Dive 2000 17th Annual UnderWater Treasure Hunt-April 30, 2017

It’s early Sunday morning & I’m feeling good.

A quick re-check that everything’s packed into our Toyota Workhorse, BBQ & Gas. Tick.  Gourmet Sausage Sizzle stuff. Tick. Numbered prize spuds. Tick.  Prizes, vouchers & lists. Tick.  Husband, Kevin. Tick.  Fingers crossed that I haven’t forgotten anything major (or minor for that matter)
And, we’re on our way to pick up the last thing on my list, freshly baked long white crunchy bread rolls.  Oh Yeah!  The car smells great!  A favourite part of my Treasure Hunt day.

We arrive early enough at Clifton Gardens Reserve, Mosman, to set up before the eager divers arrive at 9:00 am.  With some helping hands (those, who like me & Kevin, pull themselves out of a nice, warm Sunday sleep-in) our Gazebos, BBQ, tables, foods & prizes are extracted from T’ Workhorse to Reserve & set up begins.  I say “Thank you xoxo Dive 2000 Team & friends”

Excitement is building as it’s now Briefing Time!  I see Dive Master Jenny “Puddles” checking divers in on today’s Dive Log and both she & Josie checking divers’ equipment & setup where needed, spare tank here, tweak a hose there, more weights needed, less weights needed, chit chat chit chat.  Kevin is in front of the divers, doing a great job describing how the day will play out, Spud Hunt Rules and a comprehensive Dive Brief.

Meanwhile, two of our Dive Masters, Troy & Mo, have slipped secretly under the still Clifton waters of Chowder Bay to place the Prize Spuds here, there & everywhere.
“All divers line up at the wall, it’s photo time ! “  It’s actually hot in the sun, especially all kitted up & waiting for the call “One Two Three GO!”  Mental note to self:  Bring fresh water spray bottle down to wall next year.

Excitement Plus !  Divers are eager & ready, just waiting now for Noah’s drone to shoot some aerials and land safely back on terra firma.

.….. three GO! And they’re off and racing.  Giant strides across the sand and in great PADI style forwards, backwards, sideways, a graceful lunge head first, booties running running running & Splash! Splash!  Get those fins on quick now! Shoulder to shoulder backing in …… Howard leaps forward closely followed by Sean,  Mike and Lawrence have quickly taken the lead though, Craig & Ali are right up there, Oh! Here comes Sue, John & Breslyn  Oh wow!  Sue’s down!  Splash !  the 2 Simons are rhymin’ with Anthony & Martin, they are storming in, neck for neck, fin for fin.  And here comes Mike and oh look! Penny’s one to watch, Elliot & Steve are close in tight & here comes John and Noah, slow out of the start but making up quick time now.  This is more exciting than a day at the Races!

Puddles, our in-water Dive Master today,  looks cool, calm & collected awaiting the incoming rush of divers while Liz Go Pros their entry antics. Ha Ha so funny.

Ok enough fun, now I’m back to the Admin Tent to check we are on schedule with cooking & food prep.  Jason’s on to it, no BBQ worries there except maybe the BBQ gas hose has a problem.  Just a quick run to Bunnings for a replacement and … three, two, one click AOK.  Gaby & Helen are ready at hand for food table detail.  My next favourite part of the day is the sensational smell of a sizzling sausage or 50!  Mmmm Mmmm

Jason cooking up a storm…..you’ll never find me far from the food.

 

Incoming….divers are dripping their way back to cars & warm clothes  “Any luck ?”  “Find a Spud?”  “oh yeah, uh huh, sure did” I’m thinkin’ “happy divers, happy divers”  In 17 years of running our Dive 2000 UW Treasure Hunt, this is the first year that ALL of the Spuds were found !  Great work divers & diverettes !

“Lunch is served” sounds out! Divers flock to the tables like a murder of crows.  A few of the ol’ familiar nerves creep in on me as we proceed next with the prize drawing and acknowledgements of our Team, Sponsors & customer support.

