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Perth Scuba News Issue 191

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Perth Scuba News Issue 191: 22nd September 2012 Can’t view the Perth Scuba Newsletter? View it in your browser Find us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterProject AWARE My Ocean

Lee, Joey and 14 of the Perth Scuba Crew return from an exciting Dive Adventure to the Galapagos Islands! We hope you enjoy this edition of the Perth Scuba News including our review of the Galapagos Islands, diving the Caverns of Mexico, new GoPro accessories, our final Underwater Festival Speakers, and our next Instructor Development Course. This Wednesday we’re heading out for a fun night dive to Rottnest Island – all divers are welcome – call to join us!!!

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 has been jointly hosting the festivities.

Our event line up has been jam packed and we still have more including Special Guest Speakers, Local Photography & Videography Competitions, Perth Shore Dives, and Night Photography Dives. Want to book? Contact us to book on any of these fun and photographic events!

Our final Special Guest Speakers will be presenting the following;

Shannon Conway Saturday 29 September 1:30pm 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 Saturday 29 September 3:00pm Show you the most amazing dive locations in the world on the back of returning from the Galapagos Islands & Mexico.

Underwater Festival Closing Party Sunday 30 September 6:00pm Join the Perth Scuba and WAUPS Crew for our closing event. Check out the local competition entries and we’ll be awarding PRIZES to the best underwater photos and videos!!! Everyone is welcome to attend for a drink, nibble and a chance to show off your final Underwater Festival Entries!

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

Perth Scuba Photo Competition: Email all local competition entries to [email protected] including: Date image taken, Place image taken, Who took the image, AND What camera & lighting was used. All local entries must be emailed to Joey BEFORE Sunday 30th September 2012 12noon. Rules: Must be taken at nominated competition locations (as per calendar here) on the day as nominated to be able to be eligible for entry. You must be a WAUPS or Manta Club Member to be eligible for entry into the competition.

It’s been an awesome month of underwater photography and videography events. Don’t miss out on the final week to improve your skills and win great prizes whilst scuba diving!

Perth Scuba Galapagos Islands Tour 2012 Become a Perth Scuba PADI Dive Instructor
Lee & Joey return from The Galapagos Islands Instructor Development Course Update

written by Joey Pool – Perth Scuba Assistant Instructor

During August 2012, Lee and Joey led a group of Perth Scuba Divers to explore the world famous Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands are one of the few places in the world where you are guaranteed to see schooling hammerheads and whale sharks when scuba diving – and this was the reason we wanted to explore! The islands are a giant marine park where fishing is strictly governed to a level that is very sustainable (only hand fishing to a small number of vessels is permitted).

Our tour kicked off in Guayaquil, Ecuador about 1000km away from the Galapagos Islands. Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador and we were completely unprepared for the sheer scale of the city with a population of approximate 3.5million people! After a 24 hour journey from Sydney to reach Guayaquil (via Auckland New Zealand and Santiago Chile) we were all very happy to slip into bed at the Macaw Hostel on our first evening. After completely bombing out we awoke to the sounds of Guayaquil the following morning – now it was time to hit the town and EXPLORE! Guayaquil is loaded with old buildings including enormous cathedrals, grand parks and outdoor art galleries. It’s a feast for the eyes – but watch out – while you’re looking at the sights there’s some kids closely watching your pockets. That’s right, we had a fascinating experience at the Iguana Park, watching the kids give you big doe eyes until you turned around and they madly scouted out what they could pinch before you knew it. Our crew was very switched on and had no problems with the pick-pockets and watched bemused as they tried their luck on other tourists – no successes whilst we watched! After a day of exploring the sights it was time to hit the hay ready for our early flight to THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS!

The Galápagos Islands are a group of volcanic islands located around the equator in the Pacific Ocean, about a 4 hour flight west of continental Ecuador. The islands are geologically young and famed for their vast number of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin . His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection (and don’t forget his contribution to the Darwin Awards!).

We landed in San Cristobal in no time – one of THE Galapagos Islands – yippee!!! We’d finally arrived after LOTS of flying!!! It was a beautiful sunny morning and after pouring out of the plane we waited patiently whilst ONE – count them ONE – person unloaded the plane… Finally, we grabbed our bags and got out to the waiting arms of our guide Juan Carlos! Juan quickly loaded us into the bus and drove us down to the marina where we were greated with a dozen sealions lazing across every surface. This included park benches, boats, ramps, rocks (which you’d expect), footpaths and low walls. Anywhere there was a spot of shade, you’d find a sealion lounging and snoring… What a life! No sooner had we marvelled at the friendly sealions, it was time to find our home for the next 7 nights – the Humboldt Explorer – and WHAT a boat it was NICE!!!

