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Perth Scuba News Issue 190

Perth Scuba News Issue 190: 26th 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 an update from Lee on his way to the Galapagos Islands, the Underwater Festival Speaker Line Up, Glen’s Open Water Students and How Can You Conquer Cancer. This Wednesday we’re heading out for fun night dive – all divers are welcome – sweet!

Underwater Festival 2012
Underwater Festival 2012 Saturday 1st – Sunday 30th September

Love your underwater photography and videography? Then Perth Scuba is THE place to be during the month of September 2012. From the 1st September all the way through until the 30th September, Perth Scuba and the Western Australian Underwater Photographic Society will jointly host the festivities.

Our event line up includes Special Guest Speakers, Local Photography & Videography Competitions, Perth Shore Dives, Rottnest Island Day and Night Photography Dives and heading down south to dive the Busselton Jetty and HMAS Swan wreck. Want to book? Contact us to book on any of these fun and photographic events!

Our Special Guest Speakers will be presenting a wide range of topics including;

Joseph Bicanic – Digital Underwater Videography and the different mediums used ranging from video cameras, DSLR and even GoPro.

Karl Fehlauer – Compact Cameras including the amazing micro 4/3rds.

Sue Morrison – SEX behaviour in Underwater Creatures

Geoff Paynter – Cave Diving and Underwater Photography

Tammy Gibbs – Introducing Adobe Lightroom and Basic Workflow Techniques

Dana Weeks and Camera Electronic – SHOOT photography workshops and Camera Electronic bring some new camera toys

Dr Fiona Sharp – Hyperbaric Medicine

Shannon Conway – The importance of Lighting in Underwater Photography, followed by an afternoon of one-on-one critique for those that want some final tips before submission.

Lee Johnson & Joey Pool – Show you the most amazing dive locations in the world on the back of returning from the Galapagos Islands & Mexico.

For all the Underwater Festival Events click here or Like us on Facebook 

It’s going to be an awesome month of underwater photography and videography events. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to improve your skills and win great prizes whilst scuba diving!

Perth Scuba Galapagos Islands Tour Group 2012 Perth Scuba Instructor Glen Outhred
On Our Way to The Galapagos Islands More Divers Join The Perth Scuba Crew

written by Lee Johnson – Perth Scuba Boss

Well, we are now well and truly on our trip and the anticipation is very high… Tomorrow we board our final flight… Destination – San Cristobal – Galapagos Islands.

After The Perth Scuba Crew of 16 finally became complete with the Perth, ACT, Queensland and NSW crews arriving in Auckland to collect our four sheep loving friends, we boarded yet another plane to add to our journey which would make it the second last leg of our 38 hour journey so far. A long way and a lot of laughs on the way (and not one airport arrest!) Thanks Joey!

This flight was into Chile and very cool. As we came into land we had the snow covered Andes mountain range on the right and the ocean on the left. The landing which was actually on schedule – put us on the ground exactly 2 hours after we had taken off… From Sydney! Very weird and there wasn’t a flux capacitor in sight! Just a really strange cross over of the international dateline (Sorry Andy that doesn’t mean you pick up another international date). It was really good because to us it didn’t seem like we’d just spent 2 full days of our lives on various planes. The arrival in Chile gave us just one more flight and a 4 hour stopover to grab a meal and check out the shops in the airport. Confusion on the exchange rates and the $800 cans of coke meant that most of us held back on the major purchases like a drink in case it took out our trip spending money.

We departed and just 4 house later arrived at our overnight destination Guayaquil – Ecuador. After a speedy check in at the Macaw Hostel everyone went straight to bed for some much needed stretch and sleep.

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written by Glen Outhred – Perth Scuba Instructor

A big congratulations to our newest open water divers! Some for a hobby, some for a change of sport and some required for the job. Either way they we’re very keen to get in the water and be amazed!

And what a weekend to be out in the water. A nicely warmed heated pool to start off with and with the competent learners they were, we had no trouble with skills, we even learned how to blow the perfect ring! Next step was a boat trip out to Rottnest Island and I can honestly say it has been the best weekend at Rotto for the whole winter! The weather at Rottnest was as good as it gets, so warm I even had a sunbake on top deck. The water was perfect! Crystal clear and glass, could not wait to jump in and explore the sites of Rottnest. After we all got sorted we descended down for our first dive. The students smashed out their skills for a good cruise around Parker Point. First dive done and the divers loved it.

After a good lunch on the boat, some good chats and lots of people taking photos of the glorious day, we were ready to get back in the water. You could the bottom it was that clear. After completing our navigation we swam to Secret Cove (no I can’t tell you where it is otherwise it wouldn’t be secret!). It was a glorious dive and we even came back with a new trucker hat and a Jack Daniels bottle that had looked like it’d been there for 50 years. Such a beautiful way to start our open water dives. You know it’s a good day when divers saw turtles, sharks, rays and dolphins!

