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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.

  • 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 ›

  • The Fundamentals Of Better Diving

    Hopefully everybody who dives has—at some point in their training—pored over the pages of a “How To” manual in an attempt to better understand the underlying physics and physiology governing their safe enjoyment of diving, and the techniques that, when… Read More ›

  • Stuff and Nonsense

    Not many people realise that the idea of stuffing olives was hit upon by an obscure sect of Spanish nuns who, when there was a seasonal glut of the things, came up with the idea of removing the pit and… Read More ›

  • Where There’s Smoke there’s ‘Salvus’.

    An early self-contained oxygen rebreather that, in the early part of the 20th century, was originally intended for land-based use in underground mines and other confined spaces containing poisonous atmospheres (including being used during WWI to protect machine gunners serving… Read More ›

  • Diving The ‘Titanic’

    On the 1st September, 1985, an expedition organised by Robert Ballard finally discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic (sunk in the North Atlantic on the 15th April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg) lying at a depth of about… Read More ›

  • The Red Beanie

    A traditional piece of diving headgear given a fresh lease on life after becoming popularised as a diving fashion statement by Jacques Cousteau, the red woollen beanie’s association with diving dates back to the early days of standard dress diving… Read More ›