for two dives to put all your knowledge to good use!!! Call 9455 4448 to book onto this fun and information course today.

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