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Living on liveaboards

Appeared in DIVER April 2018
For anyone who has yet to experience an overseas liveaboard trip, SIMON PRIDMORE provides a full guide to everything you need to know…
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THE ART OF ASCENDING

Appeared in DIVER March 2018
Our upward journeys back to air are among the least-considered aspects of diving, but vital to get right and easy to get wrong, says SIMON PRIDMORE
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What makes someone a good diver? Part 2

Appeared in DIVER February 2018
'Good diver' is how we all hope other divers would describe us, but do you have these six qualities, as set out by SIMON PRIDMORE
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What makes someone a good diver? Part1

Appeared in DIVER January 2018
It's how we all hope other divers would describe us, but what does it take to be known as the type who can be relied upon? SIMON PRIDMORE offers his first 11 qualities
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The threat of complacency

Appeared in DIVER December 2017
The more experienced you are as a diver, the less likely things are to go wrong, right? No, wrong! says SIMON PRIDMORE
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Aspects of Etiquette Pt 3

Appeared in DIVER November 2017
Are you the sort of underwater photographer who gives the pastime a good name? If you’re worried that you might be the other sort, SIMON PRIDMORE has a few tips
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Aspects of Etiquette Pt 2

Appeared in DIVER October 2017
There is a right way of doing things when you're on a dive-boat - and then there's the other way that draws sideways looks. SIMON PRIDMORE aims to keep us on the straight and narrow
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Aspects of Etiquette Pt 1

Appeared in DIVER September 2017
Most of us like to feel that we're in the know about the accepted way of doing things - and nobody more so than divers. SIMON PRIDMORE has been looking at 'doing the done thing'
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TALKING TECHNICAL

Appeared in DIVER August 2017
Most of us have experienced the effects of nitrogen narcosis at depth to one extent or another. SIMON PRIDMORE looks at the phenomenon and how the pros manage to cope with it
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The Dark Side of Diving

Appeared in DIVER July 2017
Night-dives are a great pleasure, but all the more so if they are done right. This month SIMON PRIDMORE turns to developing techniques for optimising your after-hours experience
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Fight Club

Appeared in DIVER July 2017
The first rule of Aquathlon is...well, it isn't that you can't talk about it, certainly in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, where underwater wrestling is a big deal, says ALEXANDER KURAKIN. Could it catch on here? The jury’s out - photos by ANDREY NEKRASOV
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NARCOSIS - Diving under the influence

Appeared in DIVER June 2017
Most of us have experienced the effects of nitrogen narcosis at depth to one extent or another. SIMON PRIDMORE looks at the phenomenon and how the pros manage to cope with it
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Sport Rebreathers - Past, Present and Future Pt 2

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
Last month SIMON PRIDMORE looked at the history of sport rebreathers and explained why they failed to catch on in mainstream diving in the 1990s. In the second decade of the 21st century, a series of developments took place that would push rebreathers back into the mainstream limelight
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Where the hell did our boat go?

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
In February IAN PEACH and his buddies went through a nightmarish boat-separation experience off Mozambique. In a DIVER exclusive he explains what happened - and how to avoid it happening to you
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Sport Rebreathers - Past, Present and Future Pt 1

Appeared in DIVER April 2017
Scuba-gear has progressed little since Cousteau's heyday, but why is that, when rebreathers seem to offer divers so many advantages? In the first of a two-part feature, SIMON PRIDMORE explores the question
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5 THINGS TECHNICAL DIVERS HAVE GIVEN US

Appeared in DIVER March 2017
Leisure divers have good reason to be grateful to the tec-diving community - SIMON PRIDMORE looks at 5 things technical divers have given us.

Where There's Muck

Appeared in DIVER February 2017
How sharp-eyed are you?
SIMON PRIDMORE explains muck-diving and describes techniques for getting the most out of it

Trials & Tribulations Pt 2

Appeared in DIVER January 2017
In the second of a two-part article in this series, SIMON PRIDMORE describes a few common equipment problems encountered by divers, and offers techniques for avoiding or dealing with them...

Trials & Tribulations Pt 1

Appeared in DIVER December 2016
In the first of a two-part article in this series, SIMON PRIDMORE describes a few common equipment problems encountered by divers, and offers techniques for avoiding or dealing with them

Acquiring perfect buoyancy

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
Following straight on from last month's The 5 Essentials, SIMON PRIDMORE describes some useful techniques for improving your buoyancy control. Photography by ANDREY BIZYUKIN

The 5 Essentials

Appeared in DIVER October 2016
Adapted from Scuba Fundamental, his new book for not-yet and new divers, SIMON Pridmore reviews a few techniques that he believes are essential to master if you are to become a safe scuba...

Detecting & Dealing with Stress

Appeared in DIVER September 2016
It can happen to any diver - it's how you deal with it that counts. Simon Pridmore looks at diver stress, and techniques for handling it when it occurs

Looking out for number 1

Appeared in DIVER August 2016
Simon Pridmore discusses when and how to carry an independent air source

Survival Strategies

Appeared in DIVER July 2016
SIMON PRIDMORE looks at close calls, picks out the techniques the divers used to survive, and recommends strategies that can make us safer divers

Under Ice With Altitude

Appeared in DIVER July 2016
'Normal' takes on new meaning if you're Swiss - ALLY McDOWELL, who usually goes for depth rather than height, joins divers breaking the winter ice 1900m up in the Alps, while other local ...

Breath Control

Appeared in DIVER June 2016
Simon Pridmore offers seven-part assistance to those in pursuit of that most elusive of diving holy grails - making your air last longer.

It's back to basics, Mr Bishop

Appeared in DIVER June 2016
Can an old dog learn new tricks? DIVER's deep-wreck man LEIGH BISHOP enrolled on a GUE Fundamentals course to find out if he could improve his existing underwater survival skills. Set in ...

DEEPER

Appeared in DIVER May 2016
It's not necessarily a technical dive, just venturing beyond your standard level into the world of deco-stops and the pressing need to engage brain, says SIMON PRIDMORE

Navigation TIPS & TRICKS

Appeared in DIVER April2016
Ever feel you lack direction? SIMON PRIDMORE shares a few ideas to help you find your way about under water more easily

Configuration & the quest for perfection

Appeared in DIVER March 2016
In his sixth article in this series, SIMON PRIDMORE asks if your dive gear is set up as well as it could be, and suggests some techniques you could adopt to improve it. Photos by ANDREY B...