Josie begins with the wonderful news of the birth of baby Hannah Biro.  Congratulations to our Instructor David & his lovely wife, Dori.

“A big thank you to all for joining us today” Josie beams  “ AND to our BBQ Chef, my husband  Jason, Liz, Gaby, Helen, Troy, Mo and last but by no means least, our Puddles. Oh! Kevin, Cherie & me too!”  What a Team !

A few minutes is taken now to thank our sponsors who have provided in excess of $3,500.00 worth of prizes while fruit, delicious banana muffins and chocolate slices, baked by our gorgeous Gaby, make their way around the group.

Thank you to:  Apollo Australia. Dive 2000. Lets Go Adventures, Nelson Bay.  Padi Australia.  Probe Wetsuits.  ProDive Central Coast.  Scubapro Australia. Tabata Australia. The Spud Prizes are Tickle sticks, Dive 2000 Gift Voucher, SMB, Torches, Backpacks & Mesh Backpacks, Double boat dive on HMAS Adelaide, Dive knives, long sleeve Frog Skin top, four mask & snorkel combos and a fabulous Scubapro Chromis Dive Computer !

Our products at Dive 2000 are chosen from the best brands in the World!    it is a pleasure to talk about the benefits & values to our keen participants as one by one prize numbers are called & the allocated prizes given.  Kevin and I are proud to be a Platinum Dealer for Scubapro Australia & key Dealers for equipment we trust and use ourselves.

Now we have a special “Dive Club Member” draw for a Dive 2000 weekend away diving Nelson Bay (a favourite dive destination of ours) & sponsored by Dive 2000 and Lets Go Adventures, Nelson Bay.   I reach in and pull a Lucky Number from the communal draw for all Club Members attending.  The Lucky Number belongs to Lucky Lawrence !!

“Bye, See you Soon, Great to see you”  our divers head for home and on the way, many many hands pitch to dismantle, haul & reload T’Workhorse.  Winding down the day I relax happily onto a welcome fold-away chair joined by Kevin and our friends, John & Gaby,  pouring a crispy little white into our glasses.

Here’s a toast to our 17th Terrific Treasure Hunt Picnic Dive Day !!

Now IS THIS my favourite part of the day ?  You bet my size 5 ½  Booties it is !  I’m feeling good : )

By  Cherie Deacon.     Dive 2000 Dive Travel & Photo Centre  Dive 2000

Ribbon Eel

Image and Text by Kevin Deacon

Follow our Dive 2000 Blog “Articles – Photography”

These beautiful little eels are also commonly called Blue Ribbon Eel but only the males are blue, females are yellow, and juveniles are black. I guess that avoids a lot of confusion and any mistakes if you are a ribbon eel looking for a partner to mate.
We should be so lucky!
I also like the way they lunge at any fish passing close by, these little eels have a lot of attitude!

They are both a joy and a frustration for photographers.  Joyful because they are exotic and beautiful plus rarely leave their lair so one can settle in and shoot away until you feel you have the image you want.  But they are also frustrating as they can choose to disappear into their lair and not reappear for some time. It also doesn’t help that even when they are posturing in front of your camera they are never still.

Location:  Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Genre:  Macro with twin strobes.
Photographic Data: Nikon D800, Nikkor 60 MM Lens, Seacam Housing, Dual Seacam Strobes and Manual Exposure Mode. ISO 100 Exposure f32 @ 1/125th second shutter speed.

Photo Hints:  Shoot a lot as you will find it difficult to be certain you have perfect focus on the eel’s head. Spend time with the animal, they are fascinating and they soon get used to your presence. If you take the time to observe you will note more spectacular poses such as the wide stretch of their jaws which provides a more dramatic image.
When you compose your pictures, consider twisting the camera left or right which will make the eel appear diagonal in the image frame. This is a more powerful composition and a technique I use a lot.

Interesting Facts: Ribbon eels are hermaphrodite and can rapidly change sex. They are rarely seen free swimming outside their lair; at up to 1 meter in length they are surprisingly long for an eel so slim.

