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Perth Scuba News Issue 179

Perth Scuba News Issue 179 – 28 April 2012 Can’t view the Perth Scuba newsletter? View it in your browser

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Underwater Photography Tour led by Shannon ConwayShrimp on Slug by Shannon Conway

Lembeh Strait, Manado departing Perth 7 September 2013

With Shannon Conway’s experience at your shoulder, he will teach you the secrets to creating beautiful Underwater Photography. Shannon believes there’s no substitute for having your own workshop right on your doorstep so that you have the time to practice what you have learnt with the opportunity to go back again to work towards achieving that perfect image. Shannon will be available to critique  your work and suggest ideas for improving your images. He will present optional talks and workshops relating to the Art of Underwater Photography, sharing his approach and experiences with you.

Lembeh Strait Tour includes:

 * 7 nights at Kungkungan Bay Resort & Spa

 * Beachfront accommodation in a Cottage Suite

 * Return flights ex-Perth flying Singapore Airlines/Silkair Perth-Singapore-Manado-Singapore-PerthShannon Conway, Professional Underwater Photographer

 * 17 Boat Dives (includes 6 days of diving, 3 boat dives per day, 2 on last day subject to 24 hour no-fly time)

 * Unlimited free house reef dives additional to boat dives

 * Photography workshops and presentations by Shannon Conway – Professional Underwater Photographer

 * All meals included with delicious local and international meals on offer – no chance you’ll get bored!

 * Airport transfers

 * Free Wi-Fi

 * Includes: Tanks, weights & air fills

 * Strictly limited to 12 Divers!

Shannon Conway is a professional underwater photographer creating images for the educational, advertising, editorial and fine art market. Shannon lives in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Originating from Poole, on the Dorset coast of England (but we won’t hold that against him!), Shannon has always been fascinated by the ocean, spending most of his childhood summer holidays in Bournemouth with his grandparents, searching rock pools for marine creatures. With his wife Amanda he moved to Australia in 2006 in search of blue waters and sunny skies. After changing from a previous working life in IT, Shannon now focuses on his new career whilst sharing his passion by teaching underwater photography. He teaches one 2 one workshops in Fremantle and group workshops in photo friendly destinations around the globe.

Shannon is a very successful underwater photographer, and has won a variety of awards within the British Society of Underwater Photographers. He has also been awarded the top slot in underwater photo competitions in Bonaire, Truk Lagoon, Wakatobi and Dominica and was the winner in the underwater category of the prestigious ANZANG Nature and Landscape Photographer of the Year award in 2007 and 2008.

Would you like more information on Shannon Conway’s upcoming trip to Lembeh Strait? Contact us for a full information package! Places are strictly limited so don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a Professional Underwater Photographer in an amazing destination.

Albany Dive Weekender

We’re back from diving Lembeh & Bunaken in Manado

Wonderpus Lembeh Strait Manado by Johanna Pool

written by Joey Pool

Joey and Lee had a fun filled week in Manado, staying and diving in both Bunaken and Lembeh Strait. We were treated to some gorgeous accommodation and some amazing diving filled with a diversity of amazing critters! The camera got a real work out snapping at so many critters I’d only ever seen in books. The water was a beautiful 30 degrees at most dive sites and the sun was shining.

Bunaken astounded with coral reefs and an open ocean bursting with life. Bunaken lies in the epicentre of the world’s marine biodiversity, and thus supports an amazing variety of marine animals. Here you can find over 1000 reef fish species and 70 genera of corals in more than 40 world famous dive sites. Bunaken and Manado Bay is a favourite place among underwater photographers from all over the world because of the superb opportunities for both macro and wide-angle photography. The reefs are unspoiled with pristine soft and hard corals, rich fish life and interesting little critters that expertly camouflage themselves to blend with the surroundings.

The water was clear and blue with large pelagics and schools of hundreds of colourful fish dancing on sheer walls of coral. We were massed by bumphead parrot fish swarming through the reef, big shagging green turtles, schools of sweetlip being cleaned, colourful corals waving in the clear warm waters.Mantis shrimp with eggs Lembeh Strait by Joey Pool

Lembeh Strait is simply the best place in the world for macro photography! Lembeh plays host to a cornucopia of weird and wonderful creatures (including the Wonderpus – above) to be found there alone. The boats moor over shallow black sandy slopes, where seahorses and nudibranchs are in abundance. Then there are the Hairy frogfish, dwarf lionfish – smaller than your pinky fingernail, scorpionfish, pufferfish, octopus, pegasus sea moths, frogfish, ribbon eels and flying gunnards. Truly a one-off opportunity for all photographers and anyone looking for the unusual and unseen, you’re sure to see something that you have never seen before, no matter how experienced you are.

Lee and I were amazed at the amount of tiny critters scattered across an expanse of black sand. Every lump of coral or rock jutting from the surrounds had a multitude of weird and wonderful critters. A tiny area could contain a dwarf lionfish, baby frogfish and tiny shrimp all being less than 5mm long – AND our Dive Guide found them for us! And surprisingly enough, although the area is known for its MUCK diving – the visibility was really good!

These are certainly dive locations that we’ll be returning! The diversity of underwater creatures on each dive site you explore is astounding and a fantastic opportunity for any photographer to get the weird and wonderful captured. This is the reason we have chosen this location for our Shannon Conway led Underwater Photography Tour in 2013.

