Trip Report 22 to 23 October 2016 (Seaborne)

Wonderful weekend spent on Seaborne with a group of fun loving divers!
Congratulations to Damien our new PADI Open Water diver! Well done! — with GS-Diving PADI DiveMaster Venice, Chris, Phillip, Christopher and Daryl.
Cheers, Gary Lim (GS-Diving PADI Instructor)
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Trip Report 9 October 2016 (DiveSingapore)

Two newly certified PADI Junior Open Water divers today. With PADI Instructor Gary Savins.
Good viz with 5 metres. It’s great to dive when students don’t create sand storms! Great buoyancy today.gary-savins-gs-diving-padi-students-october-2016

Trip Report 1 to 2 October – Seaborne (Live on Board)

Weekend Trip! Just a short 1 hour fast ferry ride from Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Nongsa Point Marina and Resort, Batam Indonesia. The 10 minute shuttle bus ride from Nongsapura Ferry Terminal to the marina is so quick.
Happy divers enjoying 5-8m visibility around Bintan. Wonderful weekend dives!
Congrats to our new PADI Advanced Open Water Divers – Rachel & Gerald!
Thanks to Katherine Lim & Bernard Ang for your assistance during this weekend too.
Cheers, Gary Lim (GS-Diving PADI Instructor)

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2 October 2016 (Gear Servicing)

It’s that time of year when we take stock of what we have and what needs to be serviced. Without question, all of our regulators are serviced yearly. Smooth bubbles for everyone! For our Hantu diving based in Singapore’s backyard, we have 30 wetsuits, 12 BCDs and 10 regulators. Getting ready for the Tioman season in Malaysia to close due to the monsoons and new customers to visit our local diving.

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Trip Report 27 and 28 Sept 2016 (DiveSingapore)

On Saturday, GS-Diving PADI Instructor How was conducting PADI Open Water at our local diving spot, Pulau Hantu. Viz was ok at 3 metres. The recreational divers were excited as they saw alot of macro life. Everything was much easier to see. Previous weekends saw visibility at around 1 metre. However, on Sunday viz was … Read more

29 September 2016 (Meet our newly certified PADI Instructor – Gary Lim)

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Meet our new GS-Diving Padi Instructor – Gary Lim. Congratulations!

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Gary’s Bio for your perusal:

PADI MSDT Instructor # 374536
+65 9800 0539
gary@gs-diving.com

Born in Singapore, Gary Lim started diving in 2015 after a 20 year stint as a Project Engineer in the construction industry.  What started out as a hobby soon became a passion and life-long career for him.

Gary’s Open Water Diver certification in 2015 was a turning point in his life, and he has never looked back since.  His love for the underwater world and marine life prompted him to plunge into this new-found career.

Since then, he has attained his certifications as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Rescue Diver and PADI DiveMaster.  With a strong desire to face the challenges in diving, he pushed his limits and became a PADI Instructor in September 2016.  This allows him to teach students up to the levels of PADI DiveMaster.

While the sky’s the limit, the beautiful ocean has no limits to Gary.  There are endless possibilities in every diving trip and ‘no one dive is the same’.  His fascination with the ocean presents a myriad of imaginations and joy he has never experienced before.  To him, exploring the ocean is an appreciation of God’s beautiful creations.

As a PADI Instructor, he hopes to share his passion and joy with students to explore the beautiful underwater world because the depths of the sea introduces a new world which a non-diver would never see.

Gary would soon be pursuing his certification as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor in 2017.

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Trip Report 24 to 25 September (Seaborne)

Weekend Trip! International School Kids! And 5 to 8 metre visibility.
Sorry guys, I was away the whole week… But I’m back!!!
— with GS-Diving PADI Instructor Gary Savins, GS-Diving PADI Dive Master Venice, Victoria, Sandra, Soo Ling, Ying Jie, and ChunYong.

