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Perth Scuba News Issue 195

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Perth Scuba News Issue 195: 3rd November 2012 Can’t view the Perth Scuba Newsletter? View it in your browser Find us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterProject AWARE My Ocean

Welcome to Perth Scuba’s Newsletter! We welcome back the Perth Scuba Tour Group who’ve just returned from cruising Sulawesi on board the Pelagian Yacht and diving at the Wakatobi Resort. This edition we share some of Joey’s images with you, plus introduce you to the fascinating dive destination of Manado, also we give you the opportunity to jump start your career as a PADI Dive Professional. Want to jump on one of our exciting Specialty Dive Courses? There’s plenty to choose from during the month of November – scroll down for a full schedule PLUS don’t forget to book your Christmas Party Ticket!

Wakatobi Resort Sulawesi Perth Scuba Tour
Lee & Joey return from Wakatobi Resort

Never have we received such outstanding service!!! Let me start by saying that the service the Perth Scuba Crew received whilst staying on board the Pelagian luxury yacht and Wakatobi Resort was outstanding. The food was restaurant quality including sumptuous desserts and entrees. The accommodation was very comfortable, more like a hotel than a dive resort or live-aboard! The dive boats from the resort were fully shaded (see above) including tea, hot chocolate and coffee – all made by the crew for you. Plus we only ever had a maximum of 12 divers per boat, even though there was space for at least 30! Never once did we need to lift a finger to carry our gear, swap a cylinder or even wash our gear from day to day. Gees, after 10 days of this kind of treatment – how are you meant to get back to the reality of doing it yourself???

The Perth Scuba Tour began with a flight to Bali. The flight was rather ordinary, but what followed just made our day. After disembarking the plane we were met by a lovely young lady (Graeme stop drooling!) who escorted us past immigration and to our baggage. We cruised past the long lines of Visa applications and passport stamping and grabbed our bags from the conveyor belt. Our lovely host returned with our stamped passports and we were escorted through customs and out the airport door. It took all of 10 minutes to get from the plane to our waiting transport. After our rush through immigration it was followed with an overnight stay at the Dynasty Resort…. And of course, a couple of cocktails from the “hard day” we’d had flying to Bali – yeah right! Early the next morning it was time to shoot off to the airport for our short flight to Wakatobi Resort. We were met outside the airport by our Wakatobi host and taken to the check-in counter for our chartered flight. All our baggage was sent to the plane and then we were taken to the private lounge to await our flight. Unfortunately, there was a slight problem with our private charter (waiting on a part), and so we didn’t miss a day on board our luxury yacht, Wakatobi Resort chartered another flight and then zoooommmm we were off to Wakatobi!

After a short flight, followed by another stay in a private lounge, then our final short flight, we arrived at Tomia – one of the islands that make up the area where Wakatobi is situated. The Perth Scuba Crew disembarked our private Fokker 50 aircraft and jumped straight into the waiting transfer vehicles. No need to fuss over the luggage – someone else was there to do that! We drove past small neatly kept homes on our way to our boat transfer. It only took 10 minutes are we had arrived at the jetty where dozens of children were fascinated by the colour of Sarah’s hair (blonde). We jumped on our transfer and zoomed over to our floating home for the next 5 nights – the Pelagian Yacht. Oooooo and was it nice!!!

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PADI Go Pro Perth Scuba Western Australia Perth Scuba Manado Tour 2014
Jump into an exciting new career!
Find the weird & wonderful in Manado

Perth Scuba is looking for new Dive Masters & Instructors! Looking for a part-time career? Something to earn extra cash while you have FUN!

Ever wanted to dive and earn money doing it? Ever wanted to take your diving to the next level? Ever thought about a change in career or even an extended holiday around the world diving for a living?

Becoming a PADI dive professional is a rewarding and fun thing to do and it isn’t difficult! The PADI system of diver training with all of the available training aids, makes the PADI Dive Master course no more difficult than your open water course. But being a PADI Pro not only takes you to the elite level with your own dive training, but it gives you options… LOTS of options.

Find out how you can have a change of career or even a back up “part time” job with Perth Scuba. We are now the busiest dive centre in WA and we need you! Want to learn more? Contact us for your free PADI Pro Information Pack or make an appointment with one of our Career Development Centre professionals.

