Indoor Talk – ‘Small Lives of the Big Oceans’ by Tamil Selvam

MNS Selangor Branch Marine Indoor Talk – ‘Small Lives of the Big Oceans’ by Tamil Selvam

Date: 15 November 2016

Time: 8pm – 9pm

Venue : MNS HQ auditorium, JKR 64, Jalan Kelantan, Bukit Persekutuan, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

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This will be a sharing session with reviews of images captured by Tamil during his dives at various sites in indonesia. His talk will highlight the underwater natural environment and the many small lives of the ocean and the importance of their exsistence to sustain the ocean. Tamil will also be sharing his challenges in diving abroad and tips on diving and underwater photography.

Tamil Selvam has been a leisure diver since 2006, and holds a rescue diver certification. He has dived in many region which includes Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philipines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Tanzania. Sharing knowledge about underwater photography and spotting macro critters and organizing dive trips has become his passion.

This talk is open to public. All are welcome to attend and will hopefully benefit from the session. For those interested in diving but have no clue on how and where to start, come join in and clear your doubts on diving.

Light refreshments will be served.

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WOD: Pulau Perhentian 2014

Dates: June 7—10 (Sat—Tues)
Pre-trip briefing & full payment due: 15 May (Thurs) at 7pm, online (via e-mail)
Boat leaves from: Kuala Besut Jetty 10am (June 7); Arwana Jetty 12pm/4pm (June 10).

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Photo by Lai Chong Haur

Join the Marine Group (Selangor Branch) to celebrate World Oceans Day (WOD) at Dive! Pulau Perhentian. We’ll stay at Bayu Dive Lodge and dive with Alu Alu Divers.

PACKAGE 1: Snorkel Diver Course
Are you comfortable in the water? Can you swim proficiently without the aid of a life vest? If yes, then this course will teach you how to snorkel and duck dive properly without harming yourself and the marine environment.

Day 1: Academic – Introduction to Snorkelling and Marine Life Identification
Day 2: Confined water skills training and Marine Life Identification
Day 3: Snorkel training 
and completion of course
Day 4: Free and easy

Cost: RM795/adult and RM398/child 8—12 years old includes return boat transfer ex-Kuala Besut, 3 nights accommodation in air-con room/hot water shower on twin or triple sharing basis, meals, course fee, *MNS sessions, Marine Park conservation fee and a nominal donation to the marine group fund.

WOD-Logo-2013jpgPACKAGE 2: Fun Dives
Six day dives with free equipment rental. Additional day dives are RM60/dive and night dives are RM90/dive.

Cost:
RM850/pax includes return boat transfer ex-Kuala Besut, 3 nights accommodation in air-con room/hot water shower on twin or triple sharing basis, meals, *MNS sessions, Marine Park conservation fee and a nominal donation to the marine group fund.

PACKAGE 3: Non-Divers/Snorkellers

Family members who are accompanying members signed up for either Package 1 or 2, can also join the land-based activities.

Cost: RM550/adult (5-12 year olds RM275) includes return boat transfer ex-Kuala Besut, 3 nights accommodation in air-con room/hot water shower on twin or triple sharing basis, meals, *MNS sessions, Marine Park conservation fee and a nominal donation to the marine group fund.

*MNS sessions consist of after dinner fun activities, beach clean-up and data recording, and for divers – an underwater clean up / Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris, and a not-to-be-missed guided nocturnal beach exploration. For the low-tide walk, please bring torchlight(s) and wear slippers/sandals/booties for your own personal safety.

ProjAwareLogoTo enquire, book/or pay: Minimum 8 pax required to guarantee trip, so don’t delay. A RM250 deposit will book your place and if the trip is cancelled, we’ll refund your deposit, less the transfer fee. An additional joining fee applies for non-MNS members/families. Please e-mail H.Y. Leong at mnsmarinegroup-perhentian(at)yahoo(dot)com for payment instructions or further enquiries.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1) An adult must accompany all children under 21 years old.

2) Every participant must sign a waiver of liability form; parents can sign on behalf of children under 21 years old.

3) For non-MNS members, please add RM70 for one-year MNS membership or for families (parents and children up to 18 years old) add RM80.

