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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.

  • Life of Phy…

    Making the grade in today’s diving world is becoming increasingly more difficult. It’s no longer sufficient to rely on that tatty old neoprene wet suit held together by faith and patches, or wistful tales of, “When I were down an… Read More ›

  • Knot knowing: the basics

    The ability to properly handle a rope or line is – or should be – an important aspect of diving, one that begins by having a fundamental knowledge of certain elementary knots and the purpose for which they’re used. Generally… Read More ›

  • Gideon Liew – G.U.E. Instructor

    Widely regarded as one of the region’s most accomplished Technical Diving Instructors, Gideon Liew was first introduced to diving in 1984 at the age of 17. Finishing his schooling and wanting to “learn something exciting”, he signed up for an… Read More ›

  • Vanuatu – volcanoes, mermaids and wrecks

    A 700-kilometre chain of 80-plus islands ringed with coral fringing reefs, the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu boasts active volcanoes, lush rain forests and a fascinating array of marine life that includes dugongs, the legendary ‘mermaids’ of folklore. Espiritu… Read More ›

  • Fish and ships … and divers

    Originally intended as ‘stiffeners’ for the flimsy paper packets that, during the late 19th century, ready-made cigarettes were then sold in, ‘cigarette cards’ became one of the first collectibles available to the masses. At first nothing more than plain pieces… Read More ›

  • Practical search techniques

    The seabed search to locate a specific object is one of the most challenging tasks in diving – and certainly one of the most common in that it has equal application to military, commercial and recreational divers alike. It may… Read More ›