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Hsinchu - Kaohsiung Diver's Club: June 2006

Sunday, June 25, 2006

A few of my favorite photos... Post yours!

scary Yellow Eel - Kenting
Colorful Crinoid - Kenting
loving Nudibranchs - Kenting
Roaming Lion Fish
Spectacular Cuttle Fish - Kenting
Cool Mantis Shrimp - Kenting
Scurrying Box Fish - Xiao Liu Qiu


This is our first post and is maintained by Paul Oliver, Divemaster# 485849. and other contributers. Our aim is to promote various diving activies all around the island from the North Shore and Suao ( Summer, seasonal) to Kenting, Green Island, Orchid Island and others ( All year) We provide this forum for discussion related to diving experiences and as a means of spreading the word that there is more to do here on the R.O.Ck than the usual topside distractions.

HCDC is affiliated with... Which offers diving courses and trip info island wide. WebMaster and PADI Inst.- Roland Menard. Serving Northern Taiwan. ( Taipei-TaiChung )

U-Dive . Which offers diving courses and equiptment rentals. PADI Inst. John Boo. Specializing in the Kenting area.
John , 0913-388065

Feel free to post, respond and ask questions. We'll be doing some new and exciting things shortly, such as a weekly photo uload in which all are invited to try to be the first to ID marine life, posting of new trips to Kenting to get wet and more......


And, sure the reverent eye must see A purpose in Liquidity. We darkly know, by faith we cry, The Future is not wholly dry.

Rupert Brooke, "HEAVEN"

A little about the HCDC Webmaster and website......


Greetings all:

This blog was first created to increase awareness of diving activities in Taiwan for both locals and the expat community, especially in my area " Hsinchu County, " but not excusively!

As a PADI Divemaster professional is is my desire to further diving activities for all certified divers by providing a forum to discuss dive related issues.

Main Topics to be discussed..

- Dive trips and excursions

- Dive courses and PADI instruction

- Equipment concerns; buying and servicing

- The world below; photos and discussion


My interest in diving was first piqued 6 years ago when I took a PADI Discovery dive course of Panglao Island just off Bohol in the central Philippines, I've been back there 5 times already!

After seeing what the world below had to offer in terms of inspiration and freedom, I immediately took the PADI Open Water course and dived for the remainder of my holiday. Diving took me to many other places, such as Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Taiwan ...etc....

At first diving was a thing to do on vacation, a means to get more out of the trips to exotic beaches in Asia. As I met other divers and listened to their conversations I became intrigued of the places they had dived and the wonderous stories of their underwater creature encounters. Up until them I was mainly enjoying the " Buzz" of seeing the world through coral colored eyes,...WOW did you see that fish! became a usual phrase after dives.

I soon cam e to realize that I wanted to get more out of diving and began to read up on the names and habits of aquatic marine life. Soon I came to say " WOW did you see that titan trigger?, that huge honeycomb grouper! and found enjoyment in discussing the things I saw with others. I took more PADI courses when ever I went on holiday, and eventually decided that if I ever want to live in the Philippines and dive everyday I'd have to become at least a divemaster and eventually an instructor since I couldn't subsist on my teaching credential there. I watched other divemasters and instructors laze around the beach between classes and dives, the focal point of animated discussion with other divers and tourists and said to myself " I could do that! What a life these guys have..."

So here I am an active status PADI divemaster, offering guided dives in Taiwan. This is the life!


WELCOME ALL TO THE NEW And IMPROVED Hsinchu County Dive Club....

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