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Delightful Diving in Puerto Galera

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It was a great day of diving in Puerto Galera, when we took Seattleites ( from Seattle US ūüėČ ) Cara Poage and Norm Wallace, on their first fun dive since completing their Open Water Certifications, along with Joanne from Taipai, who had just completed her Scuba Diver Course, fun-diver Noah, Danish Divemaster trainee Dennis Frandsen, and Scandi Divers Instructor Conan.

Even with some strong currents, we had a great dive from Small La Laguna to Big La Laguna and enjoyed seeing ¬†Puffer Fish, Trigger Fish, Sea Snakes, and a Hawksbill Turtle along the way. ( Turtles are always a crowd-pleaser ūüôā ¬†)

Excellent diving and we look forward to more of the same!

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at Scandi Divers & Campbell’s Beach Resort. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Issue 7

Scandi Goes Tech!
Ethei & Andy
As our followers know, over the last year we have all been working very hard to improve both the resorts & the dive shop. As part of this advancement we are extremely proud to have conducted our 1st Technical Dive course.
Our Tech instructor Ethei coached Andy through his PADI Deep Specialty & IART’s Extensive Range program before taking Stephen & Andy (both part of the I Love Diving Club) through the PADI Trimix course.
Tech briefing    Andy, Ethei, Stephen    Stage bottles
Andy now has a new goal of diving to 100m – with a bit more training the oceans the limit!Congratulations Terry!
Terry gets his reward!
Some get china & these days some get platinum to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Terry is pictured above receiving his 20 years of service award from our PADI regional manager Jimmy Christup. Way to go O’Dowd!Terry waves goodbye
And with that accolade Terry skips    merrily down the beach to start his holiday.
Trekking around Nepal indeed!

(Got a dry suit anyone?!)
Zhai & Stephen

Welcome back to..
Zhai, previously a Divemaster with us returned as a PADI instructor. Well done Z! James from Aus –¬†a long standing Puerto Galera friend got some dives in with Walter. John (one of our webmasters) swung by to do some lasts dives before moving to Thailand. Sam from I Love Diving, Shanghai returned once again bringing with him some students & fun divers.

Terry, Howard & Pat

And last but not least Pat O’Keeffe from Aus returned with his brother to visit Terry & get a DSD.

(Top: Zhai & Stephen & above: Terry with Howard & Pat).

Jen & Da Boyz!

Also diving this month..
As is becoming a regular occurrence instructors & group leaders from the¬†I Love Diving groupShanghai brought many new faces & some returning guests with them last month. In Rake & Zhai’s group; Di Jin, Xiao Tian Yang, Ye Chen, Sha Jun, Jerry, Min Zhang, Yi Zhe Xue & Yu Min Cao. Diving with Felix were: Zhang, DU, Yang, Ying, Xu & Jin. AndJun, John, Wei, Vincent & Jingrui were diving with instructor Sam at the beginning of the month & towards the Sam took Hung Xia, Rui Jue, Jim & Sijie out for a few including the glorious Verde Island.

Scandi boat full of fun divers

From elsewhere in the world we met Thomas from Denmark, from Japan: Yuki, Greg from the US, from Shenzhen, China: Chang, Bainuan, Zhigang, Po On, Yi & Ni Zang. From HK via the UK & Germany Johannes & Alex & Nat & a mate of Jen’s from the UK Haydn came over once again to get some dives done & go to Fred’s for a beautiful steak dinner!
(Top: Nat, Alex, Jen, Soren & Johannes. Above: Terry, Pam, Greg, Precious, Yuki & Jen).

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Congratulations to..

Jen & Rogelyn
(Jen & Rogelyn)
Discover Scuba Diving:
Yu Tao, Yui Pen & Coco from China got their first under water experience with Jen diving from the beach in Big La Laguna.
Coco followed that up with another dive to
Manila Channel the next day.
Robert took Tao Tao & his friend to La Laguna Point
after their pool session.
Terry introduced fellow Aussie Patrick to the wonders
of scuba diving.
Rogelyn from Angeles City also got wet with Jen & Robert took Yang from China out
for his 1st ever dive.

