Category: Alba Diving

Fun Diving

Fun Diving at Alba

As fun diving destinations go, we consider ourselves very lucky here in north east Bali. The marine life just off the beach is as diverse as it is numerous.

Tulamben is world famous for macro diving, with photographers the world over coming to take shots of various shrimps and exotic nudibranchs. But there’s more to diving here than just tiny marine creatures. We have the bumphead parrotfish, trumpet fish, turtles, cuttlefish, octopus, scorpionfish, garden eels, and a variety of healthy corals.

We also get bigger marine animals, such as mola mola, black/white tip reef sharks, and the occasional manta rays. Our technical divers occasionally report seeing thresher sharks, hammerheads, and even oceanic whitetips (at around 60-70m).

Or approach to fun diving

As with most things at Alba, we do things a little differently than other dive resorts. We don’t have set dive times, you can dive when you want to dive. Our dive guides are always on hand to take you to whichever dive site you wish, and they know them all inside out.

Before going for a fun dive, it’s important that your diving skills are fresh. If not, we offer half-day refresher courses. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information.

When you’re ready to go diving, you can set your equipment up and analyse your tank if using nitrox. Once you have ensured that you have everything- fin, mask etc, our staff will load it onto the dive van and take you to the dive site. Local porters will unload your equipment, and your guide will give you a dive briefing before getting into the water. After the dive, the porters will load your gear onto the van, and you can head back to Alba. There, our staff will unload your gear for you, and you can then wash your equipment and get ready for the next dive.

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Technical Courses

Technical Diving at Alba Diving Tulamben

Since it’s official inception in the 1990s, technical diving was always viewed by the average diver as being inaccessible and even a little elitist. Thankfully the equipment, techniques, and approach to technical courses have evolved enormously since then. Technical diving is now accessible to any diver wanting to learn more advanced diving procedures and techniques. One branch of tech that has really become popular is sidemount. You still get longer dives on your favourite dive site, but without having to carry a heavy twinset around.

Our technical courses

Standard technical courses don’t allow enough time to properly absorb and practice what you learn. Courses can feel rushed and this doesn’t create a good environment for learning. Our technical courses  include as standard more days and more dives than you would otherwise get. More dives creates a better atmosphere for learning, allows more effective progression, and helps you retain what you learn. Consequently when you go home you remember it all better- otherwise what was the point in doing it?

Competence, not certification

Certification is not guaranteed with tech; to successfully pass a course takes time. Do you think you would be a more capable decompression diver after a 4 dive course or an 8 dive course? The real question is, are you prepared to maybe pay ever so slightly more to put in a little more time, or do you want to go down the bare minimum route? If the answer is the latter, then we’re probably not the best place to train you.

Which agency?

Alba diving is a Raid gold resort. As such we believe that the Raid materials and curriculum are the most comprehensive. However, we also teach technical courses through TDI, IANTD and SSI XR, and are happy to teach courses from all of these agencies. Ultimately, if you do a decompression course, then we will teach you decompression diving regardless of the agency- the physics and physiology of diving does not change between agencies. The requirements for each dive may differ slightly, but the course will be largely the same whether it’s TDI decompression procedures, Raid deco 50, or IANTD technical diver. The most discernible difference to you is in the student materials. The techniques you will learn are based on a few key things no matter which agency- Safety, simplicity, streamlining, and optimal equipment. Regarding safety, for all of our technical diving courses, you will need to show proof of diving insurance that covers you for hyperbaric treatment and dive emergency medical care. We can provide it for the duration of the course if required.

Human factors in Diving

With any of the technical diving courses that we teach, we highly recommend that you also undertake a human factors in diving online micro-class. The course is written and presented by technical diver and human factors specialist, Gareth Lock. Safety system improvements learned from the aviation and medical industries are used as examples of how to improve and change the safety culture of diving. The course examines (from Gareth’s website):

“Why we make the mistakes we do and what we can do to reduce the likelihood of an accident or adverse event happening. It does not focus on the technical aspects of diving but rather decision making, situational awareness, communications and cooperation skills, and crucially, their interdependence. Case studies are discussed, highlighting the contributory factors to incidents which are rarely technical in nature”.

The 3 hour micro-class is invaluable as a discussion tool during your tech course at Alba. Just like if you will be decompression diving you will need to purchase dive planning software, understanding safety systems is a tool you will need as a technical diver.

For more information on the courses we offer, click on the links below, or use the drop-down menu at the top of the page.

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Recreational Courses

Recreational Dive Courses at Alba

We provide dive training with Raid, PADI, SDI and IANTD, and teach a wide-range of courses, from initial training such as scuba diver and open water diver, to more advanced training such as advanced open water, rescue diver, and divemaster. We also teach numerous speciality courses, such as wreck, nitrox, DPV, drysuit, and deep diver.

Our resort is the perfect environment for learning diving theory, and for the practical learning our swimming pools are well suited for initial training prior to going into the ocean. The local dive sites around Alba offer good conditions for training at all levels.

Click a box for more information about courses with each dive training agency.

Recent Dive Courses

Training our dive guides

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