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Ehsan Niroomand Joins Planet Scuba India As Dive Instructor

Ehsan Niroomand

Ehsan Niroomand has joined Planet Scuba India as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and Assistant Manager of the upcoming Mumbai dive center this month. Originally from Pune and a swimmer all his life, Ehsan has mastered many skills over the years. He was certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in Malaysia early this year. With 4 years of experience in the Dive Industry, Ehsan has dived in some of the best dive locations in the world, including Sipadan and Mabul Islands. He has more than 800 dives to his credit. His deepest dive has been 57 meters.

With a Bachelors of Arts in History and having dabbled with Hotel Management and Interior design, Scuba Diving was the only logical career choice for Ehsan ever since his father threw him in a lake when he was 6 months old. Directed by his sense of adventure and love for the ocean, he headed to the the pearly sands of the Perhentian Islands where he began his journey underwater. Ehsan has chosen to preach Scuba in India and is working on a platform that takes the intrepid few to exotic dive destinations worldwide.

His qualifications include:

  1. Open Water Scuba Instructor
  2. EFR Instructor
  3. Care for Children Instructor
  4. Enriched Air Instructor
  5. AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor
  6. Project Aware Instructor
  7. Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor

This appointment comes close at the heels of the appointment of Suzanne Coombs as the IDC Staff Instructor for Planet Scuba India’s Andaman Diving Academy. This bodes well for the aspiring dive enthusiasts in the country as they now have a chance to train under two of the most accomplished dive instructors in the industry.

Upcoming Dive Trips, Meet & Greets

Well, this is certainly an exciting time here at Planet Scuba India!

Manta Rays at Hanifaru Bay

Manta Ray Feeding Frenzy @ Hanifaru Bay

We have two fantastic dive trips planned in August-September this year, and the response has been overwhelming! We announced a liveaboard trip to Maldives last month, starting from August 7, and within a month, all 22 seats were booked! So vehement was the response, that we were almost forced into planning a second liveaboard to Hanifaru Bay! The second trip is starting from the 22nd of August, and goes on till the 28th. Seats are still open for this trip and you can email Mark for more details like pricing and prerequisites. He’ll be more than happy to help you out with the planning of the trip.

Incidentally, this is the last time the Maldives government is allowing liveaboards and active diving in Hanifaru Bay for fear of the delicate balance being upset. It’s the feeding season for the Manta Rays and you don’t want to miss this feature!

Pigeon Island, Trincomalee

Pigeon island, Trincomalee

We also have a dive trip planned to Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, starting from the 30th of August. This is not a liveaboard, but rather an all expense paid 5-day dive trip to one of the most pristine dive spots in the world. Some of the world’s best wreck diving happens in these waters, and you get to be a part of this amazing experience. Again, Mark’s the guy for you to get in touch with for more information on this.

In other news, we are thrilled to play host to Mr. Hans Ullrich, the PADI regional manager South Asia, who  is visiting Bangalore this week! We are planning a meet & greet party for him, to give him a chance to meet and interact with divers and dive enthusiasts in the city. It’s a BYOB thing, and you are invited! Yes, you guessed it. Email Mark for more info!

Images Courtesy: National Geographic

Wanna get your Dive On?

The time has come to kick off what Planet Scuba is all about.. “IT’S TIME TO DIVE!” Planet Scuba India (a 5 star PADI Centre) is organizing the first of our monthly dive trip to Nethrani Island just 450 km from Bangalore. Finally, a dive site close enough to home to go out on a Friday evening and return back Sunday night without having to wait out our “NO FLY TIME”. This means you can complete 4 dives and be back at work on Monday morning. The schedule for our Dive Trip to Nethrani Island is as follows:

Friday 12th of December
8pm meet and board the Sleeper Coach or Private Bus heading to Murudeshwar

Saturday 13th of December
·6am arrive in Murudeshwar and check into RNS Yatrinivas Hotel and freshen up, catch a few more winks, fuel up with breakfast and double check your gear
·8am load up and leave for the boat
·8:30am boat loaded and ready to set sail
·9:45 – 10am reach Nethrani Island, check the conditions and choose from 1 of 6 fabulous dive sites
·10:15 – 11:15 Dive deep into the Blue and feel the stress of city life fade away
·11:15 – 12 Sit back on the boat while our competent staff switched tanks and prepares your gear for the next dive. Feel free to swap exaggerated tales of the first dive and what you saw (we all know it looks bigger under water)
·12 – 1 Suck or sip back your second tank on us, that up to you but we will ensure that you are given every opportunity to enjoy another dive site
·1:15pm head back to the main land for a late lunch and chill out for the afternoon
·7:30pm early dinner, stories of the deep, such great company that you will find it hard to pull yourself away to get a good night’s sleep and charge up for the next day

Sunday 14th of December
·7am breakfast and ready to leave by 8
·8:30am on the boat and following the same routine as yesterday
·3pm back on the main land with another 2 dive day racked up in your log book
·5pm all packed up, checked out and ready to head back to the grind at home in Bangalore

Just off Murdeshwar, which is famous for its Shiva temple lies one of best dive sites in this part of the world. Nethrani Island. Nethrani is a small uninhabited island that would make a perfect setting for an adventure yarn. The last thing you would expect to see here is the submarine wonderland bustling with everything from Angelfish and Turtles to Barracuda and Moray Eels.

With depths ranging from 6 to 40 meters and visibility from 15 to 30 meters, divers from every level can experience the wonder of life beneath the waves.

The Nursery
A shallow dive site with a maximum depth of 10 metres. So named because of the profusion of juveniles of many fish species as well as Nudibranchs found here. Ideal for beginners as well as advanced divers who enjoy looking for all things small and wonderful. Great site for macro photography.

Grand Central Stations
High adrenaline action with lots of big fish. Gradual slope going down to 20 metres. This is one place the fish watch you !! Schools of big Surgeonfish, Parrotfish, Red Snappers, Batfish, Barracudas, Rabbitfish and many more come cruising by to check YOU out !!

The Abyss
Dropping down to 35 metres, this dive site is an ideal one for deep dive fanatics. Large schools of Barracuda, Tuna and cruising pelagics are often sighted. The gravel bottom has a gradual slope heading towards the island where we complete our safety stop in Dini’s Delight.

Dini’s Delight
Shallow dive with a maximum depth of 8 metres. Gigantic coral head are home to an incredible variety of fishlife. Good for beginners and photographers alike, this is a good spot to see lobster, moray eel and several species of angelfish and surgeonfish not commonly found in these waters.

Cul de Sac
With sheer walls on either side, this dive site is a pretty and gentle dive where one “goes with the flow” !! A gentle surge takes you into a cul de sac teaming with tiny reef fishes. The bottom is made up of sea grass where many species of Goby share their home with the housekeeping shrimp!.

Aladin’s Cave
Reported to be the mouth of a tunnel which travels into the core of the island!
We request you to fill the attached forms and send it to us by the 10th December along with the payment of Rs. 15000/- which includes:

Transportation to Murudeshwar and Back
Accomodation and Breakfast
4 dives at Netrani with snacks
Boat Charges
Equipment Rental

Please call us or mail us for any clarifications. There are limited spots available for this Diving Weekend so don’t be disappointed if you snooze and it books up quickly. Please contact us for any more details that you might need.Looking forward to blowing bubbles with you soon!

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