Monthly Archives: July 2009

Special Ops?

Meet Graham Hogg, an experienced and friendly PADI Staff Instructor and Yacht Master. After working around the world including Australia, Egypt, Thailand, Borneo and the Caribbean, Graham, has joined Planet Scuba India as Head – Special Projects.

Graham has over 3000 plus logged dives and taught students numbering in the hundreds. Graham’s experiences include running dive centres, dive liveaboards and private megayachts.

Graham is looking forward to meeting you all and sharing his love of diving, underwater photography and video production with you.

Just in case

Just in case i have some Bangagalore Dive Club Members who only exclusively follow me on the blog ( i have my doubts i read my stats people!!) There is a Bangalore Dive Club Meeting held at Extreme Sports Bar located on 100ft road Indiranagar at 6.30pm on the 17th of July. That is TOMORROW!! So if you guys don’t know about it, just come down and have a drink with us and catch up. There will be plenty of details on the Maldives trip and other trips there. Also quite good discounts are to be had on our equipment. Hope to see you all there soon.

Bangalore Dive Club Meeting
Venue: Extreme Sports Bar (100ft road Indiranagar, above Reid & Taylor showroom)
Time: 6.30pm
Date: 17 July 2009 (tomorrow,Friday)

Maldive or MalDIVE?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the maldives or malDIVES is a great place for diving.  Due to its very specific geographical situation and remoteness, the Maldives archipelago is the perfect example of why liveaboard diving holidays are perfect for the keen divers.

Liveaboard diving cruises meet all requirements of a perfect diving holiday at once: it provides top accommodation, excellent food, socializing with fellow divers and people having the same poles of interest. Relax on sun decks, go for a swim or a snorkel peek between dives, and of course, it brings the best of an ecosystem of discovery through the variety of dive sites visited and the extreme range of dive capacity offered.

In one word, Liveaboard is the way to go for the enthusiastic divers. Liveaboard vessels will start their journey from nearby Male international airport, and will follow the yearly patterns of current and nutrients fluctuations to ensure divers the maximum chances of big pelagic seeing such as sharks, manta rays and whale sharks, who start their migration through the Indian Ocean from off the Maldives, through the Seychelles, to end off Mozambique and follow warmer currents up to Tanzania, Kenya and the Horn of Africa where they achieve their migration and prepare for the way back.

Planet Scuba India is offering an exclusive dive trip to the Maldives at incredible rates.

3 Star Luxury Liveaboard
12 Aug 09 – 17 Aug 09
Rs 59,950

Rescue Diving

In the PADI Rescue Diver dvd they call it ‘Serious Fun’ when it should be more accurately titled “Seriously tiring”. It isn’t just the physical aspects of the rescue diving course that tires you out. The mental aspects of being constantly alert to danger is what takes the toll on you.  But it is not all gloom and doom.  The course itself is very fun. It has its moments of sheer slapstick comedy you could only find on a television sitcom.

My course was a devious plot from the start. I had been informed that my open water scenarios would be held a day later. So i was pretty much not thinking about it while enjoying my 2 fun dives. Well, that is abit of a stretch. My first fun dive left me scratched from trying to do a walrus beach assault speciality(that is a whole different story) So i was taken by surprise when someone while snorkelling suddenly shouted he had a cramp and was struggling. It didn’t strike me yet that it was a test so i responded as the training instructed. Stop Breathe Act. I didn’t jump into the water straightaway as what i would have done. I looked around the boat and found a life buoy with rope attached and swung it out. Sure after that i had to swim in and rescue a “panicked” snorkeller.  The devious part was that the instructor didn’t wait for me to heal up from my scratched incident at the rocks. He cunningly used that as a stress test and threw me into the fire. It was a good thing i was pretty ready.

The fun didn’t end after that, there were 2 more scenarios thrown in before we headed back to the jetty. Heck, while at the jetty there was a YET another incident. This time in full view of spectators waiting for the next ferry. So there was panicked shouting from the stands as an added realism bonus. After a successful save there was even applause.  The final scenario was held the next day. I have to say that it wasn’t as easy. The only way you can ever be 100% prepared to handle an emergency is to train for it every single day. But when scuba diving is concerned there is no such thing as 100% sure. There will be some elements to shake things up abit. I remembered what a Divemaster on the boat told me while i was preparing to go out and make a save. ” Don’t worry about doing all the right things. Doing a save half prepared is better than NOT doing a save at all”

I am glad i went through the course. It has taught me a valuable lesson in keeping my head together and not panicking. It also allowed me to see my first shark ever. Now THAT IS SERIOUS FUN!

Rescuing Tioman

Indeed i have finished my Rescue Diver Course in tioman. Exciting stuff. I shall blog about that more in the coming week. Stay tuned. If you didn’t know already we are heading back to tioman in 3 weeks for another fun trip. Get on the phone and call us right now to book.

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