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  • Hin Daeng and Hin Muang Liveaboard 28 Dec 07 to 1 Jan 08 | Deep Blue Scuba Blog
    not necessarily require great dives There is more to a dive trip than the diving itself There are the companionship the above water activities the trips to the islands and streets and the entertainment provided by cranky and comical characters Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are great dive sites the same can be said of those at Ko Ha Colourful soft corals rich marine life and plentiful fishes Though we came for to see manta and whale shark but we were still sufficiently awarded with close encounters with leopard sharks But the most special dive was the evening dive at Ko Ha Yai cave We ascended in the cave to the surface and were greeted to beautiful stalactites hanging from metres high limestone cave ceiling The limited light penetrating from the waters into the caves make the place a little eerie But our laughter and hustle bustle brightened up our visit to this cathedral cave The arch above us resembles a cathedral s ceiling and the dripping drops from the ceiling bear resemblance of holy water from above If these wet activities were good the dry ones were even better We played games in between dives and joked non stop Girls jumped from the sundeck into the sea the guys could only imagine that they were not wearing their wetsuits We fished fish for squids and got ourselves squirted I also came to realize that one regardless of gender can be creative in expletives On Patong Beach we played fireworks and lighted lanterns and set them off in hope of our New Year wishes come true We danced through the stroke of midnight to usher in 2008 And what about Pierre and YP You got to dive with them to find out 0 Comments Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your

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  • 31 August – 2 September 2007 onboard MV Quest | Deep Blue Scuba Blog
    of dive trip departing on a Friday evening and returning on the Sunday evening but the LOB dive trip turned out to be more than a normal typical dive trip We covered the northern waters of Tioman the eastern coast of Pemanggil and the dive sites in familiar Aur all in a weekend We dived wrecks and submerged reefs normally inaccessible to dive boats from island resorts and explored new bays which are hardly dived But then again diving is not just about diving Diving is about having fun with fellow divers Diving is about having good food between dives Diving is also about sharing jokes talking cock merrymaking and more And after each dive no matter whether the dive site was good or the dive conditions were bad we were treated with delicious food and snacks sumptuous breakfast with choice of cereals bread and noodles buffet spread of fish prawns chicken vegetables and omelet for lunch BBQ dinner with grilled beef shrimps chicken wings and red wine and spring rolls chocolate cake and ice cream for afternoon tea adobe software for mac I went about taking pictures not just underwater pictures but also taking candid shots of divers on the surface on the boat having meals joking etc We don t just let down our hair to have fun We even let down our pants Well not we just one of us And not let down the pants to have fun the way u think In the midst of excitement and spontaneity this funny chap pulled down his pants and faced the white cheeks of his buttocks towards the camera And some jokes are never too old to be told over and over again Jokes which I have first heard 2 dive seasons ago were again brought up and

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  • The shark that got away! | Deep Blue Scuba Blog
    the bottom within 3 minutes While descending 3 divers in my group mimicked a group skydive free fall formation Well after all they had nothing better to do in the last 5 dives here Might as well play a bit We arrived at the first cleaning station the group that jumped in earlier was just about to leave The DM signaled that one thresher had just left Damn it We took over their position I felt like a sentry taking over a checkpoint And all we saw was blue Nothing We moved to the next cleaning station patience was on thin ice now Suddenly one diver at the front starting waving us over we went 100 alert All eyes scanned into the deep and far hoping to see a dark shadow Instead he waved to us frantically over to his position and pointed at a small coral head I then realized that he was showing us a stonefish My mind toyed with these choices at that very moment 1 Remove my fin and whack him on this head 2 Take out my dive knife and cut his hose 3 Take out my dive knife and cut him Man Here we are waiting to see a thresher and he was asking us to see a bloody stonefish I really admired his courage What the rest of the group and me did to him after the dive I shall not reveal We were fast approaching decompression limits and so had no choice but to end our dive While on the boat we learned that another group which took over our position 2 minutes after we left sighted a thresher Damn it again Ces t la vie And that s diving too Sometimes you see it sometimes you don t But for us

