New Ice Diver Course

During the first quarter of 2015, PADI introduced the revised Ice Diver speciality course. The new curriculum is based on the input of an international committee (made up of PADI Ice Diving Instructors, including Michel - Editor) . It clarifies the information found in the previous version and also gives more leeway to accommodate different local …

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 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 …

Where have all the heroes gone?

This is the last part in a series of articles, click here for Part One. Myth – As long as we all get back to the surface it was a good dive – get your kit off and grab a beer. Fact – Top tec dive teams put as much value in the debriefing as …

Cave Instructor Training

By Vikki Batten, PADI Technical Consultant              Cave Diving is seen by many as the ultimate challenge. Not because it is deep, dark and dangerous (it isn’t) but because the confines of the environment are the ultimate test for your diving technique and skills. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about small spaces but even …

New Caves Discovered in Pangasinan

On July 3 PADI TecRec Cave Instructor Tom Morato & Cave Diver Karl Hurwood discovered 3 new dissolution caves in Pangasinan, approximately 4 hours north of Manila. The area of Pangasinan was the last place of occupation from the Japanese and it is believed that the Japanese hid gold and valuable artifacts inside the caves.  Based …