Confined Water Training

Scuba Cleanup

What did you accomplish this weekend? Katie and Dan did some confined water training and have begun their journey to becoming PADI Open Water Divers.  Dan and Katie tackled their Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes and Final Exam like champs, both scoring exceptionally high on all…well done guys!  With the book work out of the way they were fitted for equipment for their Confined Water Training.

Saturday was filled with hands-on learning and practice.  Dan and Katie did excellent once again knocking out skill after skill.  Hardly any skill proved difficult for this couple, once again well done guys!

Sunday morning began with a more thorough cleaning of dive gear to rinse off and clean everything.  We can’t say enough how important this step is…clean well maintained gear is critical in scuba diving.  Not only will it make your gear more reliable it means less service repair bills during annual or manufacturer recommended servicing.

Pohang Diving – July 11-12, 2015

Congratulation to Nick Pappe, our newest 38th Parallel diver who completed his PADI Open Water certification and Enriched Air Diver (EANx/Nitrox) certification on July 12 at AquaBelle Dive Resort Pohang,  Korea. We were able to complete 4 amazing boat dives off Josa-ri (Beach). The water was a warm 20c, plenty of fish and around 6 meters of visibly.  Great conditions to learn and enjoy the dives, way to go Nick can’t wait to dive with you again.

New PADI Divers

38th Parallel Divers at NamaeIt was an early start for all of us on Saturday morning and all met up at Gangneung bus terminal from where we departed to Namae Dive resort. It was a hectic busy day with more scuba divers in Namae than locals. Things were very busy and chaotic and before long Krystal and Peter were off to their first open water dive. Between all the chaos and busy bees we could not have had a better time with model students Krystal and Peter.  We ran through all the skills like they were scuba diving for years. They rarely made any mistakes and had no problem with any of the skills. Water conditions were fantastic with an average visibility on Saturday of 12m and water temperature of 23 degrees Celsius.

We rocked out 3 dives on Saturday and then headed for our accommodation at Program Motel and to drop our bags and then headed straight to Gangneung for dinner. We feasted on some Pork BBQ with a variety of delicious side dishes then headed for a Mango Bingsoo at Mango six just to round off the whole night and make it complete. After returning back to Program motel both students only needed to do the final test which went very well and all passed out. Sunday morning greeted us with a delicious breakfast that Sora made for us followed by the final dive of the students which went excellent as ought to be. It was a great weekend spent with some really nice people at a really nice place. Hope to dive with you guys again and welcome to the PADI scuba diver community.

New Students

preparing for mask clearing

preparing for mask clearing

Yesterday we had the privilege of working with two new divers and helping to refresh another diver’s skills.  Carel worked late into the night making sure the divers had all their knowledge reviews and quizzes completed the night prior.  Saturday morning we all met that the Suwon World Cup Pool, I had the pleasure of meeting Ian, Crystal and Peter.  Since we were early we all took the time to introduce ourselves and get to know each other.  We went over what the students could expect from the day as well as what would happen at the ocean during training.

As we were checking in with the pool staff we met a friend of ours (the pool manager) who recently finished his PRISM2 training!  We were ecstatic to hear that there we new PRISM2 divers in the area because up until now there was hardly any PRISM2 divers in the area.  He was kind enough to open up their shop and show us all the new PRISM2’s!!  It was great to see the new electronics, new Petrel and new HUD on the unit.

Although the day was long everyone had a great time and really learned a lot.  Each diver drastically improved from their first descent.  At the end of the day we were able to have some fun and play underwater basketball and swim through some hoops.  Being at the Suwon pool sure makes for some fun diving due to 5m depths and a large area to swim around.  Thanks again Ian, Crystal and Peter, we look forward to seeing you at the ocean and welcome you to our diving club!!

2014 Labor Day Weekend Dive Trip

This weekend we took advantage of the 3 day weekend that most of us had and we headed to the East Coast for some fun diving and training.  Our newest instructors (George, Larry and Mike) had multiple students and certifications to conduct.  We had Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Deep Diver Specialty, Peak Performance Specialty and the AWARE Specialty.  This was definitely a great way to kick off our first weekend training event post-IDC.  We also linked up with some fun divers and students from Aquatic Frontier’s group who got some of our swag.  Thanks guys!  It was great diving with all of you as well.

