Why I love Sidemount for recreational diving

By Gary Ward

Sidemount scuba is simply an evolved approach to equipment configuration which was developed by cave divers needing precision buoyancy and the ability to dive in unusually tight conditions.  It employs innovation and discipline to produce an arrangement of scuba unlike any the typical diver is accustomed to. Think of your Scuba back-mount system like a…

Overcoming Fear: My First Dive Experience

By Gary Ward

Jaws, Moby Dick, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, oh and Finding Nemo.  All of them emotive portrayals which have shaped my views of the perils of the undersea environment.  I have never been more certain of any single thing in my life: I’m gonna get eaten! I was recently vacationing on the Caribbean Island of…

Buoyancy 101: Do I need some help?

By Gary Ward

After Sidemount, my favourite courses to teach relate to perfecting buoyancy control. For many newer divers, mastering your ability to be buoyant will significantly change your diving enjoyment. Today I ask the question, do you need some help?

The Art of Buoyancy.

By Gary Ward

Neutral buoyancy: A condition in which a physical body’s density is equal to the density of the fluid in which it is immersed. This offsets the force of gravity that would otherwise cause the object to sink. An object that has neutral buoyancy will neither sink nor rise. We all know the importance of attaining…