East Coast dive tour 9-10 June 2012

This past weekend (9-10 June 2012) Deep Blue Quest went on a dive tour to Mun Am Dive Resort on the East Coast. We left the dive centre in Paju bright and early on Saturday morning to pick up our 7 Open Water and one Advanced Open Water students. The highlight of the drive was seeing Sorak mountain covered in a heavy cloud of mist, truly spectacular.

the snorkel dive team

Upon arrival at Mun Am the students were given a quick briefing after which they donned their wetsuits for a quick snorkel around the dive site to get a feel for the diving conditions and also to familiarize themselves with the dive location.

David and Alanah Bradley taking notes from the Master Instructor

Shortly after the snorkel dive the students donned their scuba gear to go for their first of four open water dives. The conditions were less than ideal with choppy waters (making for a very interesting surface swim) and low visibility but all of the students managed to grin and bear it and completed their first qualification dive. Well done guys!

coming up on the ascend line

The students completed 2 more dives on Saturday in which the students knocked out the bulk of the required skills. After a long day of diving we returned to our minbok to fire up the barbeque (a Deep Blue Quest tradition) and have a few laughs. Good times!

relaxing at the bbq after a long days diving

We kicked off Sunday’s diving with a deep dive. The dive team (Pia, Russ and Paul) along with a couple of students went out on the resort’s dive boat to complete the required dive for Pia’s Advanced Open Water qualification. The boat ride out to the dive site turned out to be really enjoyable as it allowed us a different view of what really is a beautiful little bay at Mun Am.

life on the artificial reef

The dive itself went down well, we were blessed with 10 metre visibility up to about 15 metres deep where we hit a vicious thermocline and the visibility dropped down to about a metre and the temperature to 6 degrees Celsius! We did however see some really cool marine life on the artificial reef at 29 metres. Overall it was a really pleasant dive despite the conditions.

The students final dive was really enjoyable as everyone completed the last of their required skills and then went off for a bit of fun diving where they were swimming around and exploring the underwater world, which is what diving is all about.

Congratulations to all the Open Water students for completing your qualifications. We at Deep Blue Quest had loads of fun diving with you guys and we truly hope that you keep on diving and enjoying it as much as we do. Well done!

David, Alanah, Julio, Ben, Shelley, Adele, Kristen and Pia well done on your qualifications guys!

Congratulations to Pia on completing her Advanced Open Water qualification. She completed the required deep dive with style under what were truly difficult conditions. She was also amazing in the way she helped out the DBQ staff with transport, cooking, cleaning, packing of gear, setting up of gear and being an extra set of eyes underwater. Thank you Pia, its great having you on the team!

Congratulations on your Advanced Open Water qualification

Upcoming events:

We have a couple of new Open Water Students coming in this weekend (16-17 June) for their classroom and pool sessions so this means another ocean tour coming up soon! Remember to check in every Tuesday for the latest news, updates and upcoming events.

Safe diving!

Training session at Jamsil & Suwon – June 2-3

This past weekend we conducted both scuba review and rescue diver training. On Saturday DBQ went to the Olympic Pool at Jamsil with Pia and Julio for the scuba review course. They both worked on their Open Water skills and buoyancy in preparation for the upcoming ocean tour and they are both ready to roll!

on our way to Jamsil!
Russ conducting the training
Pia & Julio performing skills under the watchfull eye of Russ!

On Sunday we went to the pool at the World Cup stadium in Suwon. Russ had Paul working on his Rescue Diver skills with the help of Julio and Pia (thanks guys!) Once the Rescue Diver skills were out of the way everyone worked on their hovering and buoyancy while playing underwater Frisbee.

Pia launching the torpedo!
showing good form with the frisbee!
The rescue diver course is demanding but well worth it.

Upcoming Events:

This coming weekend (June 9-10) DBQ will be going to Mun Am Dive Resort just outside Sokcho on the east coast. We will have Open Water students completing their qualification dives and Advanced divers doing speciality dives.

This is going to be another awesome tour so please check back in next week for an overview as well as photos from the tour.

Safe Diving!

East Coast Tour – May 26-27 2012

Deep Blue Quest embarked on an ocean tour on May 26 2012 to Mun Am Dive Resort, just outside the town of Sokcho.  The aim of the tour was for 3 of our students to do their qualifying dives.  Mun Am is the perfect resort for students to complete their required qualifying dives as the dive site is located in a quiet bay and is clearly mapped out with ropes and buoys. So even though the visibility is not “tropical island” like it is impossible for divers to wander off and get lost.

the bay at Mun AM

On Saturday we took Daniel out to complete his Open Water dives and even though the water was a bit cold (between 15-18 degrees Celsius) the diving was really good.

Daniel indicating everything is “Okay” underwater

After Daniel’s qualifying dives Paul started working on his Rescue Diver skills with the help of Daniel (thanks mate!) and supervised by Russ. The Rescue Diver course is challenging and demanding but great fun and we at DBQ can seriously recommend it to any Advanced Divers out there!

Paul and Daniel working on Rescue Diver skills

After we completed all our dives for Saturday we met up with 2 more of our students (Pia and Ben) and sat down for a quick briefing before heading back to our hotel where we had a really good barbeque.

having a relaxing bbq after a good day’s diving

Sunday morning was kicked off with a really good bacon & eggs breakfast cooked up by Paul. After breakfast we loaded up the DBQ van and headed out back to Mun Am for another day of diving. The weather was really good and the diving conditions were looking excellent. We took the students down in turns and everyone did really well on their dives despite the cold and poor visibility.

Russ managed to capture a shot of this beautifull but very shy baby eel!

Monday morning we awoke to less than perfect diving conditions so after careful consideration Russ decided to call off all diving for the day. It turned out most instructors made the same call as there were very few divers at the resort on Monday. Unfortunately we weren’t able to complete all the required dives but that just means we’ll do another tour!

Congratulation to Daniel Tomosovich for completing his Open Water qualification!

well done mate!

Yesterday was a…

Yesterday was an awesome day at the dive center.  We had a great pool seesion and the best thing about the day was I got to play with my NEW GOPRO CAMERA. What more could a person ask for.

Well we just fi…

Well we just finished conducting the PADI assistant instructor and the emergency first response instructor courses.

It was a long seven days for everyone.  Besides the two instructor courses we also conducted two open water courses, two discover scuba diving programs and four specialty course. 

I would like to congratulate Joseph Gugliemelli for all his hard work and for not giving up.  Way to go.

I also want to thank the Deep Blue Quest staff for all the hard work in making this happen.

Deep Blue Quest…

Deep Blue Quest welcomes Jospeh Gugliemelli (Guuci or also known as Joe) from Okinawa.  He is attending our Assistant Instructor and our Emergency First Response Instructor course. this week.

He works for Destiny Charters in Okinawa as a Dive Master / Crew member.  While he is here, we will also be completing the Okinawa tour package.

PADI Business Academy Hold in Seoul Korea

I would like to thank Region 28 for offering the PADI Business Academy. I have never enjoyed a course or program as much as I did attending the Business Academy these past few days.

Special thank you to Danny Dwyer, Mark Spiers, Young Hee Haniss and Boo Kyung Kim. You all made the course so enjoyable and very educational.

I would also like to thank all the instructors and course directors for celebrating my birthday today.