The effects of stress and tasking loading in diving

Posted by - 14th August 2017

Andrew Tonge, deep diver, tech instructor and diving lawyer, takes a look at stress and task loading in diving. There is no doubt that stress during a dive can be a real problem. Lots of things cause stress, and it’s no secret that most of the diver training agencies believe that task loading is a

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DIVE LAWYER: Andrew Tonge discusses dealing with criminal and civil proceedings

Posted by - 14th July 2017

Scuba Diver’s resident dive lawyer Andrew Tonge answers your questions…  this time, dealing with criminal and civil proceedings. Question: I’ve heard a lot recently about members of the diving community facing criminal proceedings. I’ve also heard of divers facing civil law suits for negligence. What’s the difference? Answer: If you are unlucky enough to be involved

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DIVE LIKE A PRO: Drysuit diving hints and advice

Posted by - 26th May 2017

Our panel of experts tackle the subject of DRYSUIT DIVING, and offer up a host of helpful hints and advice to get you comfortable, warm and with no buoyancy issues.   Drysuits should be in every UK diver’s arsenal, as there is nothing worse than feeling cold both on a dive and when you exit

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DIVE LAWYER: Q&A – required size of a dive team

Posted by - 24th May 2017

Scuba Diver’s resident dive lawyer Andrew Tonge answers your questions…  this time relating to the size of a dive team.   Question – l run a dive centre. During our open water sessions, I have seen a number of other dive centres carrying out training dives with very few diving staff.  By law, is there a required number of people that must take

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DIVING LAWYER: Red Tape or Life Boat: Part 3

Posted by - 25th April 2017

In this, the third and final article in this series, lawyer Andrew Tonge continues his review of the 2nd Edition of the Approved Code of Practice for Recreational Diving Projects (ACOP) to the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 (DWR).   In this article, I will look at the remaining duties of the diving contractor, primarily by reference

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DIVE LIKE A PRO: Packing for a dive trip

Posted by - 12th April 2017

  Until someone produces ultra-light dive equipment, packing your gear for a trip away is always going to be a fraught process with ever-increasing baggage fees. Here our panel of industry experts give their hints and advice on this subject. Many of us love to head off to sunnier climes for a spot of tropical

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DIVE LIKE A PRO: Finning techniques

Posted by - 16th March 2017

This month, our panel of experts tackle the subject of finning techniques, and offer up a plethora of helpful hints and advice to get you gliding around like a dive god in no time   Nothing screams ‘dive guru’ as much as the sight of someone in a nice horizontal trim, effortlessly gliding through the

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DIVING LAWYER: Red tape or Lifeboat, part two

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

In this, the second in this series of articles, lawyer Andrew Tonge, continues his review of the 2nd Edition of the Approved Code of Practice for Recreational Diving Projects (ACOP) to the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 (DWR). In my first article, Red Tape or Lifeboat, I looked at the legislative and regulatory framework and the legal status

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DIVING LAWYER: Red tape or lifeboat?

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

In the first of a series of articles, lawyer Andrew Tonge examines the legal rules that govern the training of recreational and technical divers.   This is the first of a short series of articles in which I will look at the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 (DWR) and, following the changes in December 2014,

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