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Tag Archive: Philippines


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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 […]

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Using Your Hands Whilst Scuba Diving by Andy Davis Many novice divers wish to improve their air consumption during dives and increase their relaxation and fluidity underwater.  A major obstacle to these goals is using your hands for control and/or propulsion I think that most novice divers have an instinctive tendency to try and ‘swim’ […]

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Sidemount Diving  Technical Wreck in Subic Bay, Philippines. Just a few pics from today’s dives on the wrecks in Subic.. Diver: Andy Davis, tec instructor, Scuba Tech Philippines Photos courtesy of Jun Lao, PaparazSea Images.   Diving Logistics: Arizona Dive Center          For details about my specialist wreck diving courses, please see: […]

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Landing Ship Tank (LST) Video – Subic Bay A nice video taken on the Landing Ship Tank, by a friend Mathew Payne when he was visiting and diving in Subic Bay. Landing Ship, Tank (LST) was the military designation for naval vessels designed during World War II to support amphibious and landing operations.   They were […]

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One day and an Evening in Subic Bay – Philippines Underwater Photos   Several days spent teaching an ‘Intro to Doubles’ course in Subic Bay.  Then some fun diving..and my opportunity to get the camera wet (Sony Cybershot T-20). The wreck sites were closed by the Harbour Authority, so it was a great chance to […]

Following the start of an artificial reef construction program at Arizona Resort Dive Center, coupled with a nice long spell of dry weather, we enjoyed a few days of staff diving with a camera on the wrecks, reefs and muck diving sites of Subic Bay. Here’s a selection of the results, photos taken courtesy of  pro-photographer […]

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Landing Craft Tank (LCT) Wreck – Subic Bay, Philippines This is a lovely wreck in Subic Bay, perfect of novice divers and wreck enthusiasts.  Locally known as the “LCU” (Landing Craft Utility) it was incorrectly identified at some point in the past – but the name endures, despite the correct designation being Landing Craft Tank (LCT). The […]

More Muck Diving Critter Photos from last week in Subic Bay Another installment of photos showing the huge diversity of macro critters we spotted on last week muck diving extravganza in Subic Bay. See the first batch of superb macro photography here: Muck Diving Subic Bay Diving a previously unknown, un-publicized site – we were treated to a […]

Wreck Diving Subic Bay Philippines

Wreck Diving Subic Bay Some snaps from this week’s wreck diving Subic Bay, Philippines. May is a perfect time to visit Subic Bay – the weather is hot, the skies are clear and the water calm and blue.  The Bay is  sheltered from rough weather and all of the wrecks are within 20 minutes travel […]

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The coconut octopus (Octopus marginatus) collects and carries shells as portable armor. In this video, the octopus uses a coconut shell as a bunker while attacking passing fish. The octopus had been little affected by the recently passing Tropical Storm Washi. Imagery by Brenda S. and R. Duncan

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 […]

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Cone Shell Hunting Video Some footage of a hunting Cone Snail (Conus Sp.) taken in Subic Bay, Philippines. Cone snails are a type of  predatory sea snail of the species Conus.  Conus species have shells that are shaped more or less like geometric cones. Most sub-species have colourful patterns on the shell surface. Conus snails are all venomous and should be handled […]

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, […]

Philippines Scuba HD Video – Macro Critters – Anilao / Batangas Thought I should share this excellent series of HD videos by Yaggit Diver, which really showcases the quality of diving that we experience here in the Philippines. All this footage was taken in Anilao/Batangas… just 2 hours drive south of Manila. Enjoy! Flamboyant Cuttlefish […]

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Product for Sale: Aquamundo Sidemount System *available for shipping in the Philippines and internationally. The  Aquamundo Sidemount system is full-feature sidemount system, complete with everything you need to conduct enjoyable and safe sidemount dives.  Suitable for recreational and extended-range technical divers. This sidemount system has been proven for it’s durability and functionality over 2 years […]

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Aquamundo Sidemount  – Diver Review by Andy Davis, TecRec and ANDI Advanced Sidemount, Technical Wreck Instructor   I received the Aquamundo sidemount shortly before its release in October 2013 for testing and evaluation. The trial model was in lightweight 420 denier cordura nylon and produced initially to equip safety and rescue teams.  After the official […]

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Advanced Sidemount Wreck Diving: Passing Extreme Restrictions  Advanced sidemount diving techniques present a vast spectrum of new opportunities for wreck divers to safely explore previously unpenetrable sections of shipwrecks. The training for these activities is typically only available to fully qualified technical wreck (and/or full cave) sidemount divers. This reflects the high challenge involved with […]

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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ANDI Wreck Diving Course – Penetration Dive Photos  Following the confined water skills training, the ANDI Level 2 ‘Techniques of Wreck Diving course gets real!  We conduct three actual wreck penetration dives of increasing complexity, during which students are able to apply the knowledge and techniques they have learned. Students apply proper reel-handling, guideline laying and […]

What It’s Like To Be… A Technical Diving Instructor by Andy Davis I was recently interviewed by preaquaint.com on my career as a technical diving instructor.  That interview has been published on their website and might prove interesting for those who are considering teaching technical diving or have a general interest in the tech diving community […]

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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 […]

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More photos of the WWII Japanese Showa L2D Tabby transporter wreck  Have been researching for a couple of days and had some good pointers.  There’s still more research to be done (and more dives also), in order to finalize an identification…and hopefully find some definitive physical evidence of the wreck’s identity.  The closest match so far […]

Diving the Showa L2D ‘Tabby’ Wreck – Subic Bay, Philippines  This week I took several newly graduated technical divers onto an unidentified aircraft wreck in Subic Bay.  Within a short time of descending on the first dive, it seemed very likely that the wreck was some variant of a C-47 Skytrain (DC-3 Dakota). The wreck lies […]

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‘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 […]

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Sidemount Wreck Diving Course Subic Bay, Philippines Congratulations to Firdaus Kapadia and Tim Mathieson for completing the dual Sidemount Wreck Diving course in Subic Bay, Philippines. Run over a total of 5 days, Firdaus and Tim completed a total of 10 dives to achieve PADI certification in both sidemount and wreck diving, having completed many […]

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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VIDEO – DIVING THE LST SUBIC BAY WRECKS This video, by Mathew Payne, is one of the  nicer insights into the LST wreck available on Youtube.   One of the premier Subic Bay wrecks, the Landing Ship Tank (LST) is a phenomenal dive for those with experience to dive safely below 30m/100ft. Following the end […]

Sidemount Technical Wreck Diving Subic Bay Philippines

Technical Wreck Exploration of the USS New York, Subic Bay I thought I’d share this lovely series of videos, which document a series of technical wreck penetrations on the USS New York. Having spent the last 4 years progressively exploring the depths of this wreck, I very much enjoyed the footage and voice-over presented in […]