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    Aqua Dreaming is the vision of David John Haintz, a qualified scuba diver and keen underwater photographer who currently resides in Melbourne, Australia. David's passion for diving is reflected by his work as an underwater photographer, all of which can be seen on our Photos & Videos page.


    Aqua Dreaming, David Haintz, Underwater Photographer, Scuba Diver

    "I first started scuba diving in 2002, doing my open water course in Melbourne, before completing my advanced course in the Philippines. It was then I realised that I was hooked on diving. I have furthered my learning with Deep Sea, plus Enriched Air and Rescue courses. My love for underwater photography started in 2010 after doing the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) underwater photography course, using the Canon PowerShot G10. I later went on to compete in my first competition in Byron Bay in 2010 through the Sundive Centre. I found it was a great way to learn from other experienced underwater photographers, and to pick up some tips. In 2011, I won a Sea&Sea DX-2G digital camera and have been very impressed with the quality of photos. I currently have a Canon 7D SLR with a Nimar underwater housing, which I use to take my work as an underwater photographer to the next level. I have dived in the Philippines, Thailand, and Bali. My favourite dive site to date is Tulamben in Bali."



    David's work as an underwater photographer has been printed in several issues of the DiveLog Australasia magazine, before he was featured in the August 2011 edition's "Spotlight" section, which highlights the best work of upcoming underwater photographers. David's most memorable diving experience was in the Philippines, Bohol, which he recalled in the April 2012 issue of Divelog magazine:


    "Seven years on, most has changed since my first trip, obvious of the growth in tourism and resorts popping up especially around Alona Beach.


    Tony from Absolute Scuba was my guide and for only 1400 peso (or $35), I had my own guide for two dives at the house reef, approximately 200 metres from the shore. Once we were at the 5m depth, we descended down with visibility at 25m, and within minutes we were at the drop off. The wall runs east-west along Alona Beach. The depth gets down to 25m, most of the marine life was found no deeper than 20m.


    Second day of diving was out on the speed boat with my own guide and no one else on the boat. The entry to the reef wall is quite inviting, heading down through the cave at 8m and coming out at 14m, no need to feel claustrophobic as there is plenty of room to move around, and with visibility at around 20m. Lucky for me, Tony wanted to take shots too, so I didn't feel rushed. Lion Fish are aplenty, as well as Sea Snakes, Feather Starfish I could go on and on. Lunch was on shore with our skipper making a raw fish dish in a coconut vinegar local ceviche!


    Aqua Dreaming, David Haintz, Underwater Photographer, Scuba Diver

    The second dive was at a shallower depth, where we would finish at the jeepney site. By now the weather was really starting to change, with a forecast monsoon on its way. I was advised that the next couple days wouldn't be as good not happy!


    The third dive was west of the dive shop with another Australian (who was new to diving), so this dive was a bit shallower and shorter. We have all been there before, so it was a good opportunity to help build the confidence that all new divers need. The second dive would just be me and my guide. Tony's words were "this is a great spot for photos." How prophetic! An unexpected encounter with a whale shark was within minutes of our safety stop. It all seemed surreal seeing this 4-6m majestic beast come out of nowhere, its tail moved ever so gracefully, but before I knew it, it was gone.


    I don't know who was more excited, me or Tony. It wasn't long before word got out around the island and photos were shared! Best diving experience so far."


    To read more about David's scuba diving experiences in DiveLog Australasia's magazine, simply visit their online archives. David's latest article on "Pier dives around Melbourne" can be found in the August 2012 issue (#289) on page 14, here is a brief extract:


    "Why pier dive? There are many answers to that question (can't afford a boat dive). Hopefully I can convince you that these piers are the ones you will dive when in the area. I like pier diving for the fact that it suits my schedule, and I can practice my underwater photography with a reasonable amount of bottom time. I am always excited to dive a new pier, as my experience has found each pier offers its own habitat. The piers I mostly dive are Mornington, Rye, Blairgowrie, Flinders, Portsea. These are all located south east of Melbourne CBD along the Mornington Peninsula. They are regularly frequented by fisherman, so be aware of fishing lines. The location of these piers can allow divers to do a variety of piers in one day, with dive shops nearby for air fills."  (Read more...)


    David's recent article "Freshness In The Tropics" was featured in the 72&Rising magazine on 14th July 2013, here is a brief extract:


    "It was six months ago when my wife and I decided to leave our jobs to opt for a sea change from the big city of Melbourne. Our direction was 4000 kilometres north to the renowned city of Cairns. At last! We were finally living in the tropics, absolutely sweating and the kids were running around like mad. It is inevitable that one will want to cool down amongst this climate. First choice is pool out the back, or down the beach protected inside the stinger nets. Stinger nets are to prevent the Iraganji jelly fish from stinging. Of course then there is also the reef which must be spared a day to visit. To my surprise there are even more options. Fresh water holes and lakes with no crocodiles and jelly fish."  (Read more...)



    Aqua Dreaming, David Haintz, Underwater Photographer, Scuba Diver

    David's desire to become a dedicated underwater photographer has led him to start Aqua Dreaming, where he aims to share his favourite images with fellow underwater photographers, and all types of scuba diving enthusiasts from around the world. David also hopes to inspire any recreational divers who may be inexperienced, yet interested in the art of underwater photography, by sharing his extensive knowledge and wealth of experiences with them. Aqua Dreaming offers divers (of all experience levels) the chance to hire underwater camera equipment around the Melbourne area, so that you can try our underwater cameras before you consider purchasing your own equipment.


    For more information on David's work as an underwater photographer, please view our Photos & Videos page, and "like" our Aqua Dreaming Facebook page for the latest updates. For underwater camera hire and waterproof housings, please read more about Our Services. For details on purchasing any of Aqua Dreaming's photos as stock images or prints, please refer to Our Products page. Or if you would like to contact David with respect to any questions you have with scuba diving, underwater camera equipment, or his experiences as an underwater photographer, please Contact Us.


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