How to Choose a Diving Knife

Diving Knife

(This is an excerpt about diving knife options taken from Jonas Arvidsson’s book Diving Equipment: Choice, maintenance and function).

“If you look at the size of many diving knives you might be led to believe that they are primarily weapons. This is not the case, a diving knife is a tool used for picking, digging, and measuring. You face a minimal risk of entanglement underwater, so it is also useful for cutting yourself loose from fishing nets or line, and seaweed or kelp. For this reason, it is important to ensure the knife remains sharp and that it has a serrated edge since this is actually more useful underwater. Continue reading How to Choose a Diving Knife

Choosing a Diving Suit by Water Temperature

Divers in wetsuits heading for a shore dive

Choosing a diving suit can be a perplexing task. If you’ve dived in the exact same conditions before (and kept a note in your log book) then it should be easy. But what if not? Here Jonas Arvidsson offers a simple explanation of the options available. Continue reading Choosing a Diving Suit by Water Temperature

Underwater Photography for Freedivers and Snorkellers

A freediver - at one with a camera

Having been privileged to win awards in competitive freediving over the years, I have realised that much of the equipment and many of the techniques lend themselves well for the benefit of underwater photographers when not using scuba. I also realised that these benefits could be exploited at all levels, from the fledgling snorkeller to heavily equipped specialist freedivers. Knowing that the popularity of underwater photography while freediving is increasing rapidly, and as an underwater photographer myself, it struck me that there were horizons to be expanded for all. Continue reading Underwater Photography for Freedivers and Snorkellers

Cuban Honeymoon – Part 3: Diving Cayo Largo

Moray eel - Cuba - Cayo Largo diving

This is the final post in this three-part series. The first part covered the diving at Punta Perdiz, near Playa Giron in the Bay of Pigs. The second part was about snorkelling in the Bay of Pigs.

Cayo Largo is a small island off the south coast of Cuba with no indigenous population. It is the opposite of the sort of place I would normally look to go to – a resort entirely fabricated for tourists. However, the diving is good here and after nine days on the go touring Cuba in the full sun the easy life appealed. Continue reading Cuban Honeymoon – Part 3: Diving Cayo Largo