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Originally posted 2018-03-07 23:55:26. The Value of Progressive Scuba Training – ‘Putting Another Dollar In’. by Andy Davis When I talk with divers and read the online scuba forums I see a lot of scepticism about progressive scuba training courses. Novice divers often question the value of courses X, Y or Z.  Many intermediate and […]

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Originally posted 2012-05-27 15:08:29. A Guide to Modern Sidemount Diving by Andy Davis 1. What is and isn’t Sidemount Diving? Sidemount Diving Sidemount diving is the, now increasingly formalized, approach towards conducting dives with 2 or more primary cylinders secured at the side of the body and in line with the torso – with no […]

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Originally posted 2011-08-30 17:36:52. Scuba Buoyancy Masterclass Series #8 THE BALANCED RIG by Andy Davis When considering the configuration of their scuba equipment for precision buoyancy and weighting, scuba divers should pay heed to the safety issues arising from having non-ditchable weight.  To mitigate those potential problems, it is worthwhile to devote some attention to […]

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Originally posted 2011-10-25 23:33:20. Scuba Buoyancy Masterclass Series #1 STREAMLINED SCUBA EQUIPMENT by Andy Davis, PADI TecRec, ANDI, BSAC and SSI Technical Diving Instructor Streamlined scuba equipment is a critical factor in making overall improvements to your comfort and control in the water.  Scuba divers should consider streamlined scuba kit to be a high priority […]

Breath control for scuba diving lung volume

Originally posted 2011-08-05 00:36:32. Scuba Buoyancy Masterclass #6 SCUBA BUOYANCY AND BREATHING by Andy Davis Breathing plays a critical role in scuba buoyancy control.  As we breath, the inflation and deflation of our lungs is continually affecting our buoyancy, but providing the breathing remains steady, slow and controlled it is rarely noticeable on a scuba […]

Scuba Diving Buoyancy

Originally posted 2011-08-22 16:21:53. Scuba Buoyancy Masterclass #7 ASCENT, DESCENT & BOTTOM PHASE by Andy Davis Scuba buoyancy plays an important role in all the phases of a scuba dive. In this article, we look in detail at particular elements of a scuba dive, with an emphasis on the impact of scuba buoyancy control on […]

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Originally posted 2011-07-01 14:53:51. Scuba Buoyancy Masterclass Series #4 PERFECT SCUBA WEIGHTING by Andy Davis Divers seeking perfected scuba buoyancy can achieve precise and correct weighting through the application of several assessment methods.  As the diver progresses in experience, whenever they change equipment or whenever they change diving environments (salt/fresh water) they should re-assess their […]

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Originally posted 2011-07-13 13:32:52. Scuba Buoyancy Masterclass #5 PRECISION TRIM & POSITION CONTROL by Andy Davis Whenever we use our fins for propulsion in the water, we create directional thrust. If our body is not horizontally trimmed (‘flat’) in the water, then we will be accidentally directing that thrust at an angle (upwards or downwards) […]

Scuba diving for fun and relaxation

Originally posted 2011-06-25 13:46:58. Scuba Buoyancy Masterclass Series #2 PRECISION BUOYANCY CONTROL BENEFITS by Andy Davis Let’s have a look at 7 specific reasons why effective scuba buoyancy control is critical to the scuba diver: Environmental Considerations The underwater world is a fragile environment and unintended contact from a diver is going to cause some […]

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Originally posted 2011-06-26 15:02:53. Scuba Buoyancy Masterclass ACHIEVING GREAT SCUBA BUOYANCY CONTROL by Andy Davis Scuba buoyancy control is determined by a number of different factors, such as breathing control, BCD/Drysuit inflation/deflation, weighting, trim and propulsion. As we know from our initial scuba training courses, our relative buoyancy underwater is dictated by whether the weight […]

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Originally posted 2011-06-22 16:02:01. ADVANCED WRECK DIVING – COURSE NOTES by Andy Davis, PADI / ANDI Technical Wreck Instructor Disclaimer:   These notes accompany a professionally supervised advanced wreck diving workshop, aimed at developing specialist skills for qualified wreck divers.  This information is not a substitute for gaining proper experience under qualified direction.  Wreck penetration […]

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Originally posted 2011-05-29 20:34:23. Scuba Buoyancy Masterclass Series #1 Scuba Buoyancy Control for Divers by Andy Davis Effective scuba buoyancy control is, without doubt, the most important attribute that a diver needs to develop. Control of your buoyancy has a direct impact on air consumption, comfort, relaxation and the control of descents and ascents – […]

