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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.

  • 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 ›

  • 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 ›