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Photographers going steady

Appeared in DIVER October 2009
No one wants to be one of those photographers who give divers a bad name by trashing reefs while in pursuit of their quarry. The perfect shot is one obtained by harnessing diving skills, says John Liddiard
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Universal sign language

Appeared in DIVER August 2009
A new book called Scubasigns at last promises to make underwater signalling not only more comprehensive but more fun. By way of introduction, DIVER reproduces the chapter on wreck signals, while co-writer Mike Harterink talks to Steve Weinman
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The DIVER buoyancy challenge

Appeared in DIVER June 2009
How good is your buoyancy control? The recent DIVER Buoyancy Challenge at Action Underwater Studios saw 60 divers find out more about their skills.
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Stupid things divers do...

Appeared in DIVER May 2009
Were not referring to you, of course, but you only have to sound out a skipper to learn that some divers simply don't think. John Liddiard reports
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My dream job

Appeared in DIVER April 2009
Jane Harrison had worked hard to become a diving instructor with an overseas posting. Perhaps she was unfortunate in her first choice of dive centre
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Crab or fish - its your choice!

Appeared in DIVER March 2009
If we want to swim better under water, the first step is to admit that there is room for improvement, says Rico Oldfield. Look cool, or look clumsy - crabs have no choice about it, but we have
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White Lies we tell trainees

Appeared in Diver May 2008
Initial diver training can be quite rapid. In the process, grey information may well be rendered in easy-to-grasp black and white. It's worth reappraising that information later on, says John Liddiard
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Negotiate the training maze

Appeared in DIVER February 2008
Whether you have learnt to dive recently or are laden with experience, the best way to acquire further diving wisdom is not always apparent, says John Liddiard. Why not get creative and take control of your forward path?
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International Association of Nitrox & Technical Divers

IANTD has asked us to point out that the information in this article of 2001 no longer applies to the organisation find out about what it offers today at www.iantd.co.uk
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Scuba Schools International

Appeared in DIVER October 2001
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British Sub-Aqua Club

The BSAC was formed in 1953 by a group of diving enthusiasts in London. It has since grown into an international organisation with more than 1300 branches and some 42,000 members.
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Examining the examiners

If you want to learn to dive, or develop your diving, you must first select a training agency. But how do you decide which does the best job Brendan O'Brien puts them to the test - by comparing their various approaches to turning tenderfoots into dolphins
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Wannabe a tec deep diver

Is PADIs venture into teaching technical diving a piece of window-dressing to grow its market further, or a serious attempt to come to terms with the demand for deeper, safer deco-stop di...

4 ways to absorb nitrox

Everybody seems to be offering nitrox diving, but before you can enjoy the longer bottom times and added safety it offers, you need a stamp. How best to get it? We sent Stephen Lee to sit...

Free ride

The BBCs QED programme called it very dangerous. GQ described it asphenomenally dangerous. Is this all hype, or is free-diving really such a reckless sport To discover the truth, Brendan ...

Back to primary school

Closed-circuit rebreathers offer many benefits for divers, yet for the uninitiated they remain objects of myth, suspicion, even fear. Our training correspondent Chris Boardman set out to ...

Charlie and the Aquanauts

Readers often ask us what they should do if they want to dive regularly in the UK with others, while avoiding the duties and politics they perceive as engrained in traditional club-diving...

Training on the thistlegorm

Wannabe a wrexpert? Chris Boardman has been sampling a speciality course aimed at divers who want to feel more at home on sunken ships, and he reckons that the instructor and the location...

Dive leader or rescue specialist

Despite having completed an intensive programme of advanced courses in his role as Diver's training correspondent, none of this counted for anything when Chris Boardman applied to become ...

Where you goin?

Are you any good with a compass or do you bluff your way around under water? You'd be surprised how many people do. Chris Boardman finds his own way after sampling PADIs Underwater Naviga...

Learning to dive a dolphin

He has reviewed open-circuit and closed-circuit training courses, but this time Chris Boardman was heading for the Red Sea in search of a halfway house. Would a semi-closed circuit rebrea...

Who cut my line

Want to be better equipped to cope with emergencies? Want to work out no-deco limits in your head? Many unexpected skills are taught on the new GUE Recreational Triox course although, as ...

Finale in a fishtank

Continuing his quest to learn everything there is to know about diving and share his learning curve with Diver readers, Chris Boardman takes a dip where the local sharks hang out

In search of the golden cylinder

Instructor Wessam El Sebai has some unexpected solutions to overhead-environment problems but, as Chris Boardman finds while reviewing a TDI Advanced Wreck Diver course in Hurghada, the i...

Mixing it

Britains biggest supplier is now providing oxygen and helium only to certified dive clubs and shops, so demand for certifying courses could rise. But a DSAT Gas Blender Course poses as ma...

Join the club

There is no better way to get started in diving than to join the ranks of the many thousands who have learned their skills as members of the biggest and oldest diving club in the world, t...

Water babe

TV presenter Esther McVey has been practising for years: she always puts her head under in the bath.