Common names: Blue Ribbon Eel.
Latin name. Rhinomuraena quaesita

Back to Image Gallery

 

 

Nelson Bay dive weekend – February 2017

Jenny "Puddles" Silman      PUDDLES POST:

Road Trip! Nelson Bay I’m on my way. Yeah!

Fly is looking mighty fine today. Photo by Jenny Silman

Diving all done for the day. Fly was excellent with lots of giant Sea Hare action, fish, fish and more fish.

“Attack of the giant Sea Hare!!! Aaaaiiiiieeeeee! Its called a Sea Hare…. Like a giant slug but cooler looking!” Quote by Liz G & Troy. Photo by Troy Deacon

Seahorse Gardens was a Nudibranch spotters bonanza. Great weather with viz up to 7m at Fly. Great day team D2K (Ali, Liz G, Liz B, Troy, Mo, Craig, Mike and Penny) Looking forward to diving with the Grey Nurse Sharks 🦈🦈🦈🦈🦈 tomorrow.

Home again after another great days diving at Nelson Bay. Today we dived with Grey Nurse Sharks, lots and lots of Grey Nurse Sharks. Water was cool, the sky overcast, but diving enthusiasm was high. 25+ Sharks, clouds of Pomfret, Schools of Yellow-tail Scad, Sea Pike and friendly Blue Groupers. We dived the same site twice because it was so good. Big thanks to the D2K crew (Mo, Ali, Craig, Troy, Liz, Penny and Mike) for a great weekend.

By Jenny “Puddles” Silman    Dive 2000 Dive Travel & Photo Centre  Dive 2000

Dive 2000 Ladies Dive Day & Lunch – February 12

dsc02529

Ali, Puddles, Michelle H, Michelle B, Liz, Beth, Stephie, Michelle D

Our ladies gathered this year at Sydney Harbour’s beautiful Clifton Gardens park, a popular dive site featuring easy access, calm shallow depths and a myriad of marinelife.
The weather was perfect and with great anticipation of marine life encounters our ladies plunged in!

They were entertained with the antics of octopus, ballets of delicate sea horses, marvellous Moray eels and the sighting of a rare hairy frog fish just waiting to be kissed and turned into a handsome prince!

frog-fish

Rare Hairy Anglerfish/Frogfish. Photo by Jenny “Puddles” Silman

Back ashore wetsuits were switched for sarongs and other items of fashion as the ladies headed off to Wildwater Grill Restaurant on the ocean front of Dee Why Beach. Arguably the finest dining strip on the Northern Beaches with a spectacular setting of surf, sand and sea stretching to the horizon.


Without delay, wine was soon sparkling in the glasses and delectable dishes consumed as 20,000 words of conversation swirled to and fro proving once again that women are from Venus and men are from Mars.


Our Ladies Dive Day is a celebration of Women in Diving. We wish all scuba women worldwide the best experiences the undersea world can offer and thank them all for enriching the pastime of recreational diving and exploration.
Very special thanks to our Sponsors Scubapro & Dive 2000 !

….   over to you Puddles ….

Sunday and it’s sunshine, heat and a good touch of humidity for the Annual D2K Ladies Dive Day and Lunch. As Sydney sweltered under a summer sun the ladies took to the water for a refreshing Harbour dip at Clifton Gardens.

After a wee bit of pre-dive procrastination and one highly “insightful” dive briefing (that drew in divers from far and wide) all 8 D2K diving divas (aka Ali, Liz, Steph, Beth, the 3 Michelle’s and of course moi) were off cruising the balmy harbour waters, eyes peeled, looking for all kinds of amazing critter life that call Clifton home.

We were mesmerised by our little dancing Sabre-tooth Blenny friend,


an Anglerfish was spotted in its sponge hideout, Octopus were observed hunkered down in their lairs, Cuttlefish were caught out snoozing, Morays found carousing, well dressed Decorator Crabs strolled about and wonderful White’s Seahorse were spotted scattered about the pylons and pool net in abundance. What a delightful little dive!

