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Tag Archive: cave


Aquamundo | British / Mexico Cave School heritage sidemount BCD

The Two Schools of Sidemount Diving Heritage by Andy Davis Over recent years, a plethora of new sidemount BCDs has been released onto the diving market. To the casual observer, the range appears wildly diverse.  However, there are actually two primary ‘schools’ of sidemount design heritage. These schools were shaped and refined by the environmental […]

sidemount technical diving training course subic bay

Goal Setting for Technical Diving Training by  Andy Davis Technical diving is a serious endeavour, that requires a significant commitment in respect of money, time and effort.  For that reason, very few divers embark on technical diving training without having some sort of plan of what they wish to achieve in the long-term. Setting long-term […]

Bungee Secured Finger Spool Here’s my approach to configuring a very secure, yet easy to deploy finger spool. It works well for overhead environment safety spool use, and is quick and intuitive to deploy, even in zero visibility. Originally posted 2018-11-05 06:10:15.

Technical Sidemount Diving

 The following commentary was first published as a post on the Scubaboard internet discussion forum. I felt that it provided a very beneficial perspective on the positive and negative aspects of sidemount configuration; particularly in comparison with back-mounted alternatives.  It’s a useful read for those divers, of all levels and backgrounds, who are considering their […]

M-bungee-sidemount rig

‘M Bungee’ Super-Minimalist Sidemount Rig I had some spare time the other afternoon, so I took the opportunity to test-dive a concept I’ve had brewing for a while.  Basically, it is a harness-less sidemount rig, using an ‘M’ shape continuous bungee to secure the upper wing whilst providing traditional mounting points for sidemount cylinder valves.  The wing […]

Wreck Diving – Guidelines Technique Tutorial Videos These two videos from Mark Blackwood provide a good insight into effective guideline techniques for guideline laying in wrecks. More details of guideline techniques for wreck diving can be found in my Advanced Wreck Diving techniques supplement.  For details about my specialist wreck diving courses, please see: PADI […]