Even if you are only new into diving but would like the information on how to go further – this is all about you!

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Travel with us on an all-inclusive expedition to dive the heart of the “Coral Triangle”  of North Sulawesi which contains more marine species than any other area on the planet!

Begin with 4 days of 2-3 boat dives exploring the incredible reefs and vistas of Bunaken National Park. This region is home to over 390 species of coral and a myriad of tropical fish. Its beautiful walls are teaming with life! Bunaken is simply one of the best places to hone your wide-angle photography skills.

Then on to what is considered by many the “greatest macro diving in the world!” Lembeh Strait. Enjoy at least 3 dives a day with the small and bizarre creatures that make Lembeh’s black sands their home. Residents include; pygmy seahorses, flamboyant cuttlefish, psychedelic mandarin fish, walking sharks, plus just about every type of frogfish, octopus, squid and nudibranch imaginable! The number of incredible creatures to photograph can be overwhelming.

Trip includes round trip air fare from Perth to Singapore and onto Manado on Singapore Airlines! Resorts include 4 nights at the luxurious Kima Bajo Resort, including up to 9 dives. Next, 4 nights at the at the luxurious Lembeh Hills Resort, including up to 10 dives. All meals, transfers, tanks, weights, Tangkoko National Park Tour & 30 minute spa treatment.

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Perth Scuba Christmas Party Perth Scuba WA Beach Clean Up volunteers
Christmas Party 2012 – Saturday 8th December
Thank you to all our volunteers

It’s Perth Scuba’s Christmas Party and we’d love you to join us!

This not to be missed event is the one that everyone will be talking about until at least next year! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!

Here’s what you get…

4 Hours of unlimited nibblies, drinks including – Beer, House Wine, Spirits and Cocktails – And YES the famous lethal “Joey Shots” will be there!!!

When: Saturday 8th December 2012
Time: 7.00pm – Midnight (open bar until 11pm)
Where: The Terrace Lounge – 185 St Georges Tce Perth
Who: You, The Perth Scuba Crew (It’s our Christmas Party)
Cost: $85 per ticket – Tell LOTS of friends!

The Perth Scuba Christmas Party is not to be missed! You’ll be talking about it until our next one… That’s if you can remember it! Party and gossip the night away with the Perth Scuba Crew – it’s going to be a blast!!!

Tickets can be purchased at Perth Scuba in store, clicking here or by calling 9455 4448.

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Thank you to all our wonderful Perth Scuba volunteers for joining us at South Mole Fremantle for our Tangaroa Blue WA Beach Clean Up.

On Sunday 14th October, over 45 volunteers joined us in Fremantle to clean up Bathers Beach foreshore and the South Mole marine environment. Our Perth Scuba coordinator for the event was our Instructor Josh Phillips who did a great job of directing the volunteers to the clean up the area. The crew pulled out bags upon bags of rubbish from the ocean, including a huge assortment of glass bottles, plastic bottles & bags, wire and even a garden hose! The shore support crew found plenty of plastic bottle tops, aluminium cans, broken pieces of plastic, cigarette butts and even condoms (EWWW!) in the sand dunes. Great work guys and girls, and very thankful the rubbish is no longer there to hurt the local non-human inhabitants. The weather conditions weren’t fantastic with a high swell and moderate winds to contend with – the divers did a great job of cleaning up and looking after themselves. After a big morning of cleaning up rubbish the boys and girls enjoyed a piping hot BBQ lunch (cooked by Josh) and a few drinks. Thankfully the rain never came and everyone not diving stayed dry.

Special thanks go to Lindsay Phillips (Divemaster extraordinaire) for organising the divers, Jocie Tysoe (Divemaster trainee) for keeping an eye on the divers in and out of the water, plus Dale Grice for helping Lindsay get the “washed up” divers out of the water!

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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 then grab your SCUBA gear for only $500 more!!! Ask us how!

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver – Try more!

Starts evening of Friday 16th – Sunday 18th November 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 – the weirdest critters come out at night. Gain more confidence in your diving and be certified to dive to 30 meters!

PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver

Wednesday 7th November 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! Next course starts Wednesday 21st November.

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 10th – Sunday 11th November 2012. You must already be an Advanced Open Water diver to start this course.