Jen in the pool with Tom
(Tom & Jen in the pool with Tim looking on)
Open Water Diver:
A friend of Dr Dave’s from the US came for a visit in September wanting to do a refresher.
Jerry had done his Open Water course a long long time ago, so long in fact he couldn’t remember which dive agency he did it with!
After doing the refresher with Jen, Jerry decided to get himself well & truly up to date by taking the PADI Open Water course.
Tom & his brother Tim came all the way from Alaska to see us. Whilst here Tom took his OW with Jen.
Soren from Denmark earned his stripes with Jen &¬†Peter’s Jennilyn passed her course with the help of Rose from our friends¬†& neighbours LLBC.

David
(David looking happy after earning 2 certs.)
Specialties:
Andy Pang from China took his Deep Specialty with Ethei this month in preparation for his Trimix Course.
David from Aus completed the Advanced Open Water course & the add-on of the Nitrox Specialty with Jen & Terry.Ethei & his twins!
(Ethei & his twins!)
Tech:
As mentioned in our main story Stephen & Andy are now PADI Trimix divers.Well done to you all, we hope to see you again for more diving adventures!
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Welcome to The Scandal! Keeping you up to date with all the latest news at Scandi Divers & Campbell’s Beach Resort.

Issue 6

We’re back to this..news
Big La Laguna as we know it. Calm clear waters, beautiful sunshine & soaring temperatures, lots of guests & great diving.
But in August we had this!news
For a week we endured impassable beaches, no ferries in or out, very few guests & no diving.
Of course we know that this time of year can be pretty crappy but here in Puerto Galera we’re normally protected from most bad weather.
Typhoon Saola (Gener) passed through the Philippines on the way to mid-China via Taiwan causing massive damage and loss of life in all three countries.
Luckily for us we only experienced a few days of really bad weather & a little bit of inconvenience.
Large areas of Manila & parts of Rizal were affected by the ensuing floods. If you would like to help the victims of typhoon Saola you can make a donation to the Philippine Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org.ph/
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Mudslide behind Big La Laguna.

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Kim’s house was left devastated by the mudslide.

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Fortunately no-one was home at the time.

Resort Renovations
Power To The People! (Well to our guests anyway).

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The power project continues as the old Scandi generator is getting a well needed overhaul. The brand new generator is already in place in the all new Gen. House up at Campbell’s and has the capacity to run both resorts during a brown-out. Which of course it better for you! Immediate power for air-con/fans, ref.s/TV’s etc 24 hours a day.
Once the old Scandi generator is fixed up it will also go into the gen. house. It’ll be connected to Campbell’s so the new one doesn’t have to work so hard & we have back-up if needed!

Life’s A Gas!
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An unplanned project in August was the death of the dive shop compressor. It started to make some strange noises & Arman noticed that there seemed to be metal filings in the oil – not good! On closer inspection it was determined that several inner parts had come to the end of their life.
So now we have a brand new Bauer Poseidon 220L Compressor. Which for the divers reading this means quick tank fills with very clean air & for Arman it means that we have more full tanks at the ready so less running around!
With thanks to Christian & the guys from Whitetip for installing it.

Horse Head Reef

Super Snaps!
Horse Head Reef!!!
Of course the real Horse Head Reef is in fact underwater, this one’s a Facebook find.
Don’t forget that you can have one of your photos published in the next edition of The Scandal!
Send your photos to info@scandidivers

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Mr Chen & friends from
I Love Diving!

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Also diving this month..

The I Love Diving club from Shanghai visited us twice last month. On the 1st trip with leader Mr Lin were Rong Zang, Bin Liu, Huang Ting, Xiao Huang, Quan Dan, Cui Yugi, Wie Zhu, Ka Hou, Qi Cong Liang, & Chen Wei.
Later in the month Zhui Chen was accompanied by Chilli, Kitty, Huang, Binglin & Li Gang.
Jeff from the U S of A went diving with Walter.
Ted, Esther, Noel & Cor got in another couple of dives on the way back to Holland after visiting Coron.
(Above: The Mr Lin group)

  

What the..?!
WIN a drink on the house on your next visit if you can spot the freaky hand in this
issue of The Scandal!
Email info@scandi with your answer.

