Counter Darkness With The Revenger

Are you scare of the Dark? If you are, than you have yet to live life to the fullest!!!

Those words above would have remind those born in the 80s about the Guinness Stout advertisement by George Lim.

Today we will be talking something that is very related about Light and Darkness – Dive Torches!!

So let me take a chance to share with you a great product that is in Amazing Dive Store!!

Imagine a dive torch that is……. Light Weight, Compact, Durable, Bright, Multi Functions, Stylish, Sleek Metallic Finishing, Environment Friendly. Reasonably Priced. Does that sounds like too good to be true?

I would say after using the NITECORE SRT 7 dive torch for about 9 months now, the torch has been amazing and it has became one of my must-bring dive equipment along my dive trips.

First let us look at it’s hardware and features: (For now, we let pictures do the talking)

NITECORE SRT 7 ‘Revenger’
Features
SRT 7 Features
 Built
SRT 7 Built
Dimensions
SRT 7 Dimensions
Smart Selector Ring
SRT 7 Smart Selector Ring

 

NITECORE SRT 6 ‘Night Officer’
SRT 6 features
SRT 6 features
SRT 6 Built
SRT 6 Built
SRT 6 Dimensions
SRT 6 Dimensions
SRT 6 Smart Selector Ring
SRT 6 Smart Selector Ring

 

Not yet impressed by it? Of course! Well, I guess we will want to see real performances ourselves…

You can take a look at the impressive result it yield from the Depth Test Video & the Dive Demo Video.

Also you can take a look at my personal videos with the SRT 7 Revenger.

Black Blotched Stingray Night Hunt Video and Sharks, Moray & Jacks Night Hunt Video both videos are taken during my trip to The Maldives. Sorry for the shaky video. Lots of big fishes are hunting base on where our hot spots are shining, currents were strong, so the night dive was pretty intense for me.

 

SRT 7 at work
SRT 7 at work.

This is taken during a day dive at a dive site with low visibility. There is able a Strobe, Beacon, Red & Blue light mode that will come extremely handy in event of the unforeseen. What I really love about the torch is, it allows me to be seen easily by my buddies or students and I can also lower the brightness so that I will not scare fishes away during my night dives.
The next thing that appeals me is the accessories that comes in the box – quality holster, removable clip, tactical ring and a lanyard. These accessories allows me to customize the use and placement of my torch easily. Save the trouble of going down the Army Market to look for something that fits my setup. The spare tail cap button and spare O-ring also make self repair on wear and tear damages easier.

Out Of The Box - SRT 7

Out Of The Box – SRT 7

 Next convenience that NITECORE brought to me was rechargeable batteries and the very versatile battery rechargers!

First, my Li-Ion battery with 3100mAh capacity is able to last for nearly 2 hours on a full charge. Than, the Intellicharger I2 and I4 besides able to supply power to my SRT 7, I can easily charge up the AAA size batteries for my secondary dive torch. Not to forget, the use of rechargeable batteries means lesser wastage and less time spent on shopping for replenishments. So a little investment solves 3 problems for me! The best part is the chargers can be use for a wide range of sizes, so in future even if I require batteries of different sizes, my Intellicharger still stay with me providing me with power every dive.

i4 Specifications
i4 Specifications
i2 Specifications
i2 Specifications
Intelligent auto-detect & select charging modes.
Intelligent auto-detect & select charging modes.
Charges Li-Ion, Ni-Mh & Ni-Cd batteries.
Charges Li-Ion, Ni-Mh & Ni-Cd batteries.

So remember I said my NITECORE products has became my must-bring equipment for all my dive trips?

See what I meant earlier? These little gadgets light up my dives, allows me to GO Greener and gave me the confidence during my dive as it plays the role of not just a torch, but a safety device.

As for the SRT 6, ‘The Night Officer’, I would say it’s very very similar to the SRT 7. Only difference? It would be the RGB lights which the SRT 7 has. However, in terms of brightness and dive performance, it’s clearly shown in the demo videos. I did tried to play around with it at the shop, it was really good too. Same quality, same feel, similar size. The 930 lumens that the SRT 6 offers is equally powerful for lighting up the place. So I would say one will not lose out if they have the SRT 6. However looking at the price difference, who won’t want more features? =P

With all the above packed in a single device, investing in a NITECORE does not burn any holes in the wallet. Retail price for SRT 6 at $150 and the SRT 7 is $175. Rechargeable batteries starts from $19 and the all versatile i2 charger is only $28!!

