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Book Review: Confessions of a Divemaster



“Confessions of a Divemaster” by Kris Mears is an unfiltered, honest account of a life spent in diving. Kris has spent many years living and working in some of the best dive locations in the world. He has been fortunate to have a myriad of incredible encounters to make most divers green with envy and inspire non-divers to get in the water.

Kris writes in a no-nonsense way about his experiences and his descriptions ring true to me as a dive professional. The joy discovering the underwater world and pursuing a dive career; working with interesting customers and bosses; adapting to different cultures and falling totally in love with the underwater world are all very familiar to me. Having worked in Utila myself, I found those chapters held many familiar place-names that took me back to that small island life; I could almost taste the baleadas again.

As his first book, Kris Mears’ self published memoir, has an unpolished style and reads as a series of anecdotes told to friends over a beer. I’m sure those who know and have worked with Kris over the years will enjoy reminiscing over those times when reading it.

A word of warning for those who do not like coarse language or drink and drug references – this may not be the book for you. If you do give it a go, I’m sure many divers, travelers and Cardiff City fans will find plenty to relate to and entertainment within the pages of “Confessions of a Divemaster”.

Publisher : Independently published (23 Nov. 2020)

Paperback : 386 pages

ISBN-13 : 979-8550763384

CJ and Mike are dive instructors who have travelled all over the world pursuing their passion for the underwater world. CJ is a PADI MI and DSAT Trimix instructor with a degree in Conservation biology and ecology, who has been diving for 15 years. She loves looking for critters and pointing them out for Mike to photograph. Mike is a PADI MSDT who got back into diving in 2010. He enjoys practicing underwater photography and exploring new and exciting dive locales, occasionally with more than one tank. Follow more of their diving adventures at


The BiG Scuba Podcast Episode 172: Dr. Joseph Dituri



Joseph Dituri

Gemma and Ian chat to Dr. Joseph Dituri. Dr. Jospeh Dituri lived undersea for 100 Days in a mission combining education, ocean conservation research, and the study of the physiological and psychological effects of compression on the human body.  

Dituri enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1985. He served continuously on active service upon various ships and shore stations where he was involved in every aspect of diving and special operations work from saturation diving and deep submergence to submersible design and clearance diving. Now that he is retired from 28 years of active service to the United States, he is the president of the International Board of Undersea Medicine. He also volunteers his time as the CEO of the Association for Marine Exploration. He is an invited speaker on motivational, sea and space related topics.

Fuelled by his passion for exploration, discovery, adventure, and making the greatest possible positive contribution to the world, he is fighting for change in a big way and with great enthusiasm.

You can listen to Episode 172 of the BiG Scuba Podcast here.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast Episode 171: Kirk Krack & DEEP



Gemma and Ian from the BiG Scuba Podcast recently visited the team at DEEP. Kirk Krack is the Human Diver Performance Lead. This podcast conversation with Kirk was recorded back in 2020 and sets the scene showcasing Kirks diving experience. More information and conversation will be featured in future episodes about DEEP.

In this episode, Gemma and Ian also talk about Dive Fitness, Ian’s Dry suit, an upcoming dive trip to the M2 wreck, and this year’s upcoming Go Diving Show.

You can listen to Episode 171 of the BiG Scuba Podcast here.

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