Monday September 22 , 2014

PADI ReActivation Program

If you haven’t been scuba diving lately and want a quick refresher the Abyss Scuba Diving can help you with it’s PADI ReActivation Program.

The ReActivate program is the perfect way to brush up on your knowledge and skills from the PADI Open Water Diver Course before jumping back into the water. Whether you want a few reminders or need to go over the basics, we personalized the ReActivation program for you: You conveniently review scuba concepts on your tablet, mobile device or computer, then go diving with one of the Abyss PADI Professional. It’s quick and easy, and a good way to prepare for your next PADI dive course or get ready for a dive trip. The best part is, divers who complete both the knowledge and in-water skill refresher receive a replacement certification card with a ReActivated date on it.PADI ReActivation Card

Any PADI certified diver who wants a refresher or pre-travel update should ReActivate. Dive shops appreciate seeing a recent ReActivate date on your certification card because it means you’re ready to dive in.

Abyss Scuba Diving run ReActivations programs every week and can be done in as little as 2 hours. We have structured the course in such a way that it can be tailored to meet your individual needs, depending on how much time you believe you need to refresh your skills and regain your confidence.

So if you have only been out of the water for 6 months or you have not dived since you open water course 5 years ago, we can personalize our PADI Reactivation Program to meet your needs.

 

Diving the Galapagos Islands

If there was ever one trip to rid you of your bucket list, then this was the one.

Schooling Hammerheads, Whale Sharks, Blue Footed Boobies, Massive Galapagos Sharks, Hunting Orcas, Fur Seals, Sea Lions, Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Yellow Fin Tuna, Mola Mola, Giant Trevally, HUGE schools of Jacks, Lava Tubes, Ancient volcanic craters. and the list just goes on. IT WAS THAT GOOD….

Abyss Group to Galapogos

After travelling all over Peru and climbing to the World Heritage Listed inca fortress of Machu Picchu, our trip continued to another World Heritage site which is the birth place of the theory of evolution.

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16 lucky adventures from around the world joined us on a trip of a life time to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador in South America. The Galapagos Islands have formed over millions of years of volcanic activity with some older islands already subsided below the surface of the ocean, with newer islands still being formed today. It is one of the most unique and isolated habitats in the world, which is why it is home to endless numbers of endemic specifies found no where else on the planet! Charles Darwin visited this volcanic archipelago in 1835 where he continued to develop his theory of natural selection and the theory of the evolution of species.

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We started our expedition flying into a small airport in Baltra which is a small flat island located near the centre of the Galápagos. The island was created by geological uplift millions of years ago and is very arid; with vegetation consisting of salt bushes, prickly pear cacti and palo santo trees. Even the drive from the airport was exciting as everything was new and different to anything we had ever seen before. We boarded our vessel the Galapagos Aggressor Live-a-board and did our first gear check dive that afternoon. After the check dive we sailed to Santa Cruz Island to further explore that area and do some more dives. We climbed to the summit of Bartolome island which overlooked an unforgettable volcanic vista that left everyone speechless. One the way back from the climb, our dinghy’s took us over to look at our first Blue Footed Boobies, Sea Lions, Fur Seals and Galapagos Penguins! The boobies were definitely the highlight though.

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Wolf & Darwin Island was what everyone was waiting for. After watching endless reels of David Attenborough documentaries leading up to the trip, we knew the ocean was teaming with life there and it was going to one of the highlights of the trip. When we arrived in the morning after a full nights steam, from the moment we all looked out to the ocean we knew we would not be disappointed. The oceans surface bubbled with fish activity, and the sky was laden with circling birds ready to dive. After the dive brief in the lounge area, we all frantically donned our gear and jumped onto the dinghy’s. It was something special. We had endless shoals of Hammer head & Galapagos sharks, spotted eagle rays, and masses of fish. There was a slight current on all dives, we basically just held onto the rock and watch the world go by. Several Whale Sharks gracefully passed by, giving everyone on the trip a chance to get close up to the giants of the sea. Wolf and Darwin Island had been breathtaking experiences, both above and below the surface.

