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Explore the Wrecks of Truk Lagoon Aboard the Truk Odyssey on the 70th Anniversary of Operation Hailstone February 16-23, 2014 7 nights - 5-1/2 days of diving $3095 pp/do $4645 single occupancy TRIP LEAD BY BONNIE PELNAR Explore the WWII wrecks of Truk Lagoon aboard one of the world's favorite live-aboards, the Truk Odyssey. There is no better way to see Truk Lagoon! This is a very special date for several reasons! February 17, 2014 will be the 70th anniversary of Operation Hailstone, plus it's my birthday too! The Truk Odyssey is one of the world's finest live-aboard dive boats and they are typically booked up many years in advance. One trip aboard this boat and you'll understand why. Read more about diving in Truk Lagoon... We will also offer several underwater photography related presentations on several of the evenings which include topics like photo composition, wreck photography, and image processing. This workshop will be tailored to your needs and requests! Includes: Accommodations on board Odyssey for 7 nights 5 1/2 days of diving All diving while on board All meals while on board Nitrox fills for Nitrox certified divers round-trip airport transfers Photography workshop and assistance Does not include: Airfare Meals while in transit Hotels before or after the charter Crew gratuity Personal purchases Camera rentals $30 dive permit fee + 5% VAT tax Non-photographers or those who would like to learn are also invited! ABOUT ODYSSEYThe Odyssey is a 132 foot live-aboard located in Weno, Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia. On board the Odyssey you’ll find amenities consistent with the world’s top liveaboards. There is a total of nine staterooms. Six staterooms are 14’ x 8’ with either king size or 2 twin beds. Yes, this is big enough to do a cartwheel in! Two private single staterooms are 11’ x 6’. One stateroom is 10’ x 9’ with a double/twin bunk. ALL staterooms have private ensuite facilities, air-conditioning controls, DVD player, and are carpeted. There is air-conditioned throughout the vessel. There is also a large dining area with full commercial galley. The food aboard Odyssey is outstanding! A separate entertainment lounge with TV, VCR (PAL & NTSC), DVD, stereo, library, large slide table, and bar is located on the A deck. This is a great place to hang out and work on your laptop. Odyssey has all kinds of room, so there are places where you can group to socialize and just as many areas to curl up and read a book in privacy. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT BONNIE PELNAR
In addition to our regular annual photo workshop we have added a second week. Come to one or join them both! Special Advanced Workshop with Jack Davis & Bonnie Pelnar July 20-27, 2013 For the more advanced digital photographer and those interested in DSLR video we have added a second week-long workshop featuring both Bonnie Pelnar and Jack Davis. Jack is one of the world’s leading experts on Photoshop, as well as himself being an award-winning photographer. Jack is coauthor of the bestselling guide to Photoshop, The Photoshop Wow! Book. His latest book, How to Wow: Photoshop for Photography, showcases the process of going beyond what was shot, to crafting what was experienced. This workshop will focus on topics like the latest camera RAW conversion features of Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom for underwater photographers, processing video from your SLR, point & shoot, & GoPro cameras, and advanced shooting and lighting techniques. Both Bonnie and Jack will be diving with you every day. You can join either workshop separately or attend them both. There will be a small bit of overlap in the topics covered, such as the introductory presentation and Photo Composition presentation, but the majority of the topics will be new. A deposit of $100 holds your reservation and spot in the workshop. For complete info visit Under Watercolours For those interested in staying an additional day we are offering an optional day trip to snorkel with the whalesharks at Isla Mujeres. Cost is $200 plus and extra night at Scuba Club. For those interested in coming in a day early we are offering an optional day trip around the island of Cozumel with a visit to see the crocodiles at Punta Sur.
12th Annual Underwater Photo Workshop & Contest July 13-20, 2013 We've been running workshops for many years and this one will be the biggest and best of them all with lots of fun, prizes, photo pros and surprises! Here's your chance to get all your questions answered and improve your underwater photography skills. Everybody is bringing cameras to capture the beautiful reefs of Cozumel. This workshop is designed to show you how to use your digital camera and get the best shots possible when shooting underwater. No camera is too big or too small! Not only is this workshop a lot of fun, but you'll learn all about how to improve your underwater photography by shooting better and improving on what you've captured by using Adobe Photoshop. Your instructor and host is Bonnie Pelnar. Bonnie has made 36 trips to Cozumel and she knows where and how to find the best Cozumel has to offer and can show you how to capture it with your camera. Scuba Club Cozumel offers FREE unlimited shore diving, day and night. The area in front of SCC is the BEST shore diving in Cozumel. Cozumel muck diving at its finest! In addition to the presentations and seminars, Bonnie will be available to dive with you each day. We will set up a special photographer's boat, so if you wish to dive with the rest of the shooters, you are welcome to come along. At the end of the week we'll be having a photo contest with an awards ceremony and prizes! A deposit of $100 holds your reservation and spot in the workshop. This year will be our biggest and best yet, with great prizes, photo pros, demo gear and more! For complete info visit Under Watercolours This year we have also added a second week with Adobe guru, Jack Davis. Come for one or join them both. More info here. Here is what some of our past workshop attendees had to say... "This was one of the best dive trips I have ever done. Bonnie seems to have the perfect formula mix of having fun as well as serious underwater photography instruction for those wanting to improve their uw images. I had just bought a new housing for my digital camera and Bonnie patiently answered my numerous questions on the new rig. She also shared her vast knowledge freely with the participants. I plan on doing future UW Photography Workshops with Bonnie." Ellen - Portland, Oregon "Bonnie is a great teacher. She's very patient and knows her stuff. Everyone came away with great new tools for photography. I especially liked her Photoshop classes." Andrea - Laguna Niguel, California "We had a marvelous time at Scuba Club Cozumel with Bonnie last February. I can't wait to go again! She has great tips for getting the best presentation from my underwater photos. Besides, it's PARTY TIME whenever Bonnie is around, ha!" Helena - Mammoth Lakes, California "Just when the vacation began to wear off and I started to get back into the swing of reality I received a DVD in the mail from Bonnie. It was a collection of photos from our workshop trip. It brought tears t0 my eyes. Some were tears of laughter, others were from the great memories of all the new friends I made while on board the Solmar V. Who knew learning could be so much fun?" Marj - San Jose Trip report from a previous Underwater Photography Workshop at Scuba Club Cozumel