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Perth Scuba News Issue 186

Perth Scuba News Issue 186: 28th July 2012 Can’t view the Perth Scuba Newsletter? View it in your browser Find us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterProject AWARE My Ocean

Thank you for being a part of Perth Scuba’s Manta Club. We hope you enjoy this edition of the Perth Scuba News including our Dive Tour of Mexico, colourful underwater photography tips and upcoming Equipment course and free club dives. This Sunday morning we’re off to dive Robb Jetty, looking for the critters that hide amongst the old jetty pilons. Plus Wednesday evening we’re off to Bicton Baths to chase prawns for a feed or take some underwater critter photos – all are welcome to join us!

scuba diving cenotes mexico
What’s a Cenote? And why do I need to travel to Mexico to see them???

Perth Scuba is heading to Mexico in 2013 to explore the caverns & caves of Mexico

A combination of various geological events and climate changes created an incredible and unique eco-system in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Created naturally over 6,500 years ago, the cenotes (pronounced say-no-tay, meaning “sacred well”) are filled with crystal clear, fresh water opening to a vast system of underground caverns, tunnels and chambers. For thousands of years, these caves had been dry, forming stalagmites, stalactites, columns and flowstones. In some places, the land above subterranean rivers have collapsed, creating access for divers to explore these ancient passageways.

Sacred to the Mayan people, cenotes were once the only resources for fresh water in the local jungle. Equally important was the role they played in Mayan mythology as the entrance to the underworld and the afterlife. Some cenotes still contain artifacts from Mayan rituals and ceremonies.

Over the past 20 years, experienced divers have explored these caves and caverns discovering more than 300 miles of interconnected passageways that make up this amazing one of a kind eco-system.

Although special certification is required for divers who want to penetrate caves, no advanced training is necessary for certified divers who want to explore the cenotes, since routes always follow tunnels bathed in natural sunlight. This is a dive experience not to be missed! The Perth Scuba Crew will be escaping to Mexico in June 2014 to explore the caverns, caves and ocean diving of Mexico, whilst staying in Cancun!

Want to join us on a Mexican adventure? Contact us for a full information pack.

Rottnest Island Scuba Diving by Ben Newsome Apple mac video editing suite
Winter Diving at Rotto Video Editing Suite Coming Soon

Although it may be somewhat colder in the waters off Rottnest island over the winter months, there is much more on offer than one may think, with a noticeable decrease in plankton over the winter. The visibility can often exceed 25 meters when the sun is shining exposing Rottnest Islands stunning overhangs, walls, caves and swim throughs making it the place to be on the weekend!

I would have done around 40 dives at Rotto last year over the winter months, I’m pleased to say that the majority of the dives I did the visibility was over the 15 meter mark and the swell was easy to manage. 2012 at the moment seems to be the year to dive at Rotto, out of the 12 dives at Rotto I have done this year since the beginning of June, there has been only one occasion where the visibility was under 10 meters courtesy of a 4 meter swell earlier in the week. A few weeks before this we had two days in a row where the vis was sitting on the 20 meter mark rivalling dive destinations such as Thailand and Bali. Not a bad outcome considering Rottnest is only 45 minutes away from Perth.  

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After much anticipation, the Perth Scuba Editing Suite is going to be available for all of our photographers and videographers.

This FREE to use editing suite will include 2 fantastic fully specked I Mac computers with Photoshop CS5, Light Room 4 and Final Cut Pro X. The computers will be set up so Perth Scuba customers can bring in their photographs, memory cards, disks and video footage to work on editing in the comfort of the Perth Scuba store. With staff in the know to advise you on your photograph post production and video editing, you will be producing images and videos like a pro!

The Perth Scuba Editing Suite complements our 38 seat presentation theatre. Come in, edit away and then watch the final production on the big screen all at Perth Scuba.

Join Joseph Bicanic on his PADI endorsed Digital Underwater Videography Level 1 & 2. As part of your course Joseph will take you through the editing software available and the best way to use it to present your videos to your friends and family – and of course load in on YouTube!

Underwater Festival 2012 The Australasia Challenge Scubapro Limited Edition Mk25 S600 Regulator
Underwater Festival 2012
Limited Edition Scubapro Gold Regulator


Australasia-wide underwater photo and video shootout in 25 countries… Any dive site!

Join the underwater snapshot of Australasia – register now!

Judges and Festival Celebrities include Mathieu Meur, Stephen Wong, Takako Uno, Neville Coleman, Tony Wu, Gary Bell, David Warth, Kieren Curry, Tim Hochgrebe and many more.

