PUERTO GALERA

Sport Diver - - Training -

In the heart of the Co­ral Tri­an­gle, Puerto Galera has been rapidly de­vel­op­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as a world-class macro div­ing des­ti­na­tion, but the sleepy Philip­pine ham­let also fea­tures seascapes of equal qual­ity that are per­fect for DPV ad­ven­tures. And with a bur­geon­ing tech­ni­cal div­ing scene de­vel­op­ing to ex­plore the plen­ti­ful deep reefs in the re­gion, DPVS are be­com­ing an in­te­gral part of the lo­cal scuba cul­ture.

“We’ve got out­stand­ing div­ing here in a nar­row, of­ten high-flow chan­nel where DPVS re­ally shine,” says Dave Ross of Tech Asia Divers In­sti­tute. “The strong cur­rent brings out all the big life, but it can also keep a swim­ming diver away from the ac­tion. With DPVS, we can go where we want to in­stead of where the wa­ter wants us to, which means very ex­cit­ing dives to be had.”

Ross says DPVS are key tools “on deep or drift dives like canyons, and wall dives like Verde Is­land,” but the ma­chines are also help­ing pi­o­neer­ing divers ex­plore and dis­cover new sites. “The im­pact on the deeper dives is im­mense, as time is lim­ited at 250 feet and a swim­ming tech diver can hardly cover any ground, let alone work hard at depth and re­main safe,” he says. “We also have a cave-ex­plo­ration project with the lead divers mak­ing trips close to 3 miles, so the need for DPVS is ob­vi­ous — but they also trans­late re­ally well to recre­ational dives, mak­ing things pos­si­ble that wouldn’t be oth­er­wise.”

PHILIP­PINES

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