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Scandi &¬†Campbell’s website
Big La Laguna at night (from Campbell's)

Congratulations to..

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Discover Scuba Diving:
Li Gang Xiao came over with friends from I Love Diving earlier in the month and hadn’t planned to dive. However when he saw the beautiful clear waters of Big La Laguna he soon changed his mind! Li & Robert jumped in the pool to do the basic skills & then went around to Small La Laguna with the rest of the group for the dive where we spotted a big Hawksbill munching
on some coral.
1st ever dive and a turtle in the 1st five minutes, how’s that for beginner’s luck?!

Garry with edz & Terry
Open Water Diver
Garry Alinsuot from PG Yacht Club got his Open Water certificate with Edz & Terry.
Garry is going to be laying some new moorings for PGYC and they thought it a good idea that he’d be
able to do it
better wearing scuba!

Well done guys, we hope to see you again for more diving adventures!

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Ate Edz

!New Feature!

Welcome to

10 QUESTIONS

To kick us off Edna our Dive Secretary is in the hot seat!

How long have you worked at Scandi/Campbell’s?
I started working for Scandinavian Divers as a waitress when they first opened. I started diving & became a DM then I transferred to the office.
I worked in other places for a while & came back as Scandi’s Dive Secretary in July 2012.
Where did you grow up? 
I grew up in Batangas but have been living in Puerto Galera for over 10 years.
What do you like to do with your time off?
I like to go out & have fun. Relaxing or partying with my friends.
If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would you go?
The 1st thing I would like to do is go to the Red Sea to enjoy my diving dreams.
What’s your favourite drink?
Pineapple juice but it depends on the occasion!
If you were an animal what would you be?
A starfish, a butterfly or maybe a bird.
As a kid were you naughty or nice, shy or outgoing, funny or serious?
I was naughty as a kid, outgoing, funny sometimes serious.
If you were a superhero what special powers would you have?
I want to travel around the world in the blink of an eye.
If you won the Lotto what would you do with the money?
I’d help poor kids to have shelter.
What’s your proudest achievement?
When I finally achieved my instructor certificate & fulfilled my diving dream.

Thanks Edz!

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Seasoned Scandi divers Ted, Esther & Cor, recently certified Noel, Jen, Walter, Daisey & Lilly.
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Welcome to The Scandal! Keeping you up to date with all the latest news at Scandi Divers & Campbell’s Beach Resort.

Issue 6

We’re back to this..news
Big La Laguna as we know it. Calm clear waters, beautiful sunshine & soaring temperatures, lots of guests & great diving.
But in August we had this!news
For a week we endured impassable beaches, no ferries in or out, very few guests & no diving.
Of course we know that this time of year can be pretty crappy but here in Puerto Galera we’re normally protected from most bad weather.
Typhoon Saola (Gener) passed through the Philippines on the way to mid-China via Taiwan causing massive damage and loss of life in all three countries.
Luckily for us we only experienced a few days of really bad weather & a little bit of inconvenience.
Large areas of Manila & parts of Rizal were affected by the ensuing floods. If you would like to help the victims of typhoon Saola you can make a donation to the Philippine Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org.ph/
news

Mudslide behind Big La Laguna.

n
Kim’s house was left devastated by the mudslide.

news
Fortunately no-one was home at the time.

Resort Renovations
Power To The People! (Well to our guests anyway).

newsnewsnews

The power project continues as the old Scandi generator is getting a well needed overhaul. The brand new generator is already in place in the all new Gen. House up at Campbell’s and has the capacity to run both resorts during a brown-out. Which of course it better for you! Immediate power for air-con/fans, ref.s/TV’s etc 24 hours a day.
Once the old Scandi generator is fixed up it will also go into the gen. house. It’ll be connected to Campbell’s so the new one doesn’t have to work so hard & we have back-up if needed!

