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HMS Hermes not your average Dive!

11 Jun
HMS Hermes

HMS Hermes

Where in the world can you dive on an Aircraft Carrier? Well there are not too many places. Sri Lanka or also formerly known as Ceylon happens to be one of them.

first purposely build Aircraft Carrier

the HMS Hermes was the very first purposely build Aircraft Carrier planed and was under the Royal British Navy during the First World War. She was launched in September 1919 and therefor already to late to see any action during World War 1.

attacked  by Vice Adminarl Nagumo 

In 1942 the Japanese fleet under Vice Admiral Nagumo, who was also responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor, has ordered a massive attack on Ceylon and the British Navy. Despite the knowledge of the attack,  the HMS Hermes and her supporting vessels could not defend herself against more than 80 Japanese Zero fighters and was sunk in less than an hour with the loss of the Captain, 19 officers and another 288 brave Seaman near the Beach of Batticaloa Sri Lanka.

HMS Hermes

HMS Hermes

Despite the historical importance it was nearly impossible to dive the HMS Hermes until recently. Reason for that was the over 30 year Civil War in the northern part of Sri Lanka who just finished in 2009.

diving the HMS Hermes

Now finally the Hermes has become possible for divers who travel to Colombo International Airport and then take a taxi or Mini Bus for another 7 to 8 hours to Batticaloa.. The HMS Hermes is lies on her Port side at about 52m with fantastic visibility. The Wreck is till full of fantastic features like Emergency Light Balls, Glass in the windows, the nearly almost intact control tower. The Wreck also serves as a Museum and a tribute to the Man who lost there lives serving on her.

Since the Wreck is quiet deep, the best and only way to dive on it is to obtain a PADI TEC REC Course prior to visiting Sri Lanka. Felician Fernando a Local TEC REC Instructor who has more than 700 Dives on the Hermes and, owner of Sri Lanka Diving Tours PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Center,  has a small Dive Center and Guest House to serve Groups with Comfort and Logistics who want to visit the Hermes.

HMS Hermes

HMS Hermes

HMS Hermes Facts:

Length:      182,9m

Beam:          21,4m

Sunk:          2 April 1942

Depth         52 + m

best time to dive:     April – September

visibility:        20 + m often more

Diving:       TEC Diving, Technical Rebreathers

PADI TEC – Xplorer Days October 9th Phuket Thailand

10 Sep

Explorers have always developed new techniques and equipment to extend the range of their adventures, and divers are no different. By the early 1990s, several groups of divers around the world began experimenting with technologies for deep diving beyond recreational limits to explore both caves and wrecks. These communities united and emerged as “technical diving”. Since then, tec diving continues to develop both in scope and in its technologies.

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PADI supported by Divesupply, Aquamaster, Kiwi Divers and Blue Lable Diving,  would like to bring TEC Diving and TEC Equipment a bit closer to you and is happy to invite you to the upcoming TEC- Xplorer days in Phuket on the 9th of October 2014

“it’s really about the challenge and adventure”

What is Technical Diving?

Technical (Tec) diving means going beyond recreational scuba diving limits. But, tec divers will tell you that it’s really about the challenge and adventure of exploring places that no one else has ever seen. Tec diving is not for everyone, but it does attract experienced divers who want to go beyond their current limits and are willing to accept the added risks, training, investment and commitment it demands. If this is you, then PADI TecRec courses are your ticket to extreme adventure.

“Each level introduces you to new gear and procedures to extend your dive limits”

What makes PADI’s TEC -REC Programs Different to other organizations?

PADI TecRec courses are the quality benchmarks in the tec diving world due to their rigorous, yet logical, training sequence and the PADI educational materials that support them. TecRec courses are instructionally valid and have a seamless course flow that takes you from a new tec diver to one qualified to dive to the outer reaches of sport diving. Each level introduces you to new gear and procedures to extend your dive limits.

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Why should you become a TEC Diver?

Many spectacular, untouched wrecks lie at depths well below 40 metres/130 feet. Deep reefs have organisms you don’t find in the shallows. Some people enjoy the challenge and focus tec diving requires. Still others love being involved with cutting edge technologies. These reasons make tec diving rewarding.

“you can be an accomplished, avid top-notch diver your entire life without making a tec dive”

However, you can be an accomplished, avid top-notch diver your entire life without making a tec dive. Tec diving does require significantly more effort, discipline and equipment, which means it’s not for everyone.

PADI Technical Diving Courses offered:

PADI TEC REC Technical Diver Courses

Discover Tec
Tec 40
Tec 45
Tec 50
Tec Trimix 65
Tec Trimix Diver
Tec Gas Blender
Tec Sidemount
Discover Rebreather
Rebreather Diver
Advanced Rebreather Diver
Rebreather Qualifier
Rebreather Refresher
Tec 40 CCR
Tec 60 CCR
Tec 100 CCR
Tec CCR Qualifier
Tec CCR Refresher

 

join us for the PADI TEC – Xplorer Day’s in Phuket

Date: Thursday 9th of October 2014

Time: from 9:00  – 16:00 hours

Venue: Kata Big Rock Pool, Kata Beach Kata

or Contact Regional Manager Andy Auer

andy.auer@padi.com.au

TecRec Update Webinar

12 Feb

TecRec Update Webinar: Wednesday 19 February 2:00pm AEST

Please click here to register for the Webinar.

If you are teaching the variety of the TecRec programmes you will find attending the PADI TecRec Webinar very beneficial as we will discuss the latest developments. If you are thinking about joining the ranks of TecRec and Rebreather/CCR Instructors you will receive some in-depth information on how to reach your goal.

The webinar will be interactive, covering updates, errata and FAQs with plenty of opportunities for questions. Technical Diving Consultants from PADI’s Technical Diving Division will be hosting the webinar.

We look forward to you joining us.