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Hsinchu - Kaohsiung Diver's Club: October 2006

Friday, October 27, 2006

Wreck Photos - Tobormory

This year's trip to Canada took me and diving buddy Alon to the Fathom Five National Marine Park. Canada's " Scuba Capital of Canada" Hmmm wonder if Vancouver claims that too.... It was a trip to remember with my first "cold" Brrrrr 7C! and "fresh" water dives. The acclaimed wrecks of Georgian Bay didn't disappoint, cold clear water and untarnished turn-of-the century wrecks defy words, so I've dedicated this page to some poetic quotes about the lure of diving and wrecks....


Now that I had heard a part of his history, he appeared singularly destitute,—a captain without any vessel, only a greatcoat! and that perhaps a borrowed one! Not even a dog followed him; only his title stuck to him.

-Henry David Thoreau.

Toll for the brave

The brave! that are no more:

All sunk beneath the wave,

Fast by their native shore.

-William Cowper


SCUBA diving is sensual. To breathe underwater is one of the most fascinating and peculiar sensations imaginable. Breathing becomes a rhythmic melody of inhalations and exhalations. The cracks and pops of fish and crustaceans harmonize with the rhythmic chiming of the bubbles as you exhale. Soon, lungs act as bellows, controlling your buoyancy as you achieve weightlessness. And, as in your dreams, you are flying. Combine these otherworldly stimuli and you surrender completely to the sanctuary of the underwater world.

Karen Berger 'Scuba Diving Mag'

At daybreak, on the bleak sea-beach,A fisherman stood aghast,To see the form of a maiden fair,Lashed close to a drifting mast.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.

Honore de Balzac

Thursday, October 26, 2006

New LINK! Check it out......


http://blogfishx.blogspot.com/

Awesome blogsite that is updated regularly by Mark Powell
Location:Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States
Director of Fish Conservation-The Ocean Conservancy.

Comb through the insightful and informative reporting and increase your knowledge of the environmental side of aquatic life!

Sample....


Bluefin tuna overfishing

Japan has been busted for serious overfishing of bluefin tuna.

These magnificent oceanic "cruise missles" are among the most valuable seafood on earth. Without effective protection we might see the last one sold in our lifetimes, for some fantastic price.In this context, the Japanese overfishing is a serious offense.The Australian government was responsponsible for the bust, and they claim 20 years of Japanese poaching worth up to $8 billion, and illegal catch levels that prevented bluefin from rebuilding.The Japanese government admits only modest and short term overfishing of bluefin tuna. However, they accepted stringent penalties that will cut Japanese bluefin quotas in half for 5 years.It's a shame that some fishermen would so wantonly slaugher such a magnificent creature as bluefin tuna, in defiance of international management and conservation agreements. Bluefin are warm-blooded fish that can grow over 1500 pounds and swim nearly 50 miles per hour. The ocean version of a lion that runs like a cheetah.

( source : blogfishx )

Check it out

Saturday, October 14, 2006

DIVE EXCURSION PAGE

Upcoming dive trips - Check back frequently for updates!


October

28 th Saturday one day excursion to KENTING

Guided tours of various dive sites in and around the National park.

Come to Kenting for some fun and informative dives. Dive master Paul Oliver conducts full service tours of the many colorful reefs in and around the Kenting National Park area.
Full service includes ( Transport to and from dive sites, environmental orientation, tanks, weight belts and dive debreifing ) Bring your diving certs and log book.

Also available at additional costs:
Budget accomodations
Rental gear
Night dive
Transport to and from Kaohsiung in the ZACE SUV.

FEES:

Full service dives ( 2 tanks ) daily 1300nt
Night dive ( 1 tank ) nightly 850nt ( batteries and light incl. )
Accommodations are avail for about 350nt /night
Rental gear avail for around 1000nt /day full kit
Transport to and from Kaohsiung is 450nt total pp.

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November

11-12th - Green Island " World class diving!

This trip is open to certified advanced divers or experienced divers with a deep diver certification. The diving on Green Island is quite deep and we will be doing four dives in a short period of time, so dive computers are mandatory.


The price of the trip will be 10,000 NT from Taipei. This price includes flight to Taitung (6:00 AM Saturday), taxi from airport to the ferry, ferry to and from Green Island, shared accommodations (if you would prefer more privacy, it is available at an extra charge), scooter rental on the island (two people/scooter), two days of boat diving (four dives total), guiding, taxi to train station, train back to Taipei (arriving at about 10:00 PM Sunday) and insurance. Price does not include food, gear rentals, nitrox or tips. A 3,000 NT deposit is required to reserve a spot.


The price of the trip will be 7,500 NT from Kaohsiung. This price includes transport to and from Kaohsiung, ferry to and from Green Island, shared accommodations (if you would prefer more privacy, it is available at an extra charge), scooter rental on the island (two people/scooter), two days of boat diving (four dives total), guiding and insurance. Price does not include food, gear rentals, nitrox or tips. A 2,000 NT deposit is required to reserve a spot.


A minimum of 8 divers will be required in order to confirm the trip and there will be a maximum of 12 divers, so please book your spot early if you want to join us.

Paul 0922209302

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Nov 25-26

TWO day excursion to KENTING

Guided tours of various dive sites in and around the National park.

Come to Kenting for some fun and informative dives. Dive master Paul Oliver conducts full service tours of the many colorful reefs in and around the Kenting National Park area. Full service includes ( Transport to and from dive sites, environmental orientation, tanks, weight belts and dive debreifing ) Bring your diving certs and log book.

Also available at additional costs:

Budget accomodations Rental gear Night dive Transport to and from Kaohsiung in the ZACE SUV. FEES: Full service dives ( 2 tanks ) daily 1300nt Night dive ( 1 tank ) nightly 850nt ( batteries and light incl. )

Accommodations are avail for about 350nt /night Rental gear avail for around 1000nt /day full kit Transport to and from Kaohsiung is 450nt total pp.

HKDC!


We're back form a short summer hiatus and ready for the fall/wintre diving season in the South of Taiwan.
Announcement

HCDC is expanding to include Kaohsiung County and as such will be known as HKDC ( Hsinchu-Kaohsiung Diving Club ) We aim to service both locals and expats inTaiwan to offer dive excursions around the island including the Keelung/Longdong area and Turtle island in the North and Kenting, Xiao Liu Qiu, and outlying islands in the South.

HKDC is operated exclusively by Dive master Paul Oliver in affliliation with Divetaiwan.com and U-Dive Taiwan.
For Scuba instruction, trips, guided tours of the reefs please contact us via e-mail ...
proliver@yahoo.com or call 0922209302

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