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Panaga divers is a British Sub Aqua Club affiliated branch operating under the Panaga Club.
We dive mainly on weekends and as it is a club and is run on a voluntary basis we all have to help out! We accept all recognised dive qualifications (e.g. PADI, SSI, CMAS etc), though when we run courses we use the BSAC syllabus and structure.
We normally dive from the KBBC using the Naga Loncat. The reefs are about 1hr offshore. We dive a mix of mainly reefs and some wrecks from 10m to 65m. We have over 20 dives sites mainly in the Chearnely / Ampa Patches area or near BLNG jetty. The nice thing about the reefs off Brunei is that we are the only divers, and the coral is in excellent condition.
The club provides cylinders and weights, and has BCDs, regulators and dive computers to rent. We do not have wetsuits, fins or masks (apart from a few donations from departing members), so it is best to obtain your own.
We also organise diving out of the Piasau Boat Club in Miri, and from dive operators in Muara. We occasionally plan trips abroad.
The diving season is generally March to end November. During the monsoon the seas can be too rough. Water temperature is generally 29C except winter when it can be 24C. Visibility can be variable, with occasional current at surface or at depth.
Diving from the KBBC normally meets at 7.45 am. The 1st time you dive with us you will need to come early eg 7.35am, please bring along your qualification card(s) eg PADI OW / nitrox cards, and you will need to fill in the usual medical & indemnity waivers. We normally get back from dive trips around 2pm, having done two dives.
If you find you dive regularly you may need to join BSAC for the 3rd party liability insurance if you do not have your own. Also if you dive a lot and plan to go on holiday diving then we would recommend DAN diving insurance.
On dive trips remember to bring a hat / sun cream / water and snacks. We do get some swell in the sea so if you are prone to sea sickness may be advisable to take a tablet before diving!
As well as an email list and facebook page (which we use to announce dives) there is also a whatsapp group which is used for last minutes updates and diving info.
Neil Pritchard - +673 7267375
Linda Ong - +6737332678
Bryon Abbott - +6738391056
Diving Officer: Alan Hart - +6738392367
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