Teach your kids to Scuba

SASY : Kids Sea Camp SASY Program (4-8 yrs)

It's time to snorkel - a new and exciting way! Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth (SASY) lets you experience the underwater world the easy way - by snorkeling with scuba equipment instead of a snorkel.

Once you try SASY, and complete the program, send in for your own SASY participant card and wall certificate. The full-color, wallet-size card comes with your picture, name and address. The wall certificate announces you as "SAS Savvy!"

Whether your child swims like a fish or is just beginning, the Kids Camp SASY program is designed to safely encourage your child's comfort and confidence in a marine environment.

In addition to being introduced to snorkeling and diving, SASSY Kids will share in a number of camp activities and events including nature walks, fish id, treasure hunts, arts & crafts, games and much more.

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It's time to snorkel - a new and exciting way! Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth (SASY) lets you experience the underwater world the easy way - by snorkeling with scuba equipment instead of a snorkel.

When you get right down to it - the PADI Seal Team program is just plain cool! Designed for young divers (kids 8 and older), this exciting new program is built around action-packed AquaMissions!

What's an AquaMission? It's an underwater pool adventure where kids learn scuba activities. Take AquaMission Inner Space Specialist for example. Here kids learn how to float underwater like an Astronaut. An
Aqua Mission Snapshot Specialist is where PADI Seal Team members take pictures of each other scuba diving.

Supported by a video, manual and logbook, the PADI Seal Team program is broken into two parts. Part one, AquaMissions 1 - 5, teaches kids the basics of diving - things like buoyancy control, mask clearing, regulator recovery, etc. After building a solid foundation of scuba skills, kids move on to part two.

Part two is full of Specialty AquaMissions. These cool dives teach kids different scuba activities. Here's a list of the Specialty AquaMissions:

• Creature ID Specialist
• Environmental Specialist
• Inner Space Specialist
• Navigation Specialist
• Night Specialist
• Safety Specialist
• Search & Recover Specialist
• Skin Diver Specialist
• Snapshot Specialist
• Wreck Specialist
• As you can see, PADI Seals get to sample a wide variety of dives and the best part of the Specialty AquaMissions, they reinforce save diving skills while the kids are having fun. Get involved today - pool diving has never been this adventurous! For more detailed information on PADI Seal team click here: padisealteam.com

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Kids Sea Camp PADI Open Water Diver Program10+ yrs)

Now is the time to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular dive program in the world! This is your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure with PADI, the dive company that sets the standards in the global diving community.


Why PADI Open Water?


As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified, check with your instructor to see how credit from these courses may apply to the open water program.

What do I need to start?


Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. You must be older than the age of 14 to begin the PADI Open Water Diver program. For those of you who are not above the age of 14 and would like to participate in the PADI Open Water Diver Program, then the PADI Jr Open Water Diver program is available to you. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.

    • A PADI Jr Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 and 11 years may only dive with a PADI Professional, a certified parent or certified guardian to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.

What will I do?

Throughout the course, you'll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing five pool dives and knowledge development sessions and by making four open water (ocean or lake) dives.
    • 6 Divers per Guide
    • Airfares MNL -ROR US
    • Sales Office
    • Shark Sanctuary


Birds & Bats of Palau

This newly released book, Birds & Bats of Palau is one of its kind, featuring never seen before pictures of endemic, resident and migrant birds of Palau, as well as 2 local bat species. Written by Douglas Pratt & Mandy Etpison. Available at Sam's Tours. We can mail it to the U.S. via USPS Priority Mail.

This is a wonderful field guide for visitors to Palau and also makes an excellent gift to bring home. My Palauan children have thoroughly enjoyed it. You will too.

Announcing our all new Digital Photo Center

Sam's Tours all new Digital Photo Center is fully equipped to cater to digital photographers of all interest levels from those with handy “point-and-shoot” cameras to the most demanding digital photographers shooting in RAW format.

Our six top of the line Apple iMac workstations are loaded with terabytes and terabytes of storage, archiving and secure data back up systems, lots of RAM, and completely optimized for digital imaging with Apple Aperture image management software, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Bridge, Toast, and topped off with DSL Wi-Fi internet access. No other photo center in Palau comes near!

