The Despair Squid by Vikki Batten

In 1887, a Polish doctor called Zamenhof published the Unified Language under the pseudonym Doktora Esperanto (Doctor of hope). The language is the most widely used constructed language and became known as Esperanto. Zamenhof’s goal was to create a language that was simple to learn, politically neutral, encouraged understanding between people with different languages, fostered peace …

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. …

What’s the problem? by Vikki Batten

Part of debriefing a skill effectively is to explain to the students what mistakes they made and the solution. In all diving, but technical diving in particular, it is vital that we correctly identify the (sometimes more complex) problem(s) so that the student understands the potential risk. Likewise, the solution must be a clear statement explaining …

Become a PADI Rebreather Instructor!

한국에서의 첫 번째 PADI 리브리더 강사 트레이너 코스가 성공적으로 진행됨에 따라, 이제 한국의 PADI 강사들은 모국어로 진행되는 포세이돈 MKVI/SE7EN 리브리더 강사 코스에 참가 할 수 있게 되었습니다! 나는 영희씨가 통역을 할 때, 무엇을 얘기하는지 정확히 이해 할 수 없었지만, 제가 PPT를 설명 하면서(정확한 슬라이드이길 빌면서) 또 노래-같은 사운드로 얘기 하는 것을 듣고 한국어가 매우 아름다운 …

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 …

EGO – A Diver’s Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

I remember a time when tec divers were taught that ego was a good thing. Nobody was implying that we should all be arrogant, but, at a time where most people thought that tec divers were (literally) stupid, that a healthy ego could give you the confidence, desire and determination needed to stay alive in a …