For more images from our dive trip to Lembeh Strait & Bunaken click here.

Perth Scuba Upcoming Dive Course Specialty

Lee’s Update April 2012

The weather has been pretty good to us as of late and the diving has been equally good.  Club Dive Master Lindsay has been busy with the Free Sunday Morning Club dives and the recent Busselton Jetty trip. This weekend He and Mike have headed down to Albany with 20 Perth Scuba clubbies for a great weekend of diving the HMAS Perth, Cheynes III and Seal Colony. We are sure they are having a great time while we all stay back and keep the wheels turning in the shop.


Marc has returned after his grueling Course Director course and is now very focused on using it to benefit Perth Scuba and the Dive Locker Group and of course all of our current and future dive professionals. Over the next few newsletters we will be doing a review on all of the courses and an insight into how any diver with ambition to take their diving to the next level or to become a professional in either recreational or technical diving, can go about doing it. We are now starting to work on the training of our new Dive Masters and Instructors for next season and if you are interested – come in and see Marc, Andy, Mike or me and discuss the possibilities and the way to get there. Being part of the Perth Scuba team has become something which is now envied around other dive shops in Perth. We have the best facilities for teaching, the best range of products in both rPerth Scuba Truk Lagoon by Joey Poolecreational diving and technical diving and our Underwater Photography section is the only one in WA. On top of this – How many dive stores have you been to with a 40 seat Presentation / Movie theatre?

If you are thinking of becoming a professional, why wouldn’t you want to become one with the largest dive centre in Australia?


Our dive trips are about to kick off again with 46 of us heading to Borneo in just 2 weeks and then not long after that Mike will be traveling to PNG with his crew, then in September Perth Scuba will be descending on the Galapagos Islands and shortly after that – Wakatobi for some fantastic diving off the amazing “Palagian” Live aboard vessel.

It’s another big year in travel this year and next year is no exception. Komodo is full and has been booked out since the release night of the trip! Our Truk / Palau trip lead by apprentice tour leader Josh Phillips (Joey and I will be there for the Truk part to help him out), is looking like the trip to be on. With 2 fantastic destinations in one trip OR one or the other – there is probably no better way to mix up the worlds best wreck diving and the most pristine reef you can get in Micronesia. More on that later – with my review of this one off chance to do it all with the Perth Scuba crew. There are still places available on the Palau/Truk trip, if you’re interested please contact us to book – don’t wait long – places are filling fast!!!

PERTH SCUBA – MASTER SCUBA DIVER CHALLENGEPerth Scuba Point Walter Manta Club Night Dive & BBQ

The Perth Scuba Master Scuba Diver Challenge is coming together well and we will soon be able to tell you all about this exciting new challenge and all of the great things that come with it.

PADI GO PRO NIGHT  – Wednesday 30th May @ 7:00pm

This PADI Go Pro Night will be our biggest and best yet with Course Directors, Garth Schumann & Marc van der Poel and all of the Perth Scuba Instructors on hand to present the showcase of PADI Professional level courses. Come along and find out what you need to do to achieve your goals.


Thanks to all the Perth Scuba divers and non-divers for heading down to Point Walter Reserve for a night dive & BBQ tonight.

It was a beautiful clear night with a heap of big prawns on the run from our crews prawn nets. Well done to all those on their very first night dive AND the prawns you caught too!!! Well done Cliff for your photos of the near 30 seahorses you found under the jetty. It’s great to see the river is returning to be a great night dive after such a long break after the dredging. To check out some photos from the evening head to our Perth Scuba Facebook Page.

Missed the night dive? Join us on our next night dive at the Rockingham Wreck Trail this Wednesday 2nd May @ 7:30pm. All levels of divers are welcome!

PLUS best photograph from the evening will WIN a copy of “Our Australia: One Place, Many Stories: Oceans”. It’s a beautiful book filled with gorgeous Australian underwater photography. Just email your entries to [email protected] with your name and camera set up details!

Sandy Seal’s OceanfestOceanfest Perth Scuba by Mike Doswell

with Mike Doswell & Karena Wilson

Flying fish, a mechanical surfboard, dolphin educational experience and Perth Scuba were front and centre of Sandy Seal’s Oceanfest, a community event in Bedford, WA presented by the Conservation Council of Western Australia’s Save Our Marine Life program.

Oceanfest mixed fun and education in a special celebration of Western Australia’s unique marine life.

Kids were able to try on Scuba gear, breathe through a regulator and win prizes with Perth Scuba. Mike and Karena did a great job of decking out the kids in their full SCUBA kit and taking a few happy snaps!

Special guests included the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre, a non-profit organisation committed to dolphin research, education, conservation and tourism. They are considered WA’s Premier wild dolphin experience and their education and research centre is a major Bunbury tourist attraction. They turned Beaufort Hall into a ‘hands on’ science display, giving kids a window into the world of dolphins and other marine life, including learning how to identify a dolphin by their fins.

Oceanfest also featured fun activities like a mechanical surfboard ride, face painting, remote controlled flying fish races, colouring-in compeititon with prizes and a chance to contribute to a giant whale mural. There was also video footage of the many marine creatures found in WA’s waters and some short films about marine life and conservation.

Overall it was a fun day out for the kids and the Perth Scuba crew to learn more about our WA Marine Environment.

Would you like to learn more about protecting the Western Australian waters we love diving so much? Check out what’s going on at Save Our Marine Life and become a part of something special.

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