Tag Archives: PADI

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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PADI IDC at IDP and Atmosphere Resorts & Spa in the Philippines

In December 2018, I started to plan for my PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course). After living in Shanghai for 14 years, working in marketing & PR for 8 years and daydreaming of island diving life for 4 years, I knew it was time to change. And doing my IDC was how to start it. I asked a few dive instructor friends from Malaysia and Indonesia, and they all pointed to IDP (Instructor Development Philippines)! Looking back at this journey now, I feel so lucky to have done my IDC with IDP. Here are the reasons and also why I would …

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padi sidemount at atmosphere resorts in dauin philippines

Have you seen any fellow divers recently, carrying one or two tanks by their side instead of on the back? If you have, they were sidemount divers. Previously only seen on tech divers, sidemount has become increasingly popular among recreational divers and is now a PADI Specialty Course or can be done as an Adventure Dive on the PADI Advanced or Adventure dive course. The idea behind sidemount is pretty logical; One benefit is that the weight of the cylinders on land is in-line with the spine, unlike back mounted cylinders which cause the diver to lean forward to keep …

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Sail’s up – join us on the Siren

Cruising through the Visayas, the S/Y Philippines Siren stopped by Atmosphere Resorts and raised her blue sails on July 8. What a perfect photo opportunity on such a gorgeous day! If you want to combine your stay at Atmosphere with a week on any of the Siren luxury dive live-aboards of Worldwide Dive and Sail, contact us! The S/Y Philippine Siren is an obvious favourite, as guests could either enjoy the best of the Visayas both from land and onboard the live-aboard or chose one of the other itineraries in the Philippines such as Tubbataha or Coron & Anilao. However, …

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The joy of imparting your passion for the underwater world is fulfilled by creating new, responsible and environmentally aware scuba divers. As a PADI instructor, teaching entry level scuba courses is very crucial because this is when you make a difference as to how people will view scuba diving, change misconceptions if they have any, and influence their behavior underwater. I just certified my first divers Laurie and Craig at Atmosphere Resorts! For me, teaching people the skill to scuba dive is as important as to teaching them how to interact with the underwater world responsibly. I liked seeing how …

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