Plus new rental Canon SD850 Digital Cameras and Canon ZR830 Digital Minicams with underwater housings.

Other camera-friendly improvements include an expanded “dry zone” for Camera Preparation and Charging and a new Camera Drying Station complete with towels and compressed air for post-rinsing camera care.

Click here from more information on the Digital Photo Center.



See our Calendar of Events for the latest upcoming programs including Shark Shootout, Wreck Expedition Week and Photo Week.



More new Tanks with DIN-Yoke Convertible Valves

As part of our constant upgrades to equipment around the dive center, we recently added another 40 brand new Catalina 80 cu. ft / 12 Litre aluminum scuba tanks to our inventory.

The new tanks are equipped with top of the line Thermo Convertible valves that accommodate both DIN and Yoke regulators. Additionally we upgraded 20 of our existing tank inventory with the new Thermo valves.



New Flat Screen TV at Bottom Time Bar & Grill

To better accommodate guests who want to share their underwater images with other divers, Sam recently installed a wide flat screen display at Bottom Time Bar and Grill….. with a little “technical assistance” from members of the visiting U.S. Navy Mobile Salvage Team who are here to continue their salvage and recovery work on a downed U.S. WWII aircraft that was identified by members of the Bent Prop Project. For more info on the dedicated and very interesting work by the Bent Prop Project team, visit their website at: http://www.bentprop.org


New Customer Gear Lockers
Our new and improved Customer Gear Locker, Staff Gear Locker, Rental Center and Compressor room are now operational. The new Customer Locker will provide well ventilated and secure “wet gear” storage and dry storage space for extra suitcases and gear bags not needed by guests on the dive boats.

The New Sam's Tours

Our new building and facilities are now open serve you.


Bottom Time Bar & Grill
Our newly improved waterfront bar and restaurant that include additional bar counter space, new sound system and paving of the floor with sandstone flagstones.

New Bauer Compressor                     
On March 3, 2007 we installed a brand new Bauer K-20 Compressor as the primary source for filling our scuba tanks. Our older Bauer K-20 which has served us extremely well will now serve as a back-up compressor system. Both compressors may be attached to our NRC Nitrox Membrane system giving us the capacity to fill over 350 Nitrox tanks per day.

Sam's Tours has provided free Nitrox to all Nitrox certified guests since 2003 and more than half of all guests now dive with Nitrox. Nitrox certification is available every day at Sam's Tours. For more information contact Sam's Tours.


Sam's Tours has just received official notification from PADI Americas that we have achieved PADI National Geographic Center Award status. Please stay tuned for more information on exciting PADI National Geographic eco adventure and exploration programs at Sam's Tours!

New Boats
On March 12, 2007 the latest addition to our fleets of vessels was launched. Christened “Thresher Shark” she joins the rest of our mono-hull fleet named after a variety of sharks that include Whaleshark, Hammerhead, Tiger Shark, White Tip, Silvertip, Great White and Black Tip.  “Thresher” is equipped with Yamaha F150 4-Stroke outboard motors. “Tiger Shark” and “Silvertip” our hardworking 8 passenger dive boats both underwent “surgery” before this season began which include new scuba tank rack system, interior modifications to make them “walk-thru”, improved fixed-mount ladder system, fresh-water rinse shower and new 4-stroke Yamaha motors.


75% of Fleet Equipped with 4-Stroke Motors            
Continuing our commitment to protecting Palau 's environment and to improving the comfort for our guest, Sam's Tours continues our upgrade program for our outboard motor equipped vessels to more fuel efficient and quieter 4-stroke motors. As of March 2007, over 75% of our outboard equipped fleet now have either Yamaha or Suzuki 4-stroke motors with the majority of them being Yamaha F-150's.  In 2002 Sam's Tours was the first dive center in Palau to deploy 4-stroke motor technology when we launched two new boats with Honda 4-stroke motors.


Our Catamaran Fleet              
“Sea Cat” Sam's Tours very first “cat” boat re-joined our small boat fleet this month after several years in retirement. Another addition to our “cat” boat fleet is “Reef Cat” a sistership too “SeaCat”.  Our other “cat” boat “Shark Cat” is the the first of our “cat” fleet to be equipped with 4-stroke motors as she proudly sports a new set of Yamaha F115's.

 

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