Life’s A Gas!
          news
An unplanned project in August was the death of the dive shop compressor. It started to make some strange noises & Arman noticed that there seemed to be metal filings in the oil – not good! On closer inspection it was determined that several inner parts had come to the end of their life.
So now we have a brand new Bauer Poseidon 220L Compressor. Which for the divers reading this means quick tank fills with very clean air & for Arman it means that we have more full tanks at the ready so less running around!
With thanks to Christian & the guys from Whitetip for installing it.

Horse Head Reef

Super Snaps!
Horse Head Reef!!!
Of course the real Horse Head Reef is in fact underwater, this one’s a Facebook find.
Don’t forget that you can have one of your photos published in the next edition of The Scandal!
Send your photos to info@scandidivers

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Mr Chen & friends from
I Love Diving!

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Also diving this month..

The I Love Diving club from Shanghai visited us twice last month. On the 1st trip with leader Mr Lin were Rong Zang, Bin Liu, Huang Ting, Xiao Huang, Quan Dan, Cui Yugi, Wie Zhu, Ka Hou, Qi Cong Liang, & Chen Wei.
Later in the month Zhui Chen was accompanied by Chilli, Kitty, Huang, Binglin & Li Gang.
Jeff from the U S of A went diving with Walter.
Ted, Esther, Noel & Cor got in another couple of dives on the way back to Holland after visiting Coron.
(Above: The Mr Lin group)

  

What the..?!
WIN a drink on the house on your next visit if you can spot the freaky hand in this
issue of The Scandal!
Email info@scandi with your answer.

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Click the link above for
Scandi &¬†Campbell’s website
Big La Laguna at night (from Campbell's)

Congratulations to..

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Discover Scuba Diving:
Li Gang Xiao came over with friends from I Love Diving earlier in the month and hadn’t planned to dive. However when he saw the beautiful clear waters of Big La Laguna he soon changed his mind! Li & Robert jumped in the pool to do the basic skills & then went around to Small La Laguna with the rest of the group for the dive where we spotted a big Hawksbill munching
on some coral.
1st ever dive and a turtle in the 1st five minutes, how’s that for beginner’s luck?!

Garry with edz & Terry
Open Water Diver
Garry Alinsuot from PG Yacht Club got his Open Water certificate with Edz & Terry.
Garry is going to be laying some new moorings for PGYC and they thought it a good idea that he’d be
able to do it
better wearing scuba!

Well done guys, we hope to see you again for more diving adventures!

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news

Ate Edz

!New Feature!

Welcome to

10 QUESTIONS

To kick us off Edna our Dive Secretary is in the hot seat!

How long have you worked at Scandi/Campbell’s?
I started working for Scandinavian Divers as a waitress when they first opened. I started diving & became a DM then I transferred to the office.
I worked in other places for a while & came back as Scandi’s Dive Secretary in July 2012.
Where did you grow up? 
I grew up in Batangas but have been living in Puerto Galera for over 10 years.
What do you like to do with your time off?
I like to go out & have fun. Relaxing or partying with my friends.
If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would you go?
The 1st thing I would like to do is go to the Red Sea to enjoy my diving dreams.
What’s your favourite drink?
Pineapple juice but it depends on the occasion!
If you were an animal what would you be?
A starfish, a butterfly or maybe a bird.
As a kid were you naughty or nice, shy or outgoing, funny or serious?
I was naughty as a kid, outgoing, funny sometimes serious.
If you were a superhero what special powers would you have?
I want to travel around the world in the blink of an eye.
If you won the Lotto what would you do with the money?
I’d help poor kids to have shelter.
What’s your proudest achievement?
When I finally achieved my instructor certificate & fulfilled my diving dream.

Thanks Edz!

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Seasoned Scandi divers Ted, Esther & Cor, recently certified Noel, Jen, Walter, Daisey & Lilly.
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There’s more to do than dive in Puerto Galera!

