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Re: SCUBA DIVING

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 10 Jul 2011 12:31 pm

RAYLIM wrote:I notice last post was 2010 then all quiet. Anyone interested to form an expat scuba club (unofficially) ?

tic...toc...tic...toc....

your other post soliciting students has been deleted. One more in this vein and you are history.

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Re: SCUBA DIVING

Post by RAYLIM » Sun, 10 Jul 2011 2:16 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
RAYLIM wrote:I notice last post was 2010 then all quiet. Anyone interested to form an expat scuba club (unofficially) ?

tic...toc...tic...toc....

your other post soliciting students has been deleted. One more in this vein and you are history.

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Re: Refresher courses

Post by taxico » Sat, 16 Jul 2011 4:47 pm

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ozroadrunner wrote:I'm looking for a refresher course .. any suggestions on refresher courses - preferably ones that are run on the weekends and in open water?
OzRR... what you need my friend is a Scuba Review. Any decent dive centre in the region could do that for you.
you will be hard pressed to find an instructor in singapore who (willingly) is willing to do any review or refresher courses.

IMO there is only ONE instructor who enforces this review for people who have not been scuba diving recently... he's also one of the few (3 or 4?) PADI Course Directors in singapore.

all other dive shops/instructors/dms will not object to you jumping off the boat/platform even if you tell them you've not geared up for more than 2 years. this attitude is common in singapore, especially since the margins are thin.

if anyone needs the contact of the PADI CD (he charges accordingly, ie, not cheap) can drop me a PM. he comes highly recommended within/out the expat community and is well trained.

FWIF, i'm a NAUI OW instructor (not current) and for unrelated reasons, i'm very chummy with NAUI and PADI CDs in singapore.
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Re: Refresher courses

Post by JR8 » Sat, 16 Jul 2011 9:05 pm

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you will be hard pressed to find an instructor in singapore who (willingly) is willing to do any review or refresher courses.

IMO there is only ONE instructor who enforces this review for people who have not been scuba diving recently... he's also one of the few (3 or 4?) PADI Course Directors in singapore.

all other dive shops/instructors/dms will not object to you jumping off the boat/platform even if you tell them you've not geared up for more than 2 years. this attitude is common in singapore, especially since the margins are thin.

if anyone needs the contact of the PADI CD (he charges accordingly, ie, not cheap) can drop me a PM. he comes highly recommended within/out the expat community and is well trained.

FWIF, i'm a NAUI OW instructor (not current) and for unrelated reasons, i'm very chummy with NAUI and PADI CDs in singapore.
You don't need an instructor (or CD lol), a Divemaster will do.

In my opinion it woud be a fool dive centre that would refuse the bread and butter of a Scuba Review, and more irrationally faciltate the potential liability of a rusty diver into the water. Where do you see the logicin SGns turning down straight forward money, whilst taking on risk?

JR8 - DM (current, but no self-interest, right now I do no work in SE Asia)

edit to add: if what you say is true about SG, well F em. As I originally said any decent centre in the *region* will be happy to do a Review. Tioman, Perhentian, Phuket etc etc etc...

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Re: Refresher courses

Post by nakatago » Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:21 pm

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taxico wrote:[
you will be hard pressed to find an instructor in singapore who (willingly) is willing to do any review or refresher courses.

IMO there is only ONE instructor who enforces this review for people who have not been scuba diving recently... he's also one of the few (3 or 4?) PADI Course Directors in singapore.

all other dive shops/instructors/dms will not object to you jumping off the boat/platform even if you tell them you've not geared up for more than 2 years. this attitude is common in singapore, especially since the margins are thin.

if anyone needs the contact of the PADI CD (he charges accordingly, ie, not cheap) can drop me a PM. he comes highly recommended within/out the expat community and is well trained.

FWIF, i'm a NAUI OW instructor (not current) and for unrelated reasons, i'm very chummy with NAUI and PADI CDs in singapore.
You don't need an instructor (or CD lol), a Divemaster will do.

In my opinion it woud be a fool dive centre that would refuse the bread and butter of a Scuba Review, and more irrationally faciltate the potential liability of a rusty diver into the water. Where do you see the logicin SGns turning down straight forward money, whilst taking on risk?

JR8 - DM (current, but no self-interest, right now I do no work in SE Asia)

edit to add: if what you say is true about SG, well F em. As I originally said any decent centre in the *region* will be happy to do a Review. Tioman, Perhentian, Phuket etc etc etc...
Naaah; you're living in another continent. Maybe I could cajole SMS into conducting a review? :P :P :P
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Re: Refresher courses

Post by taxico » Sun, 17 Jul 2011 12:40 am

JR8 wrote:You don't need an instructor (or CD lol), a Divemaster will do.

In my opinion it woud be a fool dive centre that would refuse the bread and butter of a Scuba Review, and more irrationally faciltate the potential liability of a rusty diver into the water. Where do you see the logicin SGns turning down straight forward money, whilst taking on risk?

