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With the start of the new season here on Koh Tao we’ll be jumping in with both feet with Divemasters arriving on the first, followed by DCS Upgrades, Instructor Crossovers & then onto the ITC, all before Christmas. Making the change of a lifetime & choosing a new career as a dive professional will be […]

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Shore Thing

September 7th, 2013

In ancient Rome the priests of the day would tell tales of the God of the sea, Neptune; the bringer of the tides & all his might. But what about the poor old man in the moon? I’ve written previously on the tides & the moon before for the Go Pro SSI website but I […]

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As with many things in this life, the law of the sod or Murphy’s Law; what can go wrong will go wrong, applies to even diving. When planning out dive trips, local or further afield, an imperative aspect of that planning should be the question, “how much Oxygen does the vessel need for this trip?” […]

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While working as a Dive Medic Technician I was called upon to administer Oxygen in both diving & non-diving incidents. Now I’m teaching Oxygen Administration as part of the SSI Respond Right Programs to recreational diver wishing to complete the SSI Diver Stress & Rescue Program or Professional candidates aiming for higher ground by completing […]

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Canned Heat

February 22nd, 2013

This post comes to you from the very much unmentioned subject, The Science of Diving. Now before you run to the hills after the merest hint of the S-word, remember the friendly folks at GPS are here to sooth your fears & generally want to help…….a bit! Today we’re going to be chatting about our […]

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Abbrvs: Part Free

January 6th, 2013

All good trilogies require three parts by definition, Star Wars for example (but only the first ones) & Abbrvs deserves ending as fine as Jedi. So after our previous delves into the world of diving Abbrvs & Abbrvs: Part Deux, this episode is Part Free, for Freediving. Freediving has its own set of unique abbreviations […]

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Stage A Change

October 27th, 2012

Every human being has the capacity for self-directed behaviour change within them, whether its change with their lifestyle or the choices made about Scuba training. Behaviours are influenced by both personal & environmental factors in everyday life, with determinates of social, physical, psychological & economic nature affecting our decision making every day, diving is no […]

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Abbrvs: Part Deux

September 11th, 2012

While maxing & relaxing with Go Pro SSI’s shiny new photographer Nick Shallcross, the conversation turned to our previous post “Abbrvs.” & the promise of more diving abbreviations. This post looks at the professional level Abbrvs. Dive Guide’s are the first level of professional trainees.  Abbrv’d to DG, their role in the diving industry is […]

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….Your Instructor Evaluation. In keeping with SSI’s “no surprises” philosophy alive, the first thing we cover during the Instructor Training Course (ITC) is what the requirements are during the course itself which upon completion, allow you to be submitted for the Instructor Evaluations or IE. Becoming a Scuba Instructor is slightly different to any of […]

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August 4th, 2012

In the world of diving we love having our own little language; our acronyms & abbreviations, its makes us feels special. I have noticed myself using them without shame in some of my blog posts without really explaining them all, silly me! The acronym that get bandied about the most with non-dives & a shocking […]

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