I'm a member of the and belong to Alexandra Diving Club, Tipton, West Midlands, in the UK.
now has a website. It's worth a visit.
The diver picture is of "Helmut", taken by a friend of mine, Andy Purcell who's a world-class photographer. Drop him an email if you want to talk photography.
If you're interested in diving in the UK, check out the following:
UK Diving resource server: home page for lots of info on the major UK diving organisations and loads of links;
and the mailing list SCUBA-UK, send email to email@example.com or visit Gordon Henderson's site at http://www.drogon.net/scuba/ for subscription info.
If you're interested in more world-wide scuba discussion, my favourite newsgroups are:
BIT.LISTSERV.SCUBA-L and REC.SCUBA.
Here's a repository for SCUBA-L Frequently Uttered Complaints
Larry "Harris" Taylor Ph.D. teaches diving at The University of Michigan, USA.
He is the author of a huge number of articles and posseses an amazingly large bibliography of diving topics.
"Harris" has kindly agreed to allow me to make some of his material available on this website. Enjoy these articles, but please remember that they are all © Larry "Harris" Taylor and respect his generosity in making them freely available for all of our benefit. Should you wish to reproduce them in part or whole, please ask permission from Harris first.
You might like to read an article by Jarrod Jablonski on Hogarthian Gear Configuration - many thanks to Carl Heinzl for doing all of the work of typing it in!
has produced a useful scuba calculator
Lots of calculations and conversions -
plus graphical display of DAN format files uploaded from dive computers
It's now on Beta 0.99h (8 Feb 97)
This is the fourth version made available here
Click here to download a zip format copy of ScubaCalc (506 Kb)
Robert Wood has put a huge amount of work into producing a multi-lingual Scuba dictionary.
There are translations of lots of scuba terms between English, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Portugese, Dutch, Finnish and even Japanese! If you're stuck for a translation, here's the place to look.
For those who read the newsgroups, but don't understand all of the abbreviations on there, I'm compiling a list of the common ones. Mail me if you have a favourite and I'll add it.
|AAS||Alternate Air Source|
|ABLJ||Adjustable Buoyacy Life Jacket, horse-collar style, forerunner of the BC|
|AGE||Arterial Gas Embolism, bubble causing obstruction to a blood vessel|
|AOW||Advanced Open Water (PADI qualification)|
|ASD||Atrial Septal Defect, 'Hole in Heart'|
|AV||Artificial Ventilation (cf: EAR)|
|BT||Bottom Time - definition is agency dependant|
|CESA||Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent|
|CMAS||Conféderation Mondiale des Activitiés Subaquatiques, International federation of scuba organisations from a number of countries|
|DCI||Decompression Illness, including DCS and AGE|
|DCS||Decompression Sickness, the 'bends'|
|DSMB||Delayed Surface Marker Buoy, SMB which is inflated at end of dive|
|DV||Demand Valve, usually the second stage|
|EANx||Enriched Air Nitrox|
|EAR||Expired Air Rescusitation (preferred term now is AV)|
|EAV||Expired Air Ventilation|
|FFM||Full Face Mask|
|IP||Intermediate Pressure, i.e. the pressure between the first and second stages|
|OOA||Out Of Air|
|PDC||Personal Dive Computer|
|PFO||Patent Foramen Ovale, openable flap between atria (cf: ASD)|
|ppO2||Partial Pressure of Oxygen|
|RIB||Rigid Inflatable Boat, solid keel and large inflated tubes|
|SI||Surface Interval (between dives)|
|SMB||Surface Marker Buoy, Buoy with flag (on a line to diver)|
|TUP||Time Under Pressure, time underwater (cf: BT)|