A popcorn shrimp in its mushroom coral, photo by Daniel Gearyat Atmosphere Resort Philippines

Last month our marine biologist, Kirsty Richards, launched the new (and exclusive) PADI Critters Specialty course at Atmosphere. I’ve always loved collecting things, whether it is Polaroid photographs, Pokémon cards or PADI Specialties. When I discovered that at the end of this particular specialty, I’d be better able to find a spotted porcelain crab, or an ornate ghost pipefish – I was sold. Despite being in from the get-go, I had to patiently wait my turn as the course has been an instant hit at Atmosphere. Marine Biology 101 One balmy October evening, we communed for the first part of …

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Atmosphere launches the new PADI Critter Specialty course

We are incredibly excited to launch our new PADI Critters of Dauin specialty course! The incredible diversity of critters along Dauin’s coast has long been a well-kept secret. But not anymore. As the cat slowly gets teased out of the bag, we are launching the PADI Critters Specialty, unique to Atmosphere! Are you a diver who loves cryptic and colourful critters and would like to know more about what makes them tick? Do you think “how on earth did they find that?” when your dive guide points out a tiny hairy shrimp, then this specialty is for you. Kirsty created and …

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Atmosphere PADI Diving courses classroom enlargement

In preparation for bigger and better PADI Instructor courses, Atmosphere now has a much larger and upgraded classroom. In exactly the same spot as before, situated behind The Sanctuary Shala, it cleverly looks almost the same from the outside but makes all the difference inside. It now fits an astounding 32 students – as opposed to just 16 – and includes a huge 65” TV, two whiteboards, a kitchenette and a small refrigerator for refreshments.

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Although frogfish are relatively well known critters to divers in the Indo-Pacific, photographers, and muck divers, that has not always been the case. Stories of frogfish and their accompanying drawings and sketches have existed for hundreds of years, with encounters spanning the globe. The first ever documented frogfish encounter comes from Brazil. At some point before 1630, a drawing was given to the director of the Dutch West India Company. A woodcut was made from this drawing, and that woodcut was published in 1633. The first documented frogfish from the Indo-Pacific was in 1696. A ship captain in Western Australia …

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A schedule packed full of diving

It has been diving galore this month as Instructors Don, Lor, Daniel and Lauren have all been very busy with numerous PADI courses. Guests Immo and Luci both completed their Open Water Courses mid August. Our Marine Biologist Daniel helped guest Katherine complete her Rescue Course on the same week. Lauren was in charge of a number of DSD’s in English and French over the last couple of weeks and a kids Bubblemaker course with 9 year old Sara last week. This week Don is doing DSD’s for Filipino couple Fene and Roy and Lor is teaching one of our …

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