Wow!!! Hasn’t Winter kicked in with a vengeance!!!  The month of May had us go from fabulous weather to absolute trash where we had to cancel more dives in the last month than the last 2 years put together add on top of that the fastest drop in temperature we’ve ever seen going from 16-17 degrees at the start of May to 13 degrees on June 1, in fact we’re 2 degrees colder in the water this year compared to the same time last year, no wonder divers have embraced the idea of diving in drysuits!


Several of us, 22 in fact, are all heading to tropical Palau for a week of amazing diving, with flights etc… we’ll be away from the 1 to 11 July 2019, we’ll be sure to post plenty of photos of our adventure on our Facebook page for everyone to keep up with what’s going on and to get inspired to join our trips escaping the bleakness of Melbourne’s Winter weather for an escape to tropical bliss.  We still have limited room on our Vanuatu trip from 4 to 11 September 2019 and already have the 2020 and 2021 travel opportunities set up with several tips already well booked.  Particularly great value for money is our trip to the Gili Islands – Indonesia with some amazing diving, fabulous hospitality, cheap food and drinks in an amazing beachfront setting.


Brett Blackwell, from Scubapro put on a great DRYSUIT demo day on June 1 with a great turnout of divers having a crack at diving dry and enjoying the experience.  With the offers put up on the day, many couldn’t resist “taking the plunge” and getting their own drysuit, but you had to be there on the day to take advantage of these!  Free SSI drysuit course, Free boots with all neoprene drysuits sold, Free undergarment with all Evertech and Cape Horn drysuits sold as well as assorted gifts handed out on the day to attendees.   Thank you Brett for your time and advice.


In May, we teamed up with Matt Krumins to have a unique underwater photography course structured specifically for our divers, the course ran over 2 parts.  The first, a theory session that looked at cameras, lighting, positioning, diving techniques with an assignment specifically targeted at the individual divers, so for example, if Nudibranchs are your thing, your assignment was targeted at those, or if rusty metal is your caper, then your assignment was on that subject.  Divers were given 2 weeks to get out there, have a dive and shoot some pictures prior to returning for the second theory session where the photos were looked at by Matt and critiqued providing feedback on how to improve the diver’s technique to impact on the image.  The feedback from this unique educational experience was awesome and again it just shows that by being prepared to be different and discussing ideas with the best educators in the business, that the needs of divers can be identified and that acting upon those needs to cater to those wishes makes for a happy and satisfied club individual.


We have also taken another immense step forward with Matt again with another totally unique opportunity, and now we’re in a position to make that announcement official, Matt Krumins will be heading up our 2021 dive trip to the Galapagos, providing our divers an opportunity to constantly work with, be advised and mentored by this incredibly talented individual.  So if photography is your pleasure and the Galapagos are on your bucket list, there is no better opportunity for you to make the most of this amazing opportunity.  Think about that! Matt Krumins as your personal mentor and advisor as you walk in the footsteps of Wolf and Darwin and dive in the conservational legacy of the legendary Jaques Cousteau.  If considering this trip, please be aware that there are only 7 places remaining on the ship!  And if you want to make the most of things whilst in South America, an extension has been designed to take in other sites including Machu Picchu, but now that we’ve let the cat out of the bag and have announced Matt as your tour leader, it’s quite likely that the trip fills rapidly!

If you would like any information on any of the activities mentioned above just send us an email or give us a call.  info@scubaculture.com.au