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Diving since 1961 – with a background in military, commercial, recreational and technical diving – David Strike has dived extensively throughout the Asia Pacific region, has authored several hundred articles about diving, is the recipient of the ADEX ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for contributions to Technical Diving, a Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York, and the former owner and organiser of the biennial OZTeK Technical Diving Conference and a regular speaker and presenter at regional and international diving events. He is presently engaged in producing a series of diving-related books.

  • An Audience With Ho Chi Minh

    In the late ‘Eighties – before tourism to that country had taken off – Sylvia and I were granted visas to visit Vietnam, spending just over two weeks visiting Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An and Saigon (re-named Ho Chi… Read More ›

  • The Search for X5

    Developed by the Royal Navy during WWII, the X-craft were midget submarines manned by a crew of four – one of whom was the designated diver.  Because of their limited range, the smaller X-Craft would be towed by a ‘mother’… Read More ›

  • Bruco And The Door-Stop

    Designed by Australian, Ted Eldred, the ‘Porpoise’ became the world’s first single-hose, open-circuit regulator. A major disadvantage of the early models was the lack of a mechanism to purge water from the second-stage chamber should it become dislodged from the… Read More ›

  • The ‘K-Force’

      A comparative latecomer to the idea of using combat divers and swimmers in an offensive role, the nucleus of what was to become Germany’s KampfSchwimmerKompanie, (the ‘K-force’) were sent to Italy in 1943 to learn from, and train in,… Read More ›

  • “The Silent Enemy”

    Lionel “Buster” Crabb achieved fame for his wartime exploits in Gibraltar as a member of the Royal Navy’s, ‘Underwater Working Party’ – a team of volunteer divers that could be speedily deployed to search ships hulls for explosive devices. (Named… Read More ›

  • A Breath-Taking Experience

    The 1996 Tek.Asia Conference – supported by its own magazine, ‘tec asia’, distributed to subscribers of Asian Diver Magazine – re-introduced rebreathers to the Asian market. While interest in rebreathers and their capabilities was high, only three machines were realistically… Read More ›