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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

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

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

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

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

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


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 diver.

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 ...


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...

Risk Critical

Appeared in DIVER March 2016
Being lost at sea is every diver's nightmare, so which safety devices do you carry in your BC pockets or hung from D-rings? Pausing only to debunk some long-held myths (we'll get letters!...

5 Things Tec Divers Do (that all divers should do)

Appeared in DIVER February 2016
Simon Pridmore identifies procedures followed by technical divers that every diver should consider applying to his or her own diving

Solo Diving

Appeared in DIVER January 2016
Continuing his series on diving technique, SIMON PRIDMORE takes a look at the buddy system. He concludes that on many occasions your buddy is not your friend. In which case you would be m...

What to do when it all runs out

Appeared in DIVER December 2015
In the third article in his series, SIMON PRIDMORE suggests techniques divers can adopt to be better prepared to deal with air supply emergencies

Maximise Your Surface Safety

Appeared in DIVER November 2015
For many divers their worst nightmare is being left behind by the boat. SIMON PRIDMORE sets out the steps to take to boost your sense of security.

Get the most out of drift diving

Appeared in DVER October 2015
Go with the flow is the obvious advice but Simon Pridmore says a little more knowledge can work wonders for confidence

Scuba professional

Appeared in DIVER September 2015
SIMON PRIDMORE's latest book is aimed at people who make a living from recreational diving, principally instructors - but it offers a fascinating insight into the other side of the leisur...

Do you dive by night?

Appeared in DIVER August 2015
Some divers simply don’t do night dives, and others aren’t too sure about them. RICHARD ASPINALL suggests that those who usually opt for an early dinner step out of their comfort zone...

Wreck 'tec in a day

Appeared in DIVER July 2015
The new PADI/ NAS course claims to be no more than a starting point – WILL APPLEYARD gives it a go.