My personal experience on my little investments on the NITECORE series? Very worth it and long lasting! =)

Come take a look at it yourself to believe!! Stocks are in Amazing Dive Store!! Call Amazing Dive at 9677 3627 for an appointment to try out the torches!!

See You Soon!!

– above post written by Nicholas

Diving into Amazing Journeys in 2014

Setting your New Year plans now?

You should if you havent!!

Just last week, we celebrated Christmas. With all the joy, laughter and thanksgiving, in a short time, we now all have to look into a new beginning on the calendar.

2014 is knocking on the door. It might be time to work toward a new career breakthrough, it might be marriage plans, moving house, climbing to a higher peak or even going to a new place.

In 2014, Amazing Dive has done up irresistible dive travel for all Amazing Divers!! Beside going to our usual favourites, we have new addition of Raja Ampat!! Let’s take a look what exciting destinations are available for 2014!!

First let us have a look at the year’s travel plans.

Amazing 2014 Travel
Amazing Dive Travel 2014

Excited already? Look further and you’ll see the different options and availability.

Malaysia
Malaysia
Dive Sipadan
Dive Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai Island

Available for diving all year round, Sipadan Island is ranked as one of the top ten diving destinations in the world. The island’s deep walls and numerous caves is well know among divers all round the world.
Located in the Celebes Sea just off East Malaysia, travellers fly in from Tawau airport and transfer to Semporna for a boat ride to Mabul or Kapalai Island.

Spotting big turtles and white tip reef sharks is almost guaranteed for divers at Sipadan Island. At the same time, huge schools of barracudas and jacks fish (giant trevally), who love to put up their captivating tornado swim performance, never fail to mesmerize scuba everytime.

The nearby Mabul and Kapalai Islands is the treasure ground for the small to macro marine life lovers such as nudibranchs, pipefish, juvenile harlequin sweetlips, mandarin fishes and even the blue ring octopus!

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.

Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air, Land and Boat transfers

Group Departure Date:

24th – 29th Apr

27th Jun – 2nd July

Dive Tenggol
Dive Tenggol

Tenggol Island is located at the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Its marvellous marine life varieties, turtles and huge range of coral reefs make it a wonderful diving spot. Splendid diving conditions made it suitable for the adventure seekers.

Suitable for: New & Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Land and Boat transfers

Group Departure Date:

6th – 9th Mar

9th – 12th May

25th – 28th July

25th – 28th Sep

 

Dive Redang
Dive Redang

First made popular to all beach lovers by a Hong Kong Movie, Summer Holiday, in year 2000. Redang has always been a top choice for divers from Singapore and Malaysia. The availability of wide range of dive sites made it a great place to start with your diving adventure. Not to forget, there are also challenging dive sites for the more experienced diver. The snorkellers and beach lovers would also love the beautiful sandy landscape and clear blue waters. A great place for everyone

Suitable for: New & Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Land and Boat transfers

Group Departure Date:

17th – 20th Apr

26th – 29th Jun

28th – 31st Aug

23th – 26th Oct

 

Dive Layang Layang
Dive Layang Layang

Known as “The Jewels of the Borneo Banks”, Layang-Layang is the ideal dive destination with warm crystal clear waters rich in both pelagic and macro diving. Coral walls plunge down to the sea floor 2000 metres below as barracuda, hawksbill turtles, manta rays, and tuna swim in the nearby open ocean. The most sought after creature here is the hammerhead sharks which are found in abundance during the April-May mating season.

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air & Boat transfers

Group Departure Date: 15th – 20th May (Limited Spaces Only!)

Indonesia
Indonesia
Dive Lembeh
Dive Lembeh

Muck diving is all about spotting tiny underwater critters, species that you would normally not look for or find easily during a regular dive. Diving at Lembeh Straits means you are on the lookout for numerous weird but amazing looking species, especially from echinoderms group. The uniqueness and beauty will surely make you fall in love with them. It is no surprise that divers around the world make their way to Lembeh to dive in this strait. For obvious reasons Lembeh is a real paradise for those that are into underwater macro photography.

