What is Tec Rec all about ?

One of the greatest challenges we face as Scuba divers is “how can I extend my bottom time?”  You are probably already qualified as a Nitrox diver which obviously helps a great deal, but what if you just need more gas!!  There is no way we can get more time without more gas, especially on [...]

Have you been on a great wreck or reef and found yourself running out of time before you run out of gas?…. Then Tec diving might be for you

So what’s Tec diving all about? Well it isn’t just about depth. It is about much more than that…… Tec Diver with pink cylinders! I thought it all had to be BLACK The key thing is that technical diving requires a change in your attitude and approach to diving. To some this is more important [...]

Are you a Self Reliant Diver ?

Self Reliant diver with redundant cylinders For most of us, one of the key points that would have been reinforced a number of times during our early diving experiences is the need dive with a buddy and the merits of always diving with someone who can help you out in the unlikely event that of [...]

What is Project AWARE and what does it mean to me?

Project AWAREis a non-profit, worldwide, organisation dedicated to “Conserving underwater environments through education, advocacy and action.” The foundation was established in 1995 by PADI in response to what many divers saw as the increasing potentially negative impact of both recreational and commercial activities on coral reefs and marine life in general. For many divers the [...]

Am I ready for the PADI Advanced Open Water Course?

 That’s a good question – and in truth it is entirely up to you!!!! As well as this article you should also read the blog entitled “should I do the Advanced in the UK or overseas” As already stated the “Advanced Course”  is not a great name for this because you really can’t consider yourself [...]

Why all divers should take the Rescue course

So you don’t think the Rescue course is something you should do?  If you dive, however little, think again. We all know that diving is a safe hobby but one that we also all recognise comes with some acceptable risks, and we still enjoy it anyway.  However, even if your idea of a strenuous dive is [...]

Wet suit or dry suit

The question of wet suits versus dry suits is not the same as the Marmite debate, and although people do undoubtedly have strong opinions, there is room and probably a need, for both. The real question is not wet or dry but where do you intend to dive and when? There is no doubt that [...]

Top reasons to buy a dive computer

Once you have qualified as a diver your attention may start to turn to which pieces of equipment you will need to buy for yourself. I know I did and as a typical bloke “bright and shiny” things where high on my agenda.  All joking apart, a dive computer is an almost essential piece of [...]

“The Cove” – The Movie

This post has been written by guest blogger David Beer a very experienced diver and Divemaster at the club. At our dive club we often have movie nights and this was the highlight of last year.  The impact on the audience of divers was quite startling and not what we expected.  Reactions varied from anger [...]

Which is better – Neoprene or Laminate dry suit?

When people come into the dive centre this always used to be one of the question I least liked. I could spend hours explaining all the technical differences, and the benefits of different types of materials and valves but I could never really answer “which is best for me” as that really was (and still [...]