4) We find roommates for those travelling solo.

5) Transportation to/fro Kuala Besut is on your own. See below for options and speedboat departure time.

6) Divers, please bring your dive card! If flying, divers are advised to wait a minimum 24 hours after the last dive before boarding a plane.

How to get to Kuala Besut: 

Car-pooling arrangements can be made at the pre-trip briefing. Please offer to share travel expenses and driving duties.

Flight: Air Asia / Fire Fly / Malaysia Airlines to Kota Bharu, taxi/van to Kuala Besut. Pre-arrange with other participants so you can split the taxi fare.

 

KTM Train: Due to early morning boat transfer, you’ll have to overnight in Kota Bharu first, or head straight to K. Besut where there is a budget hotel. Check KTM’s website.

 

Bus: Long-distance buses serve Kota Bharu and Kuala Besut. Check with your nearest bus station.

Speedboat Departures

Boat transfer is included in the cost and is about from 30 to 45-minutes. Actual time of departure also depends on the tide; the journey can be bumpy so plan accordingly if you’re prone to seasickness. We will be dropped off at the Arwana jetty, and it’s a 500m walk to Bayu Dive Lodge.

Besut Jetty Meeting Point: Please arrive at the jetty by 9.15am on June 7 and congregate in the seating area next to the Marine Park office where you will meet our event volunteers/facilitators: Gary Phong and Adeline Loh.

Arwana Jetty:Boat(s) pick-up is 12pm and 4pm from the island on June 10. Please plan your onward travel accordingly and inform the hotel staff/MNS facilitators a day before.

 

 

Perhentian – as seen through C.H. Ong’s lens

One of the members who participated in the Snorkel & Dive Perhentian trip in June 2013, has given us his permission to publish these photos on this blog complete with the original captions (yes including the ones with no captions). None of the underwater pictures have been digitally manipulated (just a tiny bit) except the really green ones that made the editor feel green, so those have been converted into black and white.

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Dive against debris? Strive against debris!

By Teh Chi-Chang and Leong Wai Kuan
Photos by C.H. Ong

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Divers sorting out the debris – C.H. Ong

While it was very satisfying collecting loads of trash in the Dive against Debris activity during the June (1-4) MNS Marine Group trip to Perhentian Island, the cynical part of us feels this movement is really just another excuse to scuba dive, and create more debris!

Project AWARE, in Protecting our Ocean Planet – One Dive at a TimeSM, says “Collecting data about the debris found underwater is … critical to filling current data gaps that exist[1]” and goes on, “There would be a lot less marine debris if people were more careful with their waste.”

Dive against Debris downplays the root cause – the creation of waste in the first place. Let’s examine our own creations, just for this trip itself. What did we bring and consume? Really, for an island holiday, all you need are t-shirt and shorts. But so subsumed are we in consumerism that, for us, a holiday is not complete without bags of potato chips, 3-in-1 coffee packets, snack-sized chocolate bars, sweets, biscuits …

That’s the obvious new debris that we brought along ourselves. Besides that, the resort created waste too in the process of feeding and accommodating us: the numerous single-serve packets of butter and jam at breakfast; the thoughtfully provided small soap bars in the rooms – again, all individually wrapped; the packaging that accompanies all the other essentials – from laundry detergent to drums of diesel for the electricity generator….

How about modifying our behavior, and leading by example to show that it is possible to reduce waste and still have an enjoyable holiday? Yes, do have a bag of our favourite imported potato chips, but also, do buy munchies from our neighbourhood kacang puteh vendor, filling our own re-used plastic bags; let’s pre-mix our own 3 in 1 Milo/coffee at home and bring it in our own container; and bring our own soap bars and shampoo. On the island itself, those of us in groups could inform the resort operator that we are happy to share a big block of butter and a jar of jam at breakfast. And we can all use less air-conditioning and enjoy the fresh island air more.

