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Pure Adrenalin 252 Walker Street, Townsville, Queensland, Australia News from above and below the waves:  The birth of a legend the newsletter begins  Gear specials  Longer bottom times with Nitrox  Upcoming trips & courses  Sea-Esta update  VIP news  Mantas

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Pure Adrenalin It’s been a labour of love (and sometimes pulling our hair out), and you’ve got the final results in your hands or on your screens. The first edition of our new newsletter “Pure Adrenalin” came into the world in March, weighing in at a healthy 4 pages. The newsletter is a way for us to let you, the divers that keep us doing what we do best, informed of important events at Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive. It’s also a forum for information about the dive community as a whole.

 Meet Paul

Inside this issue: Specialty of the Month - Nitrox


Upcoming Trips and Courses


Sea-Esta’s Voyage of Renewal


Become a VIP


March Madness


Huge March sale!!

ture, The Specialty of the Month, and Fish ID contests that will be mainstays of the publication. We’re always open to your input as well. After all, you are the reason this newsletter exists. So if you’ve got feedback about the content, or suggestions for things you’d like to see added or removed, don’t be shy. Send us any suggestions to and we’ll see what we can do.

We’ll be bringing you articles about how diving changes over the years, and what these changes may mean to you. Whether it be in training, gear, or technology, diving changes as often as the latest style in wetsuits.

As the newsletter grows, we’ll also be seeking your input in the form of photos. Divers love to share what they’ve seen, and claim the bragging rights by showing their photos, So if you’ve got any photos that you’ve taken while on a trip with us that you think the world needs to see, send them our way.

There will be some recurring features, like the Feature Crea-

We’re also here to answer your questions. If there’s a

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diving question that you’ve always wanted answered, let us know and we’ll answer it. After all, if you’re not sure, there are probably 10 more people out there with the same question. Now you know why we wrote it, take some time to look at what’s in it. Have a flip through the virtual pages and see what’s inside. We hope that you’ll find Pure Adrenalin to be a good read, full of relevant and important information and something you look forward to each

Gear Specials this month to eight hours of high-intensity light from an LED bulb.

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Scubapro Nova torch

It is bright enough to be used as a primary light, and compact enough to be used as a backup.

Nova is a lightweight, compact dive light that provides up

For the month of March, VIP Members can purchase the Scubapro Nova torch for the



very low price of $125. (RRP is $169). If you’re not already a VIP Member with Adrenalin, why not come in and sign up, or send us an email and we’ll sign you up. Members get great discounts, standby rates on trips, and regular specials on gear.


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Specialty of the Month - Nitrox This month we’re offering our divers the chance to learn the benefits of diving on Enriched Air at a discounted price.

to normal air. Common blends are 32% and 36% oxygen.

Enriched Air Nitrox, usually just called Nitrox, is PADI’s most popular specialty course. It’s easy to see why once you realize the benefits of diving on Nitrox.

Since we all know that the air we dive with is composed of roughly 21% oxygen and 79% Nitrogen, you can see that by raising the percentage of oxygen in the tank, we’re lowering the percentage of Nitrogen.

Nitrox is essentially a mix of gases that has a higher percentageof oxygen compared

Because Nitrogen is the factor in deciding decompression times, a lowered amount

of it in our breathing gas allows us to stay at certain depths for longer. It’s a fantastic way to dive the Yongala! The Nitrox course is conducted in less than one day of classroom study, plus 2 dives on Nitrox. To book a course, or to find out more information about Enriched Air, or any of the other specialties we teach, give us a call, send us an email, or drop in for a chat.

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 Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays join us on a day trip to the historic wreck of the S.S. Yongala - Australia’s best dive!  Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays - come snorkeling or diving at fabulous Wheeler Reef  20/03/2010 - start your diving adventure with our PADI Open Water course  29/03/2010 - start your diving adventure with our PADI Open Water course  Dive shop open 7 days a week

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Sea-Esta’s Voyage of Renewal With cyclone Ului hovering east of Queensland, there’s not much going on at sea. In port, however, crew are hustling and bustling on repairs and maintenance onboard MV Sea-Esta. Townsville’s only liveaboard is getting a bit of a facelift and her power plants are being rebuilt in readiness for the Easter weekend. Two trips are planned for Easter. There’s a 2-day, 2night trip on the 2nd of April, and a 3-day, 3-night trip departing on the 6th.

