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Perth Scuba News Issue 205

Perth Scuba Newsletter
Perth Scuba News Issue 205: 9th February 2013 Can’t view the Perth Scuba Newsletter? View it in your browser Find us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterProject AWARE My Ocean

Welcome to another edition of the Perth Scuba News! What a beautiful week of weather we’ve been enjoying – warm days and low swells, what more could a diver ask for? Well, why not enjoy your diving in a different location around the Western Australian coast? The Perth Scuba are heading south to Esperance in March, up to Geraldton to dive the Abrolhos Islands and then up north to dive and sail the Ningaloo Reef – AWESOME! Read on for more details of what’s included and how you can join us.

Scuba dive Sanko Harvest Wreck Esperance

Perth Scuba is celebrating the awesome state we live in and what better way than to DIVE IT!!! Next month we’re off to explore the massive wreck which is the Sanko Harvest in Esperance. Esperance ranks amongst the best destinations for dive enthusiasts and is regarded as one of the top ten greatest dive spots in Australia. A dive on the world’s second largest diveable ship wreck is a must. The Sanko Harvest sank 32km out from the Esperance Port in 1991. It has now become a magnificent marine park and attracts divers from all over the globe.

Esperance Weekender Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th March 2013

Enjoy 6 magnificent boat dives + 3 nights in this gorgeous Southern part of our great state. Esperance offers magnificent visibility, beautiful coral formations in every colour of the rainbow AND the awesome SANKO HARVEST WRECK. The largest diveable wreck in the Southern Hemisphere and NOT to be missed. Our Deep and Underwater Videography Instructor Joseph “Daddy-Mac” will be leading this 3 night excursion to the South-West.

Esperance Weekender includes:

  • 3 nights shared accommodation in Esperance
  • Total of 6 boat dives
  • Includes 2 boat dives on the Sanko Harvest wreck – the largest dive able wreck in the southern hemisphere
  • Includes 1 boat night dive
  • Plus shore dives including the Tanker Jetty
  • Breakfast daily
  • Air fills
  • Spectacular dive sites
  • Explore underwater granite outcrops
  • Marvel at the enormous corals of our southern ocean
  • Be amazed at the scale of the Sanko Harvest wreck
  • Add your PADI Deep Diver Specialty certification for only $200!

For Reservations Contact Us

A  deposit of $250 is required to secure your booking. A Payment plan will be in place for this trip with progressive payments required to retain your booking. This is a Manta Club Member special price. Non-members must pay $900pp to join this tour – or become a member by clicking here.

Abrolhos Islands Scuba DivingNingaloo Reef Weekender
Abrolhos Islands Diving + Fishing Tour
Ningaloo Dive + Sail Safari

Friday 17th – Monday 20th May 2013

Experience a holiday of 4 days on the water in the Abrolhos Islands, off the coast of Geraldton.

At the Abrolhos Islands you’ll be taken to the most spectacular dive sites and best fishing spots – you can even keep what you catch and can take home up to 10kgs of fillets! You’ll arrive in Geraldton the evening before, have a meal and then sleep on board the Pelican Charter vessel. Then it’s a sunrise departure to have breakfast in the Abrolhos!

The vessel is well equipped for the journey with two motors, two gensets, inverter, desal, hot showers, fishing rods & tackle, dive compressor and plenty more to keep you confortable. This trip is limited to 12 places – so don’t miss out! For further details contact us for an Abrolhos Information Pack.

Friday 10th – Monday 13th May 2013

Explore the amazing hard corals and astounding variety of marine life at the world famous Ningaloo Reef. Click here for images from last years tour.

Lee and Joey rate Ningaloo as being better than the Great Barrier Reef and what better way to explore it than being on board the catamaran “Shore Thing”. The diving and snorkeling in Ningaloo offers experiences with Manta Rays, Leopard Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Coral Trout and so much more. Plus, let’s not forget about the AWESOME food that the Shore Thing crew prepare for us each and every day – YUM! Our fearless leader Lee “Boss” Johnson will be leading this north-west safari.

