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Diving with us:
Dive center opening hour, early morning dives and meeting time:
At Philippine Fun Divers, we open our doors at 8a.m. (0800h). Sometimes divers request early morning dives and we are happy to open as early as 6a.m. (0600h). We usually gather at the dive center in between 830a.m. (0830h) and 9a.m. (0900h).
Preparation for diving:
Starting at 8a.m. (0800h), our staff already starts preparing the customers equipment and places them in front of the dive center. Divers just have to do a last visual check before it is carried to the boat.
Newly arrived certified divers have enough time to fill and sign up the necessary documents, which are:
1. Liability release and assumption of risk, and
2. Philippine Fun Divers registration sheet
For a certified diver to be able to dive with us, we need you to provide us with the following:
1. Certification card (C-card) from the certifying dive association (PADI, SSI, NAUI, CMAS, etc.)
2. Dive log book
3. If handy, a medical certificate regarding your health condition for scuba diving. The license card will stay with us until all dives are finished. This makes it also easier for the secretary to identify the divers.
If a diver forgets to bring his or her license card, we can check the PADI website and trace the certification level. As for the other certifying agencies, we suggest having a certified true copy ready. Unfortunately, these certifying agencies do not provide online verification systems.
Equipment, selecting and storage:
After the paperwork is properly done, we will provide you with the equipment. All our equipments are new and regularly maintained, and changed, if needed. All the equipments from the dive center are numbered and will be registered on the PFDB registration sheet. We have all sizes (from XXS until XXL) available for BCD’s, wetsuits, booties, and fins.
We have a variety of lead weights ranging from 0.5 kg, 1kg, 1.5kgs and 2kgs. The equipments and other items will then be placed in a crate (plastic box) with your name on it. This crate will stay with you until all dives are finished. For those with multiple day dives, your crate containing all your equipments, except the wetsuit which will be
hung, will be stored inside the equipment room. The equipment room is locked at night and is covered by a centralized alarm system. Please do not leave your dive computer and/or digital camera inside the crate.
2 Tanks and compressor:
We can provide you with 8L, 12L and 15L scuba tanks. 2 compressors (Bauer Mariner and Bauer Oceanus) provide you with perfect air. The filters are changed every 50- 60 tank refills. We have at the moment 110 tanks in use.
Do You need to purchase your own equipment?
We are also a retail facility and you can purchase equipments from us. At the moment, we carry mainly the Aqua Lung products. A catalog will be available for you with all items in store for your easy reference.
If You have not gone diving for a long time?
No problem. If you haven’t gone diving for 6 to 12 months, we can do a check-up dive which is basically a fun dive with a certified PADI dive master or PADI instructor. We will focus more on equipment assembly/disassemble, proper weighting, buddy check and buoyancy control. Also the briefing will be more intensive in reviewing safety procedures especially with regards to the buddy system and PADI S.A.F.E. diving practices.
If you haven’t gone diving for more than a year, we suggest a more intensive check-up dive in order to give you back the confidence you need under water. This check-up dive is basically similar to the description above, but with additional skills. These skills are Mask clearing, Regulator recovery, Alternate air source procedure and Hovering. Most divers welcome a check-up dive since the additional cost for it is not substantial as against the cost of a fun dive.
If you haven’t gone diving for more than two years, it is imperative to take the PADI Scuba Review Program prior to the first dive. The program includes Knowledge review, Confined Water Skills and one optional Open Water Dive.
Preparation for 2 or more dives to sites far from the shore:
Once the equipments are checked by the divers, we will transfer them to the dive boat (traditional banka outrigger boat). This boat cannot get ashore if the tide is low. If this is so, we will load all the crates, tanks and other equipments to our speedboat and transfer them to the dive boat which will be moored about 300m away from the shore. After all the equipments are onboard the dive boat, the divers shall be transported next. Once onboard the dive boat, do a last check of all your equipment. Equipment assembly will be done on-board before reaching the dive site or at the dive site in case the ocean is a bit wavy on the way. Our staff will ask the divers if they wish them to assemble their dive equipments for a more
comfortable experience and as an added customer service. We encourage the divers to do these themselves for their own peace of mind, and our staff can gladly assist you.
Let’s get wet…Let’s dive farther away from the dive center:
Under the ‘Bohol Dive Sites’ link in our website, you can find the exact descriptions of all dive spots including travel time.
If diving at Balicasag, Doljo area, Momo area, Arco point area, Pamilacan or Cervera shoal area we do a minimum of 2 dives to optimize the trip due to its distance.
a) When diving at Balicasag or Pamilacan, we stay there for all the dives;
b) When diving at Doljo area, we dive at Doljo point and Puntod Island; or
c) When diving at Arco area, we dive at Arco point and BBC.
There are other combinations. More dives are possible but our regular daily Banka boat trip is limited to a maximum of 3 dives. The Banka can only carry a maximum of 3 tanks per diver. If more than 3 dives are requested, the succeeding dives can be done at dive sites near the dive center.
