All Smiles at the Ocean

We had another really relaxing fun diving tour this past weekend! Although the conditions were not always perfect as we had some strong currents, waves and about 5m visibility at times, the smiles never left our group’s faces! After each dive you could feel the elated energy. Unfortunately we cannot control the ocean, but when diving in these conditions you really gain some unique experience to add to your diving history. Thank you to everyone who came on the tour and for the endless laughter!

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A special congratulations goes out to Bill who hit 25 dives this past weekend!

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Don’t forget to take a look at our calendar on our website, or follow us on Facebook to stay informed on upcoming courses and ocean tours.

For more information on any of these events/courses, please contact Russ:

Dive Shop: 031-944-8309
Cellular: 010-2289-9024
Email: russellkrogh@deepbluequest.com

Safe Diving! 

Dive the East Sea!

Over the May long weekend, Deep Blue Quest headed to the East Sea for some more diving! It was a wonderful, relaxing three days of great company, new friends, delicious food and fantastic diving!

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The weather is heating up and so is the water, so take some time to come with us and dive the East Sea! I am still surprised by some of the great dive sites and added a personal favourite to my list that weekend. A spot called “White Rock” took us away to another world, as going under the sea often does. White Rock is a spot filled with valleys of rocks and vegetation. The landscape and soft coral there are beautiful, we even saw a huge blue jellyfish! Our divers loved this spot so much we dove this same spot on our second dive of the day!

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We have another East Coast trip coming up this weekend, June 5th-7th and would love for you to join us for some fun diving! Remember, if you are not already certified, Deep Blue Quest is offering a great promotional price on the Open Water course. For certified divers, we also offer several course to help you continue your dive education!

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For more information on any of these events/courses, please contact Russ:

Dive Shop: 031-944-8309
Cellular: 010-2289-9024
Email: russellkrogh@deepbluequest.com

Safe Diving! 

Busy at the Beach

What a fantastic start to our spring dive season!

We have spent the last two weekends on the East Coast at Aqua Gallery Resort completing course certifications, discover scuba diving and fun diving. Every time we go to the ocean, it’s truly a great time. The water is starting to warm up, the visibility was good and of course it helps that our fun divers and students were just as enthusiastic as we are.

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During an ocean tour we meet at Aqua Gallery in the morning and begin the day relaxed over a filling breakfast. This past weekend we had eggs and bacon on toast which was the perfect way to get fueled for the day. After some food and coffee, we discuss the schedule for the day and then begin to unpack and assemble gear. This is always a good part of the day as everyone is excited.

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Our motto for the weekend is always slow and easy. We assemble all of our dive gear together and make sure that everyone is comfortable and ready for the first dive of the day. From here you will either head over to the beach dive location or onto Aqua Gallery’s boat depending on your course or fun dive schedule.

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After diving we come back, rest and have a hearty lunch. Over the past two weekends we have had various sandwiches including ham sandwiches and egg salad sandwiches with fruit. This is also a great chance to talk to other divers about the dives you’ve just been on and make new friends.

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When everyone is full and rested, we go out and do some more diving – that’s what the weekend is all about right! The feeling you get coming off your last dive of the day is indescribable, even better is knowing you get to do it all again the next day.

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At the end of the days diving, we work together disassembling and cleaning all the gear so that is ready to go again the next day. After this everyone looks forward to a hot shower using the facilities right at Aqua Gallery. Later on, once everyone is ready, we come together to discuss the dives and do log books.

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While diving is the number one reason we go out to the East Coast, a close second would be for the amazing barbecues we have on Saturday nights. It is a great way to spend the evening and the food is always delicious!

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Congratulations on all of the newly certified divers and thank you for the awesome weekends!

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This weekend we will be conducting another Open Water course. Remember we have a great promotion right now, the course is only 500,000 KRW. We would be happy to see you at the shop learning what we love to do. We are also scheduled to go back to ocean on May 22nd – 25th, in which you could participate in all the fun outlined above. Pre-registration is required.

For more information on any of these events/courses, please contact Russ:

Dive Shop: 031-944-8309
Cellular: 010-2289-9024
Email: russellkrogh@deepbluequest.com

Safe Diving! 

The Other 71%

Curious about the other 71% of our world? Learn how to scuba dive and experience the incredible underwater world for yourself!

Deep Blue Quest is running another Open Water Diver course this weekend! During your open water course you will spend one day in the classroom watching videos, discussing techniques and theory with our staff, checking out equipment and much more! Then you will spend time putting what you have learned in practice at the warm pool. It’s always a great day of hands on learning. The next step is heading to the ocean to do some diving!

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Check out a few pictures from last weekend’s course to get a glimpse into how much fun your course will be!

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Don’t forget we are heading to the ocean on May 2nd & 3rd to complete certifications and to do some fun diving!

