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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.

  • “Oxygen Pete”

    Inspired by the successful 1941 attacks – carried out by Italian divers riding ‘chariots’ armed with detachable explosive warheads – on the British battleships, ‘H.M.S.Queen Elizabeth’ and ‘H.M.S.Valiant’, in Alexandria Harbour, the Royal Navy began to devote greater resources to… Read More ›

  • “May The People Know I’m Here?”

    “May The People Know I’m Here?” –  by S.J. Pridmore Nazi Germany’s attempt to eradicate an entire race of people during World War Two is a story that’s been told countless times before, through books and newspaper stories, through the… Read More ›

  • Playing ‘Wookey’

    In 1934, a group of caving enthusiasts in the U.K., organised the Cave Diving Group – thought to be one of the earliest diving clubs – to explore a partially flooded system at Swildon’s Hole, in the UK, using a… Read More ›

  • The Submarine Refreshment Bar

    One section of Sir Robert H Davis’ classic work, ‘Deep Diving and Submarine Operations’ is devoted to Divers’ Yarns. One such story concerns a diving operation to salvage the cargo of a sunken merchant vessel. Wearing standard diving dress, a… Read More ›

  • The Conshelf 1 Experiment

    “Under water man shall walk, Shall ride, shall sleep, shall talk”:  Prediction by Mother Shipton; 16th century prophetess  Increasing the efficiency of working divers, Dr George Bond’s concept of saturation diving (a concept in which divers would live and work… Read More ›

  • Hydrogen in the Mix

    In the early part of the 20th century, American physicist and chemist, Professor Elihu Thomson – the person credited with putting the eventual use of helium on the diving menu – had originally proposed the use of hydrogen as a… Read More ›