After the all underwater shenanigans it was time for a well deserved feed. Off to Dee Why we headed where we were also joined by Angela and Diana at the Wildwater Grill for some great food and great company along with some fun and games thrown in.

Just pipping Ali and myself at the post, a well deserving Angela took out the major prize, a Scubapro Chromis dive computer, with her highly creative interpretation of Sarong wear – the Hippie Head Dress.

dsc02578
Michelle D skilfully won the lucky number draw and was mighty pleased with her Scubapro umbrella. Never fear the rest of the diving divas didn’t go home empty handed either with Scubapro Mask Tamers, key rings, chocolates & surf jimmies also being a big hit all round.

So with the D2K Ladies Dive Day and Lunch over for another year it’s a big shout out and thank you to Cherie and Josie for organising the day, along with providing such excellent shore support to the underwater diving diva team and to Scubapro for their generosity in sponsoring the prizes and gifts on the day.

By Kevin Deacon & Jenny “Puddles” Silman. Dive 2000 Dive Travel & Photo Centre  Click Here

David & Goliath. The Feeding Whale Shark

whalesharktrevally

Photo and Text by Kevin Deacon

Follow our Dive 2000 Blog “Articles – Photography”

Perhaps you have heard the biblical story of `David & Goliath’. Legend tells us David faced the giant warrior Goliath and slew him with a stone. One moral of the story is `fear not giants’.

Somehow the little fish swimming unconcerned in this giant shark’s mouth brings this story to mind.

This was my first trip to Ningaloo Reef soon after the discovery of large congregations of whale sharks occur there during March, April & May. I would return many times with our dive groups and ultimately produce a portfolio of images for Australian Geographic Magazine and help film a documentary for Discovery Channel.

Of all the images this one has been the most frequently published worldwide, because this picture tells a story.

Location: Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth. West Australia.
Genre: Extreme Wide Angle Sunlight.

Photo Data: Nikon F3 camera, Nikkor 16 MM Full Frame Fisheye Lens, Aquatica F3 Housing. Aperture Priority Exposure Mode. Kodachrome Film ISO 64 Exposure f8 @ 1/250th second shutter speed.

Photo Hints: The Full Frame Fish Eye Lens is one of my favourites as it captures a field of view twice as wide as most conventional wide angle lenses. It’s perfect for capturing the big scenes, the big animals and the pig picture, almost regardless of visibility constraints.

This lens takes some getting used to as it will easily capture unwanted subjects in the frame. Occasionally while swimming backwards to keep up with whale sharks I have even captured my own fins in the shot!

Interesting Facts: Whale sharks are the world’s largest shark and can attain a length of 18 meters. They are gentle giants feeding on plankton and small fish. Years ago an encounter with a whale shark was considered a very rare event. Now we know several locations in the world where multiple whale shark encounters are almost guaranteed.

Common names. Whale Shark. Latin name. Rhiniodon typus

Back to Image Gallery

 

 

The Emperor and The Cleaner

 

emperor

Photo and Text by Kevin Deacon

Follow our Dive 2000 Blog “Articles – Photography”

The several dive sites at Seraya in Tulamben, Bali, are the ultimate location for fish cleaning stations. Here you are guaranteed regular sightings of many species of fish, eels and marine life being cleaned by an army of shrimp and cleaner fish of many species.

During one of our regular visits to these cleaner stations Cherie discovered a beautiful angelfish being attended to. Intuitively knowing I would hate to miss a chance like this she swam over to me nearby and once she got my attention I recognised her excitement and immediately followed her back to the site.

And what a photographic opportunity it was, the Emperor Angelfish calmly posturing her willingness to be cleaned by the myriad of shrimp waiting to accommodate her.

I have lost count of the number of times I have tried in vain to get close to beautiful angels but finally here I was, face to face, shot after shot, and observing her beauty.

So there are Angels and this is heaven!

Location: Seraya, Tulamben, Bali.
Genre: Macro with Dual Strobes.

Photography Data: Nikon D800, Nikkor 60 MM Macro lens, Seacam Housing, Dual Seacam Strobes, and Manual Exposure Mode. ISO 100 Exposure f11 @ 1/125th second.

