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Perth Scuba News Issue 187

Perth Scuba News Issue 187: 4th August 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 upcoming Manado Dive Holiday, Equipment course and free club dives. Last Sunday morning we headed off to dive Robb Jetty, looking for the critters that hide amongst the old jetty pilons – check out the pics. Plus this Wednesday evening we’re off to Palm Beach Jetty for a night dive – all are welcome to join us!

scuba diving Manado Indonesia
Dive Manado! Be amazed by the weird and wonderful critters on show!

Perth Scuba is departing for Manado in 2014 to find amazing critters & holiday in luxury…

In April 2014 Lee and Joey are leading a dive holiday to beautiful Manado. We were lucky enough to stay in Manado in March this year and had a great time. The water was a beautiful 28 degrees, gorgeous visibility in Manado and amazing wildlife in Lembeh Strait. Plus the resorts were gorgeous with both having day spas to enjoy and the option of trekking off to the National Parks to see the above water critters.

We’ll be enjoying 4 nights at Kima Bajo Resort in Manado, diving the beautiful coral covered walls with its cruising turtles and school of pelagic marine life and then it’s off for 4 nights at Lembeh Hills Resort in Lembeh Strait, diving the volcanic black sand to find the exotic and weird critters on offer. Our trip will include 19 boat dives, 9 in Manado/Bunaken and 10 in Lembeh Strait. Want to see just a few of the underwater offerings that you’ll be seeing in Manado? Click here for Joey’s photos from our last holiday in Manado.

Whilst staying in Bunaken you’ll enjoy Kima Bajo Resort. Nestled amongst undulating coconut groves overlooking the tranquil Wori Bay and just minutes away from North Sulawesi’s Bunaken National Park, Kima Bajo is a small upscale boutique resort which offers romance, luxury and every comfort a traveler could wish for.

The resort is conveniently located just 25 minutes from Manado’s international airport. Divers can expect world class dive and snorkel experiences while non divers take part in soft adventures available in the surrounding Minahasa Highlands or relax at the pool with beautiful views of Bunaken Island and Manado Tua and breathtaking sunsets over the Sea of Sulawesi… The year-round diving here is all about amazing variety and exotic surroundings. The deep seas give excellent average visibility (25m). They are also home to many unusual species, such as “coelacanth” ( pehistoric fish) as well as reef-shark, turtles, eagle rays, napoleon wrasse, even dugong and orca! The majority of sites are conveniently accessed within one hour from the hotel and yet North Sulawesi’s remote location means that the sites are never crowded with other divers – 1 dive guide for every 4 divers!

From Kimabajo Resort we move on to Lembeh Hills Eco Resort (image above left) in the heart of Lembeh Strait. Nestled in a secluded bay overlooking the Lembeh Strait, the Lembeh Hills Resort brings the sophisticated luxury of a boutique resort to one of Asia’s most renowned diving venues. Elegant, environmentally responsible architecture, are what Lembeh Hills Resort prides itself.


Lembeh Hills Resort guarantee a relaxing and romantic experience for divers and non-divers alike. The 23 spacious villas, which include two deluxe suites, set the standard for luxury in the region. Scuba diving vacations in Sulawesi at its best. Lembeh Hills Resort offers a sophisticated and upper-class base for indulging in ‘muck-diving’; exploring the coarse, black volcanic sand of the famous and enchanting Lembeh Strait and discovering a multitude of unusual critters below the shoreline. There are also plenty of ways for non-divers to enjoy the natural surroundings and relaxing ambience of this lovely place.

Our Manado Tour is fantastic fun for divers and non-divers alike and perfect for those in a diver/non-diver couple. Manado is also fantastic for keen underwater photographers – you will never find such a variety of critters in such a small area anywhere else on the planet. Oh, and did I mention the spas at both these resorts…. LUXURY!!!

Want to join us on a Manado Dive Holiday? Contact us for a full information pack.

PADI Night Diver Course by Marc van der Poel Sidemount diver course with Marc van der Poel Technical Instructor Trainer
PADI Night Diver Course
Sidemount Diver Course

written by Joseph Bicanic – Perth Scuba Instructor

A big Congratulations to Euan, Colin, Chris and Paul who all successfully completed the PADI Night Diver Specialty course last Sunday. We all had fun playing at the Rockingham wreck trail in a not so toasty 15 degree water. For those of us in Dry Suits it was actually quite nice.

Saturday night we managed 2 night dives (Paul and Chris had already done 1 day dive on the Side Mount course with Marc). Conditions above and below the water were reasonable with the usual critters to be found. 4 Sea Horses, several decorative Leather Jackets and few Cobbler to name a few.

Sunday saw the final Night dive of the course. And yes the water was still a cool 15 degrees. Those in wetties starting to think about Dry Suits. I saw my first Lion Fish on the Rockingham Wreck trail that night. The rest of the crew were just as stoked to see it.

Due to the temperature we decided to do the minimum PADI 20 minutes on all dives. This was a bit of a shame really as Sunday night had the best vis of all the dives. Winter is a great time of year to dive so those that do not have a Dry Suit yet, pop in and talk to the staff about which Dry Suit suits you the best.

Again congratulations to our new Night Divers – Euan, Colin, Chris and Paul.

Marc van der Poel – Perth Scuba Tec Instructor Trainer

Congratulations to our newly qualified Sidemount Divers, Chris, Patto and Paul who all successfully completed their Sidemount Course last Sunday.

The weekend shaped up to be beautiful weather and gave us a glimmer of hope that summer is just around the corner! Sunday evening had the most magnificent sunset (photo left) and left me charged for the week ahead.