Suitable for: New & Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air & Land transfers

Group Departure Date:  29th Jan – 3rd Feb (Limited Spaces Only!)

 

Dive Manado, Bunaken
Dive Manado, Bunaken

The Bunaken Island National Marine Park in Manado has the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Home to an extended range of fish and coral variety, divers can find the smallest shrimp to reefs sharks and eagle rays. Fulfilling interests of divers of all kinds.

Suitable for: New & Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air & Land transfers

Group Departure Date: 10th – 15th Sep

 

 

Dive Raja Ampat
Dive Raja Ampat

Travellers who have been to Raja Ampat will never forget its beauty. Located inside Earth’s coral triangle, Raja Ampat is, no doubt, rated the top dive spot in the world. Besides housing the smallest shrimp to the huge manta rays. Many divers come here to witness the unique marine species never found at any where else in the world.

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Live-A-Board (LOB)

Travel Mode: Air transfers

Group Departure Date:  3rd – 10th Oct

 

Dive Bali
Dive Bali

One of the most beautiful islands in the world, Bali is a very popular dive holiday destination. Dive in the world famous USS Liberty ship wreck at Tulamben, chance an encounter with the rare Mola Mola at Nusa Penida or expand your macro photography collection at Amed. There is always a good reason to travel back to Bali for more! One will really never know just what they might see in this ever-changing underwater jewel.

Suitable for: New & Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air & Land transfers

Custom Departure Date: Contact us to find more out!

 

Philippines
Philippines
Dive Donsol
Dive Donsol

Donsol is one of the very few places in the world where it is possible to see whale sharks on a regular basis. These gentle giants gather from December until May yearly. Plankton in the local waters drawn in by the currents will attract the whale sharks to feed. Frequent sighting of the whale sharks has drawn an increasing numbers of people to this remote area to meet them.

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air & Boat transfers

Group Departure Date: 12th – 16th Mar

 

Dive Malapascua
Dive Malapascua

One of the few places in the world that you have a good chance of seeing Thresher Sharks! Just 20 minutes by boat from Malapascua, Monad shoals is the house to the Thresher Sharks. Their early appearance means an early start for the divers – often leaving at 5.00am! Occasionally manta rays and hammerheads are seen here as well.

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air & Boat transfers

Group Departure Date: 4th – 8th Jun

 

Maldives
Maldives
Dive Maldives
Dive Maldives

The nation of more than a thousand islands, with less than 300 are inhabited. The Maldives consists of 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean and has its highest point just about 2 meters above sea levels. On land The Maldives is flat with lots of beautiful white sandy beaches. Underwater, surrounded by excellent reefs and abundance marine life, The Maldive is a dream destination to many around the world. Together with some of the finest live-aboard dive boats and luxury resorts on the globe, the impression combination for an unforgettable dive vacation.

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Live-aboard (LOB)

Travel Mode: Air transfers

Group Departure Date: 

11th – 20th Apr (Limited Spaces Only!)

26th Apr – 3rd May

12th – 21st Sep (FULL!)

20th – 27th Dec

 

 

Thailand
Thailand
Dive Similan
Dive Similan

The wonderful formation of of nine islands made The Similan Island the top dive destination in Thailand.

(<Similan means “9” in the Malay language> Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang (two adjoining islands), Ko Payan, Ko Payang, and Ko Huyong.)

These islands housed colorful reefs, abundant variety of corals and marine life. Similan islands are usually accessed by liveaboards from Khao Lak and Phuket, it is also one of the most sought after destination during the Malaysia monsoon seasons.

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Live-aboard (LOB)

Travel Mode: Air & Land transfers

Group Departure Date: 

3rd – 7th Jan (FULL)

18th – 23rd Nov

 

Dive Phuket
Dive Phuket

Phuket Island has some good dive sites and is the base for the largest diving centre in Thailand. Both the hard and soft coral reefs around the area are in a healthy condition. Therefore attracting a good amount of marine life. The wide range of dive locations offers a good selection to divers of all levels.