Official Festival Fringe event held at Perth Scuba in partnership with the Western Australian Underwater Photographic Society. Every dive you can imagine is a shootout locality!

The top 100 images will be showcased in the Underwater Australasia gallery – last year’s Top 100 Gallery attracted over 15,000 visitors in 2 days.

Perth Scuba and WAUPS will have exciting speakers on a broad range of topics including underwater videography, compact cameras, editting software including Adobe Photoshop, best photography travel destinations and much more to develop your underwater skills.

Celebrate 50 Years of Scubapro with a Limited Edition GOLD Mk25 S600 Regulator!

Next year marks the Golden Anniversary of Scubapro performance Diving Equipment and to mark the occasion Scubapro are producing a limited number of GOLD Mk 25 S600 Combination Regulators. These regulators are being made to order and have been strictly limited in numbers worldwide. As Perth Scuba has been the Australian Dealer of the year for 5 years, we have been allowed to order 5 of these regulators. Naturally we want to keep one for Perth Scuba where it will be proudly on display for years to come. That leaves 4 up for grabs. These regulators will be numbered and packaged in 50th Anniversary Collector Edition boxes. These regulators will definitely be valuable in the future if kept in pristine condition. Or – if you just want to dive with a bit of BLING and know that NO ONE on the dive boat or trip you are on is going to have one – this is the animal for you!!

There will be only 8 of these regulators coming to WA.  Secure yours now by contacting Perth Scuba on 94554448 to put down your deposit.

Remember these regulators are being manufactured to order so be in quick!

Robb Jetty Shore Perth Scuba Diving Western Australia Colour underwater photography and lighting
Robb Jetty Shore Dive
Get colour into your underwater photos!

Join the Perth Scuba Crew for a free shore dive at Robb Jetty this Sunday 29th July. Meet at the shop at 8:30am for your free BBQ brekky followed by your dive briefing and short drive to the dive spot of the day!

This is a wonderful site for marine life. There is lots of life on the pillars with ascidians, sponges and sea cucumbers being prominent. Fish life includes juvenile Port Jackson sharks (so cute!), numerous schooling fish including yellowtail and wrasse, bat fish, seahorses, rays and occasionally schools of batfish. On the seabed there are several different species of nudibranch and seastars.

It is possible to miss the jetty entirely, so it’s very important to take a compass bearing from the beach.

After our BBQ brekky we’ll head to McTaggart Cove and walk down to the beach which is about 150m distance across the sand dunes and beach. It’s a great dive site with a maximum depth of 7m.

Quick Tips for getting great colour in your underwater photography:

SET FLASH TO ON. Turn your camera flash to ON, don’t leave your camera on the AUTO setting. This way your camera’s flash will go off everytime you take a photo.

KEEP IT CLOSE. Make sure the critter or coral you want to light is no more than a meter away from your camera. Rull of thumb – if you can’t touch it, neither can your strobe.

USE A STROBE. Whilst you can get some good photos with the camera’s internal flash, a strobe gives you a bigger external light source that can be placed to minimise backscatter. And in Perth waters – this is a BIG asset!

Perth Scuba carry a huge range of strobes and lighting to improve colour in your photographs. Come in and chat to us about what will be best for your underwater photographs.

PADI Equipment Specialty Perth Scuba Western Australia Perth Scuba shore dives Western Australia
Upcoming Dive Courses
Upcoming Manta Club Dives & Events

PADI Equipment Specialty

Starts evening of Tuesday 7th – Wednesday 8th August 2012. Perfect for Dive Masters in training and divers who want to trouble shoot on the road. Join Lee over these two evenings and find out what’s inside your second stage, what spares should you be carrying and the tools to keep your gear well looked after!

PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver

Wednesday 8th August 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!

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Starts evening of Friday 10th – Sunday 12th August 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.

Sunday 29th July 2012 8:30am (Shore Dive)

Meet Perth Scuba 180 Bannister Road, Canning Vale for your FREE BBQ breakfast followed by a drive to the best dive spot of the day. All levels of divers are welcome. Don’t have a buddy? Don’t worry, we’ll find you one in the morning. Need gear? You can hire or buy what you need in the morning.

Wednesday 1st August 2012 7:00pm (Night Dive)

Meet Bicton Baths, Bicton for a night dive chasing prawns and crabs or taking photos of the weird and wonderful nocturnal critters. This spot has been known for its seahorses, bobtail squid, common squid and blue manna crabs. All levels of divers are welcome. Give us a call on 9455 4448 to let us know you’ll be there. Don’t forget to bring your torch! Never night dived before? We’ll find you an experienced buddy on the night.

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

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