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Sidemount Jamie

The history of Sidemount diving goes back to cave diving in the early 1960s. Around the mid 90s, Sidemount systems were becoming increasing more popular and commercial manufacturers began producing  Sidemount commercially. In 2010 Hollis bought Sidemounts to Australia. At that time Jamie Miller was trained by the world’s leading authority on Sidemount diving, Jeff … Continue reading »

Course Blogs

PADI Drysuit Course

Sydney truly does have some amazing diving. What a lot of people don’t realise is some of the best months to dive are July – September. This is when we get the westerly winds which flatten out a lot of the dive sites and the cool water brings some fantastic visibility! The obvious downside to … Continue reading »

Tip of the Week

Salt Water Hair

Love to dive but hate your messy hair afterwards. Here is a few tips for you. Salt water is great for you it helps to detox the skin, reduce swelling and treat wounds, among many other benefits. Maybe no so great for your hair if you are in it all the time. I find it … Continue reading »

Dive Gear

Hard Hat Diving

Diving has a rich and vibrant history dating back to the primitive dive suites of the 15th century where Konrad Kyeser describes a diving suite made from a leather helmet and a glass window. It wasn’t until the 1820’s where Charles and John Deane produced the first successful diving helmets, they actually started life as … Continue reading »

Vanuatu Dive Trip

Vanuatu April 2015

I have just returned from a wonderful trip with Abyss to the island of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. Our group comprised 13 adults and 7 children ranging in age from toddler to age 12. The trip was purposely planned to dive the world-renowned SS President Coolidge – the wreck-dive on every diver’s bucket list. Our family … Continue reading »

Course Blogs

Choosing a SMS Sidemount Systems

I want to dive Sidemount, but which system should I choose? History of Sidemount Since the early 1960’s, cave and sump divers have been using Sidemount related equipment to conduct their dives. These divers required smaller tanks that could be configured to overcome space restrictions. They also required more tanks to provide extended lateral penetrations. … Continue reading »

A Career in Diving

Becoming a PADI Course Director

The PADI Course Director Training Course (CDTC) has been one of the most amazing experiences for me as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. The CDTC takes experienced Master Instructors and develops them further, through academic and in-water training presentations. It also develops these candidates through evaluation training, counselling and marketing workshops and presentations. The CDTC … Continue reading »