The First Step: Open Water Diver

Be an Open Water Diver & let the world be fully yours.

The Earth is 71% water. To us divers, it's almost impossible for most of us to cover the ENTIRE world in one life time...
Perhaps the very free and wealthy folks can, but to the rest of the diving community, having just 50% of the world to uncover is already a big dream.

Here are my top 5 personal reasons why I want and started diving.

It's a big step into the hobby zone but trust me, once you start you will not want to stop!

Mother Earth has so much to offer.

#01 : Friends!
I came into the diving scene with only one friend who dives. He is a long distance friend that I traveled with and we agreed to try diving together.. But unfortunately for me, he went ahead to learn first because he couldn't resist the temptation and couldn't wait. When I first took my Open Water, I didn't know anyone who dives, I was nervous and it felt like the first day of school where you didn't know anyone or anything... Trust me, that's all just in your head. I made friends almost immediately and during my Open Water course and realised that the "rare exotic friend who dives" is no longer true. There was a whole bloody boat of divers! It was so silly of me to think I'm going to be a special snowflake cause there were divers left and right everywhere I went and soon enough, I found myself surrounded by divers sharing their experiences and stories and I knew I was where I should be.

#02 : Mother Earth & Her Wanderers.

Being a travel lust, diving for the first time was so surreal. It was quiet.. creepily quiet.. I mean, other then hearing the sound of your buddy's bubbles from breathing and the instructor occasionally knocking on his air tank to get your attention, it is REALLY quiet underwater. So peaceful.. No phone calls, no social media, no nagging parents... While we swam across the reef, just a few inches below our bellies to the corals, my mind still couldn't wrap around the amazing things I've been missing out for the whole 23 years of my life. Which was insane. I've traveled to most parts of South East Asia and being Asian myself, I've never known that we were in the center of the top few best diving spots in the world.

#03 : The animal lover in me taking a big step into a even bigger picture.

When we see pictures and videos on stray animals on the internet, we always go feel that tiny heartache for the hungry little puppies or the abused Orangutan in a tiny cage. While diving, I saw first hand on the damage we do to the world on an even bigger scale. During my second dive trip, the leisure group were cleaning up the reefs and they picked up aluminium cans, fishing nets, cigarette butts, plastic wrappers and more.. One of the divers shared that during one of his previous clean up dive trips, he found a dead Nurse Shark under a fishing net trapped with all the drifted trash. It really opened my eyes to see how much I waste and affect the Earth and I am slowly making changes to my daily habits to reduce and reuse whatever I can and also to recycle.

#04 : Endless Discoveries

Imagine feeling weightless and completely free, in a world so mysterious and unknown – Standing on the edge of a boat, about to jump in, this is always the thoughts that cross my mind. Every dive is completely different. What will I see today? What are the conditions like today?  Which one of my endless adventures will I embrace today?

#05 : Mindless Adventures

In the midst of the eerie silence of the ocean, there's nothing much to think about. You will not think about what's for lunch. How much work is left to be done when you get back. Heck! You wouldn't even think about what your boyfriend or girlfriend is doing while you are out on a dive trip. Everything feels completely perfect, peaceful and all you have to do is, literally, just breath and let the ocean drift you in a way it feels like you're in a dream.

If this doesn't convince you to try out scuba diving then I do not know what will!
Take a leap of faith, a big step into a whole new world. We will be there to help you along your adventures!

Just click >> here << &  begin your journey today!

Pssst, this was my first time diving. A video I compiled during my Open Water Course~

Enjoy!

Sharks vs Humans : Who’s the killer?

 

Shark Ecology Class

From the classic shark movie “Jaws” to the most recent “47 Meters Down”, sharks are often portrayed as a dangerous, human-eating monster that people fear.

However, is this scary reputation justified?

The SSI Shark Ecology course gives you a chance to uncover the beauty behind the façade of these wonderful creatures.

There are over 500 species of sharks and there are still new ones being discovered by scientists.

Sharks are intelligent and curious animals that rarely ever attack humans. If they do bite, it’s because they are curious and investigating, or they confused humans as their food source such as seals, but not aiming for predation. Death usually occurs due to exsanguination from shark bite. They are selective eaters too.

Bony humans are not their cup of tea.

Sharks are apex predators that sit at near the top of the food chain.

They play a vital role in regulating the population of species below them to maintain a healthy and balanced marine ecosystem.

Without them, there would be drastic irreversible effect on the environment and humans.

In today’s world, many sharks are being legally and illegally fished at an unsustainable rate.

This is due to the high demand for shark fins soup, a cultural delicacy that symbolises wealth.

