Please be reminded that this weekend is your last Open Water session.
Most of you will do the session on Saturday and if you missed any sessions, you will be on the boat on Sunday too.
Some of you have had some issues with e-learning, please contact Mr. G ASAP if you still haven't logged in. The deadline to finish the e-learning is Monday November 21. Do not contact Ms. Yong as she is in Beijing (Acamis Volleyball) at the moment and will not be able to answer any emails.
Mr. G's email is email@example.com
If whatever reason, you cannot make it on Saturday, please call Mr G at 69029519 asap!
Due the bad weather that might hit Hong Kong on Friday and/or Saturday, some agreements need to be made on whether the sessions will take place or not.
Open Water session is cancelled for Saturday October 22.
Pool session will take place on Saturday unless a T3 signal (or higher) is raised again.
If the sessions are postponed, we will let you know ASAP what the next dates will be. Most likely the Open Water session will just be on the 29th but the next pool session will have to be confirmed as it depends on the pool's availability.
Mr. G can always be contacted at 69029519 if you have any questions.
I am happy to share that the HKA Scuba Club is up and running again for 2016. We have 13 students taking courses. Awesome!
For the Open Water Courses this year, you will be using e-learning. By now, you should have all received your credentials.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven't. You are expected to have finished the readings for the e-learning before the open water sessions.
All the information concerning the individual courses can be found on the individual course pages.
STUDENTS - WE WILL ALL MEET on Monday, September 14 at lunchtime in Rm.223. Please be sure to return the packet of forms I gave you this past Monday signed/completed. Note - if you have checked "yes" on any of the items on the medical form, you need to get a doctor's approval for you to participate in the dive course. You will also be receiving your dive manual so you can start the necessary readings.
LUNCH MEETINGS - students must bring a bag lunch. Purchased food from the cafeteria and cafe are not allowed upstairs.
OW - Mondays 12:45-1:30
AOW - Fridays 12:45-1:30
Students will need to read the required readings and complete the chapter reviews at home (you can support at home!). We will go through the answers every week during our lunch meetings.
As a required part of the course (and the most fun!), students will have pool sessions and or open water sessions (depending on the certification level).
They are scheduled for the following days:
(At Island School -20 Borrett Road)
September 19: Swimming Pool
September 20: Swimming Pool
(From Pak Sha Wan)
October 3: Open Water 1+2
October 10: Open Water 3+4
(From Pak Sha Wan)
October 3: Deep, navigation and search & recovery
October 10: 4pm dive - Peak Performance Buoyancy + Night Dive
More details on timing, what to bring, etc. will be available closer to the date. Note, students are not required to have any equipment for diving. All equipment will be provided!
After taking a break last year, the HKA Scuba Club is up and running again! We had more than 20 students come to the first meeting to find out more about the possible course and fun-dive options available for all those in the club!
The two courses that we offer are Padi Open Water Diver (level 1) and Padi Advanced Open Water Diver (level 2). You can find a course overview below.
PADI Open Water Diver Course
PADI Advanced Open Water
The swimming pool and boat sessions, will take place on weekends, whereas the chapter reviews with Ms. Yong will take place at lunchtime. Students will be expected to read and review the chapters of the manual independently at home.
Scuba diving is, just like any sport, not without risk. Please ensure you have any insurance, if needed, to cover any accidents or injuries.
For any students, staff or parents who are interested in finding out more, please contact Sonya Yong: email@example.com directly.
Please make sure you submit the forms ASAP so we can confirm numbers (and order the necessary course materials) and get started!
Hello all! Looking forward to another great season of exploring the underwater world!
Please refer to this website for updated information regarding your dive course, expectations and important dates to keep in mind. For those doing the Open Water course, please click on the page dedicated to you here. For those of you who are doing the Advanced Open Water course, please click on the page dedicated to you here.
Ben and I went wreck diving in the Philippines over the long weekend in May. Vis was good and the weather was perfect. Most of the wrecks were WW2 but one of the most interesting was the San Quentin,scuttled by the Spanish in 1898 as an attempt to block American access to the bay. The ploy was a failure but 115 years later it is a very interesting dive site with quite a lot of marine life. We also visited the wreck of a Phantom aircraft, deliberately sunk at 43 metres.
Some photos and video below. The video shows a juvenile harlequin sweetlips dancing.
The good news keeps on coming from the as New York joins Maryland and other US states to implement bans on the sale and distribution of shark fins. More pressure we can apply in Hong Kong!
For more details, check out this site:
Have had a few days off over the Easter break. Lu and Renata returned to Australia and I headed off to Coron in Palawan to dive the WW2 shipwrecks. Spent six days of diving and returned to HK exhausted. Consistently deep diving is very wearing on an old body. Dropped in a video and photo below but the whole album can be seen here:
Mr. G has been diving for more than 2 decades now. Padi Instructor and avid UW photographer, he is now in charge of the HKA Scuba Club.