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ISLAS MARIETAS

The islands really are very spectacular and extremely unique both on and under the surface. This archipelago (chain of islands) was formed by a huge volcanic eruption. Not all of it was made this way though as in the early 1900s the Mexican government began…


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MY EVER CHANGING WORKPLACE

One of the best things about running a dive shop is that no 2 days are ever the same. The guests change, the conditions change and the sea life changes, so I can never do the same dive twice. It would be like having your…


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A happy and healthy new year to you all!

High season doesn´t really mean too much to me apart from feeling the need to expand, which I quickly nip in the bud due to a severe bout of not wanting to work any harder, but this high season started in a very bizarre way…


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ANOTHER FIRST FOR ME

Today had it´s great and not so great sides for me, and I am not sure which one I will dwell on, but I will write about them both. The first dive of the day was at Majahuitas, a personal favourite of mine. This I…


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HOW CLEAN IS OUR BAY?

As a part of our dive briefing, we always ask our divers to pick up any trash they find, and to hand over sunglasses, wallets and anything of value over to their dive guides! More often than not, we get goodies, but occasionally, they pick…


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I HOPE THIS DOESN´T PUT YOU OFF DIVING!!

I had a guest today that got grossed out at the suggestion of spitting in his mask to clean it, which gave me the idea for this week’s article. Diving is a messy kind of sport in that respect. Spitting in your mask before diving…


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Taking down the editor!

Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of taking Madeline, the editor of the Vallarta Tribune newspaper into my pool to teach her some basic scuba diving skills. I have to say I did this mainly because I wanted to write an article on how bad…


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BIZARRE SCUBA RECORDS & ACTIVITIES

Is it a man? Is it a plane? No, it’s wild a wacky scuba diver. In the world of scuba diving, there are those who like to push the limits – some in pursuit of science and some who are just chasing a record for…


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Headline grabbers

There is nothing like a shark attach for grabbing the headlines in the world press. This only helps to reaffirm people’s fears regarding sharks by giving them a bad name. I am not saying that the attacks shouldn’t be reported, but maybe they should be…


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Artificial reefs

A topic of conversation that has cropped up many times over the past few months with my divers has been diving on artificial reefs and the benefits of building an artificial reef. We build these for many reasons. Firstly, diving along a flat sandy bottom…


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BEING A DIVE INSTRUCTOR

This has to be the most satisfying job I have ever done for many reasons, but it´s not all glamour and wild parties, honest, no matter what you might have heard. A dive instructor is never going to get rich, but, teaching someone to enjoy…


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Another WOW day in the bay

I have just had one of the most amazing experiences, and I feel I must share it with you all. Today, I took out my boat with 6 guys and had a blast at “work”, going to 2 of Vallarta´s many hidden gems. Firstly, we…


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ADDICTED TO DIVING

A spend a lot of my working life taking people diving for the very first time, and I feel really sorry for them. Why I hear you ask is that? Well, I once had a normal life and a regular job, and then I learnt…


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What a wonderful 24 hours

What a wonderful 24 hours Yesterday afternoon, 3 wonderful men came to my pool for some scuba instruction. 24 hours later, they left my boat as very happy friends. When they arrived yesterday full of apprehension, I knew today would be a fun one. Firstly,…


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A day in Banderas Bay

A great way to spend a day in the bay Although I love to scuba, there are other day’s that are so much fun during the summer months, and they are the beach hopping days. I usually do 2 per week, and I never get…


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Cornetfish

This week, I had a funny experience snorkelling with some guests at Los Arcos. One of my guest, who was snorkelling with his wife, was trying to describe a fish he kept seeing, but every time he went to show his wife this fish, it…


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What is in the bay?

I have talked about the diversity in the Banderas bay before, so I thought I would introduce you to some of our daily sightings this week.  The most common fish we have here are the puffer fish. If you have been into the bay and…


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ITS NOT JUST DIVING

Taking a scuba trip is not just all about the diving, it´s an adventure that starts as soon as we set sail from the marina. Sailing past all of the luxury yachts and sailboats in the marina is very cool. Most of us can only…


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THE DIVERSITY IN OUR BAY.

I am happy to have been asked to start writing for the Vallarta Tribune again. So, I thought I would start by letting you know some of our highlights over the past few months.  Probably one of the most exciting things we have to report…