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Diving in Koh Tao and a short trip down the Khao San Road

After all the hullabaloo that ensued after two members of our team of four pulled out, RJ and I proceeded ahead with the diving trip in between a short hi-jink to Bangkok and it’s neighboring villas and towns. Armed with my trusty old Wetsuit, Nikon W300, Passport and the other shenanigans often found in travelers kits, I set out to chart the depths and go diving in Koh Tao and…

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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 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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Bernie Chowdhury Book Review

Book Review – The Last Dive by Bernie Chowdhury

It’s not surprising to hear every other month about how a recreational diver has gone ‘missing’ or met his maker whilst scuba diving. Even experienced divers often meet their end during routine dives. Recent examples of the same would be the incidents of the former Thai Navy SEAL and the Indonesian Rescue Diver this week. While these divers succumbed to faulty equipment and decompression related troubles The Last Dive by…

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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. Header Image by – Oliver Sjöström. He can be found on Instagram @ollivves or on https://ollivves.com The SCUBA Gear Conundrum simplified…

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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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