July news It’s hard to believe that only 3 weeks ago I was diving in stunning, tropical Fiji! Leaving Melbourne at 4am with 6 degrees displayed on the dashboard as the external temperature and landing later that evening in Nadi in 29 degrees was a shock to the system but it was a good shock!
Luckily enough, we’ve been able to get 3 trips away back to back, Christmas Island led by our instructor Sue with her trip report here: https://www.scubaculture.com.au/2022/06/10/winter-trading-hours/?fbclid=IwAR3m3fZ1U6y-MzKJyT4mkrwQ87vpIIpUz6JoloH4xy_Xpyuqk-O8k_4ZoHQ .
My trip to Fiji with the trip report here: https://www.scubaculture.com.au/2022/06/23/voli-voli-beach-resort-fiji-trip-review/?fbclid=IwAR0VAGYVX8rf4smqQFdUCClR9BeuMfBMDoKEzXGBvZOLiZL_aU7156pdhPc
We also have a group diving the Galapagos with a trip extension to Machu Pichu led by our Store Manager Ben, (a trip report will be published in due course following Bens’ return).
We still had 2 trips to see off for 2022, a full ship booking to the Coral Sea and a trip to the Solomon Islands, but due to various reasons including no planned or scheduled flights to the Solomons, the trip has been pushed back to 2023. Our trip to the Coral Sea is all set to run, everything is looking awesome for this crew with once again, Ben in charge of the trip. Although the 2023 travel calendar looks somewhat skinny, fear not, we’re working and discussing a few potential destinations…. More information to be provided as it avails itself (i.e. A live-aboard trip to Komodo and Raja-Ampat!)
One thing for sure is that we’ve already secured a group booking for 2024, returning to Voli Voli Beach Resort in Fiji, holding a variety of different room categories to suit all divers and all budgets with 2 duration options, a 7 and 10 days. Details of the trip can be found here: https://www.scubaculture.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/FIJI-FLYER-2024.pdf and with a payment pl an option, the trip cost can be spread over 2 years and multiple payments!
SCUBAPRO EXTENDS THE DRYSUIT OFFER!
Scubapro has decided to extend the deal on the EVERTEC Drysuits through to 31 August 2022 (unless sold out!). Anyone buying an EVERTEC drysuit will receive a FREE drysuit course worth $355.
The course comprises of online and classroom theory, a pool training skills building session followed by 2 shore/pier dives. The updated Evertech Dry Breathable Drysuit is a premium trilaminate drysuit designed for avid divers. Built with a breathable fabric nylon/PU/nylon trilaminate blend, stitched and waterproof taped seams, a diagonal front waterproof zipper, a Si-Tech ring seal system and Si-Tech valves, this drysuit is top quality throughout. From 2019 onwards, a neoprene neck collar has been added to keep the hood in place, the Si-Tech valves are now mounted on stitched and glued pads to ensure trouble-free airflow control, and the attached semi-rigid dive boots feature new soft yet protective soles. Large cargo pockets and blue suspenders are among the features included on a suit designed to keep you warm, dry and comfortable in all water conditions.
OzDive 2022 – Incorporating OzTek.
The date is drawing nearer and if you’re yet to secure your ticket, it’s high time you made the move… Overall admission tickets are selling extremely well and at this point in time exceeding expectation, over and above that, guest speakers are also going gang busters – one thing to remember is that although there is no cap on general admission tickets, there is a cap on guest speaker tickets and once the room reaches its seating capacity – That’s it!! This year, the very best of dive gear will be on show along with local, interstate and overseas dive operators, many with great offers for those attending the show. You’re able to reserve your admission and select your guest speaker tickets by using this QR code.