The Eeriest Tunnel and Turtle Tomb

Guest article by PADI Regional Manager Chris Hailey  Back in 2010 I was backpacking south east asia being a travelling bum. I used to live on pot noodles, street food and sleep in the cheapest accomodation money could buy just so I could conserve money to pay for my addiction… SCUBA diving!!!! After 4 weeks …

PADI Course Director Receives Prestigious Tec Award

Cristina Zenato received the top award at Eurotek in Birmingham, UK on 9 October 2016. The Diver of the Conference Award is given in recognition of an individual who has inspired or influenced others with their significant contribution to advance or technical diving and she was nominated with other 13 divers and voted as the …

CAVE SLAVES – or Sun, Sand, Sea and Coddled sausage

My trip through the archives continues with an article written by my father (he is the one in the blue suit) about one of our exploration trips in 2003. Imagine the scene. All is peace and tranquillity in the retirement household. I have just returned from "minding" my brother's pub for two weeks (free ale!) and …

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread….what I didn’t learn in class – Part II

This is the second part of the story so if you haven't read the first part just click here. Part II I now know what perceptual narrowing is. All I could think about was getting out, my life, my children and that’s when I really started to kick and struggle. That’s when I started to fight …

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread….what I didn’t learn in class – Part I

Do you think of yourself as a panicky person? Me neither, but I have still panicked underwater…..twice…..although I dealt with it better the second time. Panic underwater can be a real killer, but even the most experienced divers can feel panic when they find themselves in a situation they don’t think they can control. Your diving …

A Deceptively Easy Way to Die – Update by Rosemary Lunn

At the end of 2013 I wrote a blog on the double Christmas Day Eagles Nest fatality entitled "A Deceptively Easy Way to Die"; On Christmas morning a 35-year-old man took his 15-year-old son cave diving. They were trying out new scuba equipment. However the father was not a diving instructor, the son had no …