This trip is strictly limited to 8 places – so don’t miss out! For further details contact us for a Ningaloo Information Pack.

PADI Master Scuba Diver Challenge Sidemount DiverSeadoo Seascooters Product Review
Become the Ultimate Master Scuba Diver
Product Review: Seadoo Seascooters

Perth Scuba PADI Diver Specialty Courses are great fun and awesome experiences to improve your scuba diving. Contact us to book your Dive Specialty Courses TODAY! You only need your Rescue Diver + 5 Specialty Courses to become a Master Scuba Diver AND enter our competition to WIN big prizes!

Rescue Diver Course: 2 – 3 March 2013

Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty: night of 14 February 2013

Deep Diver Specialty: 23 – 24 February 2013

Equipment Specialty: nights of 20 – 21 February 2013

DPV Specialty (Scooters!): Thursday 21 February 2013

Navigation Specialty: 13 – 14 April 2013

Wreck Diver Specialty: 9 – 10 March 2013

Digital Underwater Photography Specialty: 23 March 2013

Shark Aware Specialty: night of 20 March 2013

Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty: 30 March 2013

Sidemount Diver Specialty: 6 – 7 April 2013

Search & Recovery Specialty: 16 – 17 February 2013

Underwater Videography Specialty: 2 – 3 March 2013

Plus, pick up your MSD Challenge Package + SAVE! Package includes 5 x PADI Specialty Courses, all PADI manuals, PADI certification cards, Perth Scuba Exclusive Dive T-Shirts AND a FREE Rescue Diver Course. Jump on board in store today for only $1095! Click here for more details on Perth Scuba’s Master Scuba Diver Challenge.

written by Lee Johnson – Perth Scuba Boss

Every now and then something new comes to Perth Scuba and as the staff will tell you, its’ never good to have all these new toys coming in because as divers we all live by the rule “he who dies with the most toys wins”. Last week was no exception with the arrival of the new Seadoo Underwater Scooters. The range is very comprehensive with everything from cute little green kids ones designed to go to 5 metres right up to big kid sizes that go to 50 metres and go 7 km/h for 90 minutes.

Naturally when the scooters arrived last week I had to have a go of one just to make sure they were ok… of course!

We headed down to the HMAS Swan with an R2 scooter and a crew from Perth Scuba. The R2 scooter is one off the top of the range. This scooter has a 75 minute run time and a max speed of 6km/ph. There are a few different brands of scooters on the market and for the really serious guys that want to scoot to Rotto for kicks, the Halcyon scooters are the best, but not everyone can fit $8,000 in to their budget right?

After hopping in to the water and clipping the scooter safety straps on, I sussed out the speed settings and away we went. The R2 has a set of green LED lights on the “dash” which shows you how much battery life you have remaining. There are 2 speed control triggers, one a constant running one and the other a speed / power variation trigger. Then there is a lock so you can stay at whichever speed setting you choose without having to hold the triggers at all. Working out the settings took all of about 2 minutes and it was time to head off. One of the cool things about the R2 is that it is neutrally buoyant. It uses water as ballast to make it that way. There are 4 small steel pins which make it slightly negative and the water does the rest. It’s great knowing that if you have to let go for any reason at all (and it isn’t attached), it will stay with you.

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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! BOOK NOW – 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 22nd – Sunday 24th February 2013. 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

Thursday 14th February 2013 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 Thursday 28th February 2013.

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 2nd – Sunday 3rd March 2013. You must already be an Advanced Open Water diver to start this course. PLUS this is your next step in becoming a Master Scuba Diver!

PADI Deep Diver Specialty

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th February 2013. Get deeper and find out what Nitrogen Narcosis is all about! Learn how to safely descend 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!

NEW DATES Saturday 9th – 10th March 2013. 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! THIS COURSE FINISHES ON THE LENA WRECK – ONLY $325!

