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Taking the plunge

Appeared in DIVER August 2014
Youre a keen diver, so when you have kids its only natural to want them to share in the experience as soon as possible. But in getting their underwater adventure off to the best start there is more to consider, says TIM ECOTT. Pictures by NIGEL WADE
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Persia learns to dive

Appeared in DIVER October 2012
In Big Question recently, readers voiced their fears that too few young people are venturing under water. Doing their bit to help, FARZI BANTIN charts her daughters' progress from splasher to diver
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When the balloon goes up

Appeared in DIVER June 2011
Its surprising how often divers get into a tangle with their delayed SMBs. John Bantin looks into the matter
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Buoyancy control

Appeared in DIVER April 2011
Don't be ashamed to check your weighting every trip, says John Bantin. If it boosts your diving experience, it's a minute well spent
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Pool Olympics

Appeared in DIVER May 2010
Roman chariot-racing, underwater drag acts - who says pool time has to be dull Not games-master John Liddiard
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Beneath British ice

Appeared in DIVER February 2010
It gladdens John Liddiards heart when the weather gets really cold, because for him Life in the Freezer starts in his local pond. Well, if you're into ice-diving, you have to practise somewhere!
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But they didn't train me for this!

Appeared in DIVER July 2009
Coping with various diving incidents is covered in training but, whichever agency taught you, some real-life incidents go beyond the scope of training. What would you do if you were involved in one of these? JOHN LIDDIARD asks six divers to talk him through how they would deal with six incidents
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Anatomy of a free flow

Appeared in DIVER April 2009
It can happen as you enter the water or, if it's cold, under water - an unwanted gush of gas from your regulator. You can, however, reduce the chances of a free-flow to a minimum, as John Bantin explains
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The bail-out of last resort

Appeared in DIVER December 2008
You're trapped on a wreck in low visibility with entangled equipment, separated from your buddy with multiple first-stage blow-outs and 15 minutes deco remaining - get out of that! John Kean takes us through the moves; photography by Yann Vautrin
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The trouble with PFOs

Appeared in DIVER November 2008
Up to 30% of divers are thought to have holes in the heart. These rarely present problems, but why not take out some insurance, asks Bob Cole - by modifying the way we dive?
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Can they add 10min to your dive-time

Can scuba-divers benefit from breathing lessons? Steve Weinman finds out
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When divers go missing

All divers should use at least some signalling devices in case they lose their dive-boat - John Bantin evaluates a selection of items that will do the job
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The last diving taboo

For some, solo diving is the practice that dare not speak its name. It's not a subject open to discussion, only castigation. Whatever John Liddiard writes here, these divers won't be changing their minds...
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If your lifeline gets tangled

Appeared in DIVER July 2008
How to avoid the pitfalls of dodgy SMB deployment? - that is the chosen subject of Robert N Rossier, following a survey in which DIVER readers played their part
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Are you set for D-Day?

Appeared in DIVER April 2008
Planning your first dive of the UK season? Need help and sound advice? Mike Ward probably isn't the best person to ask
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They think its all over

Appeared in DIVER March 2008
...but a dive isnt finished until youre safely back on the boat. Sometimes hitting the deck is easier said than done. John Liddiard's handy guide may come in useful
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Tips & tricks

Appeared in DIVER January 2008
Want to be one of those smug divers who's always kitted up first, and prepared for all contingencies? John Liddiard has a few ideas that might help
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Setting depth records straight

Why should women need their own deep-diving scuba records Can we trust reports of abyssal dives when the evidence is flimsy at best Mark Ellyatt was for a time the worlds deepest scuba diver - and after reading this, you may wonder if he still is. As ever, he is ready to court controversy
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Cam-band savvy

They wont get your pulses racing in the dive shop, but certain basic products can make or break a diving experience. John Liddiard shares his observations on a humble piece of webbing
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Plan like a pro

Health & safety guidelines require those who dive for a living to take risk assessment seriously. We can all benefit from adopting the professional divers mindset, says John Liddiard - just think risk
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7 things to know about masks

They can give trainees more cause for concern than is necessary, and sometimes inconvenience experienced divers too. John Liddiard has clear views on masks

Bubbles gone bad

What would we think if drugs companies relied on feedback from patients to tell them whether new drugs worked - or if they left it to sufferers to decide on the correct dosage Mark Ellyat...

Cold water, hot advice

Spring is coming, but its still chilly in the water, and your coldwater skills may be a tad rusty. Mark Ellyatt offers some timely advice and useful tips to bear in mind before you hit th...

Five skills for the pool

If you have regular access to a swimming pool for dive training, dont waste any valuable underwater time, suggests John Liddiard - use it to hone your skills in preparation for the next t...

No limits

Scuba divers can benefit from freediving theory and practice, believes Emma Farrell, who trains divers to improve their breathing. One Breath is her new book, with photographs by Frederic...

Buoyancy by numbers

How much difference does a lungful of air make to your buoyancy What about an emptied cylinder, or fresh as opposed to sea water John Liddiard devised a series of experiments to help him ...

DIR is AOK

When the DIR (Doing It Right) philosophy of diving first arrived from the USA, Brendan OBrien wrote what was, it must be said, a somewhat cynical article for DIVER. So when, five years on...

5 ways to better finning

Do you kick your way around under water without giving it too much thought A lot of divers do, but various finning styles can be employed at different times - and they could save on both ...

PRESSURES ON AT STONEY COVE

Its the DIVER Fitness Challenge - yes, an article about health in the Christmas issue! As ever, we dare to be different. We want you to enjoy your festive season to the hilt but be well-p...

DECO-DIVE planning for success

The arrival of computer-generated software tables made it easier to plan decompression-stop dives, but its all too easy for the gas-reserve rules to be discussed only briefly on training ...

Get those dangly bits under control

Divers have to hang their accessories somewhere, but that doesnt mean you need to be a Christmas tree this summer. John Liddiard offers some sound advice

Making the most of dayboat hell

When a diver has been round the block more than a few times, he doesnt need to go through all those tedious formalities that less experienced divers must endure when on holiday. Mike Ward...

Missing the wreck

Youre down the line, but where is the promised wreck No sign of it - so what do you do now John Liddiard has all the answers

NIGHT VISION

Dives after dark - divers either love them or can get by quite happily without them. What do divers get out of it We asked 14 DIVER contributors to tell us about their most memorable noct...

Serial try-diver

Novelist Lynne Reid Banks started diving later in life than most, and for one reason or another hers was not an entirely smooth transition from land to sea, as she explains

All set for a surface RESCUE

Are you confident of being able to tow an unconscious diver and give rescue breaths at the same time Do you actually know what rescue breaths are John Liddiard provides an emergency refre...

Night dive or NIGHTMARE

Night-diving can be a lot of fun, but a boatload of divers on an unfamiliar site with over-bright torches, assorted location gizmos and too many pet ideas about how best to signal is a re...

Helping divers with disabilities (but not too much)

Training divers with disabilities can be very rewarding, but you need to learn to know when enough is enough, as Brendan OBrien discovers when he takes part in an instructor course with F...

My first dive

We all have to start somewhere. An inland quarry in February could be just the place for that initial plunge - and perhaps Mike Wards account will ring nostalgic bells for some of you

Top drysuit tips & tricks

 Last November John Liddiard took an in-depth look at the issue of drysuit inversion, how to avoid it and how to recover from it. But there is far more to owning and diving a drysuit, so...