It is estimated that an astonishing 4065 million sharks are killed annually.

Coupled with the slow reproduction and rate, many species are listed as critically endangered.

Ironically, humans are doing more harm to the species when we should be afraid of them given the fearful impression media constantly tag sharks with.

Our interns attending a shark ecology class to help them identify the different types of sharks and also to learn more about this extremely misunderstood animals.

From the way a shark is build, the different type of sharks and the different ways they operate to how they reproduce, how they hunt and feed. There was so much to learn!

Who knew that there was more than just “man-eating monsters” to sharks.

Even the anatomy of a shark was so fascinating!

Learning about the different parts of a shark, the different senses they have and use for hunting even how to tell a male shark from a female shark!

We enjoyed the class so much, taught by Instructor Arshad & Evelyn. I have a whole new appreciation for sharks now and am no longer afraid or in a sense of “flight” if I see one while diving!

If I had to give one reason to why every diver should take shark ecology or any other of the ecology classes, it is because these classes really enriches your dives.

Being able to spot the different kinds of sharks, knowing what kind of sharks they are, their habits and behaviours really tells you much more about the dive site you are at.

Just like how being able to tell the different type of soft and hard corals, the different names of fishes will really making diving and spotting marine animals so much more fun!

Learn more about sharks and just how super awesome and cool they are!

Join us at our Shark Ecology class!

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Think Twice Before Renting These 5 Diving Gears

Think twice, you may be putting yourself (and your bank account) to danger by choosing to rent these five (5) diving gears:


1. Fins

Diving fins that will give you powerful thrust underwater are extremely significant in the success of your dive, but another thing to consider when choosing diving fins is fit. Yes, you can find a fairly good diving fins on rental, but they might not be comfortable to wear during the dive. It is important that you are best friends with your fins so you will not have problems navigating once you are plunged into the abyss.

Think Twice Before Renting These 5 Diving Gears


2. Mask

One of the joys of scuba diving is not only the feeling of flying underwater. The visual feast down salt water wonderland is also one of the greatest delight of diving. So why would you thrift on a diving mask when it can give you cinematic quality underwater?

Think Twice Before Renting These 5 Diving Gears


3. Wetsuit

This is pretty basic. Thou shall not rent a wetsuit -- especially over-all types. It is like wearing the same underpants 50 other strangers wore. You get the picture? It is totally gross.

Think Twice Before Renting These 5 Diving Gears


4. Snorkel

Don’t need to defend this, do I? Go for rental snorkels if you want an indirect mouth-to-mouth with strangers plus a bunch of diseases.

Think Twice Before Renting These 5 Diving Gears


5. Dive Computer

If you do a lot of diving, it is better to purchase your own dive computer. It will help you cut cost on rental plus you can make sure that you know how to use your gear since it is with you all the time.

Think Twice Before Renting These 5 Diving Gears


Mastery in navigating your diving gears is significant for an effortless and comfortable dive. Owning your gears may look expensive at first, but you will see how beneficial this is in the long run.


Be an amazing diver today.

 

8 things you should stop doing during your dives

There are a lot of fun-filled things to do compare to things that you should avoid so might as well follow this list of 8 things to stop doing during your dive to have a safe and wonderful diving experience:


8 things you should stop doing during your dives

1.Holding your breath underwater

This is a bad habit you should stop immediately because while you hold your breath underwater and do not let air escape, your lungs can possibly burst. Well, it is possible to hold your breath while scuba diving as long as you neither ascend nor descend.


8 things you should stop doing during your dives

2.Diving beyond training

There are times when you really have to push yourself to the limit but unfamiliar diving  is not one of them. Do not push yourself to keep up with more experienced divers because this is how accidents happen. Stick with your training and dive at your own comfort.


 

8 things you should stop doing during your dives

3.Forgetting to equalize the ears to the proper depth

The human body is not well-adapted to maintain balanced pressure underwater especially in deeper depths. There are various equalization techniques for every kind of divers, you just have to practice the one that fits you the most.  Divers often skip this step but the lack of this exercise can ruin your dive and may actually cause permanent damage to your ear.

 


 

8 things you should stop doing during your dives

4.Imagining sharks eating you alive

Let’s not blame Hollywood for filming Jaws in which fearsome sharks munch divers and tourists for daily meals. In reality, the factual record on shark vs diver deadly encounter is pretty dull. In fact, the chance of diving with these majestic creatures are so little you’ll be thankful if you get one. Instead of this shark paranoia taking over your mind, just cherish and protect these endangered species.