PADI Equipment Specialist

Wednesday 20th – Thursday 21st February 2013 (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 Digital Underwater Photography Specialty

Starts Sunday 23rd March 2013. Get the best photos you can get when you head underwater. Show your family what you see and make them ooooo and aaaaaah at the critters. Find out what all those buttons and functions do on your camera and see the difference they make to your photography. Don’t have a camera but would like to give it a go? We can provide you with an underwater camera on the day. To book contact us to secure your place.

Remember – complete your Rescue Diver and 5 Specialty Courses with Perth Scuba and YOU could WIN the Ultimate Master Scuba Diver Challenge! Click here for more details.

Sunday 10 February 2013 8:30am (FREE Shore Dive)

Meet the Perth Scuba Crew at Perth Scuba 8:30am for your FREE BBQ breakfast followed by a short drive to the dive site of the day. The weather this Sunday isn’t flat enough to dive Mettam’s Pool, so we’ll head out south of the river to a dive site to enjoy the beautiful weather that’s forecast! This week Glen’s taking the crew for a splash.

Wednesday 13 February 2013 7:00pm (FREE Shore Night Dive)

Join the Perth Scuba Crew for a FREE Night Dive. This week we’re off to the Palm Beach Jetty. This spot is great for chasing a few tiger prawns or taking photos. There’s plenty of the weird and wonderful that visit this area at night – including port jackson sharks, wobbegong shark, blue manna crabs, sea moths and many more. All are welcome to join us, so give the shop a call on 9455 4448 to let us know you’ll be there.

Sunday 17 February 2013 9:00am + 12:30pm (Busselton Jetty Boat Dive $75pp)

This week we’re off to Busselton for a boat dive on the world famous Busselton Jetty. Busselton Jetty is a 2 kilometre long wooden jetty situated adjacent to the tourist town of Busselton, 275 kilometres south of Perth in Western Australia. The original structure was built in 1865 to service whaling ships. The best diving is at the end of the jetty. Jetty pylons stand like tall trees, each populated with a vibrant mixture of corals and temperate water invertebrate like nudibranchs. Schools of yellowtail scad and pike often hang like clouds. You’ll also discover starfish, crabs, shrimp, shellfish and small non-pelagic fish such as blennies, clingfish and other gobies. Occasionally, jewfish and samson fish zoom through. And if you’re extremely lucky, you may catch sight of a dolphin. The Busselton Jetty is a photographer’s underwater paradise. With a maximum depth of only 8 metres, even a novice diver can enjoy a long bottom time. Call 9455 4448 to book your place – still places left on the 12:30pm boat!

Tuesday 19 February 2013 7:00pm (FREE Shore Night Dive)

This week we’re off to explore the Ammunition Jetty. This dive site is full of soft and hard corals, schooling fish, baby port jackson sharks and cow fish. You can also find lion fish AND frog fish if you look very carefully! Join Lee and Joey for an evening exploring what comes out at night under the jetty. Don’t forget to bring your torch!

Wednesday 20 February 2013 7:00pm (GoPro Career Evening)

Looking for a part-time career or a full-time career change? 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?

Tonight is the night you can find out how to do it. Becoming a PADI dive professional is a rewarding and fun thing to do and it isn’t difficult to do! 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.

Saturday 23 February 2013 8:00am (Lena Boat Dives $130pp)

Join the Perth Scuba Crew exploring this accessible wreck located in Bunbury. It’s a great morning out and as the wreck’s located in only 18 metres it gives you plenty of opportunity to explore its holds and coral growth – plus find all those critters that hide in the dark! To book on this double boat dive give us a call on 9455 4448 – hurry only 1 spot left!

Sunday 24 February 2013 8:30am (Free Shore Dive)

Join the Perth Scuba Crew for a dive to ROBB JETTY. It’s a bit of a walk to the dive site but it offers some great critters and usually clear water. Fantastic for a calm day for a dive that can extend out to an hour and a half in the shallow waters.

Meet the crew at Perth Scuba at 8:30am for a FREE BBQ breakfast. This week Josh will be leading the crew down to the waters edge.

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

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