Your new customers arrive, time to get them booked in and liability Release forms completed along with the questions “What level diver are you?” “How many dives have you logged?” and one of the most important “When was your last dive?” Countless times (and I’m sure thousands of dive pro’s out there will echo this … More Scuba Tune Ups, Refreshers: Why they are so important.
From a divers perspective, the most unwanted gift from Mother Nature is the wind blowing up….I was far from disappointed as the very first coral outcrop was bustling with Glass Fish & Fauna and sure enough, the macro too. … More New Discoveries: When the weather turns & we dive a new area of the Fjord… Wow!
I’ve never particularly been one for the camera and to be honest, whilst teaching courses I personally think its a massive no-no. For one, your priority is clearly the customers you are teaching; and as I’ve recently found out, once you have a camera in your hands and descend into the blue your dive takes … More Novice Photographer: Its a steep but enjoyable learning curve
Sunrise on the penultimate day and would you believe it…..table-like sea conditions, turning to the option 2 boys “Hey fellas; Shark diving sound good to you?” One glance at the horizon and wouldn’t you know it, 14 divers back on the boats and heading out to one of our prime locations – Mullaway. … More The Diving Gem That is Tufi, Papua New Guinea
Twenty minutes later we are on the boat, fully loaded with all the dive gear, as soon as we leave the mouth of the Fjord the bloody wind comes in. Glass like seas start to distort, the boat pitches and rolls, the spare tanks scream out as they rattle against each other and the wake of the boat starts to spray high and long. An extremely reluctant & frustrating yell of “Oh Fuck” enters my thoughts. I’m sure I heard a low distant rumbling cackle of laughter from the weather gods at my subdued excitement “We can’t go, it’s too dangerous” I announce to the understanding but obviously disappointed nods of the divers on board. Turning the boat around I cannot help the feeling of frustration & disappointment flood over me, but I have customers, time to turn on the happy face Matt it’s time for Plan B. … More Plan B – The Wind Screws The Dive Plan & That Hated “Oh F***” Voice Speaks Up
After researching the functions, reading reviews, gaining feedback from pro underwater videographers I’ve stumped for the G7X, and what a blinding choice too. As an instructor and manager on the busy island that is Koh Tao I’ve always found myself teaching and not needing a camera, but with the move to Papua New Guinea and … More Cannon G7X MkII & Fantasea Housing- The Perfect Dive Buddy
If you like to partake in the odd Shark Fin soup then maybe have a chew on your partners ear instead. The fin you are eating (or not eating, just the broth) provides very little, if any, advantages as it comprises of cartilage. It is NOT going to make you more virile, there are little blue pills for that nowadays (which I’m sure your partner would prefer) and it is not going to extend your lifespan, there are many other pills for that nowadays too. … More Scared of Sharks? Your Kids Should Be Scared of Losing Them
Every dive seems to deliver something special, a honking great big shark, a school of fish in their thousands flying around in unison, a multitude of colors of hard and soft corals, the macro within it, Nudibrancs, Flasher scorpion fish, Porcelain crabs, species that aren’t even in the reference books!! … More If Carlsberg did diving, it would probably be at Tufi.
Same old same old, qualified divers come and go and 90% of them debate the fact that they shouldn’t have a scuba tune-up, refresh, review, whatever you want to call it. “I know how to dive, I’m not waisting money on that nonesense, I have all the gear so I know it all.” Papua New … More A Fundamental Flaw in Scuba Diver Training.
Another diving day with glorious sunshine, the mountains rising up out of the Tufi fjord and an air of excitement in the dive center, for today we introduce our latest intrepid travelers to 3 of the best dive sites I have ever seen right on our doorstep. Our guests this week have all forged … More Today I Visited Heaven