Scuba diving skills and techniques

 How to Judge Your Ascent Rate Without a Dive Computer by Andy Davis Novice divers often express frustration about how to best conduct safe and controlled ascents from their scuba dives. In particular, I see many new divers questioning the best technique for judging their ascent speed.  The common use of dive computers has automated […]

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Prepare Yourself For Technical Diving by Andy Davis Technical diving is increasingly becoming more mainstream as a diving activity; that is a good thing. Many more divers are now opting to pursue tech training as a means to increase the range of their potential diving and enjoy new experiences in their favourite hobby. However, many […]

Course Report: RAID Tech Instructor Cross-Over by Andy Davis Early in 2017, I made a decision to cross-over my scuba diving instructor rating to RAID. Having already taught for PADI, BSAC, SSI and ANDI over the last 15 years, I was initially hesitant to rush towards another agency at the drop of a hat. Nonetheless, I […]

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How To Evaluate A Wreck Diving Course by Andy Davis In this article, I will be looking at what differentiates basic wreck diving courses – the good, the bad and the ugly. In particular, I want to examine specific wreck penetration issues, so that the reader may find some guidance in their selection of a […]

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 Explaining the Technical Wreck Course – Approaches To Advanced Wreck Diving by Andy Davis A technical wreck (sometimes called ‘advanced wreck’) course is a pinnacle-level diving course for highly qualified technical divers who wish to penetrate extensively inside of shipwrecks.   Whilst the primary skills and drills taught in these courses are identical wherever they are […]

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Are Some Scuba Courses more Equal than Others? by Andy Davis There are some big discrepancies in course pricing for seemingly ‘identical’ scuba courses. Cheaper courses, that result in the same certification and adhere to the same minimum agency standards should all be equal…. shouldn’t they? Why shouldn’t a prospective student simply shop around for […]

Sidemount Technical Wreck Diving Subic Bay Philippines

Advanced Recreational Wreck Diving, Subic Bay, Philippines   Going beyond a standard ‘Wreck Diver’ course and exploring the full range of training and equipment available to recreational divers who seek to dive safely and confidently in a wreck environment. This video was taken during an ‘Advanced Recreational Wreck’ workshop in Subic Bay, over 4 days […]

Advanced Sidemount in Action  A photo from recent ANDI Advanced Sidemount training dives, held in Subic Bay, Philippines.   The Advanced Sidemount course is open to qualified Technical Wreck and/or Full Cave qualified divers.  It covers multi-stage penetration protocols and techniques for passage through major-extreme restrictions.   CONTACT ME to discuss enrolling on an Advanced […]

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Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds: Maritime Archaeology  Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds is a free four week online course offered in conjunction with FutureLearn, starting on the 6th October 2014.  It  gives you a unique opportunity  to gain an insight into the fascinating world of maritime archaeology, in an open access and engaging format. Drawing on the expertise of the staff […]

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Sidemount Course Photos – Subic Bay Jan-Apr 2014  The first quarter of 2014 was a very busy period, crammed full of sidemount, technical and wreck courses at all levels.  In particular, sidemount courses are more popular than ever, with a large number of students attending training at either basic or technical levels.  Here are some […]

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PADI Deep Diver versus the Tec40 Course by Andy Davis In this article, I will compare the PADI Deep Diver and Tec40 courses in detail.  Both courses are available to moderately experienced recreational divers and both courses are equal in respect of the number of training dives and the qualification depth limit. So, what differentiates […]

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Technical Wreck Course Video Subic Bay, Philippines 2013  In September 2013, I managed to get some good footage from an ANDI Technical Wreck course, run in Subic Bay.  The course took place over 5 days and was 6 dives (although we did some extra too!).   My student, Alex (Zen Diver) had previously completed technical […]

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Teaser Pics: ANDI Advanced Sidemount Course I am currently editing videos and preparing a course report for the A.N.D.I Advanced Sidemount course, that finished today in Subic Bay.  The course was taught by Bruce Konefe (ANDI I.T.D #15). Here are some photos, captured from the video footage: The A,N.D.I. Advanced Sidemount course is focused towards […]

Sidemount Course in Subic Bay During March and April 2013, I ran several sidemount courses in Subic Bay – covering recreational and technical diving skills for a number of students.  Divemaster Tim Mathieson joined me to continue his progress in Tec Sidemount towards completion of his Tec50 qualification.  William Kao did a combination Sidemount Diver […]

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 […]

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Tec40 Sidemount Qualification Dive Brian Ferguson undertakes his TecRec Tec40 sidemount check-out dive. He completed both the Tec40 and Tec Sidemount courses in Anilao, Philippines, qualifying him to make decompression dives with multiple tanks in sidemount configuration.  For the course, he was using the Razor 2 harness and Apeks sidemount regulator set. Dive was 40m/130ft […]