Wonderful, fun loving divers who are great energetic kids! How else to enjoy a wonderful weekend?
Congratulations to our 4 Advanced Open Water Divers and 1 new PADI Open Water Diver!

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Enjoy the video too!

Cheers, GS-Diving PADI Instructor Gary Lim.

Trip Report 17 to 18 September 2016 (Seaborne)

Congratulations to our 11 new PADI Open Water Divers!group-photo-seaborne-bintan-batam-sept-2016

Continue to Explore the Beautiful Underwater! Enjoy the video by Gary Lim.

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They were playing a funny card game and laughing till tired!
And they continued singing till way pass mid-night.
A wonderful group of fun loving friends with non stop laughing.
So much fun!

Cheers, Gary Lim (GS-Diving PADI DiveMaster)
with Venice Lye, Cissa Barella, João Baptista, Jules Birchler, André Tibyra, Jaime Reg-Cav, Stefania Calabretta, Vishal Ramakrishnan, Dimitris Magiakos and Gary Savins.

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Trip Report 18 September 2016 (DiveSingapore)

Luckily the storm cleared from the previous night and we enjoyed great visibility diving in Singapore’s backyard at a local island called Hantu. Viz was easily 8 to 10 metres. Everyone dived in buddy teams for two morning dives and successfully saw many residents like nudibranchs, pipefish, hard coral and batfish. One team even saw the seahorse. Sand storms were kept to a minimum as divers ensured that they didn’t really fin, but floated slowly along the reef looking for little critters.

 

 

15 September 2016 (Pool Session)

gs-diving-small-groupsGS-Diving prides itself with small ratios of PADI Instructors to PADI scuba diving students.

We really want you to learn to the best of your ability, at your pace. It’s a fun interactive class.

Ask questions and know you will be heard and answered. Having trouble demonstrating a skill, don’t worry, help is at hand and will be given promptly.

Learning to dive is enjoyable and not a chore.

Start your underwater discovery today with GS-Diving.

 

 

Trip Report 10 Sept (DiveSingapore)

Our local diving trips at a local island in Singapore are always very popular. This Saturday morning saw GS-Diving PADI Instructor Eva, running the boat with 14 recreational divers. She also guided a small group of three. Conditions were great with little to no current. Visability with the group was limited to 2 metres or … Read more

Trip Report 10 to 11 September 2016 (Seaborne)

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12 happy divers experiencing scuba diving at Bintan and Batam in Indonesia. Just a quick 1 hour fast ferry from Singapore and a short 10 minute shuttle bus to the boat moored at Nongsa Point Marina and Resort.

Happy Seaborne Divers enjoyed 5-8m Viz at batam this weekend. Wonderful Fun loving Awesome divers! Thanks guys! with Melinda Yon, Krichelle Chua, Shikha Shah, Dana Urmonas, Katherine Lim, Felix Canis Majoris Tan, Grace Lee Mei Yan, Joy Song, Venice Lye, Gary Lim, TongNee Saw and Ken Panko.

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Trip Report 3 and 4 September 2016 (DiveSingapore)

We experienced 5-6m viz at Hantu this weekend, a local island in Singapore’s backyard. We dived Saturday and Sunday and had a very nice diving.  4 new PADI Open Water Divers were certified this weekend too. Congratulations!
Cheers, GS-Diving PADI Instructor, Gary Savins

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23 to 24 July Trip Report (Seaborne)

The trip started out differently from our other trips. For one, we departed from Harbourfront Centre instead of Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. And, GS-Diving PADI DiveMaster Gary Lim was sick that day which meant that GS-Diving PADI Instructor, Katherine and I were running the trip ourselves. This trip has probably been one of the most … Read more

16 to 17 July Trip Report (Seaborne)

I met GS Diving Divemaster Gary Lim and my 2 PADI Rescue Diver students, Calista and Sunny at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore on an early fast ferry to Nongsapoint. It had been awhile since their confined session with PADI Instructor Ashley and I wanted to go through some important points for the rescue course, … Read more

