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Tag Archive: training


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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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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 You Ready For Solo Diving? by Andy Davis The issue of solo diving often comes up in conversation amongst divers and the activity is increasingly being seen as a more ‘mainstream’ pursuit, now supported through formalized training courses and qualification by most of the primary scuba training agencies. As a technical diving instructor, I […]

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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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Performance Development for Technical Divers Observe – Analyze – Adapt by Andy Davis As a technical diving instructor, a primary aspect of my work is the process of observing diver performance (both in my students and their peers across the diving community), analyzing successes and limitations and finding the root causes for them; before adapting […]

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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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ADVANCED WRECK DIVING – COURSE NOTES by Andy Davis 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 is a very hazardous scuba diving activity.  Divers should not […]

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 Learning Scuba Diving Skills On Your Knees Negative Habitual Response Conditioning by Andy Davis Sometimes small, seemingly insignificant or innocent training methods can have a persisting and insidious negative consequence for student divers. From my experience, teaching any diving skills from kneeling or in a vertical position simply reinforces a future habitual response to resume that ‘knees/feet […]

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An Evaluation of the Modern Scuba Diving Training Industry By Andy Davis The aim of this article is to take a look at the modern scuba diving training industry and hopefully induce some debate on what’s right, and wrong, with the current state of affairs. The goal is not to empower ‘agency bashing’, which is […]

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Scuba Q and A: Do You Need A Diving Certification? Q. Does someone need a certification for scuba diving? Answer: You need to be aware of certain specific risks and proficient in the physical protocols to effectively mitigate them. The most assured way to confirm that you have the right knowledge and proficiency is to […]

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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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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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What is Diving Experience?  by Andy Davis We often hear the term ‘experienced diver’.  What does this actually mean?  Some people consider experience based on the number of dives in a log book.  For others, it is the number and level of certification cards held.  It might be defined by the challenge of the dives […]

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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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Scuba Q and A: QUESTION:  I am a recreational diver and I dive mostly with my husband. Our relationship issues (bickering) caused me stress.  Is this a factor I should consider when scuba diving? Andy’s Answer: I know of at least one diving fatality that could otherwise have been avoided if intra-relationship dispute and/or the […]

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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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The Secret to Diving Expertise: Experience Versus Ability by Andy Davis If you want to be an expert diver, then you need to practice. Obvious, right?  It seems not… Practice is grossly neglected in scuba diving.  It’s not a performance sport and nobody wins a gold medal for scuba diving.  Most divers don’t see practice […]

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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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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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Ten Tips On How to Prepare for Technical Diving Training By Andy Davis I teach a wide range of technical diving courses, including deep diving decompression, technical wreck penetration and advanced overhead environment sidemount training. Of all those diverse and challenging courses, the one I see students struggle the most with is entry-level tech; their […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]