 

8 things you should stop doing during your dives

5.Diving with a broken equipment

Some divers rent their gear from head to toe. This holds to great potential hazards. A diver should always thoroughly check their gear regardless if they own it or it’s a rental and never be shy to ask for a new one if you suspect something is off.

 


8 things you should stop doing during your dives

6.Drink and dive

Alcohol impedes nearly every reflex and reaction you need to dive safely. Research says that being hungover reduces athletic ability by 11% and scuba diving is an intermittently exertion-intensive sport. Aside from slower reaction time, you will feel crappy your entire dive if you choose to drown in booze.


 

8 things you should stop doing during your dives

7.Abandon your dive buddy

This is the rule of thumb for all divers from all the walks of life. Always remember that you’re not only responsible for your own safety but to your buddy as well. It feels good to have someone look after you before, during, and after the dive so do not let your diving buddy feel otherwise.


 

8 things you should stop doing during your dives

8.Touching marine life

As tempting as it may be, do not ever touch both underwater animals and plants. Firstly, this is for your own safety, most creatures possess defense mechanisms that may cause you harm once you lay your hands on them. Secondly, you’re only a visitor in their world, simply touching corals may cause to their destruction so please do not do it.


 

 

 

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3 Dive Sites in Malaysia You Should Not Miss

Scuba diving in Malaysia should really be on top of your travel wish-list! This Asian country hides a handful of exciting dive sites that no diver should ever miss!

3 Dive Sites in Malaysia You Should Not Miss

Scuba Diving in Tioman

Name any colorful underwater critter and Tioman will definitely have it! Tioman is not only a serene island in Asia. It is also a famous scuba diving site because of its rich marine biodiversity.

Large swarm of fish, sea shells, urchins and turtle passing by, Tioman have it all. There are also common sightings of sharks and stingrays in this dive site. The island of Tioman is definitely a go-to site if you want to add more color and life to your dive trip!

What another cool way to connect with nature than a scuba diving trip to the mesmerizing Tioman?

 


3 Dive Sites in Malaysia You Should Not Miss

 Scuba Diving in Tenggol

Apart from the paradise beaches and its crystalline water, there is so much to Tenggol than meets the eye. 

Not only it is panoramic above the water; dive deep into its clear waters and you will witness an ecstatic coral reef architecture and an overabundance of marine life.

No wonder it is monikered as the Divers’ Haven of Malaysia. It is also once described as the “Best Diving in Peninsular Malaysia” by Asian Diver Magazine. Plus, expect whale sharks sightings in the area! How awesome is that?

If you are an underwater photographer, scuba diving in Tenggol will surely be tasty visual buffet for you. Take a lot of shots!

 


3 Dive Sites in Malaysia You Should Not Miss

Scuba Diving in Sipadan

If you are a freak for anthropology, scuba diving in Sipadan may be the right kind of trip for you! Sipadan underwater is filled with interesting finds such as limestone caves with a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers, fossilized skeletons of turtles and other marine animals, and awesome coral reef formations. It is also a home to green and hawksbill turtles nesting and mating, schools of barracuda and big-eye trevally in tornado-like formations, pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks. Scuba diving in Sipadan, though, requires you to be an Advanced Open Diver first with not less than 20 dives. Taking an Enriched Nitrox Specialty Course will help you dive more safely and freely.

                                                                                                                                               But it’s worth it all, right? After all Sipadan is such a divers’ dreamland!

Feeling the adrenaline already? Take a dive trip to Malaysia with us!


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7 Rules of Scuba Diving

 

Taking these 7 Rules of Scuba Diving into consideration in your every diving trip will not only help you achieve a successful and safe dive. It will also make your diving purposeful and non-destructive for the ocean and the creatures living in it. Ready? Here are they:

1. Do not ditch the dive  computer.

A dive computer is now considered a mandatory gear. Not only it is an advancement in technology (dive tables are long gone, right? Tell me I’m right.), it is also a must for a safer and more enjoyable dives.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving

2. You shall always have a dive buddy.

Although solo diving is now allowed and has long been practiced especially among underwater photographers, it is best to have someone looking after your safety and vice versa.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving

3. Master perfect buoyancy.

This specialty course should never be taken for granted. Mastering perfect buoyancy is a huge factor in the overall success of your dive. Being the master of your own buoyancy allows you to have safer and exciting diving adventures.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving

4. Enriched Nitrox Specialty Course is no joke. Take it.

All the jargons in your Enriched Nitrox Specialty Course are not bluffs. Knowing the techniques on how to breathe right underwater should be number one on your list. After all, you haven’t evolved into a gilled-creature yet, have you? So for now, settle on being an expert underwater-breather by taking up this specialty course.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving

5. Never step on coral reefs.

We go back to rule number 3: Master perfect buoyancy. This one is basic once you have control over your own buoyancy. You don’t want to be stepping on the reefs. The fish have “warm-heartedly” welcomed you; do not demolish their homes with your diving fins.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving

6. Never leave tracks.

You don’t need any school to teach you this (though there are still a lot of people who are not practicing this simple etiquette). Do not leave any kind of trash behind. You are a scuba diver and above all people you are more equipped and educated on the environmental issues our oceans are experiencing. You are the oceans hero, not her destructor.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving

7. Disturbing, catching or killing any marine creatures is a MAJOR NEVER.

The marine creatures have welcomed you to their home and have not caused you harm. Return the favor by not causing them any stress. It is okay to stare at them and marvel upon their beauty, but never ever hurt, catch, or worst, kill any of them.

Being a scuba diver is not all about the excitement and the thrill. It is not just about your expensive diving equipments. It is also about being a responsible human being. Being a diver means having the heart to prevent the destruction of our oceans and having the guts to protect the creatures living in it.

7 Rules of Scuba Diving


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For The Love Of Phuket

 

For The Love Of Phuket!

Phuket is such a lovely place. It’s immense beauty on both land and water is just phenomenal which is why it is rated top 10 places to visit in the world.

As the monsoon season starts revving up the waves and the rain starts ruining my day, my withdrawal symptoms to go diving kicks in on over drive.

First things first, here’s 3 reasons why I love Phuket.

  1. Phuket is located in the Andaman sea, which is NOT affected by the regular November to March seasonal change. So while I cannot go to Indonesia, Phuket is my side chic which i can count on will never fail me ALL YEAR ROUND.
  2. It’s beauty on both land and sea is on the TOP 10 worldwide must-visit-places. The same sight of the same mountain will never fail to bore me when i kick back with a Bloody Mary in hand as I take a long sigh as if to breath out all the stress from daily life. The same ocean will always welcome me with wonderful visibility and the chances of seeing me seeing a Manta Ray or Whale shark is higher than me trying be early for work.
  3. WHY NOT? It’s is cheap, it is Amazing, IT IS PHUKET! Every year when we make our trip there, my heart doesn’t hurt, my pocket does not bleed and I still get to come back to life after 4 days without having to eat instant noodle for the whole month.

 

Now, Let’s talk about diving!

Prerequisites:

Divers with Advance Adventurer or have the Deep Diving speciality would be the best. Many of this sites are quite deep ranging from 13 – 40m

Visibility:

from 5m to 25m or more! It is usually beautiful clear waters unless the weather condition is bad.

What you may see:

You will encounter huge underwater boulders that offer a good chance to see manta rays and whale sharks. The islands towards the North offers an opportunity for a good multilevel dive along a large pinnacle where spotting larger marine life like Reef Sharks and Stingrays is common.

There are SO many dive sites to explore, Anemone Reef, King Cruiser, Shark Rock and much much  more!

From my knowledge, Phi Phi Island has closed off its reef to divers as the Thai Government is preserving that site and therefore it is not accessible to divers as of now.

The Amazing Itinerary

(subjected to changes)

Day 1
Arrival at Phuket Airport
Transfer to accommodation (Lemonade Phuket and equivalent) 1400 Check in

– Free & easy

Day 2
– Breakfast at resort
0730 Transfer to Chalong Pier
– Up to 3 Adventure dives per day  – Lunch provided

Day 3
– Breakfast at resort
0730 Transfer to Chalong Pier
– Up to 3 Adventure dives per day – Lunch provided

Day 4
– Breakfast at resort
– Check out at noon
– Transfer to Phuket Airport – Depart Phuket

PROPOSED FLIGHTS*:
Direct flight from Singapore to Phuket via Jetstar Note: Singapore is 1 hour ahead of Bangkok
Singapore – Phuket
3K 535 Singapore (SIN) to Phuket (HKT) Depart: 1440 Arrival: 1535
Phuket – Singapore
3K 536 Phuket (HKT) to Singapore (SIN) Depart: 1615 Arrival: 1905
NOTE: Dives on day 3 end at around 4pm, please factor in 18 – 24 hours surface interval while booking flights for returning.

* Proposed flights timings are recommended so that majority of the divers can transfer to the hotel/airport as a group/minimum of 2 pax. In the event where a single transfer have to be arranged, there will be a top-up of SGD40 (Single Traveller Fee).

From only $499!

Leave the planning to us & just focus on the diving!