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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 […]

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 […]

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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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Dive Philippines ! This video was shot and produced by ‘Yaggit Diver’ and truly showcases the amazing marine biodiversity and spectacular scuba diving available in the heart of the ‘coral triangle’.

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 Diving Subic Bay Philippines

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, […]

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PADI Instructor Development Course Feb – March 2018 Subic Bay, Philippines The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is your first step towards teaching others your passion for diving! Held here in Subic Bay at Arizona Diving Resort, highly awarded Course Director Jamie Cox (#638315) will give you industry-leading instructor training that’ll change your life! If […]

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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 PADI Courses and TecRec Technical Diving Training – Subic Bay, Philippines I offer the widest range of PADI and TecRec courses in Subic Bay, Philippines. I am an independent, full-time professional instructor  with 25 years diving experience across the globe.  In addition to offering cutting-edge, elite-level courses in sidemount, wreck and technical diving; I also […]

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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 […]

Advanced Sidemount Wreck Restrictions

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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Wreck and Tech Course Photos – Subic Bay Jan – Apr 2014  Some photos and commentary on the spectrum of technical, wreck and sidemount diving courses run by Andy Davis in Subic Bay during the first quarter of 2014.  I run courses throughout the year for individuals or small groups (max 3) – so please […]

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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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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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Subic Bay Wreck Diving Photos from September 2013 Some photos illustrating the wreck diving and training carried out during the month of September 2013, here in Subic Bay, Philippines. Having completed Tec40/45/50, Alex undertakes the ANDI Level 2 ‘Techniques of Wreck Diving’ course – the photo above shows Alex surveying the upper deck of the […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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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Exclusive certification cards for Advanced Scuba Clinics and Workshops   I am pleased to announce that participants in all future Scuba Tech Philippines advanced skills clinics and workshops will have the option to receive exclusive certification cards to recognize the training they have undertaken.. Here is a selection of what training is on offer:   […]

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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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 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sidemount Diving Video – The Force of Sidemount I hope you enjoy this sidemount diving video, just put together with some footage from technical wreck dives in Subic Bay earlier this year…. For more information about basic and advanced/technical sidemount courses in the Philippines, please visit the Sidemount Overview Sidemount Diving is a ground-breaking new […]

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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 […]

I’m helping to arrange an ANDI Trimix course for later in October. The instructor is very highly regarded (cave pioneer) and will have time to run a Trimix course during a stop-over in Subic Bay. This would be a world-class training opportunity, with a well respected agency and premier league instructor. Prerequisites are: Extended Range […]

Some truly memorable footage by Dave Allen, at Electric Blue Media, used for presentations at US scuba shows… Philippines Scuba HD Videos – Threshers Sharks at Malapascua – Part #2:   Macro critters and other marine life…