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In Topic: What type of luggage do you use for your camera/gear for overseas travel?

Yesterday, 12:11 AM

@Mike: Have a look at this older thread, there are lots of ideas there of different solutions people have found.  Start at page 8 and work back, as the earlier posts reference gear that isn't available any more.




@Chris: You pic gave me a forehead slap.  I've been leaving the camera in the housing, and placing it in cases like you would a DSLR, across a narrow end.  But the EM-1 housing is too wide with the handles and I've bene griping about the extra disassembly that meant. It absolutely never occurred to me to put it across the wide end like you have done and use the DSLR compartment for a dome!  I'll be trying your arrangement next.   Thx!

In Topic: For sale: Nauticam flip diopter holder

13 January 2019 - 02:17 PM

Any interest?

In Topic: Philippines diving?

03 January 2019 - 09:11 PM

I believe we are talking about two different things.  The people who provide DM training are not the people who lead the average tourist dive group.  The ones you get at resorts are not certified as instructors for the most part, nor do they work out of a certified shop.  Most DMs leading groups in Anilao (and elsewhere) are in fact freelancers who contract to the resorts.  They are indeed mostly "spotters" and I would not expect them to provide training of any kind.  


Back to the OP's question, contact the following, and they can put you in touch with certified instructors that operate in Manila, Anilao, PG, Dumaguete, Cebu:


Scuba World
1181 Pablo Ocampo St, Makati City
Tel. : (632) 895-3551, (632) 890-7805, (632) 890-7807
Fax: (632) 890-8982
website: scubaworld.com.ph

email: sales@scubaworld.com.ph


Diver’s Point
2/F Unit 8 Wilson Square, 199 Wilson St. cor P. Guevarra St., San Juan City
Tel.: (632) 725-3631,  (63918)-920-3323



Nautilus Dive and Sports Center

Unit 101 Cattleya Condominium 235 Salcedo St. Legaspi Village, Makati City
Tel.: (632) 817-7293, (632) 403-9786, (632) 664-2953, (63920)-954-1477
email: nautilusphilippines@gmail.com; nautilusdive@surfshop.net.ph

In Topic: Philippines diving?

03 January 2019 - 02:30 PM

You seem to have a low opinion of DMs in Anilao.  Did you have a bad time there?  What about the conditions make it unsuitable for gaining "field experience" in your opinion?


The trainers that I know are not based there and do not dive there exclusively. They are people with global experience who may be based in Manila or PG or Cebu and who run courses at resorts around the country.  Let's differentiate between the professional trainers, and the "spotters" who take tourists out on the weekend. 

In Topic: Philippines diving?

02 January 2019 - 06:32 AM

I think you are over simplifying a bit.  While the reputation of "spotters" is common, there are many good DMs.  And I've had many friends who qualified as DMs in Anilao and in PG.  It's the trainer that matters, not the location, and all of them have PADI accredited courses (maybe others too, but I am not aware).  If one really wanted to train in Anilao as a DM, Diver's Point in San Juan Manila can make it happen any time. Asian Divers can do the same in PG.  There are many others.