We are pleased to announce that Two Fish Divers Indonesia and Blue label Diving Thailand have formed a new company for tec diving in Indonesia that will operated as a joint venture, and it will be called Blue Label Diving Indonesia (BLDI).
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN: We congratulate Arto and Jimmy who finished their IDC yesterday and wish them all the best for the IE tomorrow. Check out the pic of Arto diving with a CCR – he loved the quiet, no bubbles experience!! Also this week barracudas galore on the day trip, lots of sharks, schools of tuna, pontohi sea horses and some devil rays!
Last week we undertook our deepest dive yet to 120m. One of our guests Iain visited us with his rebreather and decided to take advantage of the tec diving facilities offered by our sister company BunakenTec. These services include full support for trimix diving on both open circuit and rebreather, and paticipation in deep exploration dives to search for the rare dinosaur fish called the Coelecanth (read previous blog The Coelecanth, Living Fossil in Bunaken).
Brendon is our TEC Manager/Instructor/Diver at BunakenTec, and he organised the 2nd Coelecanth exploration with Iain. He was using his ISC Megaladon electronic rebreather and Iain was using his Inspiration rebreather with the Narced @90 head
After a day of some test dives to 50m, the exploration consisted of 3 deep dives over 3 days:
For the full report, please read the BunakeTec blog about the Coelacanth Dive Expedition – July 2012.
What was also very interesting about Iain’s trip was that it showed the range of diving that this area has to offer for rebreather divers. Before he undertook the expedition, Iain spent 4-5 days doing recreational dives with us around Bunaken, using his rebreather and camera. After the expedition he went to Lembeh and spent another 4-5 days doing recreational dives. Fantastic recreational diving as well as fantastic TEC diving – what other area gives this range of diving opportunities in one dive holiday?
If you want to find our more about TEC or rebreather diving or Coelencanth expeditions, you can email Brendon(at)TwoFishDivers.com.
Sidemount diving is the current craze!! With sidemount, the tanks are mounted on either side of the diver instead of on the back of the diver. It is a popular configuration with advanced cave and techincal divers, as smaller sections of cave and wrecks can be penetrated and tanks can be changed with greater ease.
Its not just for cave and wreck penetration though. As you kit up have you ever thought ‘this hurts my back/ legs’ or ‘geez these are heavy’ or even ‘there has to be a better way’? Sidemount diving is growing in popularity with recreational divers:
The downside? You have 2 SPGs to monitor but this is easy to learn. You also need 2 regs, but isn’t that better than an octopus?
Try-it in Bunaken!
We have just acquired 2 sets of side-mount harnesses and guests are welcome to try a dive with them. If you want to take it further, PADI have just introduced the PADI Sidemount Diver Course and we can offer this course if you want. You need to be an Advanced Open Water Diver with at least 30 logged dives, and on the course you learn sidemount skills in a confined water session and four open water dives. Great fun! Check out this video to find out what its all about.