Back-up Buoyancy by Thomas Knedlik

Thomas is the Director of Training for PADI Asia Pacific as well as a PADI Exmainer, Course Director and TecRec IT. In this article he answers a FAQ by explaining PADI's philosophy on backing up buoyancy control devices during open circuit TecRec training. Many tec diving risks either don’t exist in recreational diving, or are …

Sidemount v Backmount – What do you prefer?

While writing about the pros and cons of Sidemount v Backmount for June's edition of Sport Diver (UK) , I asked my colleagues here at PADI to answer the question and, as you can see, found that their preferences and reasons are as varied as the divers and their locations: I used to dive both, …

Why I like Backmount! by Vikki Batten

These days it is almost blasphemy to say that you prefer backmount doubles to sidemount. Sidemount popularity has grown and grown over the last few years and I have even seen social media threads where divers espousing the joys of backmount are told that if they learnt to do sidemount properly they would feel differently. …

OZTeK 2015 Saturday 14 / Sunday 15 March, 2015

The  PADI Asia Pacific team looks forward  to seeing you all at the TecRec booth at OZTeK 2015  on Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 March, 2015 at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney, Australia http://www.diveoztek.com.au/ It’s a great opportunity to meet with the Tec consultants: Junya Kato, Alex Boulton & George Wegmann along with the Marketing and …

Sidemount – What, why and how?

by Martin Robson PADI TecRec IT, Cave IT and Technical Field Expert for the PADI Sidemount and Tec Sidemount Diver courses. When newer divers hear the words ‘sidemount’ many think it is a way of squirming into tight cave passages, which might not sound like fun. Or they think it is just like carrying stage …

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 …