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Employability of the Dive Professional: The Value of Maintenance by Shaun Notley. What do you think the most sought-after traits of a dive professional seeking a new role within the industry would be..?   I had a brief run through and tally-up of a popular diving jobs page and the results were as follows: Sales […]

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The Biggest Risk in Technical Diving (and how to avoid it) by Andy Davis There are old divers. And there are bold divers. But there are few old, bold divers. The biggest risk in technical diving is, quite simply, not having the capacity to resolve the next hazardous incident that occurs to you. This applies […]

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Fixing The Sidemount Training Disappointment by Andy Davis Sidemount training is increasingly marketed as ‘just another’ quick specialty course for divers.  It is not. Sidemount students are sometimes sold a myth that a couple of days and a handful of dives (usually 4) is sufficient to gain mastery in using unfamiliar and very specialist equipment. […]

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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 […]

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Stress Management in Scuba Training – What can be done about the Panic Reaction? by Andy Davis I’m not a psychologist, but I have noticed some trends when it comes to diver reaction to scuba diving incident stress, and how those trends can be, to a greater or lesser degree, influenced by the effectiveness of […]

The Changing Tech Community Landscape by Andy Davis. Having been actively involved in technical diving for over 15-years as both a diver and instructor, people sometimes ask me how things have changed since I first ‘went to the dark side’. There have been many changes; the equipment and technology used, the understanding of decompression and […]

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Top Ten Wreck Diving Tips For Safer Wreck Penetration Dives By Andy Davis I’ve been diving on – and inside – shipwrecks for more than two decades, on 4 continents.  I specialize in teaching the highest level wreck diving courses as my full-time job.  I will happily state that my attitude towards wreck penetration has […]

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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 […]

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 advanced divers will profess […]

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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 cylinders on the diver’s […]

Sidemount Technical Wreck – Teaser Video A short (4 minute) HQ video showing highlights of the sidemount technical wreck exploration and training dives in Subic Bay, Philippines.  ANDI, PADI and skills clinic training and videography by Andy Davis (PADI MSDT 634077) and Bruce Konefe (ANDI I.T.D. #15). Dives filmed on (in): the USS New York, […]

Deep Diver What You Really Need to Learn to Become a Safer, Capable Recreational Deep Diver by Andy Davis  Deep Diver training is offered by most scuba training agencies and typically qualifies the diver to progress to deeper depths, up to the recreational maximum depth of 40m/130ft.  The purpose of this article is to examine […]

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Sidemount Divers Going ‘Back’ To Backmount  A re-post of Steve Martin’s excellent article on the state of current sidemount training provision, initially published on Scubaverse.    This is important reading for divers who are considering sidemount training…. and an eye-opener for those who’ve taken sidemount diving training and have been disappointed by the results…  By […]

New Sidemount Diving Philippines Trailer Not for those with a nervous disposition – sidemount diving Philippines….