Photography Hints: Although my choice of an aperture setting of F11 captured an acceptable image, on this occasion I really wish I had increased the power level of my strobes so I could have used an aperture setting of F22 or F32. Macro lenses lack `depth of field’ so they are not perfect for images that require more than one subject in sharp focus but aperture settings such as F22-F32 help.

Ideally I really would have liked my 16-35 MM zoom lens which would have provided a much sharper image of both the Cleaner Shrimp as well as the Angelfish.

Interesting Facts: There are slight differences in form between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean species. However, both overlap in Bali!

Common names: Emperor Angelfish. Latin name – Pomacanthus imperator

 

Back to Image Gallery

 

XMAS 2016 Dive 2000 Staff Celebrations

kd2_7862

Some of our fabulous team of Dive 2000 instructors and Dive Masters! And they love a party! [ Leeza, Chris, Dodgy Dave, Kevin, Marian, Cherie, Mo, Diana, Brad, Puddles, Josie & Baxter Bear as stand-in for Andrew/Skip ]

Photos and Text by Kevin Deacon

Follow our Dive 2000 Blog “Articles – Photography”

Back to Image Gallery

 

A Celebration of Diving Adventures 2016

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year !

As 2016 comes to a close we pause to celebrate the amazing expeditions, dive tours, travel adventures and awesome marine life encounters we have experienced.
Dive 2000 Director, Tour Leader and Professional Photographer Kevin Deacon has been pioneering dive expeditions and photography tours internationally since 1975.
Read on and discover through Kevin’s words and images the adventures we experienced on our tours through this past year.

Early January 2016 found us cruising 200 nautical miles from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to the remote Revillagigedo Archipelago in search of the world’s largest Ray, the Giant Oceanic Manta.

This tour corresponded with my 68th birthday and I was looking forward to finally meeting this fabled ocean giant.  I was certainly not disappointed.  Within hours of arriving at the Island of Socorro all of us were privileged with repeat encounters.  These mantas have a total wingspan of up to 7 metres and these graceful creatures flew around our dive team and hovered above us enjoying a manta ray version of a spa bath as our exhaust bubbles tickled their bellies.

When we were not being distracted by the Giant Mantas we found time to enjoy the big schools of pelagic fish, inquisitive Dusky Sharks and playful Dolphins.
Cruising back to port we had time to review all the spectacular manta ray images captured by everyone on the tour, and the inevitable birthday party!

Mid January 2016 our group departed from Florida and headed for the Bahamas. I had chartered two private seaplanes to ensure my group and all our baggage would arrive as scheduled flights are less than reliable!
Our destination was the island of Bimini, my goal was to encounter and capture images of Giant Hammerhead Sharks. The island of Bimini is the only known location of this elusive solitary shark and only during a few months starting around December. The Giant Hammerhead, not to be confused with the much smaller Scalloped Hammerhead, often encountered in large schools grows to 6 metres in size and sports a very tall sickle like dorsal fin.

Our dive operator Neil is a master at attracting and managing Great Hammerheads.  On every dive in the warm, shallow waters of the Bahamas sand banks, up to 6 great hammerheads would be circling and cruising in to take small morsels of fish bait.  This action would occur face to face with all our group resulting in some very exciting encounters and spectacular images.  At first we were tentative in the presence of such large sharks but as often is the case once one spends time with such creatures one discovers that they are rarely a threat to us. The Great Hammerheads’ natural prey is actually small sting rays and other fish species often found hidden on or under the sand.  The sharks narrow neck and proportionally small teeth are an indication it has not evolved to take large prey.
The behaviour that impressed us most was their flexibility.  They could use their broad head like a rudder and manoeuvre in a tight corkscrew that would seem impossible given the length of their body.
However these sharks are quite bold and I lost count of how many times I used my camera to bump them off.  One even taste tested my strobe!  At times like this I am always relieved my camera system is so large.