8 to 10 July Trip Report (Seaborne)

As our dear boat, the Seaborne (live on board), went for a short spa holiday over the 2-3 July weekend to get a little cleaned up and have some parts tweaked, I was out of the water for almost 2 weeks and boy was I itchy to get back into the water! On the 8th … Read more

10 July 2016 Trip Report (DiveSingapore)

Diving on Sunday morning saw 20 avid divers at Hantu, a local island in Singapore’s backyard. With a storm brewing, the sky remained clear and we spotted seahorses, a cuttlefish, nudis, butterfly fish and much more. My ten year old Canon G9 wouldn’t start underwater on our first dive site. And despite showing my buddy … Read more

18 to 19 June Trip Report (Seaborne)

With one PADI Open Water student and two PADI Night Adventure Dive students this weekend, I looked forward to a relatively relaxing weekend for myself while GS Diving PADI DiveMasters Gary Lim and Bernard looked after the leisure divers. The month of June is filled with birthdays for us here at GS Diving! Gary Lim’s … Read more

11 to 12 June Trip Report 2016 (Seaborne)

This trip was really fun for me. I had 4 PADI Rescue Divers on board. I’ve always loved teaching the PADI Rescue Course. It is indeed a challenging course for the students but at the end of the day, I believe they enjoyed it as well. Even though the course is meant to be tough, … Read more

Trip Report 4 to 5 June Trip Report 2016 (Seaborne)

Due to the recent weather patterns, the currents have been hard to predict at Bintan and Batam, Indonesia. But that definitely hasn’t stopped us from having a diving filled weekend! It just means that us, the GS-Diving Divemasters and Instructors working on the Seaborne (live on board), have to work just a little bit harder. … Read more

Latest Update May 2016

Hi all, Sorry that I have not blogged about diving for a while and I’m going to use the “I was too busy” excuse. Well, it’s kinda true. As you may know, GS-Diving PADI Instructor Julius left Singapore for greater things. His wife Danielle will be completing her two year employment contract this month. So, … Read more

Trip Report 28 to 29 May 2016 (Seaborne)

The day started a little gloomy on Saturday as rain poured down at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal but to our delight, as the fast ferry pulled into Batam, Indonesia, the skies cleared. Our first dive site was at Kalang Garang Reef. The PADI Advanced Open Water Divers started out with their Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure … Read more

Singapore’s Wild City – Third Episode

Beach House Pictures, a local production company specialising in documenting Singapore’s best kept secrets, in conjunction with Channel News Asia, have produced the third part of a series exploring Singapore. “Singapore’s Wild Islands” – far from the city, past the port, sandy beaches, coral reefs and murky mangroves are home to an array of fascinating … Read more

Trip Report 14 to 15 May 2016 (Seaborne)

Highlights from this weekend included spotted spider crabs, bamboo sharks, several stingrays and a scorpion fish during night dive. The Seaborne (live on board) only had 3 students and a leisure diver as 4 divers fell sick and had to cancel their trip. Saturday morning 1st dive – Codd Wreck It still amazes me how … Read more

30 April to 1 May 2016 (Seaborne)

An amazing great weekend on The Seaborne (live on board). We left Singapore on the fast ferry Saturday morning and headed for the boat which berths at Nongsa Point Marina and Resort, Indonesia. I really don’t miss the long bus rides to Malaysia as we were diving only 2 hours later. We managed to do … Read more

Trip Report 30 April 2016 (DiveSingapore)

We had 15 divers on Saturday diving the now world famous Hantu, one of Singapore’s best kept secrets. Viz was not bad at 3-4 metres. The muck diving specialists were in force and sightings of seahorses, nudibranchs and pomfrits were noted. A great time was had by all.               … Read more

23 to 24 April 2016 (Seaborne)