Read more & see the photos…

written by Andy Goddard – Perth Scuba Instructor

Just wanted to run a few thoughts by you guys …. Have you ever thought about being an Open Water Instructor?

The Perth Scuba Instructor Development Course (IDC) starts this October 18th – 26th 2012. Followed by the Instructor Examinations November 2nd – 4th 2012.

This course is the first step on the ladder to becoming an Open Water Instructor; the course is run over a week with the theory section being completed before the start date of the course.

Becoming a dive instructor can be a truly life changing event, the opportunities to teach diving are here with Perth Scuba or if you feel the need to travel then it’s a great way to earn a living…..I know… I did it!! And for many years!

To be a good Open Water Instructor takes commitment, understanding, patience and a willingness to help people through a wide variety of diving courses with the ultimate professionalism. The job, make no mistakes can be very demanding, but the biggest positive about the job is the immense feeling of job satisfaction. Taking people from all different backgrounds in life and getting through their Open Water Course and maybe changing their lives is an awesome feeling.

Teaching is a way of life for me, within it my career I have travelled, owned my own diving business and truly changed my way of thinking about life, to be open minded as an Instructor is key…to be understanding at all times is a must.

Perth Scuba is now a Career Development Centre (CDC) and is the very top for dive education, there are no other CDC in Western Australia, so if you want to be the best…you learn from the best…right?

The IDC is a week intensive course that covers basic teaching principles, it made up of Classroom presentations, Confined Water Presentations, Open Water presentations and Skills. These will be tested at the Instructor Examination which runs over a 3 day period.

Preparation is key to success and the staff here at Perth Scuba are here to help, guide and encourage. The steps that you are making towards being an Open Water Scuba are massive, but you are not alone and with in-depth training and preparation you will succeed.

If this blog has put a seed into your mind, thinking about being a Dive Instructor then call the shop 08 9455 4448 for more information and come and talk to us ….you will change your lives!

GoPro Be a Hero WiFi Cenotes Mexico cavern and cave diving
New GoPro WiFi BacPac
Exploring Mexico’s Cenotes

written by Josh Phillips – Perth Scuba Instructor

GoPro has released a new accessory for their portable action cameras the GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote combo are now available for users willing to further extend the capabilities of their GoPro HD HERO and HD HERO2. The GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac attaches to the back of your GoPro camera and should enable you to get live video remote control, preview and playback using an upcoming free GoPro App on your smartphone or tablet (Android and iOS devices will be supported). And the Wi-Fi BacPac should soon also allow you to transfer wirelessly photos and videos from your GoPro as well as to do live streaming from the camera. And when you combine the Wi-Fi BacPac with the GoPro Wi-Fi Remote you should be able to wirelessly control multiple cameras (maximum 50) from a distance of up to 180 meters. You get full camera control including on/off and the camera display gets mirrored on the screen of the Wi-Fi Remote.

Great for those who want to mount it in a unique hard to access position and either want to be able to see what they are filming (Perfect for Spy Cam) or for those who want to control when to start and stop filming (eg if its on the outside of your car and you do not want to get out to turn it off and on)

What’s Included

  • Wi-Fi BacPac (with built-in Li-ion Battery)
  • Wi-Fi Remote (with built-in Li-ion Battery)
  • Remote Charging Cable
  • Remote Attachment Key
  • Remote Attachment Strap
  • Waterproof Backdoor
  • Non-waterproof Backdoor
  • 12” USB Charging Cable

Now available at Perth Scuba

written by Joey Pool – Perth Scuba Assistant Instructor

Only in Mexico would the airport control tower have a giant Corona bottle painted up its length! And with that it was “WELCOME TO ME-HI-KO!” by our guide at the gate and we were off to our hotel on the beach. And what a hotel it is! Phwaaaaaawwwwh!!! Nice place to be staying when on a “dive” holiday. We were greeted with a cold tropical cocktail, a wristband slapped on and then led to our room by the bell boy – poor fella had no idea what he was in for when he offered to take our bags – we don’t travel light! We wound our way through the lush gardens, swimming pools, another swimming pool, a bar, another bar, past the sports lounge and then arrived at our Garden View Room. Aptly named as you could see the garden out the window BUT beyond that we could see the beautiful ocean beyond – oh baby – this was looking good already, not least of which because I saw the size of the cocktails on our walk past!

