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First ever Backscatter Authorized Photo Center opens at Lembeh Resort



Lembeh Resort have announced the official opening of their new Photo Center which continues to house an impressive array of camera equipment, accessories, spares and other essential items both for sale and to rent. In addition to having a full time Photo Pro and Photo Center Assistants, the new Photo Center has also become the first ever Backscatter Authorized Photo Center in the world.

The new Photo Center is home to Lembeh’s onsite Backscatter certified Photo Pro and carries a much wider range of products than ever before. This is great news for anyone who is visiting Lembeh Resort with a view to underwater imaging. Guests can continue to enjoy Lembeh’s existing services and in addition, can now also experiment with more rigs, strobes, lights and other items before making a purchase.

Construction of a new Photo Center at Lembeh Resort has been in the pipeline for some time and Lembeh’s owners and managers are delighted with the new, more spacious, lighter and brighter building.

Jim Decker, CEO of Backscatter, has also been at Lembeh Resort this week for the official opening event. Jim says he is delighted with the new Photo Center which is located in the heart of the resort and combines both teaching, editing and workshop areas under one roof. The Photo Center is stocked with its usual array of camera equipment, housings, lenses, spare parts – and of course, Backscatter add-ons and essential items.

The photographic opportunities in the Lembeh Strait are amazing, the abundance and diversity of photographic subjects is unparalleled. If you want to take a picture of a hairy frogfish there are multiple opportunities – you will get the shot. It’s always possible to go back for additional shots, retakes and to try different techniques. It’s a truly unique destination and the perfect location for Backscatter to have an authorized Photo Center“. (Jim Decker)

In addition to equipment, Lembeh have a 3D printer in the Photo Center’s workshop area along with a substantial selection of tools for carrying out repairs. The 3D printer enables the manufacture of spare parts and custom-made diopters onsite

The Photo Center at Lembeh Resort and Backscatter have a longstanding relationship, spanning over 10 years.

Lembeh Resort and Backscatter have been working together for the last 10 years so Lembeh Resort was an obvious choice for us. (Lembeh Resort) is an excellent resort and it has the largest and most developed Photo Center in the Lembeh Strait with an in house Photo Pro, Assistants and Marine Biologists – we are very excited to be taking this relationship to the next level“.

Danny Charlton, co-owner of Critters at Lembeh Resort and Ray Rorimpandey, owner of Lembeh Resort, joined Backscatter’s Jim Decker in cutting the ribbon and declaring the Photo Center officially open.

We are completely stoked to partner with Backscatter to create the world’s first Backscatter authorized Photo Center.  Having the only dedicated Photo Center in Lembeh Strait (& North Sulawesi,) we are now able to better provide a broad spectrum of services & support. This partnership is fantastic for our guests, and will open more doors for our Dive Guides & all staff and it is yet another example of leading the industry with innovative relationships & offerings”.

Backscatter Trained Photo Center Team

Lembeh Resort claim that underwater imaging is in their DNA and it appears to be true as they continue to push the envelope in underwater imaging services available in the Lembeh Strait. Lembeh Resort say their number one aim is to ensure that a broken piece, a forgotten part or a small fault does not keep their divers out of the water. Their team are dedicated to finding practical solutions to keep underwater photographers and videographers shooting and are now even better placed than ever before to ensure that guests have the best imaging opportunities possible.

Lembeh Resort’s Photo Center is staffed by a full time Photo Pro and three Photo Center Assistants who are all experienced underwater photographers that have received training from numerous renowned Photo Pros from around the world. Lembeh Resort’s full time Photo Pro is available to assist with technical questions, gear related enquiries, general advice and offers a range of tailor-made courses to meet individual needs.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Lembeh Resort at: or view their website here.

Sarah Ann Wormald is a writer and PADI Master Instructor with a passion for underwater photography and conservation. Sarah is the author of “Diving in Indonesia” and “Diving in South East Asia” (Tuttle Publishing). With over 20 years of diving experience, Sarah has dived all over the Indonesian Archipelago and South East Asia. Find out more at


WIN one of the NEW Momentum M20 Dive Watches!!!



For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Nautilus Diving to give away one of Momentum’s new M20 Dive Watches as a prize!

Leading watch brand Momentum has introduced the new M20 series of watches. The new collection includes the M20 DSS Diver with a classic black dial, or striking Bahama yellow dial, and the M20 GMT Diver in a black & blue “Batman” version.

The M20 Dive watch features a solid 316L stainless steel case that is beautifully rounded and polished, taking its design cues from our original 1990’s Aquamatic model. The case is just under 42mm in diameter, but the smooth curves make it feel much smaller. Style, performance and unmatched comfort on the wrist.

The M20’s elegant yet durable design allows it to be worn in almost any situation. It has a 200M depth rating along with an off-set screw-down crown for added comfort.

The M20’s are also very legible, with its double-dome sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating there is virtually no glare. At night, the SuperLuminova luminous dial and hands come to life, a vital feature for serious divers where light may not reach certain depths.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on (which you can find here), we reported that the Women Divers Hall of Fame have announced the selection of how many new members who will constitute the Class of 2021?

Is it:

  • A) five
  • B) six
  • C) seven

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Nautilus Diving Momentum M20 Dive Watch October 2020

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5 Easy Steps For Choosing A Scuba Diving Center You’ll LOVE! (Watch Video)



How do you pick which dive operation wins your money for your scuba diving vacation? If you only get to dive on vacation, you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth and getting experiences you enjoy. That’s why we are giving you our easy 5-step process for filtering out dive centers and narrowing down your selection to find the scuba team you want to be diving with!

In this example–driven video, we are showing you our procedure for how we pick our scuba dive operator. In this case, I use the island of Barbados, as I’ve actually never been scuba diving there.

THANK YOU so much to EVERYONE who is a part of this great community. We promise we have so much more planned for this channel. We’re going to keep spreading information and positivity to the Scuba Divers around the world! IMPROVE. INSPIRE. EXPLORE.

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