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Perth Scuba News Issue 126

It’s nearly time for us to reveal what’s been going on behind the big blue tarp at Perth Scuba. It’s been a lot of work but we think it’s going to be a great addition giving you new opportunities to explore more of the underwater world. This Friday 10th December is our big reveal at 7pm – AND YOU’RE INVITED!!! See below for all the details…

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Perth Scuba News – Issue 126 – 9th December 2010


Perth Scuba dive shop front counter

Perth Scuba are proud to announce the official opening of our newly expanded store. With over 350 square metres of extra floor space, a Presentation Theatre, Photo Gallery, Tek Diving Centre, Underwater Photography & Videography Centre and buddy lounge and newly refitted Perth Scuba store layout, we have just become the largest Dive store in Australia!

Perth Scuba has brought Technical Diving to our customers for a couple of reasons, one to open up the diving horizons of our customers. For those who have taken their recreational diving to where they wanted to go but want something a little bit more out of their diving, and to offer a new range of diving adventures not readily available at recreational limits. Diving with mixed gases, deeper diving and cave and cavern diving are just a few of the new areas of diving which will open up to Perth Scuba customers.

Perth Scuba have on staff, Marc van der Poel – TDI Instructor and PADI Tec Rec Instructor to lead our team of Technical Diving Instructors. Marc is a very experienced Instructor with a vast range of diving experience and levels of dive training. Marc can take you through a whole range of dive courses in the great newly revamped PADI Tec Rec and the TDI range of courses as well as SDI Solo Diver.

With our entry into the Technical Diving Industry, comes the equipment which is required to take part in Technical Diving. Perth Scuba now carries a full range of Scubapro X Tek, Dive Rite, Halcyon, VR Computers, Tilly Tec, and IST Technical Diving Equipment, as well as products from other well known brands such as Metal Sub, Hollis and OMS. Perth Scuba has rebreathers for hire and will soon be showcasing a range of Rebreathers for sale. If Technical Diving is your thing, you are interested in becoming a Tek Diver or would like to do an Intro to Tek 1 day course, then Perth Scuba is the place to be.

We are very excited to announce our NEW Underwater Photography and Videography centre. Underwater Photography and Videography has always been a passion of the Perth Scuba Crew. With Gary Brennand, award winning underwater photographer and Joey Pool (who’s photos are splashed all over the Perth Scuba website and store) we believe we have the team to take your underwater photography to the next level. These two fantastic photographers can offer all of the advice you need to make your camera and housing selection or if you already have a DSLR camera, why not come in and see if we have a housing to match? Both Gary and Joey offer 1 on 1 photography training sessions so you can get the best out of your new or existing camera equipment. Perth Scuba also offers a FREE “day with a pro photographer” with every DSLR camera housing package purchased. That way you learn how to use YOUR camera with the best guidance available.

Perth Scuba is the only store in WA to carry a full range of Camera Housings for DSLR cameras. With Aquatica, Nauticam, Sea & Sea and Light & Motion, our range is extensive and covers a vast range of brands such as Nikon, Canon and Sony and many more. We are also the WA dealer for Ultralite and Light & Motion Video Lights, Inon strobes and Sea & Sea strobes.

Perth Scuba is also the WA Dealer for the NEX 5 Housing for the Sony “EVIL” cameras, the newest category of cameras about to take underwater photography to a new level. As well as carrying the ranges of DSLR cameras, Perth Scuba also carry a range of compact cameras for those “point and shoot” moments.

Perth Scuba has become the WA distributor for Explorer hard cases for all of your camera, video (or anything you want to protect) needs. With cases from just 20cm up to cases 1.2m in size, we have everything covered. This range of ultra tough cases is fantastic and can only be found in WA at Perth Scuba.

Our new Presentation Theatre is a mini cinema on site. With the latest in 3D projector Technology and 4.5m x 3.8m screen, you can enjoy the theatre experience watching all of your own Diving Video experiences and much more. This is where all of our in store presentations, Dive Trip and Go Pro information evenings will take place. Perth Scuba aim to bring to you guest speakers from all over the world with exciting adventures, topics and experiences to share with the divers of Perth Scuba.

“Perth Scuba has always had a focus on the direction we want to go. With our customers, there is no difference. It’s about giving our customers the opportunities to take their diving to where they want to go… without restrictions. The expansion of Perth Scuba is to open up the horizons of diving to everyone”

Welcome to Perth Scuba.

From Lee, Robert, Joey & The Perth Scuba Crew.

the komodo PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition at kidogo arthouse, FREMANTLE

The Komodo Islands by Johanna PoolPerth Scuba along with the Kidogo Art Institute will be showcasing an amazing collection of photography from the islands of Komodo, 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 The Komodo Islands by Johanna Poolimages 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.

