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.
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Steering post, San Quentin wreck.
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Superstructure on the El Capitan wreck.
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Phantom fighter at 43 metres.
 
 
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:


http://www.care2.com/causes/success-new-york-bans-shark-fins-unanimously.html

Kerry
 
 
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:  

https://picasaweb.google.com/114187054467167671216/CoronDiving2013?authkey=Gv1sRgCOvNpM7sh_X9Dw

Kerry
 
 
Interesting article about sea turtles:

https://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=104&ea.campaign.id=18280&ea.tracking.id=email&forwarded=true

Also interesting was the big story in yesterday's South Chins Morning Post about Hong Kong restaurants that have taken Shark's Fin soup of their menus. Slow progress but still progress!
 
 
This story is from an American website. We are famous there for the wrong reasons. Check out the stories and photos here:

http://www.care2.com/causes/grotesque-images-illustrate-the-need-to-end-the-shark-fin-trade.html

The photos on this site were shot on the roof of buildings just below Hong Kong Academy campus. They give some indication of the volume of trade and how Hong Kong is an integral part of it.

An international petition has just been handed to the HK government urging them to enforce a total ban on serving shark's fin at all official functions.
To keep up with the latest events and efforts in Hong Kong to restrict this trade, go to the Hong Kong Shark Foundation website:

http://hksharkfoundation.org/ 
 Kerry
 

Scuba Santa Dive

14/11/2012

 
HKA is happy to announce their participation in the Scuba Santa Dive! See info below.
All donations will be centralized by Mr. G and donated to Operation Santa Claus.


Please fill in the following form to confirm you participation, thanks. FORM
 
 
Please click here to check out our reef cleanup photos.
 
 
Please click here for more information about the open water dives (when, where, what to bring,...).
 
 
Please click here for the latest information on the reef cleanup (when, where, what to bring,...)
 

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    Sonya Yong is now the organizer of the HKA Scuba Diving Club. She got into diving through the HKA dive club a few years ago and has worked her way up to being a certified Rescue Diver. Although she started her Dive Master course, she has put that on hold since becoming a mother. :) 

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