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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.

  • All are-bored!

    It begins the moment that some people step across the gang-way of a live-aboard dive vessel; a character make-over that turns them from previously considerate and well-mannered divers into salty sea-dogs who – often without realising it – manage to… Read More ›

  • Simple Splices

    Every working diver worth their salt should have a sound knowledge of rigging procedures and elementary knots and splices. While the ability to tie the appropriate knot in zero visibility; quickly splice a line to a shackle; or join together… Read More ›

  • Lighting up the night

    As everyone who dives comes to realise, having even a rudimentary knowledge of the ocean’s bio-diversity is an asset – especially when it leads to an increased enjoyment of the activity. One of the great appeals of night diving is… Read More ›

  • The Dying of the Light

    “Do not go gentle into that goodnight Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” – Dylan Thomas For reasons that are obvious to everyone who knows me, I always… Read More ›

  • A ‘Weighty’ Tale – Part Two

    In which, I meet up with old friends, lose a ‘new’ one, and learn some valuable lessons about diving, dive planning, dive equipment – and the meaning of life. Some months after the events described in Part One of this… Read More ›

  • A ‘Weighty’ Tale – Part One

    Divers who insist on learning lessons the hard way often pay the ultimate price. I was fortunate. My mistakes and ‘gung-ho’ attitude only cost me the price of a weight-belt. The Tale (Part One) (In which I meet new friends… Read More ›