For more information on any of these events/courses, please contact Russ:

Dive Shop: 031-944-8309
Cellular: 010-2289-9024
Email: russellkrogh@deepbluequest.com

Safe Diving! 

Diving with Deep Blue Quest

Why dive with Deep Blue Quest?

There are so many reasons to pick Deep Blue Quest for your next diving adventure. One of the most attractive reasons is that we offer an all inclusive package. Our tours include 1 beach and 3 boat dives, lodging, meals (including snacks such as fruit and chips), equipment and dive guides.

You do not have to worry about organizing your own accommodations, or transporting and storing food and equipment – we do that all for you!

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Not only that, we are a group of professional and passionate divers. We are a “Green” diving company who supports Project A.W.A.R.E. We believe that diving should be fun and that is one of our aims on each tour, to be safe and have fun. Should you need any assistance on a tour, our friendly staff is always around to help!

If you are a certified diver who is looking to get back into the water, join us on our East Coast Diving Tour! This will be our first tour of the season and will run from May 2nd-3rd.

If you are not certified, now is the time to take advantage of our great new price for the Open Water Diver course. Courses start April 18th.

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For more information on any of these events/courses, please contact Russ:

Dive Shop: 031-944-8309
Cellular: 010-2289-9024
Email: russellkrogh@deepbluequest.com

Safe Diving! 

Spring Diving

We have been really busy these last few weeks at Deep Blue Quest!

Over the last two weekends we have conducted an Open Water course, Jr. Open Water course and a ReActivate course. All of our students worked really hard and had fun learning in the classroom as well as hands on in the warm pool. It’s always a fun adventure when you come to Deep Blue Quest!

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Not only have we been busy with our students, we have also been working on some great things for YOU!

We are really pleased to announce our new and great price for the PADI Open Water Diver course. For 2015, our open water course is only 500,000KRW. Our next course starts this Saturday, April 18th. This is a great time to learn how to scuba dive as the weather is warming up and we will be heading to the ocean soon. If you have always wanted to learn, are curious about the underwater world, or simply want to try something new and meet great people, now is the time to jump in!

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For more information on any of these events/courses, please contact Russ:

Dive Shop: 031-944-8309
Cellular: 010-2289-9024
Email: russellkrogh@deepbluequest.com

Safe Diving! 

Free Stuff!

Are you a diver that has been out of the water for awhile? Deep Blue Quest offers the ReActivate Program for divers who would like to refresh and update their dive skills. This is a great way to prepare for your next dive trip as it is a personalized program that goes over the basics on knowledge and in-water skills.

This past weekend we conducted a ReActivate program, as well as confined water rescue skills. It was a really fun weekend. Special thanks goes out to Kyle who took on the role as ‘victim’ in our rescue scenarios. Great job everyone!

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This weekend we will be running an Open Water course. If you have thought about learning how to scuba dive or about continuing your diving education, now is the time to take the plunge! When you sign up for any of our courses we will give you a PADI T-shirt, PADI tote bag, PADI pencil pouch, PADI lanyard and a PADI skills practice slate all for free while supplies last!

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For more information on any of these events/courses, please contact Russ:

Dive Shop: 031-944-8309
Cellular: 010-2289-9024
Email: russellkrogh@deepbluequest.com

Safe Diving! 

Deep Blue Quest & Project A.W.A.R.E.

 

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Deep Blue Quest is proud to be a part of Project A.W.A.R.E. Throughout this summer we will be raising both money and awareness to help keep the oceans a place we can all appreciate. Since becoming a “Green” diving company many years ago, we have taken time on our tours to the East Sea of Korea to participate in beach clean-ups. Even when our team is not participating in a specific underwater/reef clean-up activities, we carry mesh bags to pick up trash and debris from our dive sites.

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Project A.W.A.R.E. is more than any single clean-up activity. It is a conscious decision to learn about and be aware of our precious oceans. Project A.W.A.R.E. is a way of thinking about how we can appreciate the beautiful natural habitats we expects to see when we dive.

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The goal of Project A.W.A.R.E. is simple:

“Project A.W.A.R.E.’s philosophy is to mobilize a global force of scuba divers and water enthusiasts who care about protecting the world’s water resources and choose to make a difference – one dive at a time. By earning the Project A.W.A.R.E. Specialist certification, you’ll be aware of the most pressing problems facing vulnerable aquatic environments and know what everyday actions you can take to help protect them.”

This summer, choose to become a more conscientious diver. Gain your Project A.W.A.R.E. Specialist certification with Deep Blue Quest and learn how to make a positive impact on our oceans each time you dive. If you love diving as much as we do, take the time to understand the amazing seascapes we encounter each time we enter the water.