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From there we cruised to Cabo Douglas & Isabela islands. When we arrived we pulled up in front of a black volcanic land laden with marine iguanas and turtles. During the dive briefing we had 2 large killer whales (Orcas) hunting a school of large fish off in the distance which was a unexpected but pleasant surprise. The first dive was away from the colony of Marine Iguanas because they require the heat of the sun to warm their bodes before they have the energy to take to the ocean to feed. So we we headed off to an adjacent headland to do a drift along the coast line. This dive we swam with a group of Mola Mola (Sun Fish) and also walking Bat Fish which are two of the most peculiar looking animals in the ocean. The Mola Mola are about 1.5m round and look like a squashed lotto ball. The Bat Fish look like a Bat crossed with a fish. They have strange skin folds between arm like appendages which they use to walk around on the sand. Oh, and they have hairy noses and lips. How funny is that!

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After this dive we made our back to Marine Iguanas and got to dive with the colony for nearly an hour. The Marine Iguana is only found on the Galapagos islands and has the ability, unique among modern lizards, to live and forage in the sea, making is a marine reptile. They can grow to up to 1.7m long and weigh up to 12 kilograms. They have been recorded to dive to over 10m into the ocean to feed on bright green algae that grows on rocks. When we dived with them we sighted most of them shallower than 5m from the surface. At the end of this dive we found a breeding pair of large Sea Horses said to be endemic to the area, which was great to see.

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We ended the trip with some land based hikes to see the Giant Galapagos Tortoise in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. They are HUGE and was such a privilege to see in their natural environment. Today the group also walked through a long Lava tube and got down and dirty on our hands and knees to crawl through parts of it. It was hard to believe it was a natural feature and not man made. Later that day we got to visit the world renowned Charles Darwin Research Station where we got to see all the different species of Tortoises and to hear about their breeding program they have in place to help protect them for the future. To wrap up the day, we had dinner in town at Santa Cruz with some great wine, nice food and even better company. Was a perfect end to a great trip.

If I needed to wrap up the experience in a few words it would have to be “Unforgettably breathtaking”… It really was everything we had wanted it to be and more.

Thanks to everyone who came, and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

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A Easter Dive Trip for Everyone

A trip over Easter for everyone, from a Tec Diver to your Children.

Some destinations that we organise trip to are designed for the new diver, others for the experienced diver, some would be good for snorkelers as well and this one is designed for everyone. Over the easter period there will be a group of us heading over to Santo in Vanuatu to check out the wreck of the President Coolidge.

From tec to New divers
The wreck is unlike most wrecks perfectly situated as a shore dive with the top in 25m and the bottom in 70m so great for all divers. All dives are done in very small teams so if you are there to do a re breather dive you can or if you just want to stay on the outside and go no deeper that 30m you can do that. This is what makes this trip perfect for all levels.

President Coolidge Wreck

President Coolidge Wreck

Bring your non diving partner
The dives are done a single dives with a surface interval back at out hotel so you can bring you non diving partners and they will not be left all day by them self. The divers will be out for a few hours in the morning and the afternoon and well this is happening the non divers can enjoy the pool, read a book, or if they are adventurous can do some of the land tours like the blue holes, champagne beach or even the canyons.

Bring you kids
Carl and myself will be bringing our kids and sharing the dives so there will be one of us there during the day to look after our kids and yours. This works well as one of us can look after the diving side and one can look after the kids if you are not there. No we are not planning on taking this job on alone… we will also have local nannies to help us during the day and I find it works well to have them in the evening if we head out to dinner. Relax and enjoy your holiday while the kids are having fun as well.

Check out Easter Dive Trip  for details of out next trip over there and keep an eye out for more blogs on the Coolidge trip.

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Vanuatua Christmas Dive Trip

The Hideaway Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary is situated in Mele Bay, a 20 minute ferry ride from Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. Surrounded by clear turquoise waters and coral reefs, it is one of the few places where you can hand feed hundreds of "tame" brilliantly coloured fish in a safe protected area. This is an experience you wont forget!

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