Late January 2016 now back in Florida, I hired a large Ford “people mover” to provide transport for the next week so that we could drive to Crystal Springs and encounter the rare and endangered West Indian Manatee.  Winter storms had hit the USA shutting down New York with ice and we found ourselves forced to travel 200 kilometres through torrential rain.  We all will be forever grateful to our friend Les Schumer who had the confidence to drive  in these conditions and deliver us safely to our destination.

At Crystal River we were blessed with much better weather and were soon heading out on the calm, sheltered waterways surrounded by forest dripping with Spanish moss.  Snorkelling in the shallow water we were entertained by the antics of hundreds of these huge, gentle animals.
We enjoyed face to face encounters with manatees and their little calves. The calves particularly enjoyed touching us and invited some tummy scratching which they especially enjoyed.

The Manatee is a cousin of the Dugong and they are the only two in the order of Sirenia. Dugongs are purely a salt water dweller but the manatee is comfortable in both fresh and salt water.  Despite their appearance they have very little fat and can’t tolerate more than a few degrees drop in water temperature so they migrate into the warmer fresh water systems of Florida every winter.

Back home all year long we continue our weekend trips to our favourite dive destinations, one of which is Nelson Bay, Port Stephens.  During our months between overseas dive adventures we enjoy nothing more than weekends diving here.

Apart from our dive club weekends we have our underwater photography workshops which hone the skills of our participants and keep our skills sharp.  We also often enjoy organising small groups of friends, customers and dive club members for social dive weekends which provides some great dive opportunities and après diving social activity, usually involving BBQ’s and beers surrounded by bush and prolific bird life.

The dive sites of Fly Point, Pipeline, Sea Horse Secret Gardens & Broughton Island provide encounters with a rich variety of temperate water marine life unique to Australia and all in a habitat of beautiful sponge, soft coral and tunicate gardens.  Almost every image produces a background reminiscent of a Picasso painting, the perfect undersea studio for marine photographers!

Our other popular destination is South west Rocks, Trial Bay on the NSW far north coast.  We have had the most exciting long weekend and Easter trips here exploring Fish rock Cave, encounters with dozens of Grey Nurse sharks, giant stingrays, turtles and large schools of pelagic fish.

Early September 2016 Our annual Bali Dive Safari kicked off with tour leader Jenny ‘Puddles’ Silman.  Cherie and I had the luxury of being among the participants which provided a very relaxing holiday for us.  We could ‘cherry pick’ the dives we wanted to do and spend all our free time enjoying the cafes, restaurants, scenery and culture that Bali has in abundance.  Joining us on tour were two close friends, John & Gaby Oly, veterans of pioneering trips to Papua New Guinea with us in the 1980’s.  They have returned to diving ‘post children’ bringing with them two new participants, their teenage sons.

Our Bali Safaris take us well away from the tourist crowds of Kuta, our locations are Tulamben many kilometres up the coast and the island of Nusa Lembongan.  Sometimes we include the remote, unspoilt region of Menjangan which delivers a pristine experience far from the crowds. We always look forward to going back, so many divers never hear about underwater Bali.

Arriving in Tulamben my favourite dive is dawn on the shipwreck ‘Liberty’.  We always look forward to the encounters with the many big bumphead Parrotfish as they wake up from their overnight rest and greet our early morning dive team.  At nearby Seraya we enjoyed encounters with fascinating macro life including Harlequin Shrimp, many species of Moray Eels, Mantis Shrimp, Anglerfish (Frogfish), juvenile Angelfish, Ghostpipefish and many other species too numerous to name!  When we transferred to the beautiful Island of Nusa Lembongan we explored the pristine coral reefs looking forward to regular encounters with Manta Rays & Giant Sunfish (Mola Mola).

On some Safaris where we have included the far North-west tip of Bali to experience diving the sheer coral walls of the island Menjangan and dives on the undersea Balinese Temples which include Gods & Goddess’s.