Would you like an invitation to Opening Night? Be the first to see the photos, have a few drinks & meet the photographers – plus Loco TV will be screening the Adventure Dive – Komodo high definitiion television series for your enjoyment and filming the event. Contact Lee on 9455 4448 so you can be a part of this special evening – places are strictly limited!


Great Barrier Reef taken with Nauticam D90 by Johanna PoolPerth Scuba is very excited to announce that our Underwater Photography housings and accessories have arrived!!!

Would you like to check out the very best that Aquatica, Nauticam, Sea & Sea, Inon and Light & Motion have to offer? Then make sure you don’t miss your exclusive evening when Perth Scuba has our Grand Opening.

Join us this Friday 10th December @ 7pm and we’ll give you a guided tour of the new equipment, plus, have our knowledgeable and experienced underwater photographers on staff, tell you about the exciting new range!

Can’t make it on the night? Come in and see us to talk about your Underwater Photography choices and what’s the best system for you. Taking great photos is so much fun and best of all you get to share the beautiful underwater world with so many who don’t get to go where you go!


Get your PADI Advanced Open Water diving on the HMAS Swan wreck in Dunsborough! Course will be run over the weekend of the Perth Scuba HMAS Perth Wreck Diving17th December 2010 – Book now or you’ll miss out! 

The Advanced Diver Course is a great way to do 5 dives to increase your knowledge and build on your diving skills, all in the presence of one of our excellent Instructors. A 5 dive tasting plate of just some of what diving has to offer will leave you more confident and without the limits of an Open Water Diver. We highly recommend this course to give you more experience and confidence. No exams here…. It’s all about the diving on the HMAS Swan!

Advanced already? Get your Deep Diver for only $325 or Wreck Diver for only $325. Book either of these courses and Perth Scuba includes your PADI text book, boat dives, PADI certification card PLUS a donation to Project Aware.

To book onto this fun and rewarding course it’s as simple as calling Perth Scuba on 9455 4448!



WE’RE FINALLY OPENING THE PERTH SCUBA TEK STORE!!! This is one event you do not want to miss. Come in and see the HUGE NEW RANGE of Technical Diving gear – exclusive and well known technical diving brands – PLUS our GREAT NEW RANGE of Underwater Photo and Video Equipment. Meet the Perth Scuba Instructors who’ll be teaching your courses, ask us questions on where you’d love to dive and how to get there, what’s the BEST camera equipment plus some hints and tips. Everyone is welcome for this evening of cocktails and canapes whilst we introduce you to the NEW Perth Scuba store!!!


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.


Perth Scuba Crayfish Information NightJoin us on a morning chasing after crayfish for dinner! Lee will take us to one of his secret locations to catch some crayfish. Plus he’ll give you hints and tips on how to catch them. Call us on 9455 4448 on Saturday afternoon for the secret location – gotta wait for the weather forecast afterall! Then we’ll head back to Perth Scuba for a yummy BBQ lunch after all that hard work of chasing crayfish. What better way to spend a Sunday morning?

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, just call us on 9455 4448 for details.

OPENING NIGHT IS SATURDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2010 – If you’d like to be a part of the Special Opening Evening of the Exhibition – call Lee on 9455 4448. Places are strictly limited for this exclusive preview of the Komodo Exhibition and the Adventure Dive – Komodo high defiinition series.




  • MID WEEK BOAT DIVES – Would you like to go to Rottnest Island to dive during the week? Email [email protected] or call us at the store. If we can get a minimum of 16 people we can go to Rottnest Island during the week. Deep Dives, Cray Dives, Wreck Dives – you name it!!!
  • KOMODO COMING SOON – The book and TV series. Our very own crew on our very own trip to Komodo. We’ll keep you posted when you can get your very own copy and watch the TV series. For a sneak preview of the show click here.
  • DIVE LOCKER TV COMMERCIAL – Check out Perth Scuba’s very own star customers on our new Dive Locker One HD TV Commercial. We think Andrew did a fine job channelling William Shatner ;) No computer screens were harmed in the making of this advert, can’t say much for the keyboard though hmmmmm
  • PERTH SCUBA CHRISTMAS CRUISE – Take a look at the photos from the night click here.
  • POINT WALTER BBQ PARTY NIGHT – Take a look at the photos from the night click here.



Upcoming courses start: 10-Dec-2010   17-Dec-2010   22-Dec-2010   28-Dec-2010     3-Jan-2010     7-Jan-2010

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!


Upcoming courses start: 3-Dec-2010     17-Dec-2010     14-Jan-2010     28-Jan-2010Perth Scuba HMAS Swan Advanced diving

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     8-Jan-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. 


Upcoming courses start: 10-Dec-2010     6-Jan-2010

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:  8-Jan-2010

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: 15-Jan-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:  15-Dec-2010    29-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. Perth Scuba has its very own banked Nitrox at 32%


Upcoming Course: Saturday 18-Dec-2010

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!

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