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Island Grown Divers Return for 60th Celebrations

Island Grown Divers Return for 60th Celebrations

Angela, Tim, Sasha, Vincent, Say-Nee and Eileen aboard the Feral.

Angela, Tim, Sasha, Vincent, Say-Nee and Eileen aboard the Feral.

Great to have our ex-students Vincent and Eileen back on the Feral with their island grown friends for the 60th. It may have been a while since they were able to get underwater, but once they hit the water their gills seemed to grow back…..Just like riding a bicycle, you never forget!

Vincent and Eileen originally did their PADI Open Water certification with Hama around 8 years ago through their Outdoor Education program at CIDHS. Where else can you learn to SCUBA as part of your school curriculum? Fantastic to be involved in educating lifelong divers!

Welcome back guys!! Good on you for making the most of the amazing calm and sunny weather. Hope to see you back underwater again soon.

Oyster Yachts World Rally Visit

Oyster Yachts World Rally Visit

Visiting yachties, Don, Tom and Len, after their relaxing dive in Flying Fish Cove.

Visiting yachties, Don, Tom and Len, after their relaxing dive in Flying Fish Cove.

This week on Christmas Island, Flying Fish Cove was host to eight of the 29 Oyster yachts signed up to sail the world in the second Oyster World Rally 2017-19.

Starting on 15th January 2017 from Antigua, this 27,000 mile circumnavigation, taking over 27 months and comprising four connecting stages, participants are exploring the Pacific and Asian islands, including Christmas and Cocos Keeling!! Follow the adventure.

Whilst not all sailors are divers, we managed to take a few of the yachties down below to see what was underneath their moorings. After having dived in Tahiti, Vanuatu and the Great Barrier Reef, these divers were amazed by the health and vibrancy of our house reef.

“That was awesome!! Those clams were huge and the visibility was just stunning”, Don commented.

We also had a crew of 5 from UK, David, Tom, Linda, Deb and Hugh, joined us for our half day boat diving tour, around the coast to Thundercliff Cave. All were stunned at the incredible diving offered here in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

From all of us at Christmas Island Wet’n’Dry Adventures we wish you a Bon Voyage and hope that you will visit us again one day.

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PADI Women's Dive Day 2018

PADI Women's Dive Day 2018

Thanks to this awesome bunch of #womendivers

Thanks to this awesome bunch of #womendivers

A few weeks ago, fresh back from Japan, I was desperately seeking some dive buddies to get back underwater. I remembered heaps of women who had dive tickets, but couldn't find any who had been diving in the last few years (mostly due to motherhood). And so our group, 'Mama Divers' was born!

With Hama offering a refresher for those whose skills were a little rusty, we were soon back on track and back in the water - with a weekly dive for women, at our local reef, Flying Fish Cove. Then, as a coincidence, I discovered that PADI were having their annual 'women's dive day' event and the timing was just too poetic to ignore.

So we invited a bunch of Mama Divers to get together to celebrate Women in scuba for PADI Women's Dive Day 2018!

Congratulations to Arfah Omar, Farzian Zainal and Marnie Bell for coming out of diving retirement after years and years with no dives!!! They all slipped back into the water with no dramas and had an awesome dive. Great to see you back under water ladies!!

Thanks to everyone for coming. Hope we can make this a tradition that sticks! 

See you again next week!! Lin :)

Farzian, Arfah and Marnie on their way back to shore.

Farzian, Arfah and Marnie on their way back to shore.

Wet'n'Dry turns 24!

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Wet'n'Dry turns 24!

Happy 24th Anniversary CI Wet'n'Dry Adventures

Happy 24th Anniversary CI Wet'n'Dry Adventures

On this day 24 years ago a young WA couple, Wayne Stewart and Leanne Hammence, decided to start a dive business on Christmas Island. Christmas Island Wet’n’Dry Adventures was born, starting out in a small flat in the Kampong.

In early 1996, a Japanese guy arrived for a diving holiday. Although he was meant to stay for only 3 days, he ripped-up his return ticket to Japan and stayed. Despite having very little English, he plucked up the courage to ask Wayne (with his English dictionary in his left hand) for a job: “Me. Diving. Job,” and he has been diving here on Christmas Island ever since!

By 1999, Wayne and Leanne were ready for a change and that Japanese guy(now with slightly better English) took on their business as his own. With just 14 tanks, 4 x sets of rental gear, a 1974 model Land Rover and “Feral” the trusty boat. Hama ran the business from his tiny backpacker’s  room behind the Rumah Tinggi.

He had the opportunity to expand his business on many occasions, but he made the conscious decision to keep it small and personal. Focusing on small groups with small impact, he places a high value on friendly customer service.

22 years later he is still here on the island, running the same small business.  Now he has help from his wife, two daughters and dive master extroadinaire, Lynny Jenyns.

Thank you to Wayne and Leanne. None of this would have been possible without your support and kindness. Hama still cant believe the serendipity when he discovered that the business was registered on 13th June, Hama’s birthday.    “This is my business, it is my destiny” 

Happy 24th Anniversary Wet’nDry. Happy Birthday Hama. Thank you Wayne and Leanne.

Happy Birthday Hama.

Happy Birthday Hama.

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