The hotel is located in the wonderful Puerto Aventuras development. This is a tourist development which boasts a marina for yachts, a golf course, restaurants and dolphin tanks, all within easy reach of the main Mayan Riviera attractions. Lee and I got up early in the morning (surprising I know!) and went in search of the dolphin tanks. When I say tanks, they were more like closed off parts of the marina with reef growing on the bottom. We found them after an easy 10 minute stroll from the hotel reception. WOW! There must’ve been a dozen dolphins cruising around the marina, leaping about their enclosures and chasing each other – even babies! Very cute and smiley. Right next door there were rays, sealions and three BIG manatee. I’ve never seen a manatee in the ocean and it was fascinating to see these big sea cows grazing around their enclosure and rolling onto their backs to eyeball you.

After our first night chilling by the bar – finding out just how many tequilas and cocktails they’d serve… To the people around us – not us – we were diving in the morning! We were up and bounded out of bed for our pickup for our first two dives of the day. We were collected promptly and taken to the dive shop… A whole 5 minutes drive from the resort! Hmmm well that was easy…

Read more & see the photos…

Perth Scuba PADI Dive Courses Perth Scuba diving events
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! Plus, now you can learn to dive AND grab your SCUBA gear for only $995!!! Ask us how!

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Starts evening of Friday 5th – Sunday 7th October 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! Next course runs 19th – 21st October 2012.

PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver

Thursday 27th September 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! More courses start Wednesday 10th October & Wednesday 24th October.

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 6th – Sunday 7th October 2012. You must already be an Advanced Open Water diver to start this course.

PADI Wreck Diver Specialty

Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th November 2012. Most people think of old ships when they hear about scuba diving on wrecks. However, wreck diving includes diving on all kinds of submerged craft including planes, trains, jettys and automobiles. There are also thousands of sunken sailboats, submarines, buses and even army tanks. That means wreck diving is something you can do almost anywhere there’s water. Join us on a fun and rewarding course learning how to dive on wrecks!

PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty

Starts Saturday 24th November 2012. Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone’s buzzing about a reef or checking out a shipwreck, they’re having a great time – until it’s time to go. Then they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the way back to the boat. Jump onto this course that always leads you home by contacting us to secure your place.

Wednesday 26th September 2012 7:00pm (Night Dive)

At this stage the weather is looking iffy for Wednesday’s night dive. Call us on 9455 4448 on Tuesday afternoon to see if we’ll be heading out for a dip in the dark.

Sunday 30th 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 this is your last chance to get photos and videos for the Underwater Festival Competition!

Sunday 30th September 2012 6:00pm (Underwater Festival Party!)

Close out the Underwater Festival 2012 with a fun afternoon. Share your photos, submit your local competition entries for great prizes and have a drink and nibble with the Perth Scuba Crew. We’ll also be announcing the winners of the local photography competition. Everyone is welcome to join us at Perth Scuba!

Wednesday 3rd October 2012 7:00pm (Dive Travel Info Evening)

Join the Perth Scuba Crew for the release of our amazing line-up of dive holidays departing in 2013 and 2014. Including trips to Mexico, Komodo, Lembeh Strait, Manado, Tawali Papau New Guinea, Palau, Truk Lagoon and Kosrae Micronesia. And the list of exciting holiday destinations doesn’t end there! All are welcome to this informative evening where you can check out what each destination has to offer, meet the tour leaders and book onto the holiday that you want to enjoy! Drinks and nibblies will be provided.

Sunday 7th October 2012 8:30am (Free Refresher Dive)

Are you a qualified diver but haven’t dived for over 12 months? Build confidence with our friendly staff on this FREE Refresher Dive. We’ll get you back in the water and remind you of all your training so you’re a safe and confident diver once more. All levels of divers are welcome on this free event. Call us on 9455 4448 or email us to book your place – limited places available so hurry.

Wednesday 10th October 2012 7.00pm (Shore Dive)

Meet at Ammunition Jetty, Henderson for a night of spotting critters. The dive site is great for critters in abundance on the jetty. 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 hire a Light & Motion Sola Light! Call us to secure trying this small & super bright light.

Sunday 14th October 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.

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

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