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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 […]

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Choosing Your Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) by Andy Davis Shopping for a scuba buoyancy control device (BCD) is like completing a jigsaw.  There is a huge variety of products and options available for the diver to chose from. The diver needs certain functions, but may also want certain additional functionality.  Manufacturers/retailers will always try and make divers want […]

 99 Problems….and your TRIM is one! by Andy Davis. The short article outlines the most common trim problems experienced by scuba divers and how to overcome them. In scuba diving, our trim is the position and angle of our body in the water.  Ideally, that trim should be in flat and horizontal.  This is a […]

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The $1200 Budget Sidemount Diver by Andy Davis. Sidemount really got popular over the last five years, but one factor that causes some divers to hesitate to convert to sidemount is the issue of cost. Sidemount can cost a lot if you look at the pricing for leading manufacturers on the market; that scares off […]

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Are You A Prestigious Diver? by Andy Davis There are many motivations that drive divers to pursue higher level, more advanced qualifications and skills. There are many reasons why advanced divers are attracted to one agency, or methodology, or equipment brand over another. Some divers undertake further training and more ambitious dives because they enjoy […]

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Buying Scuba Equipment – How To Avoid Noobie Mistakes by Andy Davis Scuba equipment is an expensive investment.  But take one look at eBay and you’ll find a mountain of nearly-new kit that is rapidly replaced or upgraded by divers.  It’s a sign of costly, regretful, purchasing decisions.  To put it succinctly; there’s a lot […]

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Scuba Buoyancy Masterclass Series #1 STREAMLINED SCUBA EQUIPMENT by Andy Davis 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 when purchasing and configuring their equipment for diving. This article explains the benefits […]

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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 the principle of a […]

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A Technical Wreck Instructor’s Tips – Best Wreck Diving Equipment By Andy Davis As a passionate wreck exploration diver with more than 25 years experience, I often get asked equipment advice by recreational and technical wreck diving students. Over many years, I have found a few ‘favourite items’ that I now use all the time […]

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Deep 6 Gear Sidemount Regulator Package  by Andy Davis. Deep 6 Gear is rapidly making a name for itself for their very economically priced advanced-diving equipment.  After releasing a good set of sidemount fins earlier this year, they have now released a sidemount regulator package. Price at only $880, the Deep 6 sidemount regulator package […]

Tovatec SportTac-2000 review

Torch Review: Tovatec Sports Tec ST2000   The Tovatec Sports Tec ST2000 is a really useful multi-purpose torch at a good price.  I bought one on a whim 8 months ago and have used it as a lightweight primary for  wreck penetration, night dives and as a GoPro video light. The Tovatec ST2000 has an adjustable 220 lumen […]

Technical Wreck Sidemount Equipment Primer 1

Technical Wreck Sidemount Equipment Primer eBook For Students I’ve written an equipment ‘primer’ that will be available free to all of my sidemount, technical and wreck students. The aim of this eBook is to provide advice and guidance on equipment selection and preparation, in advance of training. The eBook covers all elements of  wreck, technical […]

Regulator hose diving emergency

Nylon-Braided Regulator Hose Diving Emergency WARNING! by Andy Davis On Wednesday, 22nd July, I had to complete an emergency air-sharing ascent (real) with a technical diving student because neither of his regulators was delivering sufficient gas. The Out-of-Gas Incident Both of my student’s cylinders were full and valves fully open. The regs (Apeks Tek3) were functional […]

Aquamundo Sidemount BCD

A List of Modern Sidemount Diving Systems by Andy Davis There are an increasing number of commercial ‘off-the-shelf’ sidemount systems available to purchase.  These typically fall into one of two categories; minimalist (Hogarthian-inspired) rigs and cold-water rigs. The minimalist rigs, sometimes called “British configurations” typically feature a base harness that uses lumbar and shoulder plates, to […]