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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.

  • AUSCDT Three in the Gulf

    In January, 1991, AUSCDT Three (Australian Clearance Diving Team Three – last formed in 1967 to serve in Vietnam) was reformed with personnel drawn from across the Clearance Diving branch and despatched to Bahrain to help the U.S. Marines prepare… Read More ›

  • Things that go “bang” in the night

    Accounting for more shipping losses during the Second World War than any other weapon, mines – and the measures developed to neutralise them – have played a pivotal role in the evolution of military diving. It’s a relationship symbolised in… Read More ›

  • Diving for pearl

    A rarity of nature prized for its soft-glowing beauty, the pearl has long been a symbol of the sea’s bounty. Plucked by chance and good fortune from the fleshy folds of the humble oyster the discovery of a perfect, naturally… Read More ›

  • Making a Heaving Line

    Serving many purposes, a heaving line should be considered essential equipment on all dive boats. A light, flexible line that can easily be thrown with – after practice – great accuracy, a heaving line can be used as a messenger… Read More ›

  • The wrecks of Labuan

    A rising star in the Asia-Pacific pantheon of wreck diving destinations, the small island of Labuan has emerged from the shadow of neighbouring destinations like Sipadan, Sangalaki and Layang-Layang, to set its own standard of diving excellence. Just eight kilometres… Read More ›

  • Minke magic

    Cries of, “Thar she blows!” are dim echoes of the 1830’s when whaling was acknowledged as Australia’s first primary industry. An era when, from shore-side whaling stations established along the country’s eastern seaboard, catcher vessels would put to sea to… Read More ›