Another enjoyable weekend on The Seaborne, with sightings of a seahorse, crabs, schools of barracuda, jack fish, many many nudibranchs, several stingrays and lots of cuttlefish on the night dive! On Saturday morning, after the boat briefing everyone was on the dive deck checking and setting up their gear. Excited preparing for our 1st dive … Read more

Trip Report 23 and 24 April 2016 (DiveSingapore)

Another great weekend at Pulau Hantu, Singapore with 3-4 m visibility. We saw 3 seahorses, cuttlefish, a stingray and loads of nudibranchs. Congratulations to Jasper who completed his PADI Open Water Diver Certification with PADI GS-Diving Instructor Julius and PADI GS-Diving Instructor Gary.    

Trip Report 2 to 3 April 2016 (Seaborne.asia)

It was a Saturday morning meet up at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore to receive the leisure divers for this weekend’s trip. After all the divers arrived, we cleared customs and had a wonderful enjoyable weekend diving around Bintan Indonesia, on The Seaborne live on board. 1st Dive: Kerang Gelang Reef at Codd Wreck. Visibility … Read more

Trip Report 2 and 3 April 2016 (DiveSingapore.sg)

We visited Pulau Hantu, a local island in Singapore’s southern waters on Saturday with 12 divers and on Sunday with 8 divers. It was a great weekend with this bunch of divers and visibility wasn’t bad, at 2-4 metres. We had some fun looking at the colourful nudibranchs, the resident seahorses were visited, a stingray … Read more

Trip Report 11 to 13 March 2016 (Seaborne.asia)

Another great enjoyable weekend on the Seaborne (live on board). She was filled with students from a local international school. They have a Diving Club called “The Barracudas”, which runs as a co-curricular activity (CCA) on Tuesday afternoons. Over the weekend we had sightings of a bamboo shark, crabs, so many nudibranchs that we lost … Read more

Trip Report 4 to 6 March 2016 (Seaborne.asia)

We had another great enjoyable weekend on The Seaborne (Live on Board), with sightings of a bamboo shark, crabs, the resident frog fish, so many nudibranchs (that we lost count), several stingrays and a huge cuttlefish! Let me tell you how the weekend transpired . . .             We left … Read more

Trip Report 20 and 21 February 2016 (DiveSingapore)

Another weekend trip to Singapore’s local island, with bunch of GS-Diving Pulau Hantu Divers. Visibility wasn’t great, but we had fun with some nudibranchs, seahorses, stingrays and cuttlefish. Congratulations to Zak, Marlon and Kashmir who completed their PADI Open Water Diver Courses with GS-Diving PADI Instructor Julius.               Cheers, … Read more

Trip Report 19 to 21 February 2016 (Seaborne.asia)

17 of us left Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal on Friday night. Upon arrival at Nongsa Point Marina, Indonesia, we met with rain and a choppy sea. However, the bad weather did not dampen the divers who were enthusiastic underwater photographers. They eagerly begin setting up their cameras in the saloon right after dinner on … Read more

Trip Report 13 and 14 February 2016 (DiveSingapore)

We headed out from the Republic Of Singapore Yacht Club both on Saturday and Sunday morning, each day we completed 2 dives around Pulau Hantu, a local island of Singapore. No passports required. Visability had improved from the prior weekend.  With a mixture of students and leisure divers, I was kept busy getting everyone in … Read more

Trip Report for 6 and 9 February 2016 (DiveSingapore)

Happy Lunar New Year to our GS-Diving Pulau Hantu Divers! This new year brought a lot of excitement and family gatherings, with that in mind and the fact my parents were were in town, we only dived the Sunday the 6th and Wednesday the 9th, in the morning. We dived at a local island known … Read more

Trip Report 30 – 31 January 2016 (Seaborne LOB)