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Deep Blue Quest will be offering several tours this summer to the East Sea as well as Jeju Island. Come and take the plunge with us and together we can put the ideals of Project A.W.A.R.E. into action.

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Here are 10 things you can do to make our oceans a place that future generations can enjoy:

1. Dive Carefully to Protect Fragile Aquatic Ecosystems

Many aquatic organisms are delicate and can be harmed by the bump of a camera, the swipe of a fin or even the gentle touch of a hand. Some aquatic organisms like corals grow very slowly and breaking even a small piece can destroy decades of growth. By being careful you can prevent long term damage to magnificent dive sites.

2. Be Aware of Your Body and Equipment Placement When Diving

Keep your gauges and alternate air source secured so they don’t drag over the reef or other vital habitat. Control your buoyancy, taking care not to touch fragile organisms with your body or equipment. You can do your part and prevent injury to aquatic life every time you dive.

3. Keep Your Dive Skills Sharp Through Continuing Education

Before heading to open water seek bottom time with a certified professional in a pool or other environment that won’t be damaged. You can also refresh your skills and knowledge with a PADI Scuba Review, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course or Project A.W.A.R.E. Specialty course such as Peak Performance Buoyancy.

4. Consider How Your Interactions Affect Aquatic Life

Avoid touching, handling, feeding or riding on aquatic life. These actions may stress the animal, interrupt feeding and mating behavior or provoke aggressive behavior in normally non-aggressive species.

5. Understand and Respect Underwater Life

Playing with animals or using them as food for other species can leave a trail of destruction, disrupt local ecosystems and rob other divers of their experiences with these creatures. Consider enrolling in a PADI Underwater Naturalist, AWARE Fish Identification or Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course to better understand sustainable interactions.

6. Be an Eco-tourist

Make informed decisions when selecting a destination and choose Project AWARE Environmental Operators or other facilities dedicated to sustainable business practices. Obey all local laws and regulations and understand your effect on the environment. Don’t collect souvenirs like corals or shells. Instead, take underwater photos and follow Project A.W.A.R.E.’s 10 Tips for Underwater Photographers.

7. Respect Underwater Cultural Heritage

Divers are privileged to access dive sites that are part of our cultural heritage and maritime history. Wrecks can also serve as important habitats for fish and other aquatic life. Help preserve these sites for future generations by obeying local laws, diving responsibly and treating wrecks with respect.

8. Report Environmental Disturbances or Destruction

As a diver, you’re in a unique position to monitor the health of local waters. If you notice unusual depletion of aquatic life, injury to aquatic animals or strange substances in the water, report these observations to responsible authorities in your area.

9. Be a Role Model for Other Divers and Non-divers When Interacting with the Environment

As a diver, you see the underwater results of carelessness and neglect. Set a good example in your own interactions so that others can learn from you.

10. Get Involved in Local Environmental Activities and Issues

You can greatly affect your corner of the planet. There are plenty of opportunities to support healthy aquatic environments including Project A.W.A.R.E. conservation and data collection activities. These include local beach and underwater clean-ups, Coral Watch monitoring, supporting environmental legislative issues, attending public hearings on local water resources, conserving water or making responsible seafood choices.

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Contact us for more information about the Project A.W.A.R.E. Specialist certification or any of our other courses!

Dive Shop: 031-944-8309
Cellular: 010-2289-9024
Email: russellkrogh@deepbluequest.com

Safe Diving! 

Exciting News!

Not only are we really excited to keep you more informed and updated here on our blog, we are enthusiastic to announce that Deep Blue Quest is now an approved Emergency First Response training centre!

This past weekend we all worked really hard to design and create a new Facebook page for the Emergency First Response information. Please take a look at the final result here: https://www.facebook.com/emergencyfirstresponsekorea and don’t hesitate to give us a like!

We also conducted several courses this weekend: Emergency First Response, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Project A.W.A.R.E. Our World Our Water and started an Open Water Diver course. We would like to congratulate all of our students for their hard work!

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The weather has also started to warm up as Spring approaches which means we are gearing up to head back to the ocean! We cannot wait to get back in the water and hope that you will join us on one of our ocean tours!

This weekend we will be conducting another Emergency First Response course, as well as heading to our warm pool for confined water training. For more information on any of these events/courses, please contact Russ:

Dive Shop: 031-944-8309
Cellular: 010-2289-9024
Email: russellkrogh@deepbluequest.com

Safe Diving! 

Snow!

Hey there Deep Blue Questers,

Sorry for our lack of an update yesterday, but snow on the ground demanded our attention.  Snowball fights are so much fun!

But, now that our snow-induced frenzy has died down, let us tell you about what we have been up to.  Both last weekend and this coming weekend we have been conducting Open Water and refresher courses.  It has been a blast.

There is still space in this weekends courses, if you are interested, contact Russ at the Diveshop!

Safe Diving!