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More rubbish arrived (MNS-MIMA clean coast index study) – C.H. Ong

We don’t need to dive to know that marine debris is a problem. A beach survey and clean-up, which we also performed during the trip for the Clean Coast Index, may actually provide more accurate datapoints. It is certainly lower impact – just walk, collect and tabulate. Don’t forget – scuba diving generates waste too. The boat uses diesel and engine oil (where do the plastics go?); the electric air compressor is ultimately diesel powered, and needs frequent filter changes (hmm … where does the operator dump the old filters?).

So, let’s lead by example and strive against debris. Let’s refuse and reduce wherever we can; and let’s also communicate with our dive and resort operators so they create as little new waste as possible while catering to our holiday. As our children have shown, all that is essential for a good time is fresh air, sunshine and a clean beach.

[1] Source: http://www.projectaware.org/sites/default/files/ProjectAWAREFAQs.pdf Retrieved 10 June 2013

WOD: Pulau Perhentian 2013

Dates: June 1—4 (Sat—Tues)
Pre-trip briefing & full payment due: 15 May (Wed) at 7pm, MNS HQ Auditorium KL
Boat leaves from: Kuala Besut Jetty 10am (June 1); Arwana Jetty 12pm/4pm (June 4).

Join the Marine Group (Selangor Branch) to celebrate an early World Oceans Day (WOD) at Pulau Perhentian Besar!! Open to all MNS members and the public (joining fee applies). We’ll stay at Bayu Dive Lodge and snorkel/dive with Alu Alu Divers/SCUBA Schools International (SSI).

Click here to read about our WOD event last year.

Snorkel Diver course (Package 1): Are you comfortable in the water? Can you swim proficiently without the aid of a life vest? If yes, then this course will teach you how to snorkel and duck dive properly without harming yourself and the marine environment.

Day 1: Academic – Introduction to Snorkelling and Marine Life I.D.
Day 2: Confined water skills training and Marine Life I.D.
Day 3: Snorkel training
and completion of course
Day 4: Free and easy
Cost: RM795/adult and RM398/child 8—12 years old includes return boat transfer ex-Kuala Besut, 3 nights accommodation in air-con room/hot water shower on twin or triple sharing basis, meals, course fee, *MNS sessions, Marine Park conservation fee and a nominal donation to the marine group fund.

Testimonial by Mary Chan, snorkel diver 2012: “I took the course even though I have snorkeled hundreds of times before! No regrets though; it was good to go through a systematic snorkeling course as they not only teach you the basics (which, of course, I already know) but also the safety and ecological side of being in the sea.” 

PACKAGE 2: Ecological Diver course

Open Water divers will learn two specialty courses – Perfect Buoyancy (how to hover with correct finning techniques) and Underwater Naturalist (identify marine life).

Day 1: Academics/Briefing
Day 2: Perfect Buoyancy (PB) module + Reef clean up (ecological module)
Day 3: PB dive/underwater naturalist and completion of course.
Day 4: Free & easy
Cost: RM1,230/pax includes return boat transfer ex-Kuala Besut, 3 nights accommodation in air-con room/hot water shower on twin or triple sharing basis, meals, course fee, *MNS sessions, Marine Park conservation fee and a nominal donation to the marine group fund.

Testimonial by Valle Sinniah, ecological diver 2012: “I signed up for this course mainly because I wanted to improve my buoyancy. Instead I got more than I hoped for. I learnt about fish, coral and other marine life and at the same time an opportunity to contribute something back to the reef.” 

PACKAGE 3: Fun Dives

Six day dives with free equipment rental. Additional day dives are RM60/dive and night dives are RM90/dive.

Cost: RM850/pax includes return boat transfer ex-Kuala Besut, 3 nights accommodation in air-con room/hot water shower on twin or triple sharing basis, meals, *MNS sessions, Marine Park conservation fee and a nominal donation to the marine group fund.

Testimonial by Jelli B., fun diver 2012: “We learned from each other as well as about each other, for example, a talented artist and a passionate beach-comber (who enthusiastically led the group on a beach-combing night-walk along the tide-receded beach).”

NEW PACKAGE 4: Family Members

For accompanying family members (non-divers/snorkellers) of participants taking up at least one of Package(s) 1-3.
Cost: RM550/pax includes return boat transfer ex-Kuala Besut, 3 nights accommodation in air-con room/hot water shower on twin or triple sharing basis, meals, *MNS sessions, Marine Park conservation fee and a nominal donation to the marine group fund.

