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Wout dives deep at Temple Garden

Wout gives the OK sign with Captain Paul

Wout & Cap’n Paul at 30 metres Temple Garden Pemuteran

 

Wout learning about getting narc'd from Captain Paul

Wout listens intently as Cap’n Paul explains nitrogen narcosis on deep dives

Today the Cap’n got out of the office and into the water with Wout from the Netherlands. The site he wanted to visit was Temple Garden, which is an advanced dive at 30 metres. Wout didn’t have experience with deep diving, so he took a step towards Advanced Adventurer and learned all about it from our knowledgeable and fearless leader. Both thoroughly enjoyed the dive and spotted a turtle as they headed up to their safety site–lucky buggers!

Guide for the Metrically-Impaired – Temperature

Speaking as an American, when I hear the water temperature is 29 degrees, I momentarily freak-out until I remember that this is in Celcius. But even then, I’m not exactly sure what that means (if I don’t have my trusty Smartphone to make the conversion for me). So here’s a guide, plus some exposure suit recommendations from scubadiving.com.

°CELCIUS °FAHRENHEIT WARM-BLOODED DIVERS EASILY CHILLED DIVERS
above 29° above 84.2° bathing suit or dive skin 1-2mm shorty or full suit
27° – 29° 80.6° – 84.2° dive skin or 1-2mm shorty/full suit 1-2mm full suit
23° – 26° 73.4° – 78.8° 2mm shorty or 2-3mm full suit 3mm-5mm full suit
19° – 25° 66.2° -77° 3mm – 5mm full suit 5mm-7mm full suit
15° – 18° 59° – 64.4° 5mm-7mm full suit 7mm full suit + 2mm shorty
below 15°  below 59° You are not likely in Bali Brrrrrrrr!

Currently the water temp in Pemuteran is 28-29 degrees. Only once in Bali have I experienced the 15-18 degree range–September 2015 down in the south at Crystal Bay to see the mola-molas. Last year it was much warmer and apparently not many molas were found due to the higher temperatures.

You can always contact the Sea Rovers office before your trip to decide what exposure protection you need to bring. Here’s a tip for those easily-chilled: invest in a hood; it’s small and light-weight and can make a big difference in your comfort level.

 

Guide for the Metrically Impaired – Tank Pressure

3 types of pressure gauges

Both systems in one plus color coding–I like it

 

Today’s topic in our series ‘Guide for the Metrically Impaired’ is tank pressure. Those of us familiar with the Imperial system measure tank pressure in psi while the rest of the world uses bar.  So if the divemaster says that you need to turn around and head back to the boat when you have 125 bar, or you need to be back on the boat with 50 bar, how do you comply if your gauge is in psi? Most importantly, listen to the dive briefing and pay attention to the guidelines and hand signals. Here are some handy conversions:

Full tank                                                               3000-3200psi                     200-250 bar

Turn-around point or start

ascending to a shallower depth                      1000-1250 psi                     100-125 bar

Safety stop / low on Air                                     750 psi                                 50 bar

Low on air / Very low on air                             500 psi                                 30 bar

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Welcome a new diver into the Brethren – Lewis

Congratulations to Lewis, who became the newest member of the Sea Rovers Brethren today. He completed his 3-day SSI Open Water course under the watchful eye of instructor Wayan. We hope that this is just the beginning of many amazing underwater adventures for you. Come back soon to get your Advanced!

How do I get my dive stats off this computer?

Wayan shows Lewis how to use a dive computer

On his way to being Open Water certified

Lewis signals OK on his training dive at Coral Bommie

Lewis is all smiles after completing his Open Water training with Wayan

Lewis is now an Open Water Diver!

Goodbye to Brethren Allen & Cat

Happy pirates after some great dives in Pemuteran

Allen & Cat are all smiles after 3 days of diving with the pirates at Sea Rovers

Today was the last day of Pemuteran diving for Americans Allen & Cat, who are heading off to Tulamben for more underwater adventures. They got to experience Menjangan, Temple Garden (their favorite dive) and other local sites during their short stay with us. After Tulamben, Cat will go to Nusa Lembongan for her Master Scuba Diver Trainer internship and Allen will sadly have to return to California. Get ye arses back to Pemuteran soon mateys!

 

Guide for the Metrically Impaired – Depth

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

Depth gauge in feet

You are used to this.

Depth gauge in meters

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?

 

 

 

Try an Introductory Scuba Diving Course with Sea Rovers

Graphic of diver

This could be you!

Are you on holiday in Bali and want to try diving? Have you always wanted to try diving, but didn’t want to invest the time or money to get fully certified? Are you a long-time snorkeler and just itching to see what all the excitement below is about? Do an introductory scuba course with Sea Rovers.

The introductory course is done here in Pemuteran and is very easy. It consists of 20 mins of basic theory, in water training done in the bay here, followed by a dive. After which, you have a temporary certificate valid for 14 days. You will be able to dive to a maximum depth of 12mtrs under the direct supervision of a divemaster or instructor, and can join any of the normal trips we offer during that 2-week period. 

Don’t wait any longer–contact us for details and pricing.

 

 

Katyiza from Peru joins the Brethren

Wayan sharing some buoyancy control tips with Katyiza

Katyiza getting tips on buoyancy control from instructor Wayan

Katyiza, a new member of the Brethren, is spending time in Bali on a 4-month sabbatical from her job. She doesn’t yet have a lot of dives under her belt, but she’s getting better each time under the watchful eye of Wayan. Today the focus was on buoyancy control–the small adjustments that make a big difference. Tomorrow she’s heading to Menjangan for her first true wall dive experience. Enjoy!

Menjangan Snorkeling Wenches

All smiles before Menjangan adventure

Lovely wenches Michaela, Stephanie and Veronika with their snorkeling guide Talif

 

Not quite a limo for the transfer to the boat

On their way to catch the boat at Mucky Pirate Bay in a diver’s ‘limo’

The seas have calmed down and these lovely ladies got to experience snorkeling at Menjangan today with Talif and Wayan.

 

 

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