Good evening, everyone, and I must say how good it is to be back here at the Bell & Anchor for another Annual General Meeting…’ MIKE WARD takes the minutes more... Make the wrong choice of liveaboard dive buddy and you could be facing the holiday from hell. If you can't find the ideal companion, you should at least know who to avoid. Mike Ward presents his own handy selection guide more... We all have to start somewhere. An inland quarry in February could be just the place for that initial plunge - and perhaps Mike Ward's account will ring nostalgic bells for some of you more... Ah, the smell of fried bacon and talcum powder on a Sunday morning! For Mike Ward it can mean only one thing - another day's diving at his favourite site... more... Spare a thought for the long-suffering diving instructor who has to cope with would-be divers like this one, spotted by Mike Ward more... What qualities does a club instructor need? Patience, understanding, ability to communicate clearly, awareness of others' needs, flexibility, single-mindedness... Mike Ward certainly has the single-mindedness, and if some trainees can't stay the course, there are plenty more where they came from! more...
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Being Chairman of a dive club may be a heady intoxicant but, explains Mike Ward, people don't understand the pain that goes with the power more... Forget about the club's annual picnic and Mike's latest Red Sea slides. For real entertainment, all you need is a group of divers with a boat, an engine and a raft of diving gear, says Jeff Green. Take them out to sea hoping they know something about seamanship, and watch what happens! more... That marine baptism is all-important, says Mike Ward - it won't take a bright novice long to learn the most important lessons about diving conduct more... Diving the classic wrecks of Scapa Flow can be so rewarding for intelligent, skilled divers who have the right attitude and approach.But what if you have none of these qualities? Mike Ward reports more... There's what they tell you in those fancy catalogues, and then there's what divers learn through bitter experience. Mike Ward presents his rough guide to the UK diver's friend and sometime enemy, the drysuit more... Dive clubs need rules, and framing them is a painstaking process that needs to be handled with sensitivity. Mike Ward reports from the Dog & Duck more... Red Sea diving is all very well, but don't you sometimes think it's a bit too soft and easy? Mike Ward decides to take a break from Sharm el Sheikh to do some real diving more... Having survived his first RIB dive, the rookie diver feels ready to take that next big step - the wreck dive from a hardboat. Mike Ward was there on the day more... Everyone's set for a great club diving weekend, following a riotous Friday night celebrating their arrival. But the next morning throws up a few problems. Mike Ward is in charge more... Some divers like to take a break from UK diving during winter. Others have proud traditions of discomfort to maintain, as Mike Ward reports more...