Connect with us

Miscellaneous Blogs

A Mermaid’s Tale



Although courses and training for freediving have been a more recent adventure, the passion and drive for the sport has been with me since I can remember. As I child I insisted on spending as much time in the water as possible, be it in the sea or the swimming pool. Mermaids and pirates were my biggest aspirations. I guess this was my earliest form of apnea practice, as I would love to spend as much time swimming down to the bottom as splashing at the surface.


When I was 11 my fascination for the sea took a step up as I received a scuba try dive for my birthday. I was hooked immediately. Scuba diving became my main passion and I was lucky enough to travel whilst gaining dives, experiences and unforgettable sights. This allowed me to become a scuba diving instructor as soon as I turned 18. However, between all these scuba sessions the love for freedom in the water was not lost. I could still be found beneath the surface just working on one breath, whether it be using snorkel equipment or no equipment at all.

DSC_2657 (2)

Videos of freedivers had always captivated me for their elegance and calmness and eventually I was given the opportunity to do a freediving course. For me the instant attraction can be found in the very word of the sport, being free. No tanks, no bulky equipment, no regulators. It’s just you and you set the limit for your exploration. Freediving also brings out a bigger sense of challenge or ambition with the many different disciplines. Constant weight inclines you to forever go deeper into the blue whilst static drives you to hold your breath for longer each time. I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to complete my level 1 freediving instructor qualification, but I know that this is just the beginning of the goals rather than the end. I definitely want to improve and push my freediving depths and breath hold times. Yet what is remarkable is that the key to such an addictive, no limits sport is relaxation. The best dives are performed by unruffled divers.

IMG_1210 (3)

My favourite memory of learning to freedive was using a monofin for the first time. The power from just having one large fin was remarkable and as I looked down in the water I had finally become the mermaid I had dreamt of as a small child. I would definitely advise anyone to give it a go as everybody is surprised at what their body can do, including me. Set yourself new challenges and have a lot of fun!

Tabitha Rowden (A.K.A. Tafa) is an SSI Freediver and SSI freediving Instructor at Freediving 2000 In Uckfield, East Sussex in the UK. She has freedived in the UK, France and the Red Sea. Outside of freediving, Tafa is a scuba instructor with Scuba 2000, and her hobbies include photography, going to festivals and camping.

Dive Training Blogs

Dream Dive Locker Build Out Part II: Blank Slate (Watch Video)



I owe you all an update on the dream dive locker build out! We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to build my dream dive locker/scuba classroom/office. In this installment, I’m going to answer your questions and comments from the first video in this series.

Scuba diving is my passion and to have a dedicated space for all my dive gear, as well as a hang out spot for my students, is a dream come true.

Let me know your color choice! 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5!

Thanks for watching!



Subscribe here:

Continue Reading

Freediving Blogs

The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Stephan Whelan



Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Stephan Whelan.  Stephan is the Founder and Publisher of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans and led him to become one of the leading figures in the diving media industry.

Stephan got bitten by the diving bug early in life. His first scuba experience was a try-dive when he was eight years old on a family holiday in Europe, and from that moment, he was addicted. He learned to dive properly with BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) as soon as he could at school and then did his BSAC Assistant Instructor when he turned 16. By the time he was heading to university in 1996, he was hooked on teaching and diving as much as he could.

By the time he started studying at university, he decided to have a go at flexing his web-design skills by publishing some of the stories he had built up about various ‘challenging’ students and dives he had encountered, and so (as it was known then) was created. He published numerous personal stories until 1998 when other writers began enquiring about contributing to the site with their tales, and it was at this moment he decided to make it more like a magazine format and began asking for volunteer helpers. He got a couple of editors on board, and plenty of writers began contributing. (or DB as it’s become to be known) is now one of the most-popular diving websites in the world and has grown to publish over 9,000 articles covering all sorts of topics like Freediving, Scuba Diving, Ocean Advocacy, and Diving Travel all the while keeping over half-a-million passionate divers from the diving community connected every month through the forums, large social media following, mobile app, and recently launched podcast.








Find more podcast episodes and information at and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

Continue Reading

E-Newsletter Sign up!


This is the perfect start to your 2021 diving season… and at an incredible lead-in price of just £885 per person.

Jump on board the latest addition to the Emperor fleet and enjoy diving the famous sites of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer. This itinerary takes in the wonderful South & St Johns from 26 February – 05 March 2021.  

Subject to availability – limited flight seats at this price so don't delay!

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email to book your spot!

More Less

Instagram Feed

Facebook Feed

Facebook Pagelike Widget