Yes, fellow Americans…this means you. If you have never been diving outside the US or the Caribbean, you might be really confused by your dive briefing–“The sandy bottom is at 25 meters. The water temperature is around 21 degrees. How many kilos do you need? When you get to 80 bar, ascend to your safety stop at 5 meters for 3-5 minutes.” Or, the divemaster points to his gauge asking how much air you have left and you indicate 1 (for 1000psi), and all you get back is a confused (or maybe panicked) look.
Today’s quick guide – Depth
You are used to this.
Your rental says this
What you need to know
3 metres=10 feet Use for Safety Stop
5 metres=15 feet Use for Safety Stop
18 metres = 60 feet Open Water depth Limit
30 metres = 100 feet Advanced Open Water depth Limit
40 metres = 130 feet Recreational Diving depth limit
Next time– Aren’t bars the places to get beer?
L-R Daniel Stilwell (from Abyss Oceanworld), our very own Cap’n Paul Turley of Sea Rovers, and Paul Brown (from Reef Seen) representing NW Bali Diving at ADEX
If you be in Singapore, check out the ADEX Ocean 17 Festival. You can meet Captain Paul at the NW Bali Diving booth L25. Stop by to shake his hand, down some rum, or better yet–sign up for a trip to dive/snorkel with Sea Rovers in lovely Pemuteran, Bali.
ADEX Ocean 17 Festival
Normally the crossing from Pemuteran to Menjangan Island is a pleasant 25-minute ride on our comfortable boats. For the past 2 days, however, the Port Authority halted trips to Menjangan due to weather conditions. Hopefully weather conditions will improve and diving will resume tomorrow.
UNFORTUNATELY, however, the rubbish that washes in won’t go away as quickly. Our guests earlier this week were disheartened (as were we) to see considerable rubbish along the shore and in the water in both Menjangan and Pemuteran.
We are all saddened when we see this
During rainy season, after strong storms anytime and whenever the seas are high, this is what you will find along coastlines all over Indonesia. It’s an ongoing problem without an easy solution. Sea Rovers and many other dive operators do their part locally to pick up trash in organized beach clean-ups. Our dive guides often return with BCD pockets filled with rubbish they have picked up during their dives. We have a plastic recycling program and do everything we can as a business to minimize our impact on the environment.
We will always do our best to choose dive/snorkel sites with the least amount of garbage, but sometimes it is unavoidable.
Really?! A ‘nature’ phenomenon?!
Traffic jam in Pemuteran before Nyepi (Balinese New Year)
Bali’s New Year is celebrated in a most unique way. Read all about Nyepi here.
All us pirates will be back to serve you on Wednesday.