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 [...]

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 [...]

Underwater Navigation – a waste of time or a key skill for divers?

The navigation section of the PADI Open Water course is often something that students struggle with and generallyspeaking are not too confident in.   However once mastered the satisfaction of navigating your way back to a starting point in less than perfect visibility is always a buzz for me. So: Do you always carry a compass [...]