As a bonus, and to celebrate the season, all VIP Members (see below) will get free gear rental for the trip. That’s a saving of $60. What better way to enjoy a long weekend than by spending a couple of days diving our spectacular local attractions? The 2-day trip will visit the beautiful Wheeler Reef, where you’ll have a chance to explore this wonderful Green Zone at your own pace. The 3-day trip will spend a day at Wheeler, followed by another day at Davies Reef where you

can explore the channels of the Maze, and spiral slowly around the pinnacle of the Lion’s Den. Both trips will be capped with the grand finale, Australia’s best dive, the S.S. Yongala. You’ll wake up at the site of this historic wreck, and after a quick bite, the pool is open. Sunrise diving on the wreck has to be seen to be believed!

Start lining up, SeaEsta’s nearly ready

Both trips are filling fast. For booking information, give us a call, or drop in to the shop and have a chat.

Become a VIP shop stock, servicing, trips and more).

We’ve recently changed the way we issue discounts to our loyal customers. In the past, all we asked for was proof of local residence in order to receive great local discounts. The discounts are still there, and they’re still great (10% off

We will soon be requiring each of our VIPs to have a uniquely numbered VIP card to benefit from these deals. Membership is being offered free and entitles you to great discount and fantastic stand by deals. All you need to do is to drop into the dive shop to sign up and you’ll receive your VIP card right away.

Joining as a VIP Member will not only give you great discounts on equipment, courses, servicing and trips, but will also entitle you to get information about Social or Information Nights, Exploratory Dive Trips we have planned, and Standby Discounts. You’ll also be signed up to receive this newsletter. How good is that? See you soon.

March Madness - 10% off Everything We here at Adrenalin would like nothing more than to be out there, diving, diving, diving.

home in your gear, or it looks like it belongs in a glass display case in a museum, now is a great time to bring your diving into the modern era.

Unfortunately, the big white swirly thing on the weather map has other ideas for us. So we’re getting a little bit stir-crazy and have decided that if we can’t be out there, then we’ll come up with one more reason for you to be in here. For the rest of March, absolutely everything in the dive


Cyclone Ului spoils our fun

shop is on sale. We’re knocking 10% off of BCDs, regs, masks, fins, suits, even computers. If the spiders have made a

Or if you’re just starting out in diving, you couldn’t have picked a better time. We stock most major brands of gear, from rash guards to cylinders and everything in between. Come on in out of the weather and have a look. Oh, and you can thank Ului later.


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“10% off shop stock, servicing, trips and more”

It's a different world down there

Creature Feature 252 Walker Street Townsville,, QLD 4810 Australia

Manta. However, the modern scientific consensus has been that there is just one species, a view supported by mitochondrial DNA studies.

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Manta Ray

The manta ray (Manta birostris) is the largest species of the rays. The largest known specimen was more than 7.6 metres (25 ft) across, with a weight of about 2,300 kilograms (5,100 lb). It ranges throughout tropical waters of the world, typically around coral reefs. They have the largest brain-to-body ratio of the sharks and rays. Mantas have a variety of common names, including Atlantic manta, Pacific manta, devilfish, and just manta. At one time it was thought that there were many species of

Mantas feed on plankton, fish larvae and the like, filtered from the water passing through their gills as they swim. They catch small prey organisms on flat horizontal plates of russetcolored spongy tissue spanning spaces between the manta's gill bars. Manta Rays are one of many species of large rays that have been sighted on the wreck of the S.S. Yongala over the past few weeks. Also spotted have been Eagle Rays, Bull Rays and Whiptail Rays. Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Next month’s creature

Think you know the name of next month’s Creature Feature? Send us an email to with “Creature Feature” in the subject line, and your guess. The first person to correctly identify the creature wins a prize.

Crew Who’s Who He’s the man. The head honcho. The big cheese. It seems only fitting that in this first edition of Pure Adrenalin we feature the man with whom it all began. Paul Crocombe is the General Manager of Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive. What Paul has forgotten about diving is probably more than most ever learn. Paul has been working in the dive business in various capacities in the Townsville area

Whether he’s talking about diving many of the uncharted and rarely explored wrecks in the area, or talking about his love of spearfishing, it’s obvious that Paul still loves the ocean and all it’s attractions.

Paul Crocombe

Paul recently received an 10 Year award from PADI Asia Pacific that recognizes his considerable contributions to diving in North Queensland.

for over 20 years, and his indepth knowledge of the area is second to none in the region.

We’re sure that the next 10 years will be as full of adventure.

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