Our guides will do the briefing on board as well as selecting the right buddy for you in case you don’t have a buddy with you. If you are alone or don’t have a buddy the guide can be your buddy.
We require a buddy check.
If you are not sure about your proper weight, we encourage doing a weight check at the surface prior to descent on the first dive.
A minimum of 1 to 1.5 hours surface interval is required in between all dives for safety purposes. We suggest that you bring your own bottle of water and a snack. If we do 2 to 3 dives, we are back at the dive center between 2:30p.m. (1430h) and 3:30p.m (1530h). If we do 4 dives, we are back at 5p.m (1700h).
Preparation for 1 dive to the dive sites close to the dive center:
When we dive at the dive sites near the dive center (2 to 10min away at the Panglao shoreline), we assemble the equipment at the dive center. Our staff will transfer them to the dive boat.
Let’s get wet…Let’s dive closer to the dive center:
If diving at closer sites to the dive center, i.e. Crystal sanctuary which is 4 min away, we use our speed boat. The briefing will be done at the dive center as well as the selection of your buddy. If you are alone or don’t have a buddy the guide will be your buddy.
The buddy check can be done on-board the speed boat. Some divers prefer a buddy check at the surface. We don’t recommend this method because of the possible presence of strong current. After the dive, we will proceed back to the dive center and a minimum surface interval of 1 to 1.5 hours is required, should you wish to do another dive.
Back at the shore of Philippine Fun Divers after diving:
After all your dives, our staff will carry your crates, equipments and tanks from the boat back to the dive center’s washing area. We suggest that you take care of your equipments by yourself. We have 3 washing basins: One for BCD, regulator, mask and snorkel; one for wetsuit, booties, fins, hood and weight belt and one for cameras. Our staff is there should you need assistance. Don’t forget to put back the dusk cup before rinsing the regulator.
After your equipment is washed, you can hang most of the stuff opposite the basins. The small items can be placed back into the crate right away. Once damp, we suggest for you to organize all hung equipments into your assigned crates and transferring them to the equipment room. Should you be unavailable to do this, please inform any of our staff so they can do this for you. No equipment will be left outside the equipment room overnight.
Closing time and night dives:
Our closing time is 8p.m. (2000h). Night dives end almost about this time. Preparations for night dives start at 5:30p.m. (1730h). We get ready to board the speed boat at around 6p.m. (1800h). The best night dive spots are just in front of the dive center. The reef has a width of approximately 280m and it takes 2min to reach the diving
General safety guidelines/practices:
Your safety is our outmost concern and here are the most important points:
1. Vessel operators: There are 3 personnel onboard, as required by the government regulatory agency: 1 licensed
Captain, 1 licensed Marine diesel mechanic, and 1 boatman.
2. We have 2 plastic containers on board our Banka boat which contains the following safety equipment:
– Oxygen with nose supply and pocket mask
– First Aid kid
– Emergency signaling device
– Mobile phone
– Fire extinguisher
– Floating device with 50m line
– Search light
– Bright light for orientation purposes when night diving
– Dive planner
Also on board are a life jackets for every passenger, 2 life rings and safety stop equipment.
3. We follow the PADI S.A.F.E. diving practices.
4. We require a buddy check prior to every dive.
5. Our maximum depth for experienced divers is 40m.
6. Our maximum depth for less experienced divers is 25m.
7. Our maximum depth for new divers (newly certified Open Water divers) is 18m.
8. After the dive (at the boats boarding ladder) our staff will lift up your equipment into the boat. We do not suggest climbing into the boat with your equipment still on your back and the weight belt on. Based on our research, this may lead to severe accidents such as falling backwards off the ladder, slipping on deck, injuring or breaking a joint, or the like. Worse case is when other divers get injured from your accident.
9. A briefing is mandatory prior to every dive.
10. We let divers dive without an assigned guide only if they know the area (orientation dives) with assigned buddy and when we are convinced of their safe diving and environmental friendly practices.
11. We are very environmental conscious and it is not allowed to touch anything under water except in case of emergency. Buoyancy control is of paramount importance and if we discover buoyancy problems we suggest a PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty course. Keeping away from corals is the best way of protecting them when diving.
12. We request divers not to use gloves except if there are special reasons. First of all, diving with gloves tends to make grasping on rocks or even corals convenient especially when having buoyancy problems or during drift dives. We rather suggest a Peak Performance Buoyancy and/or Drift Dive Specialty course in order to perform better (if you need to brush up skills) instead of using gloves. There are also divers who continuously touch things under water or even bring stuff to the surface and most of the time, these are the divers using gloves.
13. Once a year, all tanks undergo visual inspections and cleaning.
14. Once every 5 years, all tanks undergo hydrostatic testing.
15. Our classroom holds a stretcher and a large Oxygen tank with 100% O2.
Environmental user fees:
We need to pay PHP 500.00 mooring fee at Pamilacan Island. We just divide/share this amount among all divers on this trip.
Please look under ‘Night life’ link to see what’s going on at the beach after diving.