There’s a whole host of activities to choose from in Puerto Galera.

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Banana boat at White Beach

You can go paint balling & go-karting at¬†extremesportsphilippines.com. Play a round of golf at the stunning Ponderosa golf club. Take a trip to Tamaraw waterfalls or ride in the caribou cart to the Hidden Paradise. Spend an afternoon on the idyllic, unspoilt Bulabud beach where you can rinse off from the sea in the fresh water stream. Learn to sail on ‘Wet Wednesdays’ with Puerto Galera Yacht Club. Ride the banana boats at White beach & get your souvenir shopping done afterwards or pop up to the shooting range¬†for some target practice.

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Bulabod Beach

Back in Sabang you could blast some videoke Red Horse style in¬†Charlies Bar¬†or have a proper Sunday roast at Jack Daniels Resort or get down to Campbell’s Beach Resort for the Sausage Sizzle. Watch sport in the Friendship bar,¬†eat Dynamite Lumpia from Small Shot Resto. Have a fantastic pizza/pasta from Bella Napoli, or Versuvio’s. Play some Killer Pool in The Big Apple. Drink with¬†Martin Duggan¬†and play the Joker Jackpot every Monday at Marti’s Bar. Go on the Hash Run every Saturday from Capt’n Gregg’s, stuff yourself full of steak at¬†Hemingway’s Bistro¬†or Pappa¬†Fred’s Steakhouse¬†& then dance it all off The Venue nightclub!

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The Venue
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View from Muelle Pier, Puerto Galera 
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Go off-road with X-treme Sports

But of course the diving IS fantastic here and if you’re into that particular activity Scandi Divers is the place to stay!

Book now to receive some amazing low season discounts.

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You can go paint balling & go-karting at¬†extremesportsphilippines.com. Play a round of golf at the stunning Ponderosa golf club. Take a trip to Tamaraw waterfalls or ride in the caribou cart to the Hidden Paradise. Spend an afternoon on the idyllic, unspoilt Bulabud beach where you can rinse off from the sea in the fresh water stream. Learn to sail on ‘Wet Wednesdays’ with Puerto Galera Yacht Club. Ride the banana boats at White beach & get your souvenir shopping done afterwards or pop up to the shooting range¬†for some target practice.

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Bulabod Beach

Back in Sabang you could blast some videoke Red Horse style in¬†Charlies Bar¬†or have a proper Sunday roast at Jack Daniels Resort or get down to Campbell’s Beach Resort for the Sausage Sizzle. Watch sport in the Friendship bar,¬†eat Dynamite Lumpia from Small Shot Resto. Have a fantastic pizza/pasta from Bella Napoli, or Versuvio’s. Play some Killer Pool in The Big Apple. Drink with¬†Martin Duggan¬†and play the Joker Jackpot every Monday at Marti’s Bar. Go on the Hash Run every Saturday from Capt’n Gregg’s, stuff yourself full of steak at¬†Hemingway’s Bistro¬†or Pappa¬†Fred’s Steakhouse¬†& then dance it all off The Venue nightclub!

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The Venue
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View from Muelle Pier, Puerto Galera 
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Go off-road with X-treme Sports

But of course the diving IS fantastic here and if you’re into that particular activity Scandi Divers is the place to stay!

Book now to receive some amazing low season discounts.

Scuba Diving for kids

Keep the kids entertained on holiday & let them experience another world!

Scuba diving’s not just for grown-ups! Your kids can gain confidence in themselves whilst they learn about the amazing underwater environment.

The Bubblemaker:¬† Under direct¬†supervision from a PADI professional they’ll learn¬†how to use equipment, how to equalise and how to clear a regulator scuba diving for kidsand mask. Then the real FUN begins as the kids swim around & play underwater games. (Typically a 1 hour pool¬†session.¬†Min age 8 yrs. Max depth 2 meters).

