These are some of my tips, ideas and lessons I’ve learned from my career as a divegirl in Asia, please click on read more to read the whole article and if you have any comments or feedback I’d love to hear from you. For more blogs just click on the category you want to know about in the sidebar, or read older entries.

mask clearing made easy

Clearing the mask is a skill that can be a little challenging, and for some people I’ll suggest they take a mask home, and when they have their shower that night, practice clearing the mask. It sounds a little strange, and probably looks even more so if you’re...

neutral buoyancy

One of the most important parts of diving is buoyancy.  This can sometimes be a challenge to people, but once you master buoyancy, everything else becomes a lot smoother.   It's not an elevator! These are words I've used so many times, all too often new divers...

sunscreen

This divegirl has very pale ghostly white skin naturally, and if you're coming to Asia, especially in the wintertime, chances are that after an hour on a dive boat, you'll end up looking a little like a tomato – something I've unfortunately dealt with myself! And...

water water water

Something we all know, but deserves to be mentioned anyway.  Drink loads of water! We lose lots of fluids while diving, which not only increases your chances of decompression illness, but also affects our hair and skin.  If you stay hydrated it gives your body a...

wish lists

I have many things I want to do and see before I blow my last bubble, so I've compiled a few wish lists (in no particular order).  I've been lucky enough to see some of these gentle giants, fascinating critters and beautiful places in my diving career, but some things...

wetsuits

These are, in this divegirl's opinion, without a doubt the worst part of the job!  But, like I've said before, we have loads of choice now.  You can buy everything from a 3mm shorty to a 7mm semi-dry depending on your environment, but you also have the option of...

hair

My poor hair gets a bit sad sometimes, curly hair is not very manageable and I'm on an eternal quest to get it to behave.  There's not much you can do if you're doing 4 or 5 dives a day, but there are a few things you can try. If you can, soak your hair in fresh water...

wet wipes

It sounds very simple, but for bathroom breaks, freshening up after a long journey, having a quick wash after a dive, or even wiping down a mouthpiece on a slightly suspect looking rental regulator, wet wipes can be used for anything.  You can get them in most...

underwater proposal

Everybody loves a bit of romance, so in honour of Valentine's Day, I decided to share an underwater proposal I witnessed. We were on our third day of a 4 day liveaboard, and I was guiding a very nice couple, he was a commercial diver from Ireland, and she was a dog...

packing list

Most liveaboards don't have loads of storage space so you don't want to pack too much - no need for a hairdryer or high heels, but you don't want to forget essentials. This packing list is for a 3-4 day liveaboard, but can be used as a basic start for any dive...

mouthpieces

As we already know, one size doesn't fit all unfortunately, but when it comes to mouthpieces, there's an easy solution, you can buy a mouldable mouthpiece. Just like with a gumshield, you boil the kettle, heat up the mouthpiece, and bite down to mould it to your...

10 tips for divers to protect the ocean planet

Project A.W.A.R.E.'s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet   Be a Buoyancy Expert Be a Role Model Take Only Photos - Leave Only Bubbles Protect Underwater Life Become a Debris Activist Make Responsible Seafood Choices Take Action Be an Eco-tourist Shrink...

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