Sidemount diving has been around for decades in the cave diving world, but only just recently has it become mainstream to the general SCUBA market. Divers who previously had to shy away from carrying heavy twin tanks, such as small women (Joey) or divers with back problems (Lee), are now able to perform normal recreational dives due to the ease of carrying sidemount tanks to the water and donning the tanks in-water versus on land.

Some of the skills the fellas did on the weekend were putting their sidemount kit together, using twin independent cylinders, getting their trim and buoyancy downpat (so easy with sidemount!), swapping and sharing cylinders (hilarious to watch) and the different entry and exit techniques you use.

All in all it was a great weekend and I’m looking forward to the next Sidemount course with a new set of students to show them the ease and fun of donning two cylinders for extended dives.

Underwater Festival 2012 The Australasia Challenge Scubapro Seawing Gorilla Fin Product Review
Underwater Festival 2012
NEW Gorilla Fin Gear Review


Join the Perth Scuba and Western Australian Underwater Photographic Society for an evening about the exciting Underwater Festival running throughout September and how YOU can be a part! Everyone with an interest in Underwater Photography and Videography is invited!

Our Underwater Festival Opening Evening will give you the opportunity to learn the rules for the competition, give you ideas, check out last years winners and see what cool events you can jump on during the month of September.

Join the underwater snapshot of Australasia – register now!

Perth Scuba is holding an Official Festival Fringe event 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 during the month of September will have exciting speakers on a broad range of topics including underwater videography, compact cameras, editing software including Adobe Photoshop, best photography travel destinations and much more to develop your underwater skills.

written by Joseph Bicanic – Perth Scuba Instructor

As an Underwater Videographer and Instructor I am careful about the type of fins I use and recommend. There are several excellent fins out there that serve different purposes. So selecting one set of fins, to do a multitude of tasks, is not as simple as it may seem. 

Last weekend I trialed the new ScubaPro Sea Wing Nova Gorillas. Impressive to say the least. I own a pair of the Sea Wing Nova’s Mk 2 (hinged on the lower side only). I switched to the Nova’s from another leading brand as I wanted something that was easier on my legs (unfortunately I am prone to leg cramps). The Sea Wing Nova’s offer good control, easy on the legs, minimal silting and reasonably easy to Frog kick in. However I found them slightly under-powered when I was in a Dry suit and carrying twins and stage cylinders or trying to catch Students. 

Enter the Sea Wing Nova Gorillas. To look at they appear the same as its predecessor (other than colour). That changes when you hit the water fully kitted out. More power, better control, easier to Frog Kick, easier to swim backwards, easier to catch your students and, most importantly, just as easy on your legs. 

A noticeable improvement with no greater effort on behalf of the Diver. Be warned, once you try you will only ever want to use these fins!

Robb Jetty Shore Perth Scuba Diving Western Australia Under the Sea with Tammy Gibbbs
Sunny Shore Diving at Robb Jetty
Under the Sea with Tammy Gibbs

Last Sunday 29th July, the Perth Scuba Crew headed off for our Club Dive to Robb Jetty in Henderson. Robb Jetty was originally constructed in the late 1800′s and was used as the point where livestock was brought down from the North-West of Western Australia, to be loaded off the ships and slaughtered for the Perth areas meat supply. The original jetty pillars remain at the sight and that’s where you’ll find all the cool stuff!

The sun was shining, the water was calm and the visibility looked good. The day was so gorgeous you got a hint of the beautiful spring and summer months that we’ll soon be approaching – yippee!!! Check out the pics by clicking here.

It is possible to miss the jetty entirely, so it’s very important to take a compass bearing from the beach… Luckily for all our crew they found the jetty and had a lovely dive. Great to see the crew with big grins when they came out of the water. The guys and girls saw loads of schooling fish, plenty of fat nudibranchs and the water visibility was good even though a little chilly.

If you’d like to join the Perth Scuba Crew on our next free Sunday Morning Shore Dive, head on in to Perth Scuba 12th August 8:30am for a FREE BBQ brekky and then we’ll cruise out to the dive site. All levels of divers are welcome and we have a qualified Dive Master on hand to guide your dive.

Western Australian diver and 2011 ANZANG Nature Photography category winner Tammy Gibbs will reveal the secret to making the most of underwater photography in a free seminar.

Tammy will reveal how to overcome the challenges of underwater photography, share some tips for travelling with dive and camera gear, and showcase a range of her images from local and overseas dive sites.

The seminar is part of the WA Museum – Perth’s National Science Week celebrations and coincides with the ANZANG photographic exhibition currently on display at the Museum until 19th August 2012.

ANZANG is focused on the unique natural heritage of the bioregion of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea region.

The annual photography competition highlights this unique area by encouraging conservation and protection of the region’s native flora and fauna.

The seminar is free, however, bookings are required on 9427 2792. School groups are more than welcome.

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.

PADI Rescue Diver

One of the MOST rewarding courses you will ever take part in. This is the course to build confidence as a diver and KNOW you can help yourself or your buddy. Jump onto this fun, exhausting and exhilarating course on Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th August 2012. You must already be an Advanced Open Water diver to be able to start this course.

Wednesday 8th August 2012 7:00pm (Night Dive)

Meet Palm Beach Jetty, Rockingham for a night dive chasing prawns and crabs or taking photos of the weird and wonderful nocturnal critters. This spot is known for its big tiger prawns and weird and wonderful nocturnal critters – including baby Port Jacksons! 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.

Sunday 12th August 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.

Friday 17th August 2012 7:00pm (Event)

Join us at Perth Scuba, 180 Bannister Road, Canning Vale for our Opening Evening of the Underwater Festival. Learn the rules, meet some of the special guest speakers and check out the underwater photography and videography event line up coming in September. All divers and non-divers welcome to this special event.

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

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