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Miri Underwater Adventure for 30 Divers



MORE than 30 divers from the media, dive centre operators and travel agents from Malaysia and Brunei, who were invited to Sarawak Adventure Dive 2014/15 in Miri, took to the ocean yesterday to have a first-hand look at three interesting dive sites and wrecks.
The divers, who were split into three groups based on their experience and expertise in diving, prepared their equipment before adjourning to their intended dive sites.
The first group journeyed to the nearest dive site. A mere 30 minutes from the Marina Bay jetty, the Anemone Garden lies at depths ranging from zero to 10 metres deep. At the site, divers got to witness anemones and their symbiotic clown fishes, which are found in abundance.
The second group, on the other hand, headed to Belais Reef, which has a reef top of about 15 metres. Deemed a photographer’s dream, the site is an open zoo in the sea with large gorgonian fans of over four metres span spreading over a 19,000 square metre complex while Batfishes hover gleefully over outcrops whilst being serviced by an entourage of cleaner wrasse and shrimps.
Meanwhile, the third group headed out to Siwa Reef where leopard sharks and huge marble rays hung out along the lower reef slope during the day.
Tourism Malaysia’s Director of Domestic Marketing Division Datuk Musa Yusof spoke to The Brunei Timesabout his first time diving in Miri.
He said: “Miri can become a good alternative for diving compared to Sabah. Despite the fact that Sarawak is relatively new in the diving industry, the sites offer a variety of diversity and accessibility of corals and other marine life on the reefs.”
Senior Assistant Director Industry Development Division of Tourism Malaysia Hairi Mohd Yakzan, who was also diving in Miri for the first time, said that the ambiance is different from Penisular Malaysia.
He went on to say that there are more wreck dives than its West Malaysia counterpart.
“My dive in Anemone Garden was astounding as I saw 16 different types of clown fish and seven were species that were hard to find,” he said. Meanwhile, Anne from SeaMonkey Dive Centre, Selangor was impressed by the arrangements made during the dive.
The participants will be heading to Gua Niah (Niah Cave) today for caving and prawn fishing activities.
(Source: The Brunei Times, Thursday, October 2, 2014 by Rebecca Ooi)

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Miri's first PADI Instructor Development Course July 2014

Co.Co.Dive Miri – IDC July 2014

It has been 2 years in the making but Co.Co Dive finally became a PADI 5 Star IDC Resort and our first IDC took place on 15 July 2014. My Platinum Course Director and personal friend, Grant Martin, flew over from Vietnam to run the first ever IDC in Sarawak, Borneo.

We had 5 candidates from different corners of the globe; a young English gentleman, David Buggy, a loud and proud Aussie chick, Kiah Greenland, a very typical laid back Italian dude, Adam Licciardello, a hilarious Chinese Malay from Kuala Lumpur, Willie Chew, and our very own local Sarawakian from Marudi, Roy Jok NGau.

What a hectic yet exciting two weeks it was! For me it was great to get back into the swing of assisting & teaching on IDC’s and seeing our first IDC up and running. We decided to go with a full 14 day program to allow time to cover any problems with the theoretical part of the course. Tenby International School allowed us to use their brand new pool for the duration of the course and also the IE. The weather conditions were on our side and the candidates all worked hard revisiting Physics and Physiology plus getting to grips with the new guidelines & standards and procedures of the new revised PADI Open Water Course.

On 29 July the candidates sat the Instructor Exam (IE) and we were joined by 2 other candidates one from Kota Kinabalu Mr Lee & Paul from Sipadan Scuba. The examiner, Mr Marc Van Der Poel, conducted the orientation and laid out the structure for the rest of the day, with exams before lunch, then it was off to the pool. Afterwards it was straight back to the Park City Everly Hotel for Knowledge Development presentations. It was a day of nerves for us instructors, I we were more nervous than the candidates! However, we needn't have worried as everyone passed with flying colours!

The following morning, we were all down the marina for the final hurdle and the Open Water & Rescue presentations. After the briefings set off to the beautiful reef called Eve’s Garden, a short 10 minute ride out. The group were split into two; one doing rescue presentation whilst the other their open water presentations.

All went according to plan and on return debriefs were done on dry land before the final marks were handed out. Certificates were presented back at Co.Co Dive where Mr Johnny Chew, PADI Regional Manager for Asia, was there to congratulate all 7 candidates and partake in the photo opportunities.

Co.Co.Dive, Miri & Sarawak's first ever IDC was a huge success with a 100 percent pass rate, we settle for nothing less! The next IDC will be commencing on 20th of March 2015 with two more planned for July and October 2015. So, come and join us.

I would like to say a big thank you to Grant Martin and Johnny Chew for their help and support in getting us to where we are now.

Ross Kelly
General Manager
Co.Co.Dive Miri, Sarawak, Borneo

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Beware of Email Scam!!

Recently, there's been few cases of scam, where criminal using similar email address: miri.cocadive@gmail.com to ask for payment. We have reported to police and treat this as a serious offense. Please note that our bank account is all with the name of "CO.CO.DIVE" (either Standard Chartered Bank or Public Bank Account), please always take some times to make a direct call to +6085-417 053 to double confirm. We really feel deeply sorry for the victims.

“Maybe that's what the night is for, just so's we can know the difference when the light comes again.” 
― Howard BahrThe Black Flower: A Novel of the Civil War

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1st IDC Centre in Sarawak ever!

We'll be holding Sarawak's 1st ever PADI IDC in July.

We will run the course over 14 days, with our Platinum Course Director.

USD $3,000 only!!

No hidden cost, fully inclusive of PADI's fee, instructor materials & 14 nights dorm accommodation with daily breakfast & lunch. At the same time, you have the chance to dive at one of Malaysia's best coral garden (40+ pristine dive sites).

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New Boat in Action

After few months of waiting, finally our dream comes true.

It's so far the biggest boat we have, with 2 four-stroke YAMAHA 200HP outboard engines (latest model, new technology), ready to serve at your request.

She's spacious (35ft x 10ft), specially designed & made for diver's & tourist's comfort, and now we could go further out, crashing the waves, to explore more wonders of Miri's underwater jungle.

If you are still pondering to go out to the sea, take a look at our boat and you would feel relief.


Call us to experience COCO3 in action 085-417 053.

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Yes, We are Certified 5 Stars!

Its official! we are Sarawak's first ever PADI 5 Star Resort. 

What does it mean?

Definition of PADI Five Star Dive Resort (formerly Gold Palm Dive Resort) :
PADI Five Star Dive Resorts excel in providing traveling scuba divers with memorable scuba diving experiences, customer satisfaction, scuba diver safety and underwater environmental awareness by providing professional and outstanding service.



Sign up today & enjoy the great learning that you won't regret: https://www.padi.com/elearning-scuba-registration/default.aspx?irra=23417

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