Mike cooking the bacon for the egg, cheese, bacon sandwichesWe started Saturday morning off by cooking our divers breakfast making sure to feed the grumbling stomachs and fuel the divers for a busy day.  We broke out our cast iron skillet and our Korean portable stove and went to town on some thick cut bacon and eggs… and even some turkey bacon for those health focused people out there.  With bellies fed we started into our dive shop orientation and dive briefings for the skills.Sunrise on the Korean East Coast

Saturday we had excellent warmth and visibility.  Saturday finished up Michael’s Peak Performance Buoyancy and half of Mandy’s Advanced Open Water (AOW) and JuJu’s Open Water (OW) courses respectively.  Our students had such a great day we were honored with requests to add additional specialties to their trip.  Sunday finished up Mandy’s AOW, JuJu’s OW and all but one dive of Michael’s Deep Diver specialty.

Sunday evening after diving we headed into Sacheon beach for some great Pat Bing Su (Red Bean Shaved Ice with fruit and ice cream) and coffee’s.  After that nice treat we headed back to the dive shop to start the grill to grill up some cheese burgers and some adult beverages. We finished up an AWARE Specialty at dinner time too.  After we were fed and ready to head to bed we met up with some new instructors form the recent (finished that day) graduates of the Korea IDC/IE.  We went over to congratulate them and they invited us to have some food and drinks with them.  It was a great night to sit around the table with people from all over the world and share this love of diving.  Congrats new instructors and thank-you for sharing!

Mike and Larry before the Deep DiveMonday morning came early…we had one last dive to conduct for our Deep Diver Specialty, a 30M dive!  We woke up around 7am to fire up the stove and get some food on the skillet (eggs, bacon and hashbrowns). Now that we were fed it was time to gear up to dive briefings and pre-dive checks.  Once again we had some great visibility and warm waters this time we had a strong current.  For this dive we had all the new instructors, the shop owners, most of the shop workers and even the Course Director go with us.  We had a great dive, it was awesome getting a chance to dive with everyone that always makes sure we have great trips…the crew at Namae Dive Shop is amazing!  With that dive complete our final student of the weekend finished his Deep Diver Specialty…congrats Michael!  You did some great diving this weekend, it is great to see the improvement you have made since our first Scuba Tune-up session, stay wet.Seorak Mountain View

Since we were traveling back on a Monday versus a Sunday we decided to take the scenic route back.  We drove through Seorak Mountains and were able to take our time and enjoy the beautiful weather.  What an amazing weekend.  Thanks again to all of our students that we had as well as the new friends we met from Aquatic Frontier’s group.  Hope to see everyone in the water soon!

Most people think that Labor day (beginning of September) signifies the end of the summer…for us (38th Parallel Divers) this marks the beginning of the best diving in Korea.  From now thru November-December the water is warmer than any other time of the year.  The ocean is generally more clear and better weather.  So come join us…check out our Facebook Event page for more details.  We have an Open Water course starting shortly (confined water 13-14 Sept / Ocean 20-21 Sept) AND an Advanced Open Water / Specialty Diving weekend 27-28 September.

Get Certified NOW! – Special Pricing for our Divers

Pool

We will be offering VERY SPECIAL pricing for all our club members for a LIMITED TIME. Any 38th Parallel Diver member will be getting PADI Open Water Diver certification for $395. We will also be offering several specialties at VERY low prices too (Sidemount, Nitrox/Enriched Air, Deep, Wreck, Navigation, Search & Recovery, Night, Gas Blender, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE Conservation).

This includes: Required Study Materials, Processing Fees, Pool Training*, Gear Rental, Ocean Training, Transportation to dive site (if local but can schedule a meet-up and ride out), Motel room 1 night, Ocean Day 1 lunch (dinner is on your own), Ocean Day 2 breakfast (lunch/dinner will be at rest area on way back on your own).

So how do you become a member? Easy, simply “LIKE US” on our Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/38thParallelDivers Or click “LIKE” to the right—>

*only exception is that it is based on pool availability, if our local pool isn’t available there would be a cost to use Suwon/Seoul (or other) pool.