Scuba Diving performing a buoyancy weight check

Scuba Skills: Performing a Weight Check on the Surface.

Diving incorrectly weighted will increase your air consumption and hold you back from attaining that amazing weightless feeling that we’re all chasing. If you’re weighted incorrectly you will either spend the whole dive adjusting your BCD, or battling to prevent yourself from floating up on your safety stop – neither of these is fun or safe. By performing a weight check on the surface, you will get a better understanding of how much weight you really need and have better dives because of it. Continue reading

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Becoming a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader – Deep Blue Scuba

Can’t afford to become an instructor but still want to be part of someone’s first experience breathing underwater? Become a Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) leader for the princely sum of £30 instead! DSD Leader wasn’t something offered to the Divemaster Trainees at my dive school and it wasn’t a certification that I had heard a lot about until I joined Deep Blue Scuba in Edinburgh. There is a lot of conflicting information out there about DSD Leader and many people don’t see it’s value, preferring to step up straight to Instructor instead. This post is about my personal experience with the DSD Leader programme and it might just help you decide whether it’s something you want to aim for too.

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Edinburgh Diaries – Come for a weekend, stay forever!

As trite as the phrase ‘four seasons in one day’ sounds, it has never described a city more aptly than it describes Edinburgh. This is a place that requires a coat be carried at all times regardless of the season. It is however, a city that is worth layering up for. Having been inhabited since Adam was a cowboy, the city is steeped in history like a forgotten teabag. At each turn you are confronted with another majestic stone building that would violate every part of the New Zealand earthquake code.

A single weekend in Edinburgh was all it took to convince me that this city would be my new hometown. So how does one weekend in one city have such a big impact? Let me share the itinerary that had me bagpipes over sporran for Bonnie Scotland. Continue reading

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Belfast – Northern Ireland and the Secret Engagement Project

Let’s preface this story with the fact that I’m a bit of a wedding scrooge. I worked for a bar and catering team in my hometown doing a lot of weddings over the years and it made me never want to have one of my own, I just couldn’t see the sense in spending all my time and money organising one day (even accounting for my love of spreadsheets and organisation in general).

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Working at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – A Month of Madness

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is essentially an experiment to see if, for a month, a human being can subsist on a diet of refined carbohydrates, minimal sleep and rum. I volunteered myself to test this theory back in August.

The results came back as a resounding no.

If attempted, you will contract strep throat and spend a week in bed, on antibiotics, trying not to create any saliva and stroking your own head for comfort. A word of advice, if you come to the festival try to eat a vegetable and sleep more than six hours a night.

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2 Months on a Yacht – What did I learn?

I recently spent 2 months as a Stewardess on a swanky super yacht. Then some DRAMA occurred and long story short, I no longer work on a swanky super yacht. Unfortunately for all you sticky beaks I can say no more about it, but I can assure you it’s a great story and I can tell you what I learned in the process. Having learned that I don’t enjoy being a glorified cleaner I’m going to become a Dive Instructor before I return to the high seas in the hopes that I will get to do more diving and less vacuuming. Anyway anyway anyway… Continue reading

Designing and writing a yachting cv for work on super yachts

Working on Super Yachts – Writing a decent CV on land or sea.

So I had intended to write you great long screeds about my dockwalking experiences in Antibes. I was going to chronicle the weeks of daywork and rejection I encountered while I tried to shimmy my way into my first yachting job. I would regale you with my misfortunes and mishaps…But as it turns out I can’t tell you the first thing about it because I got my job directly via a phone interview after I put my CV up on a crew site. Continue reading

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STCW – How to work on a yacht, starting with FIRE!

If you want to work on a boat the first thing you need to do is your STCW. This is the basic level of training that everyone working in the maritime industry needs and you aren’t going to get hired on a bit white floaty thing if you don’t have it. It can be a bit of a cash commitment to make when you don’t have a job yet but it’s unavoidable, you just have to take the hit and hold out hope for your first months wages. Or you can do what I did and put it on a credit card and then stew in that horrible “I’m in debt” hole for five months. Continue reading