Are You Ready For Solo Diving?

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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…

Guide To Advanced Wreck Diving

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A comprehensive guide to advanced wreck diving techniques, equipment, skills and protocols. A must-read for wreck divers at all levels.

What is a sidemount pouch or pocket?

A sidemount pouch, or pocket, is used to stow ancillary diving equipment when sidemount diving. It clips to square D-rings on the read harness via two double-end boltsnaps.

No.9 | Streamlined Dive Gear

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The benefits of streamlined dive gear and how to achieve it with your own scuba diving equipment. Small kit changes can have big effects.

No.5 | Horizontal Diver Trim

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Stable diver trim is the foundation for good buoyancy control and efficient propulsion. It also helps conserve the marine environment.

No.4 | Perfect Scuba Weighting

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How to perfect your scuba weighting. Get this right & your buoyancy control will be much easier. Advice not taught in Open Water courses

Which Sidemount BCD to choose?

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Advice to determine which sidemount BCD will best fit your needs as a diver. Use these criteria to choose the most suitable dive gear.

DCS and the Immune System

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DCS and the Immune System. How bubbles trigger an immune response that can make or break your body's fight against decompression sickness.

Hollis SMS100 Sidemount Modifications

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Hollis SMS100 Sidemount Modifications by Andy Davis I regularly have sidemount students  bring the Hollis SMS100 for their courses. The SMS100 is a good sidemount…

A Guide to Modern Sidemount Diving

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A comprehensive guide to sidemount diving. What it is, the history, the equipment styles, how it is configured, gear setup and everything else you need to know.

Deco Sidemount BCD Review

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My dive-tested review of the Deco Sidemount BCD. It's my favourite travel system for warm-water recreational sidemount.

The USS New York Subic Bay Wreck

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Dive site details for the USS New York wreck in Subic Bay, Philippines. History, dive details and video of this famous shipwreck for divers.

Top 5 Sidemount Adapter Systems

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Top 5 Sidemount Adapter Systems Sidemount adapter systems are one solution for diving sidemount if you already own a backmount wing, but don’t want to…

SEAC Sidemount BCD

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SEAC Sidemount BCD The SEAC Sidemount BCD KS01 looks like a warm-water configuration.  With ~20 lbs of buoyancy, it is in competition with the Hollis…

Grading Wreck Diving Restrictions

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Defining grades of wreck diving restrictions. How to assess the severity of restrictions when planning your dives in backmount and sidemount

Scuba Diving Trim

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How to develop your scuba diving trim and become a more comfortable, confident & competent diver. Follow these simple tips for swift progress!

Wreck & Cave Diving Helmets

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Everything you need to know about sidemount, wreck and cave diving helmets; including how to make your own DIY helmet.

Decompression Sickness Treatment & Recovery

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This is Richard Pyle's account of suffering decompression sickness; the mistakes he made, the treatment he recieved and the long journey to recovery. Every diver should read this, because DCS isn't an urban myth.

An Evaluation of the Modern Scuba Diving Training Industry

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What are the strengths and weaknesses of the scuba diving training industry and how can that effect both dive profesionals and divers? 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 bad.

Nitrogen Narcosis – Perceptions of Susceptibility

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The greatest variation between divers is the individual perception of susceptibility to narcosis. This is the person's awareness of when, or if, they are suffering a decline in mental cognizance due to elevated nitrogen partial pressure.

Top-5 Best Sidemount Fins 2023

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Choosing the right set of sidemount fins is an important decision. They have a profound effect on diver trim and control. With that recommendation in mind, here is my pick of the top 5 warm-water sidemount fins.

Why Do Divers Use Helium?

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Divers use helium for three reasons. Breathing mixtures that contain helium are commonly referred to as "trimix". Trimix is a mixture that contains three different gasses; helium, oxygen and nitrogen. It is commonly used by technical divers, although recreational trimix courses are becoming more popular over recent years.

How To Use Less Air When Scuba Diving?

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The question of using less air when scuba diving is one of the most pressing issues that a majority of newly qualified divers ask. The best way to use less air while scuba diving is to address the root cause of higher air consumption, not to focus on the symptoms.

How Deep Can You Dive Using Air?

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There are three governing factors which determine how deep can you dive using air. Understanding those factors promotes safe gas selection.

RAID Instructor Cross-Over: My Course Review

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Early in 2017, I made a decision to cross-over my scuba diving instructor rating to RAID. What I liked about RAID was that they were aiming for quality, not quantity. That was reflected in their syllabus, as well as having stringent and measurable performance standards at every level.