We returned to Batam Reefs this weekend on a two day one night trip. Catching the morning ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal our six divers headed over to Nongsa Batam, and set out for our days diving at Kerang Gelang Reef, Indonesia. Arriving at the reef to some high swell highlighed the benefit of … Read more

Trip Report 30 and 31 January (Dive Singapore)

A great weekend at Pulau Hantu, Singapore. We enjoyed so much with a nice group of divers and students on Saturday and Sunday morning. Viz was about 3-4 metres with loads of nudis, seahorses, pipefish, coral shrimp fish, cuttlefish and a lot more. Congratulations to Desmond, Benny and Erin who completed their PADI Open Water … Read more

Trip Report 23 – 24 January 2016 (Seaborne LOB)

This weekend, myself (James) and PADI DiveMaster, Cassandra took 8 divers out to Batam Reefs and GS-Diving PADI DiveMaster Kelvin also tagged along to get some underwater photography done. We had really nice weather with quite nice conditions. Viz was reasonable and a little current at times meant there was good diving to be done. … Read more

Trip Report 9 and 10 January 2016 DiveSingapore

What a hectic (but enjoyable) weekend on the New Dolphin Explorer.  We had a total of 70 divers over 4 trips.  The viz was not at its best for this weekend.  On Saturday the viz was around 2-3 metres, but on Sunday afternoon it dropped to a snowy 1 metre. We had 19 PADI Open … Read more

Trip Report 9-10 January 2016 Seaborne

Another enjoyable weekend over at Batam, Indonesia upon The Seaborne. Leaving 8am Saturday morning returning 2pm on Sunday, provides an easy quick diving getaway. This weekend there were 8 divers with myself (GS-Diving PADI DiveMaster, James) and GS-Diving PADI DiveMaster in Training, Nico. Heading straight over to Nongsa Batam from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT) … Read more

Trip Report 2nd and 3rd January 2016 Dive Singapore

The first trip for 2016 was great. We had relatively good viz of 3 to 4 metres at Hantu, a local Singapore island just 20 minutes by boat from Republic of Singapore Yacht Club.  We had two trips with about 10 people each day enjoying the new Dolphin Explorer. Everyone was impressed by her spaciousness, … Read more

Trip Report 26 and 27 December 2015 (DiveSingapore)

GS-Diving TDI and PADI Instructor Gary Savins conducted the TDI Intro to Tech Course with John and the PADI Sidemount Course with Bernard over the two trips this weekend. The boys had a blast despite the limited viz. Congratulations on your new certifications! We dived a local Singapore island called Hantu, just a short 20 … Read more

Trip Report 19 and 20 December 2015 DiveSingapore

Another great weekend with turtle sightings and loads of nudis at Hantu, a local island just 30 minutes by boat from the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club. Danish, Evelyn and Gerald all completed their PADI Open Water Diver Course. Congratulations! Klaus and his son, Kimon who are on holidays in Singapore, also competed dives 1 … Read more

Trip Report 11 to 13 December 2015 (Seaborne)

Nine of us left Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal Friday night and then cruised overnight south heading towards Buaya Island near Pulau Lingga, Indonesia. Blessed with clear skies, we had our first two dives at Pulau Buaya, which translates as Crocodile Island. We had visibility of 3-5 metres and mild current. The first dive was … Read more

Trip Report 5 and 6 December 2015 (DiveSingapore)

It has been a long time coming, but the new Dolphin Explorer arrived and everyone loved diving from her for her inaugural trip. We had 40 divers at Hantu, a local island of Singapore and two trips with 16 divers to Sisters’ Islands, a newly opened Marine Park. The visibility was amazing at 5 metres … Read more

Trip Report 27 to 29 November 2015 Seaborne

Returning to our usual trips leaving on a Friday night, last weekend we headed to Buaya Island (aka Crocodile Island) and Pompong Island near Pulau Lingga, Indonesia. Ten of us left Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal Friday night and then cruised overnight south. Waking up Saturday morning to clear blue skies we had our first … Read more