*MNS sessions consist of after dinner fun activities, beach clean-up and data recording and guided low-tide beach exploration. For the low-tide walk, please bring a torchlight and wear slippers/sandals/booties.

To enquire, book/or pay: Two pax have signed up but a minimum 8 pax required to guarantee trip. Deposit RM250 to book your place. If trip is cancelled, we will refund your deposit. Please e-mail H.Y. Leong at mnsmarinegroup-perhentian(at)yahoo(dot)com for bank-in instructions.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1) An adult must accompany all children under 21 years old
2) For non-MNS participants, please add RM70 for one-year MNS membership or for families (parents and children up to 18 years old) add RM80.
3) We find roommates for those travelling solo.
4) You can also make full payment at the pre-trip briefing but please bring exact change.
5) Every participant must sign a waiver of liability form; parents can sign on behalf of children under 21 years old.
6) Participants who complete the courses will receive a SSI certification card.
7) Transportation to/fro Kuala Besut is on your own. See below for options and speedboat departure time.
8) Divers, please bring your dive card! If flying, divers are advised to wait a minimum 24 hours after the last dive before boarding a plane.

How to get to Kuala Besut: 

Car-pooling arrangements can be made at the pre-trip briefing. Please offer to share travel expenses and driving duties.

Flight: Air Asia / Fire Fly / Malaysia Airlines to Kota Bharu, taxi/van to Kuala Besut. Pre-arrange with other participants so you can split the taxi fare.

KTM Train: Due to early morning boat transfer, you’ll have to overnight in Kota Bharu first. Check KTM’s website.

Bus: Long-distance buses serve Kota Bharu. Check with your nearest bus station.

Speedboat Departures

Boat transfer is included in the cost and is about from half hour to 45-minutes depending on the tide, and is likely to be bumpy. We will be dropped off at the Arwana jetty, and it’s a 500m walk to Bayu Dive Lodge.

Besut Jetty: Please arrive at the jetty by 10am on June 1 and congregate in the seating area next to the Marine Park office where you will meet our event volunteers/facilitators: Lai Chong Haur and Siva Prakash.

Arwana Jetty: Boat(s) pick-up is 12pm and 4pm from the island on June 4. Please plan your onward travel accordingly.

WOD: Pulau Perhentian 2012

Dates: June 2—5 (Sat—Tues); New student divers: June 2—7 (Sat—Thurs)
Payment due: 14 May (Mon)
Pre-trip briefing: 23 May (Wed) at 7pm, MNS HQ Auditorium (KL)
Trip starts from: 2 June at 10am, Kuala Besut Jetty

The Marine Group (Selangor Branch) is having a double event at Pulau Perhentian Besar to celebrate Dive in to Earth Day and World Oceans Day.  Open to all MNS branches; we are staying at Bayu Dive Lodge, and snorkeling and diving with SCUBA Schools International at Alu Alu Divers, Teluk Dalam, Perhentian Besar.

All packages include return boat transfer ex-Kuala Besut, 3 nights accommodation in air-con room/hot water shower on twin or triple sharing basis, meals, *MNS sessions, Marine Park’s conservation fee, insurance fee, marine group fund, and course fee EXCEPT for Package 2 (5 nights accom) and Package 5 (no course fee).

*MNS sessions are open to both snorkelers and divers and include a beach clean-up and data recording, low-tide beach exploration and after dinner activities.

PACKAGE 1: SSI Snorkel Diver course (June 2—5)


In the past we had the Marine-friendly Snorkelling Programme. This time, we are upgrading to certification level provided by SSI.

Day 1: Academic – Introduction to Snorkelling and Marine Life ID
Day 2: Confined water skills training and Marine Life ID
Day 3: Snorkel training
Day 4: Snorkel training and completion of course
Cost:
 RM795/adult and RM398/child 12 years old or below.
Minimum age: 8 years old.

PACKAGE 2: Open Water (OW) combined with Ecological Diver course (June 2—7)


For members new to diving with a nature perspective; after completing open water, you will stay back to continue Perfect Buoyancy (how to hover with correct finning techniques) and Underwater Naturalist (identify marine life species).