JR8 - DM (current, but no self-interest, right now I do no work in SE Asia)

edit to add: if what you say is true about SG, well F em. As I originally said any decent centre in the *region* will be happy to do a Review. Tioman, Perhentian, Phuket etc etc etc...
the reason why i recommended that particular CD (CDs are instructors also), is apart from him, i know for a fact that almost no other dive shop in singapore would act responsibly. he's the MOST responsible dive operator i know of in singapore and rightfully so.

on a recent trip (4 weeks back), the DM got lost. my wife and i had to lead him back to the boat after he broke his power inflator horn trying to hail the boatmen - we were drifting further out into the shipping lane.

we found out later he was rather freshly minted and didn't have a clue about the dive sites in the area we went to.

i wouldn't trust DMs. my wife, although only certified an advanced OW diver, has been scuba diving since she's 8 years old... she was the one who knew exactly what to do when the DM started losing it. (DM + me + wife AOW diver + 1 other leisure diver on his way to DM'dom).

i don't have any answer for you as to why scuba reviews are not popular in singapore dive shops. the last time i did a review, it was the CD i recommended in an earlier post that conducted it (although he was not a CD yet at that time). i was not charged.

i only paid him for a weekend leisure dive. perhaps that could be the reason...? or perhaps singaporeans will not pay for a review and there is no sense in any dive shop pushing people to pay for it. all i can say is: the margins are razor thin.
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Re: Refresher courses

Post by JR8 » Sun, 17 Jul 2011 7:15 am

nakatago wrote:[

Naaah; you're living in another continent. Maybe I could cajole SMS into conducting a review? :P :P :P
Maybe so, but I'm currently in Sulawesi and Malaysia for a months diving and you're not . :cool: :P :P

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Re: Refresher courses

Post by JR8 » Sun, 17 Jul 2011 7:52 am

taxico wrote: the reason why i recommended that particular CD (CDs are instructors also), is apart from him, i know for a fact that almost no other dive shop in singapore would act responsibly. he's the MOST responsible dive operator i know of in singapore and rightfully so.

on a recent trip (4 weeks back), the DM got lost. my wife and i had to lead him back to the boat after he broke his power inflator horn trying to hail the boatmen - we were drifting further out into the shipping lane.

we found out later he was rather freshly minted and didn't have a clue about the dive sites in the area we went to.

Ah sounds like that was fun (sigh) :)

i wouldn't trust DMs.

Hmmm, bit of a sweeping statement :)... an instructor is simply a DM who has done 'teacher training'... that doesn't make them better at guiding

my wife, although only certified an advanced OW diver, has been scuba diving since she's 8 years old... she was the one who knew exactly what to do when the DM started losing it. (DM + me + wife AOW diver + 1 other leisure diver on his way to DM'dom).

i don't have any answer for you as to why scuba reviews are not popular in singapore dive shops. the last time i did a review, it was the CD i recommended in an earlier post that conducted it (although he was not a CD yet at that time). i was not charged.

i only paid him for a weekend leisure dive. perhaps that could be the reason...? or perhaps singaporeans will not pay for a review and there is no sense in any dive shop pushing people to pay for it. all i can say is: the margins are razor thin.

What i'd say to the OP is, you know you need a SCUBA Review. If you can't get a SGn dive centre to do one, fine. Just go away on a trip to a regional dive centre having confirmed that they will start you out with a SR. It takes no time at all and then you're tuned up, confident and ready to go.




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6-10Aug 2011 Dive buddy

Post by ladysands » Sun, 17 Jul 2011 12:16 pm

Hi everyone,

I am new to Singapore. I want to go dive 6-10Aug, anywhere in South East Asia is ok. Anyone interested? or may I join anyone?

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Post by JR8 » Sun, 17 Jul 2011 1:42 pm

Interesting surface interval this morning.

We were out on the boat and Ka-Boom!

Turned around and thought I was looking at a rain-cloud. But it was rising and growing at speed. It was the Mt. Lokon volcano erupting 100kms away! We all sat/stood there open mouthed, it was like looking at a nuclear mushroom cloud.

Far out :o

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Post by nakatago » Sun, 17 Jul 2011 1:55 pm

JR8 wrote:Interesting surface interval this morning.

We were out on the boat and Ka-Boom!

Turned around and thought I was looking at a rain-cloud. But it was rising and growing at speed. It was the Mt. Lokon volcano erupting 100kms away! We all sat/stood there open mouthed, it was like looking at a nuclear mushroom cloud.

Far out :o
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Post by JR8 » Sun, 17 Jul 2011 3:49 pm

nakatago wrote:
JR8 wrote:Interesting surface interval this morning.

We were out on the boat and Ka-Boom!

Turned around and thought I was looking at a rain-cloud. But it was rising and growing at speed. It was the Mt. Lokon volcano erupting 100kms away! We all sat/stood there open mouthed, it was like looking at a nuclear mushroom cloud.

Far out :o
dammit and no pictures?!?
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Post by JR8 » Sun, 17 Jul 2011 4:23 pm

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About 15s after we heard it erupt

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100km away

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After about 30mins

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Post by nakatago » Sun, 17 Jul 2011 6:51 pm

I was expecting something like this but cool nonetheless. :)
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 17 Jul 2011 8:06 pm

nakatago wrote:I was expecting something like this but cool nonetheless. :)
It would have been a little difficult as it was in the middle of the day. Those photos of the Chilean volcano were at sunset and it's the reflection of the setting sun under the edge of the expanding ash cloud that it painting it red. It's not red hot particles that you are seeing. If it was then all that was coming out from the top of the volcano would be molten red as well. But I have to say it's an awesome show of the explosion. If you will notice, the left side of the ash cloud behind the sun's direction is grey ash coloured.
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