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  • Looking For That Kind Of Diving Experience Akin To Swimming In A Well-stocked Aquarium? | Deep Blue Scuba Blog
    design Manta rays with a white belly are common How about a manta ray that is completely black from the top to bottom These black mantas are endemic to Raja Ampat How do we dive at Raja Ampat We would suggest a liveaboard LOB rather than land based resorts As Raja Ampat dive sites are so widespread and diverse diving from a LOB will allow you to cover more dive sites as travelling time is greatly reduced The diversity of the 200 dive sites there are just huge ranging from walls to jetty to mangroves to sandy and to corals Simply put Raja Ampat is a hands down underwater marine heaven With a trip there the four heavenly kings will cast a spell on you with its charm and leaving you truly smitten and awestruck by the beauty of its heaven when you leave Nevermind the remoteness long flights and transits join us in our trip to Raja Ampat from 3 10 Oct and be ready to get charm together by the King of Asia s dive destinations spell Looking For That Kind Of Diving Experience Akin To Swimming In A Well stocked Aquarium by scubacrew February 24 2014 0 Comments Anyone can make a guess Which dive destination provides you with one of a kind experience akin to swimming in a well stocked aquarium Which dive destination is still considered as truly untouched by divers and still in its pristine conditions That s right Anyone can make a guess Which dive destination provides you with one of a kind experience akin to swimming in a well stocked aquarium Which dive destination is still considered as truly untouched by divers and still in its pristine conditions That s right it will be Raja Ampat known as The Four Kings Raja Ampat is located off the Northwest tip of the Bird s Head Peninsula on the island of Papua New Guinea Consisting of 4 main islands Misool Salawati Batanta and Waigeo there are over 1500 small islands cays and shoals surrounding them Mysterious Exotic Raja Ampat is the answer to both According to the Conservation International CI Raja Ampat is suggested to have the highest marine life diversity recorded on earth which means it is greater than the marine life diversity of the well known Coral Triangle Pause awhile and think with that superb abundance of marine life the reefs are inhabiting won t you think it will be a breath taking and memorable experience to dive at least once in Raja Ampat then In Raja Ampat no two islands are alIke and even no two dive sites are the same at all Each dive site you dive at it will be a totally different experience from the other There are always be surprises awaiting for you and definitely a high chance that you ll spot something you ve never seen before What s more amazing are the steep sided walls of the rocks on Raja Ampat s islands that are

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  • 5 Myths About PADI Rescue Diver Course! What Are They? | Deep Blue Scuba Blog
    t it what this course is all about To toughen you as a diver During the course itself it can get pretty challenging but definitely not out of your reach At the same time it is designed to be fun and beneficial to you too At the start of the course rest assured that you will not be thrown right into it without much practice Instead you will realized that you re slowly learning adapting and being trained to handle multiple skills and scenarios as the course progresses Other than that what you ll be trained on is to expand on your capabilities and knowledge So by the end of the course you ll be pretty much a proficient and skilled diver It can be tough but it definitely is rewarding and enriching No doubts about it Believe it or not we have many divers feed backing to us that they felt so good after the rescue course as it was an accomplishment to them So do you want to feel good Come join us for the rescue course then 3 Too small size divers will not be able to handle most of the skills and scenarios In rescue course size does not play much of a role It doesn t matter how small or how big you are Hmmm are you thinking why is it so In the first place there s not any form of strength test involved It s more of learning the proper techniques to handle situations rather than strength You will be learning and taught how to perform skills that will prepare you to the best of your capabilities regardless of your size to aid a diver in trouble Nothing more nothing less 4 Rescue course is only about saving people s life In a way yes it is but that s not all about what rescue course focuses on Other than equipping you with the appropriate skills and techniques to save a person s life you ll also be focusing on how to spot a potential problem taking the necessary steps to prevent it from evolving into a problem and erupting However more importantly you ll be learning on how to respond to minor or major dive emergencies and to efficiently manage them 5 You must be a lifeguard doctor to do the rescue course This is not true You do not need to be a medical professional or lifeguard to become a rescue diver That s a no no The prerequisites of this rescue course are firstly you need to be in a good physical health Secondly divers have to be at least 12 years old and holding an advanced diver certification Lastly the diver had obtained an Emergency First Responder certification that teaches you primary care and first aid Now all that being said did we clarify and straighten out the 5 common myths surrounding the rescue diver course If you think back the focus of PADI open water diver course is

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  • Bored Of The Usual Tioman Trips? How About Somewhere Further Than Tioman? | Deep Blue Scuba Blog
    about these two dive destinations Being the largest of the 9 protected islands dotting off the state of Terengganu coast Redang is not only made famous for its white sandy beach but also the underwater marine paradise that lies beneath its water Technically it offers pearly white sand beach a colourful array of spectacular marine life a breath taking sunset and what could be the world s most mature coral gardens As Redang is relatively undeveloped and untouched it offers numerous dive sites and crystal clear waters for enthusiast divers to explore With at least 20 dive sites ranging from shore dives shallow dives to challenging deep dives there s definitely a high chance that surprises are always waiting for you Also as Redang is gazetted as a marine park its underwater inhabitants are protected by the Fisheries Act 1985 Meaning Fishing is forbidden within 3 2km radius of the island and collection of coral and other aquatic life as souvenirs are strictly prohibited Thus Redang is capable of maintaining their rich marine habitats And and and it s quite common to see a green or hawksbill turtle at Redang due to its sea turtle conservation What s common to see there too are several species of nudibranch such as the blue dragon nudibranch shoaling fish such as jacks snappers and rabbitfish stingrays barracudas eagle ray and black tip reef shark So how about Tenggol Pulau Tenggol is one of the most beautiful among the 9 islands which is known for its perfect water warmed by the South China Sea and is considered as one of the forgotten gem set in the clear blue waters of South China Sea As part of the Terengganu marine park Tenggol island is still a well kept secret in the dive community Thus it is considered relatively unspoiled and consists one of the most perfect reef condition with an extraordinarily rich sea bed At Tenggol pristine coral formations and quite a number of submerged rocks with excellent coral growth await to be explored In addition the waters of Tenggol offer good visibility and is a home to brimming of marine life including stingrays various species of nudibranch sharks and coral gardens with colourful myriad of soft and hard corals sponges and leather corals that forms beautiful coral carpets Likewise as Redang with over 20 dive sites at Tenggol it offers unforgettable breath taking underwater diving experiences for beginners and exciting adventures for experience divers Also there are impressive formations of huge rocks and boulders that create exciting swim throughs and thrilling drift dives Something that divers love to hear too There are sightings of whale sharks and manta rays at the beginning and end of the diving season during the months of March April September and October Perhaps wanna try your luck to spot them at Tenggol Here are our group trip dates for both Redang and Tenggol Do take a look at these dates as some of the long weekend trips do not