Follow-up ocean dive: After the pool session lets go ‘say hello to Nemo’ & experience the wonders of the underwater world. Again with an instructor’s direct supervision and to a depth no deeper than 2 meters your children can enjoy the freedom of the ocean.

 

PADI Seal Team: Become a member of PADI’s elite & join the Seal Team.

This structured program is in 2 parts. Part 1 is pool based & teaches kids the basics of diving. In AquaMissions 1-5 they will hone their skills (regulator recovery & clearing, mask clearing, buoyancy etc). After that students can become Master Seam Team members by moving on to part 2 and completing 10 additional specialty AquaMissions. These specialties are an introduction to other areas of diving. From Creature ID to Search & Recovery to Snapshot Specialist. (Normally a 2 hour pool session for AquaMissions 1-5 + 1 hour for each specialty. Min age 8 yrs. Max depth 4 meters).

Junior Open Water Diver: For young people aged 10 – 14 yrs the Junior Open water course is exactly the same as the standard Open Water course. The only differences are certain age/depth limitations:

  • Junior Open Water Divers ages 10-11 years old must dive with a PADI Professional or certified parent/guardian. Dives must not exceed 12 metres /40 feet.
  • Junior Open Water Divers ages 12-14 years old must dive with a certified adult. (13+ years old can take the¬†Open Water Diver course online).

The PADI Open Water course concentrates on the fundamental aspects of diving, such as diving equipment and diving technique. There are 3 components to the course: Independent study & review, confined water skills training & 4 open water dives.

 

padi elearningMake the most out of your holiday time & get the study done before you get on the plane! Click on the picture to see what courses are available online.

For further info on all our courses and prices click                         http://www.dive-resort-philippines.com/diving/diving-courses-puerto-galera/or http://scandidivers.com/scuba-dive-course-prices/

How To Become A Certified Scuba Diver

PADI Open WaterAt 18 meters beneath the surface, we swam towards the ancient shipwreck. The hull, covered with a myriad of sea creatures, looked like something out of a movie. We floated with the current to the opposite end and spotted two black frog fish hanging out. They were remarkably still; they didn’t try and swim away, and they even stayed still for a few photos!

I was doing my PADI Open Water course and we were visiting Sabang Wrecks, one of the nearby Puerto Galera dive sites.

My first foray into diving began with the Discover Scuba Diving, or DSD for short. I wrote about my experience a month ago here. I was amazed by scuba diving, and all I could think was “why hadn’t I started sooner?”.

So it was with a great deal of excitement that I signed up to continue the adventure. Terry and the team at Scandi Divers were fantastic for the Discover Scuba Diving course, so I signed up straightaway with them.

The PADI Open Water course is made up of a few different components. Each component has a video and a chapter in the textbook, explaining various things relating to diving. You learn about essential safety skills, plus how to preserve the amazing beauty that lies beneath the water.

At the end of each chapter, you jump in the pool with your gear and practice skills. You’ll learn interesting stuff too! Ever wondered what to do if your mask fills with water when you’re under 20 meters of water? You can’t go to the surface… so what do you do? Or how about if your air runs out? What if you want to go to the surface – can you go straight up or do you need to go slowly? How does the pressure of water affect the air you breathe? How long can you stay underwater for, and can you go diving twice with little or no time in between dives?

These are things I learned on the PADI Open Water Course with Scandi. For some components, I studied with Terry. For others, I worked with Jenny, one of the other friendly dive instructors.

In between dives, I relaxed in the restaurant and enjoyed plenty of cups of their fantastic Starbucks coffee.

We visited a number of the best scuba diving sites in Puerto Galera, including Sabang Wrecks, Hole in the Wall and Monkey Beach. I had an absolute blast… I think I’ve caught the diving “bug”… I’m up to 10 dives now and I feel like the adventure is just beginning…

So if you’re looking for a fantastic place to go diving, check out Puerto Galera. Scandi Divers, one of the Puerto Galera resorts on Big La Laguna Beach can set you up with everything you need. You’ll have a fantastic time. Diving is, hands-down, one of the best Puerto Galera activities.