Month: March 2014

“Shape up or ship out”

In successfully distancing recreational diving from the military-style teaching methods of yesteryear, the training organizations seem to have overlooked the economic potential of ‘boot-camp’ style fitness programmes that emphasise the ‘no pain, no gain’ philosophy. For the benefit of those… Read More ›

Getting Wrecked

Considered by some to be the ultimate diving challenge, the wrecks and remains of sunken vessels hold a fascination all of their own. Leaving to one side concerns about the rights and wrongs of removing artefacts from wrecks, there’s a… Read More ›

Picture this!

In an age when, from the comfort of a shore-side laboratory, scientists are able to view images of the oceans deepest depths and the habits of the often-bizarre creatures that dwell there, it’s difficult to conceive of the problems faced… Read More ›

I wish I’d said that

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that diving’s meant to be fun and something to be enjoyed. Particularly when you find yourself trapped in the confines of a small dive boat with a group of people who attract misfortune, and who… Read More ›

Buoyancy and ballast

Despite its status as a core skill, buoyancy control often proves one of the most difficult aspects of diving to master. For many divers – conditioned by their training and encouraged by an instructor to perform basic skills like mask… Read More ›