Dive Course Focus: Wreck & Advanced Wreck Diver

By Gary Ward

There are many people who are fascinated by the concept of diving around huge man-made structures, whereas for others the idea of diving on a wreck offers no allure at all.  Ships, airplanes and even cars can be fascinating to explore and are usually teeming with life. There are three principal reasons why a wreck…

Diving in the Tropics: Is staying warm really an issue?

By Gary Ward

We all imagine diving in the tranquil blue warm waters of the tropics.  We can see the waves gently lapping against the side of the dive boat and the azure blue patches in the water.  The sun is shining and there are fluffy white clouds drifting in the sky. The water temperature is a heady…

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…