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Ride to Conquer Cancer Perth Scuba Western Australia The Coombe & Finley Project Aware
Ride to Conquer Cancer
Exploring The Coombe at Night

written by Karena Wilson – Perth Scuba Dive Master

KARENA WILSON, Perth Scuba Dive Master Trainee has committed to conquering cancer by participating in The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer® benefitting The Western Australian Institute of Medical Research. She will join thousands of other men and women in a history-making ride on 20th and 21st October 2012. Karena will take part in a 200km two-day ride throughout Western Australia’s scenic countryside with a night of camping. Riders will support breakthrough research and the discovery of new cancer therapies at WAIMR.

One in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Karena is rallying for the cause and cycling in The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting WAIMR.  Karena, her friends and family lost a ‘great’ man – Trevor who had a positive outlook on life and an awesome sense of humour.  He played a big part in the stories created from the Newman-Wilson travel adventures.  Karena is doing this ride with her legs of steel in memory of Trevor and your support & her participation will assist in accelerating the conquest of cancer.

This is the inaugural Ride to Conquer Cancer event in Western Australia. The Ride already has a record of success in Australia. Last year in Brisbane over 1300 participants raised $4.7 million. Riders will be supported by hundreds of Volunteers and Crew Members who will Read more to support Karena…

written by Brett Cook – “Drysuit’s are for wimps” Diver

A couple of the Perth Scuba Crew braved the near arctic conditions last Wednesday night to dive The Coombe.

Other than the occasional ice berg, we saw some pretty bigs crabs, prawns cobbler and flathead. Visibility was surprisingly good and 19m depth with a safety stop was also a good change.

Thanks to Adam Booth and Mike Wong for some good company.

Editor’s Note:

Joey and Lee were most upset they missed The Coombe dive as they departed for the Galapagos Islands… Really, really upset we promise!

Adam Booth said “ha ha ha i didnt feel a thing in my dry suit, felt a bit like summer but yes thanks to Brett and Mike for a nice dive”

The Perth Scuba Galapagos Crew… So were looking forward to diving The Coombe instead of the Galapagos Islands but we were kidnapped by bandits (Lee and Joey) and forced to go diving in this world heritage area… Sorry!

Don’t forget to join the crew for next Wednesday’s night dive. Give us a call on 9455 4448 to find out where we’ll be heading. Don’t have a buddy? Don’t worry, we’ll find you one on the night! Don’t forget to bring a torch!!!

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Upcoming Dive Courses
Upcoming Manta Club Dives & Events

PADI Open Water Diver Course

Got a friend who you’d love to become your buddy? Perth Scuba runs 3 day dive courses EVERY WEEK!!! Spring is a gorgeous time to be diving and  a fantastic time to get in the water in the lead up to SUMMER! Contact us to book your place – it’s great fun and includes your PADI eLearning Pass – no boring classroom study!

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Starts evening of Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd September 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. Plus try out night diving under the supervision of our qualified Instructors. Gain more confidence in your diving and be certified to dive to 30 meters!

PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver

Thursday 30th 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! Plus, Perth Scuba banks 36% Nitrox so you can get a Nitrox fill in under 5 minutes at our store – without needing an O2 clean cylinder!

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 15th – Sunday 16th September 2012. You must already be an Advanced Open Water diver to start this course.

Wednesday 5th September 2012 7:00pm (Night Dive)

Meet at the Ammunition Jetty, Nyyerbup Circle, Henderson for a night dive exploring the jetty pilons. This spot is great for juvenile port jackson shark, leather jacket, lion fish, nudibranchs and loads of other underwater creatures. 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. Great opportunity for getting images for the Underwater Festival Competition.

Sunday 9th September 2012 8:15am (Rottnest Island Boat Dive)

Join the Perth Scuba Crew Great opportunity to take photos for the Underwater Festival 2012. The Perth Scuba Crew will be heading out to Rottnest Island for a double boat dive and lunch for only $130pp. Call us on 9455 4448 or email us to book your place – limited places available so hurry.

Wednesday 12th September 2012 7.00pm (Shore Dive)

Meet The Coombe, Mosman Bay for a night of spotting wreck critters. The dive site is great for critters in abundance on the wrecks located in about 12 metres. Give us a call on 9455 4448 to let us know you’ll be there. Don’t forget to bring your torch OR you can try a Light & Motion Sola Light for FREE! Call us to secure yours for a try dive.

Sunday 16th September 2012 8.30am (Shore Dive)

Join the Perth Scuba Crew for a free shore dive and BBQ breakfast. Join our qualified Dive Master for the best shore dive of the day. All levels of divers are welcome to join us and it’s FREE. Plus get the opportunity to take photos for the Underwater Festival 2012 – click here for more details.

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

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