Mid September 2016  we boarded the private charter flight departing Bali for the stunning resort Wakatobi.  Here we enjoyed wonderful beachfront bungalows, fine food, first class service, private use of an 18 metre dive vessel for our daily dives and unlimited access to one of the World’s best marine parks.  Our dive team found themselves immersed in the incredible bio diversity of the ‘Coral Triangle’ surrounded by more species of corals, fish and general marine life than it is possible to count or capture on camera.

THE FUTURE

As 2017 & 2018 approaches I look forward to the many exciting adventures, tours and expeditions our Dive 2000 Team offer.

February 2017   we will be off to the Philippines to explore the coral reefs and unique macro marine life of Anilao before relocation to the Philippine island of Malapascua famous for its encounters with Thresher Sharks and also offering great coral diving and shipwrecks.

July 2017   our annual Bali Safari commences. This dive destination never disappoints.

August 2017  finds us on an Africa Wildlife Safari in Kenya, although no diving is involved, face to face encounters with Africa’s big 5 will more than substitute whatever big 5 marine life encounters one might like to mention!

February 2018  we head to the world famous Raja Ampat where we board MV Seahorse to cruise and dive this magnificent destination.

We will also have an extension to explore Lembeh Strait, the World’s most famous macro destination.

July 2018  we will continue to return to ‘The island of the gods’  Bali

September 2018  will find us departing to Tonga once again to rendezvous with the Humpback Whales and their calves while exploring the coral reefs and vast undersea caverns.

October 2018  heralds in a World first adventure for divers,  we will visit Turkey, tour Istanbul, Gallipoli and the ancient site of the city of Troy while taking advantage of recent ‘World First Special Permission’ to dive many of the 215 WWI shipwrecks sunk off Gallipoli in the Dardanelles.

If you are ready  for amazing dive adventures in your lifetime, join us !

glass-half-full-kd2_7700

On a Dive 2000 adventure, the glass is always at least half full!

Kevin Deacon is one of the pioneers of underwater photography in Australia. His images have been published worldwide in prestigious books, magazines and advertising media. Kevin and Cherie Deacon along with their team of scuba and photo instructors, dive masters and tour guides operate Dive 2000 in Sydney, Australia’s most experienced dive, travel and underwater photographic equipment centre.  www.dive2000.com.au

Dive 2000 is also the Australian Importer and Distributor for Seacam Housings and most Underwater Photography equipment.

Dive 2000 Open Water Course – Dec 4th

Jenny "Puddles" Silman      PUDDLES POST:

A full day training in the Pool for day 1 Dive 2000′ Open Water Course students.  Next will be Ocean dives 1 & 2 !  Oh! and hot chocolate ….

 

choc

Time now for a big glass of water for hydration and a hot chocolate for the soul

A big day in the water at Clifton with our latest group of D2K OW Students, all 11 of them, where instructors Andrew and Diana put them all through their paces. Lots of excellent dive skills demonstrations in pretty sandy vis and a nice couple of Seahorse sightings thrown in as well. Summer weekend sunshine and who wouldn’t want to spend it underwater blowing bubbles!! Looks like we’re all off to Bare Island to do it all again tomorrow. 🙂☀️💦🐠

bare2So the dive gear is all rinsed and hung. Oh no, that must mean that my weekend is nearly done! 😢 What a weekend is was. Andrew, Deana, 11 OW students, oh and me, took to the water which was chock a block full of our students giving spot on demonstrations of all the required OW skills.
With today’s final day of diving at the ever popular Bare Island, and boy oh boy was it popular today, Dare I say you couldn’t see the fish for the divers? In between numerous random diver sightings and skills demonstrations the team was lucky enough to fit in some critter spotting on dive 4 as well. A curious Octopus, a Squid squadron, a playful Blue Grouper and for the lucky few a Red Indian fish were some of the fishy highlights.

bare

So from pool, to harbour and sea. Three days in good vis and in bad, our 11 newly certified PADI OW divers excelled. Congratulations to all – Alexandra, Alison, Amanda, Andrew, Alexander, Sophie, David, Sam, Adrian, Sam and Matt – from the D2K team.

By Jenny “Puddles” Silman    Dive 2000 Dive Travel & Photo Centre  Dive 2000