Day 1: OW academic
Day 2: OW confined water skills training
Day 3: Training dives, final exam on academic
Day 4: Training dives and completion of OW course. Start Eco Diver
Day 5: Eco Diver
Day 6: Eco Diver/Completion of course
Cost: RM2,190/pax
Minimum age: 15 years old.

PACKAGE 3: SSI Advanced Adventurer (June 2—5)


More info: http://www.divessi.com/aa
Day 1: Free and Easy – no dive
Day 2: 2 adventure dives
Day 3: 2 adventure dives
Day 4: 1 adventure dive/completion of course
Cost: RM1,295/pax

PACKAGE 4: SSI Ecological Diver course (June 2—5)


For OW divers, this is a new course being offered, combining two specialty courses – Perfect Buoyancy and Underwater Naturalist.

Day 1: Free and Easy – no dive
Day 2: Start Eco Diver
Day 3: Eco Diver
Day 4: Eco Diver/Completion of course
Cost: RM1,230/pax

PACKAGE 5: Fun Dives (June 2—5)

For members with a certified dive card, 6 day dives with free equipment rental.
Additional day dive is RM60/dive and night dive is RM90/dive.
Cost: RM850/pax

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1) An adult must accompany all children under 21 years old
2) For non-MNS individuals, please add RM70 for one-year MNS membership or for non-MNS families (parents and children up to 18 years old) add RM80.
3) Confirmation is based on a first come first fully paid basis. If you are an individual, we will find a roommate or two for you.
4) For PADI OW divers: Both PADI and SSI are similar in terms of skills set and recognized globally. You can take the SSI Advanced Adventurer (equivalent to PADI Advanced OW) and then take the next PADI course i.e. PADI Rescue.
5) Every participant who completes a snorkel diver or dive course will receive a certification card from SSI.
6) Transportation to/fro Kuala Besut is on your own. See below for transport suggestions and speedboat departures.

To BOOK with PAYMENT: contact Gary Phong garyphong@netscape.net or by mobile phone: 013-3836288.

For ENQUIRIES only: contact HonYuen at mnsmarinegroup-perhentian@yahoo.com.

Transport Suggestions:
How to get to Kuala Besut
Transportation is at your own cost to/fro Kuala Besut. Here are some options for you. Be sure to book early as flight prices increases closer to the date.

Car-pooling: If you are driving and want passengers, arrangements can be made after we conclude the pre-trip briefing. Please offer to share travel expenses and driving duties.

Flight: Air Asia / Fire Fly / Malaysia Airlines to Kota Bharu, taxi/van to Kuala Besut. Divers are advised to wait a minimum 24 hours after the last dive before taking a flight.

KTM Train: Due to early morning boat transfer, you can’t take this option unless you overnight in Kota Bharu, but you should have enough time to take the overnight train back to Sentral KL. Check KTM’s website for other destinations.

Bus: Long-distance buses serve Kota Bharu. Check with your nearest bus station.

If you wish to overnight in Kota Bharu before or after Perhentian, there’s a Hotel Politan conveniently located in town on Jalan Doktor, right in front of the taxi terminal and a 2-minute walk to the long distance bus terminal. One of the facilitators will be staying the night before the trip here so you can share a taxi to Kuala Besut instead of hiring one on your own.

Speedboat Departures

Boat transfer is included in the cost and is about 45-minutes long, and is likely to be bumpy. We will be dropped off at the Arwana jetty, then a short 500m walk to Bayu Dive Lodge where we will stay until June 5, but for students taking the OW-Ecological Diver course, you will stay on until June 7.

Besut Jetty: Please arrive at the jetty by 10am on June 2. Boats will depart once filled with passengers.

Arwana Jetty: Boat(s) pick-up is 4pm from the island on June 5 and June 7. Please plan your onward travel accordingly.

Visit to Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary

Photos by Robin Jaclyn Soong

As part of Project Aware, MNS Selangor Marine SIG visited the Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary, Pulau Redang as well as snorkelled and scuba dived from 9-11 September 2011.

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