Suitable for: New & Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air transfer

Custom Departure Date: Contact us to find more out!

 

AMAZING!!
Start 2014 With Non- Stop Dive Adventures Throughout The Year!!!

With so many choices on the schedule, I am confident that there is some trip catered to everyone!!

To avoid disappointment, call 9677 3627 or email [email protected] now for more information!!

I am totally excited to start 2014! Join me together for the adventures!!

Happy New Year Amazing Divers!!

Greetings & Well Wishings from All Amazing Dive Crew.

-Nicholas

Voice of a PADI Dive Instructor

As a PADI Dive Professional, the real learning starts after our PADI Instructor Examination.

PADI Instructor Examination might have been a stressful few weeks for many (including myself), with all the ongoing preparations. Be it the theory, where you seem to have to swallow the book of knowledge down to your heart or the practical skills that we aim for perfection during our training.

It have been almost 6 months since my graduation with Asia Dive Academy. When I look back to my Instructor Development Course , as much as all these skills and knowledge are important to the examination and practicality when an instructor conduct a course, it became so clear after the examination itself that my learning journey had just begun.

As my experience with Amazing Dive grew by weeks and trips, I realized that it takes more than just passing down the skills and knowledge to a diver to benefit them. It is also the preparation for the lesson plans, the trip logistic, making the trip safe and even conveying conservation ethnic. After all, what kind of instructor would I be, to have 1 more student under my teaching, only to have 1 more diver being unaware that the living organisms around him are vulnerable.

All these little learning opportunities are important points especially for an organisation of dive professionals, which I believe should be conversed to a uniformed voice to conserve what we have before it is lost.

Every bi-monthly, Asia Dive Academy organizes a gathering for all instructors within the organization (consisting of multiple dive shops). During the gathering we would aim to hear voices from different instructors, feedbacks are shared and training are discussed.

Family of Instructors at Asia Dive Academy…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a full time instructor with Amazing Dive, this was definitely necessary for me to get to know what other instructors have for me to learn. Be it a hiccup they encountered on a trip, dealing with unprofessional behavior seen or tips on coaching students with difficulty on their skill, it helps me learn to prevent a situation on trip without having to go through the situation.

Looking at over 30 PADI Dive Instructors during the gathering, with everyone coming from different back grounds, jobs and experiences but all for a common passion – spreading the love for diving while we learn to be better, I am definitely at the right place, with the right people and glad to be where I am, doing what I am doing.

By: Nicholas (The Minion Loving Dive Instructor)

Monsoon Season – Bidding Goodbye!

With more unpredictable rain falls, November marks the start of our monsoon. Which temporary puts our Tioman trips to a full stop for 2013.

With the companion of our PADI Open Water Course students and Leisure divers, the Amazing Dive Team started with a wet trip. As though to prepare us for our dives on Saturday, the rain on Friday soaked us in our excitement and laughter. The rain persisted for the rest of the evening and only came to a stop just as our boat berthed by Salang Jetty. Allowing us to proceed comfortably toward Salang Beach Resort without much scrambling.

Saturday morning was beautiful, like a wish come true for a last trip to Tioman this year, the sky was blue with patches of clouds sitting on it. We had an average 12 to 15 metres of visibility during the day with sightings of turtles and ended our night dive at Soyak, bidding good bye to the cat shark! (Yes, we saw a cat shark at Soyak!)

The wind was picking up slightly on Sunday morning and we decided our dive site to be on Malang Rock. It was a right decision with at least 5 turtles waiting for us there where we have them filmed below:

Calm Turtle & Excited Divers. (Video credits to Jie Ling)

And some of photos taken during the trip:

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We bid the resort staff and boat crew goodbye with group hugs and much emotions on Sunday noon. Be it the staff, the resort, the food or the dives, we are definitely going to miss it badly this next 5 months!

Starting from this coming week, Amazing Dive will diving in Bintan Island and Southern Riau Islands. With monthly long haul trips to Maldives, Similan Island, Lembeh, Donsol, and many more! Do feel free to leave us a comment to ask for more details for trip destinations!

Xoxo! -The Amazing Dive Team