Tec Sidemount Course Open Water Dive One Video Congratulations to Marcus Sulander for completing his Tec Sidemount course in February 2013.  This video shows the first open water training dive of the course, Marcus completed a total of 2 confined water sessions and 5 open-water dives, using 2-4 cylinders and simulated decompression. Tec Sidemount courses […]

Tec Sidemount Course Confined Skills Video Congratulations to Marcus Sulander for completing his Tec Sidemount course in February 2013.  In addition to this confined water session, Marcus completed 5 open-water dives with 2-4 cylinders and simulated decompression. Tec Sidemount courses are 3 days / 2 confined water / 5 dives.  Maximum 2 participants per course. […]

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Tec Sidemount Course – Subic Bay, Philippines I will be running two Tec Sidemount courses: on the 15-17th Feb and 25-27th March.  Vacancies are available. Tec Sidemount courses are 3 days / 6 dives.  Maximum 2 participants per course. Courses involve full sidemount qualification, plus use of 2x deco stages and simulated decompression dives. Cost […]

PADI Wreck Diving Course Philippines Subic Bay, November 2012 Congratulations to Jim Cain for completing his PADI Wreck Diving Course in Subic Bay.  The course was run over 2 days and included 4 dives, including the USS New York ACR-2, the USS Majaba (El Capitan), a Landing Craft Tank Mk6 and sunken US Navy docking […]

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Sidemount Wreck Training – Subic Bay, Philippines Firdaus Kapadia visited Subic Bay in January 2013, to complete Sidemount Wreck training.  Over 5 days of training, he mastered the basics of sidemount configuration diving, before putting his new equipment to the test on my challenging Wreck Diver course. Several of the sidemount wreck training dives were […]

PADI sidemount diver course presentation

PADI Sidemount Diver Course Presentation I have uploaded the powerpoint presentation for my PADI Sidemount Diver and Tec Sidemount courses run in Subic Bay, Philippines. You can enjoy the presentation on the main website, here:   For more details on Sidemount Training in the Philippines, please check out: Sidemount Courses Overview PADI Sidemount Diver Course […]

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PADI Sidemount Diver Course   – Promo Teaser Video Sidemount Diving is a ground-breaking new approach for streamlined, convenient & safe diving, at both recreational and technical levels.  It is time that you learned more about the fastest-growing revolution in scuba diving… Sidemount training provides a structured approach for recreational and technical divers who wish […]

Silt Out – Wreck Danger! This video, filmed by myself in Subic Bay, graphically shows the danger of silt out to wreck divers conducting penetration dives.   What looks like a nice safe and benign compartment, with plenty of light and an obvious exit (well within recreational wreck diving limits) turns into a potential death […]

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 PADI Wreck Diver Course – Video Diary The video below illustrates the 4 training dives that comprise the PADI Wreck Diver course.  The course featured was run by Andy Davis, in Subic Bay, during the 13-14th November 2012. Congratulations to Tim Chambers and Trevor Horrigan who worked very hard during the PADI Wreck Diver course […]

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 Congratulations Nick Baker! Tec40 Technical Diver Congratulations to Nick Baker who joined the technical diver community and completed his TecRec Tec40 training course in Subic Bay during November 2012. Course Report An experienced recreational diver, Nick took his first steps to becoming a technical diver over the space of 4 days and many hours of […]

Sidemount Technical Diving Subic Bay Philippines

Tec45 Sidemount Course – F4 Phantom (45m) Check-Out Dive By Andy Davis, PADI and ANDI technical and sidemount course instructor In June 2012, I ran a PADI Sidemount Course  in combination with the TecRec Tec40/Tec45 program, based out of Subic Bay, Philippines.  These are photos from the graduation dive – conducted on the Vietnam-era F4 Phantom supersonic fighter-bomber. […]

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Review of Scuba Tech Philippines ‘Sidemount Diver’ Course A kind review of my PADI Sidemount Diver course, courtesy of Camille Lemmens, PADI Course Director.  Was really great to finally meet Camille in person, as we’ve been online friends for a long time and have many mutual friends.  Camille teaches PADI Instructor Development Courses across Asia […]

Wreck-Diving Lessons Subic Bay Philippines

PADI Wreck Diver Course, Subic Bay, Philippines, December 2011 The culmination of a PADI Wreck Diver course, this video shows the penetration element of dive #4  –  into the boiler room of USS Majaba (El Capitan) at a depth of 14m.  Bad visibility due to being on the outskirts of Typhoon Washi/Sendong. The PADI Wreck […]