PADI Deep Diver Specialty

Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th November 2012. Get deeper and find out what Nitrogen Narcosis is all about! Learn how to safely decend and return from a Deep dive up to 40 metres. These are the skills you need to keep you safe when you’re extending your limits. 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 Equipment Specialist

Tuesday 6th – Wednesday 7th November 2012 (evenings). You will learn field repairs for those times when a leak is out to spoil your day, how regulators work and what the difference between a balanced regulator is as opposed to a non balanced regulator. Learn how to disassemble your second stage and learn how cylinder valves work. Did you ever wonder how cylinders are made? This is the course for you! The Equipment Specialty Course is a MUST DO for future, current and training Dive Masters.

PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty – Don’t get lost!

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.

PADI Night Diver Specialty

The weirdest creatures come out at night and that’s exactly why we love night diving! Join us on the evenings of Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th 2012 exploring everything your torchlight touches. You need special skills to dive at night and our course will give you the skills to enjoy night diving safely – plus you may even catch a pile of prawns! To book contact us to secure your place.

Sunday 4th November 2012 8.30am (Movie Morning)

Due to the weather looking pretty rotten tomorrow morning, the Perth Scuba Crew will be throwing on a movie in our presentation theatre. Feel free to join us for a hot chocolate and a lounge around in the theatre. All club members are welcome to hide from the storm with us.

Wednesday 7th November 2012 7.00pm (Night Shore Dive)

Meet the Perth Scuba Crew at the dive location of the evening at The Coombe. The Coombe is a great spot for exploring wrecks with your camera in hand for the weird and wonderful critters OR for chasing prawns along the banks – grab  your dinner folks!

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. Give us a call on 9455 4448 to let us know you’ll be there.

Sunday 11th November 2012 8:30am (Shore Dive)

Meet the Perth Scuba Crew at the shop in Canning Vale for your FREE BBQ breakfast, followed by a drive to the dive spot of the day – this time it’s BHP Jetty.

This site is the jetty BHP used to use. The site is accessed by going to the end of Riseley Road. On a street map you will see two parallel jetties into the Cockburn Sound, the most northerly is the old BHP Jetty. It’s quite obvious it’s not in use when you arrive. The jetty structure and cargo nets are encrusted with life and have juvenile fish hiding and seahorses hanging on – usually yellow ones! There are some large nudibranchs that are orange with purple spots usually near the end. The first half of the pier has less life on it than the second and it’s also a good night dive, once you’ve first dived it during the day.

Wednesday 14th November 2012 7:00pm (Crayfish Info Evening)

Join the Great White Hunter, Lee Johnson, for an evening learning all about catching Western Rock Lobster (aka LUNCH).

Lee will cover over the evening:
How to size crayfish
How to sex crayfish
How to get your license
The RULES you MUST know
Hints & Tips on how to catch them

If you’ve ever tried or would like to, this is the evening for you.

This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome to join us on the evening!

Sunday 25th November 2012 (Key Biscayne Double Boat Dive)

Come and explore the Key Biscayne Wreck with Perth Scuba. Enjoy 2 dives on this famous deep Jack-up Oil Rig wreck off the coast of Lancelin. You must be a minimum of Advanced qualified to enjoy this dive.

Please call 9455 4448 or contact us to book. Book early to avoid disappointment – only 6 places left!

Saturday 8th December 2012 7.00pm (Christmas Party)

It’s Perth Scuba’s Christmas Party and we’d love you to join us! This not to be missed event is the one that everyone will be talking about until at least next year! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!

There will be lots of cool stuff happening throughout the night including the Perth Scuba annual award presentations – Nominate someone for an award if you think they qualify for doing something completely stupid, funny or just deserve a bit of a stir on the night. It’s all in good fun. Santa will be handing out Christmas presents and one lucky person will “win” a special Christmas present – don’t worry it doesn’t involve a cup…

Here’s what you get… 4 Hours of unlimited nibblies, drinks including – Beer, House Wine, Spirits and Cocktails – And YES the famous lethal “Joey Shots” will be there!!! Cost: $85 per ticket.

Tickets can be purchased at Perth Scuba in store or by calling 9455 4448. Click here to purchase your Christmas Party Ticket online.

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

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