rescue diver

Rescuing the ‘Rescue’ – Why Reality Checks trump Check Dives

Buzzing from the nice sleep and tasty fare served up at the Temple Cookhouse, we boarded the dive boat. The dive briefings, barring some confusion over compass headings, were satisfactory. We were to dive the Pirate’s Booty at 24m depth first. The conditions were quite fair, at 26 degrees Celsius and overcast skies. Expected visibility was 3-5 meters below surface. My friend WKJ and a rescue diver named MOLAN would…

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single malt blues

Single Malt Blues and Diving

I usually exercise great precaution during the day/night prior to my diving. Making sure that i’m well hydrated (with water), and rested usually the agenda. In fact, such caution was not a matter of maturity or of scientific adherence on my part. It was after I suffered a debilitating injury in 2013 that I realised the importance of maintenance and upkeep of the body. The injury had taken away my…

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Last Dives of 2018

Last Dives of 2018 & touching up my UW Photography Skills

Bringing In the New with the Old A fortnight ago I mentioned about the the plans to dive Pondicherry sometime towards the end of this year. In particular I am interested in the Temple Reef dive site. It’s an artificial reef, created by Temple Adventures themselves, and while I’ve had the privilege to dive it before, I never really dove deeper into it. This time around, i’m actually looking forward to…

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Vizag Wreck Dive wrecked by Cyclone Gaja but allows for a single dive

While Cyclone Gaja wrecked our plans to dive the Ship-Wreck at Chintapally, I set out optimistically to try and dive closer to the coast. An expected viz. of 1/2 – 1 meters gave us second thoughts on whether we should proceed ahead and get wet 17 November 2018 After the events of the previous day passed by in a blur, I opened my eyes to a little less than hazy skyline…

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Vizag Diving or will Cyclone Gaja reign supreme?

03 March 2018 Sipping the cool local beer to achieve respite from the muggy and sultry weather of Pondicherry during the summers, my friend and I were revisiting the last two days of amazing dives we’d had. The weekend had included dives at the artificially made Temple Reef and a couple of dives up to 40m at Aravind’s Wall. Just as in the past the city had been kind to us and our dive…

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Scuba Gear ditch the camera for later!

The SCUBA Gear Conundrum – When What & Why

Every new diver faces a SCUBA Gear conundrum at some point or the other. Most authorities advise the traditional approach of buying a Mask, Snorkel and Fins first. I advise another approach which will not only save you your hard earned money but also make you a better diver. The SCUBA Gear Conundrum simplified If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’re either considering SCUBA classes or planning to dive…

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Preparing before diving in Pondicherry

Life is a Pond -The Complete Guide to SCUBA Diving in Pondicherry

Life is a big pond – Diving in Pondicherry Every beach bum’s paradise, Pondicherry is one of the best places to be in, on India’s East Coast. Even more so, if you prefer enjoying a chilled beer post-dive in some much-needed sunshine on a beach. The beach, with its unending horizons and exquisite seafood, will double-up as the cherry on top of the proverbial cake. This idyllic city is a…

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Really Grandi. Also where I got my squeeze.

Attack of the Sinus Squeeze – The Day I Became Rudolph the Reindeer !

  In a Squeeze In the midst (of winding down) of a major life event, I realized that an outlet to vent my emotions positively was paramount. Something which would not tax my spine, but still be enjoyable. Of course, I began to plan my next dive trip on the West Coast of the country. After factoring in sufficient time for physiotherapy (PT) and R&R, I was finally en route…

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