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Sidemount Technical Wreck Diving Subic Bay Philippines

Originally posted 2018-03-07 23:55:31. Pony Cylinders and Redundant Air Sources for Wreck Diving by Andy Davis Recreational wreck divers often question whether they need to carry a redundant source of air when conducting specialist wreck diving activities.  Most agencies and instructors will generally recommend the use of redundant air sources to be a prudent measure […]

Originally posted 2018-03-07 23:55:26. 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 […]

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Originally posted 2011-06-22 16:02:01. ADVANCED WRECK DIVING – COURSE NOTES by Andy Davis, PADI / ANDI Technical Wreck Instructor 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 […]

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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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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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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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 […]

Bungee Secured Finger Spool Here’s my approach to configuring a very secure, yet easy to deploy finger spool. It works well for overhead environment safety spool use, and is quick and intuitive to deploy, even in zero visibility.

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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 […]

Sidemount Technical Wreck Diving Subic Bay Philippines

Core Overhead Environment Diving Skills A collection of video tutorials from the web –  depicting key skills for overhead environment diving in wrecks and caves. For information only. Please get properly trained before attempting to enter shipwrecks! I will update this blog entry with more videos and features as I find them… if you have […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

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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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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 […]

ANDI Techniques of Wreck Diving Course Philippines

ANDI Techniques of Wreck Diving Course Subic Bay, Philippines  Some photos from the first dive of the ANDI Techniques of Wreck Diving course, run by Andy Davis in Subic Bay, Philippines on the 7th Sept 2013.   The course is ANDI Level 2 (advanced recreational) and is very similar in scope and protocols to the […]

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Some Options for Homemade / DIY Sidemount Rigs I use several homemade / DIY sidemount configurations frequently when wreck diving in the Philippines.  These sidemount configurations are exceptionally economic – costing significantly less than ‘off-the-shelf’ purchased rigs. The majority of components can be bought ‘over-the-counter’ at a reasonably well stocked dive shop, and/or make use […]

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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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 […]

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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 […]

DIY Sidemount Wreck Diving Helmet

DIY Sidemount Wreck Diving Helmet by Andy Davis I noticed, with some surprise, the high cost of cave sidemount wreck diving helmets currently being sold on the scuba market. Light Monkey sells an excellent diving helmet, but the cost (certainly here in the Philippines) was prohibitive for me.  I promote a policy of frugal investment on rugged […]

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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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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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Sidemount Wreck Workshop 5-11 January 2013 Overview: 3 Day Sidemount Familiarization plus 3 Day sidemount-specific wreck penetration orientation. The Sidemount Wreck workshop provides comprehensive familiarization in 2-cylinder sidemount diving configuration and techniques, followed by basic wreck penetration training. Sidemount topics: Equipment configuration and personalization, overhead environment considerations, gas management and planning, fundamental scuba skills development; […]

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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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 PADI Wreck Diver Course – Video Diary The video below illustrates the 4 training dives that comprise the PADI Wreck Diver course.  The course featured was run by Andy Davis, in Subic Bay, during the 13-14th November 2012. Congratulations to Tim Chambers and Trevor Horrigan who worked very hard during the PADI Wreck Diver course […]

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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 […]

Wreck Diving – Guidelines Technique Tutorial Videos These two videos from Mark Blackwood provide a good insight into effective guideline techniques for guideline laying in wrecks. More details of guideline techniques for wreck diving can be found in my Advanced Wreck Diving techniques supplement.  For details about my specialist wreck diving courses, please see: PADI […]

Wreck-Diving Lessons Subic Bay Philippines

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 […]