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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What is the point of diving in the UK?

 mmm tough one this!!!! – actually, on second thoughts,  it isn’t Diving in the UK is clearly (no pun intended) very different to diving in say, the Red Sea or the Philippines.  Notice I didn’t say that it was not as good !!  and there are many points in its favour let’s look at a [...]

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 [...]

10 questions to ask when booking a PADI Open Water course

It would be ideal if everyone read this before booking a course.  Remember you only learn to dive once and the cheapest is definitely not always the best ….. 1. How much is the course and what do the costs cover? When I speak to prospective students, this is almost always the first question asked.  [...]