Mother Nature was on cue for the Great Barrier Reef's annual coral spawning with passengers aboard Silverswift's Night Dive excursions being witness to this unique spectacle. » Read More
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Issue # 114, 2011
Welcome to our Summer issue of Quickies,
keeping you posted with some of our latest news and happenings.
As the year draws to a close, we'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe festive season and a prosperous 2012.
In the meantime, enjoy a break with our latest Quickies!
We welcome Green Island Resort's talented new Executive Chef, Jason Dayman, celebrate the achievements of our award-winning dive instructors and first female skipper, congratulate Pro Dive Cairns on their new training facility and experience the thrill of night diving during the annual phenomenon of coral spawning. For a refreshing festive drink, check out the recipe for Green Island's famous Iced Tea!
With warm tropical wishes from the Quicksilver Group Crew.
Congratulations to our Great Adventures and Silverswift dive teams on winning two of the three awards in the annual Workplace Heath & Safely Queensland Dive Safety Awards.
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Each year, Quicksilver is delighted to host hundreds of local school children with free visits to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on Low Isles. Quicksilver offers all Grade 7 classes in the Port Douglas region free educational visits to Low Isles travelling aboard 'Wavedancer' to promote conservation issues.
We love to receive their many letters of thanks and often quite humorous perspectives on their excursions; getting a giggle out of wearing lycra suits and finding out who has good sea legs! Our team of marine biologists are also actively involved in school environmental programs and proud to support the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority "Reef Guardians" program.
Pro Dive Cairns, one of the Tropical North's oldest and best known diving schools, has completed a $1.5million refurbishment and expansion of its diver training facilities to meet he increased demand for their dive courses and training services. » Read More
The inaugural XVenture Corporate Challenge featuring our very own Quicksilver team is set to air on Australian television on Channel One, on December 10 at 11am.
The series was filmed in Cairns recently with 14 teams from around Australia competing in various challenges – a bit like Survivor meets the Amazing Race! Two exciting challenges were also filmed on beautiful Green Island. » Read More
Birds of Green Island
Thank you to Jeff Larson, a professional bird photographer who recently enjoyed a five day stay at Green Island Resort. Jeff has kindly provided a link to the wonderful and colourful birds he photographed during his stay. Check out this link www.jefflarsen.com to see the “Birds of Green Island”.
Over 50 types of birds visit Green Island throughout the year. Around 15 types nest regularly on the Island.
Pro Dive Cairns makes Diving History - 120,000th Certification
Congratulations to Pro Dive Cairns on their history-making achievement in the global diving industry of issuing their 120,000th PADI certification. This is a remarkable achievement and will certainly be remembered by both Pro Dive Cairns and PADI Asia Pacific (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) as a significant milestone.
Great Adventures is delighted to welcome our first female Master Class V Skipper, Amanda Matthies. Spending the past 3 years and a total of 965 days at sea as a deck hand and coxswain, Amanda was then able to successfully complete the required study course to gain her Skipper's license. » Read More
A refreshing festive drink from Green Island Resort…
Get ready to be tempted by one of Green Island’s refreshing signature cocktails. To get you into the island (or festive) mood, here’s the recipe for our famous Green Island Iced Tea.... Sit back, relax and enjoy one poolside at Green Island Resort!
Green Island Iced Tea
15ml Zen Green Tea Liqueur
15ml Absolut Vodka
15ml Bombay Sapphire Gin
15ml Havana Club
Build over ice into a highball glass.
Top with lemonade, garnish with a lemon, lime and orange wheel.
Quicksilver Group Annual Christmas Appeal
Now in its 8th year, the Quicksilver Group is delighted to be again co-ordinating our annual Christmas Charity Appeal, providing much needed food items and gifts to help make the festive season a little brighter for many people in need in our community.
Our local charities of St Vincents de Paul, Lifeline, The Salvation Army and the Douglas Community have reported a greater need than ever this year. Through the generous support and donations of our tourism industry colleagues, local tour desks and suppliers, the Quicksilver Group co-ordinates the appeal and also donates extra funds to buy gifts and food items.
Sincere thanks to all who have contributed to make this year's appeal once again a success.
There are over 30 species of parrotfish on the Great Barrier Reef and you are usually guaranteed to see these magnificently coloured creatures swimming over the corals. They all share a few common traits, the most obvious being their teeth. Parrotfish evolved from the carnivorous wrasse family, but through the course of time, their teeth have moved forward on the jawbone and reduced in size. Eventually, the teeth fused together creating a very useful tool for scratching algae off the surface of the coral.
When parrotfish sleep at night, they often secrete a mucus “sleeping bag” around themselves for protection from predators. The bags also have antibiotic properties that are beneficial for the fish.
Filmed at Norman Reef recently, check out this video clip of a parrotfish tucked away for the night while the coral spawns. Vision courtesy of Satoshi Kagimoto, Indepth Video.
We’d like to introduce you to Green Island Resort’s new
Executive Chef, Jason Dayman.
Trained in the United Kingdom, Jason has been a chef for over 18 years having worked in Michelin Star and high establishment restaurants such as the Savoy Hotel where he has cooked for none other than The Queen and many celebrities including musician Phil Collins and actress Demi Moore.
Seeking a lifestyle change, Jason moved to Australia three years ago and now guests at Green Island Resort's signature Emeralds Restaurant will be in for the celebrity treatment! Chef's new menu will feature a strong focus on fresh local produce and ingredients, along with an emphasis on seafood.
Postcard.... to Quicksilver
I recently went on my second Quicksilver cruise to Agincourt Reef, my first was 6 years ago departing from Cairns. The first tour was absolutely spectacular as an American boy who has never seen such wonder! I simply had to book another Quicksilver tour when I visited Queensland again. Now, I have moved to Oz and had the opportunity to tour with you again. The second time didn't disappoint! Absolutely fantastic; it was even better! You run such a tight ship and the organization is seamless! The crew are always professional yet not too stuffy to have personality. This trip was so amazing that I have convinced a co-worker to travel with you guys; I am confident he will be just as awe struck.
In these times, when praise for a job well done or compliments are few and far between, I feel you should know how some of your very satisfied customers feel!
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