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  • Check Out Our Latest Promotions At Deep Blue Scuba! | Deep Blue Scuba Blog
    any of our Redang Tenggol trips Good news is that we are having Redang and Tenggol trips throughout the year till season closes Thus start looking through our schedule and mark it down on your calendar Our first Tenggol trip is on 06 09 March while Redang trip will be on the Good Friday weekend 17 20 April As Good Friday is a public holiday you hardly need to take leave to dive So plan it early now and join us with the discounted rate But pause a minute do take note that a full payment is to be made by 28 Feb to get this offer Now for the next promotion we will be offering a free specialty course with 2 mid range trips purchased by 31 March So what are the few specialty courses that you can choose from Let us name them all now Nitrox enriched air Equipment Specialist and O2 Provider And are you puzzled which dive destinations fall under the mid range trips Here you go they are Sipadan Manado Similans and Malapascua These are one of the few popular dive destinations among all divers If you have not seen our latest blog regarding our 2014 trips click here to read more about these few mid range trips and their exact dates So how do we go about in getting this free specialty course Simple Just make a 50 deposit for any 2 mid range trips you re booking by 31 Mar and get the course free However to attend the specialty course and be certified full payment will have to be made for the two trips first As for the last promotion it s similar to the second one Just that instead of booking 2 mid range trips you can opt to book 1

    Original URL path: http://blog.deepbluescuba.sg/2014/01/24/824/ (2015-05-10)
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  • What Diver Does Not Want A Longer Bottom Time Right? No? | Deep Blue Scuba Blog
    went BEEP BEEP BEEP indicating that you re going to exceed the no decompression limits and you have no choice but to ascend without a great shot of the Manta ray Then what do you think is the key of it Yes you got it NITROX Or another term that is commonly used is known as enriched air As human beings we are always breathing a Nitrogen Oxygen mix Right now you are currently breathing air which is made up of approx 79 of Nitrogen and 21 Oxygen Nitrogen is a relatively inert gas and does not affect us until we are underwater Now let us test you a little From what you had learnt during your open water diver course is too much Nitrogen being loaded into our body a good or a bad thing There you go yes of course In order to avoid the negative effects of having excess Nitrogen loaded into the body divers are to ascend slowly and to make safety stops They are also required to follow the recommended surface intervals before going for their next dive Thus when using nitrox enriched air with proper precautions it is a different Nitrogen Oxygen mix with Oxygen higher than 21 and reduced Nitrogen By reducing the percentage of Nitrogen it means lesser Nitrogen intake and what does it implies You can safely extend your bottom time underwater and also shorten your surface intervals between two dives due to lesser Nitrogen being absorbed What diver does not want a longer bottom time right However it is important to know the disadvantages of using Nitrox to dive Since the breathing gas mix has a higher percentage of Oxygen there is a risk where divers can get Oxygen toxicity In fact Oxygen is toxic at certain levels and divers do need to monitor both their depth and the total exposure to Oxygen over a number of dives One thing don t get misled into thinking that diving with Nitrox allows divers to go deeper That s totally totally wrong The truth is the deeper you go the higher the oxygen levels and the higher the risk you put yourself in getting CNS Oxygen toxicity Also Oxygen does not burn but high Oxygen levels in the gas mix also increases flammability How are we going to avoid this Remember to handle and clean the Nitrox tanks regulator and valves with extreme care in order to avoid explosions Make sure that any equipment that comes in contact with pure Oxygen must be Oxygen clean which means to use special lubricants Lastly do make it your responsibility to personally analyze the gas mix in the Nitrox tank using an Oxygen analyzer if you re doing Nitrox diving So what are you waiting for Sign up the Nitrox course with us now that just takes an evening theory to complete and be an enriched air diver Yay If you re interested we do have a class coming up soon It will be on

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