Diving among the tall pines: A guide to diving the pit mines of Minnesota

Mine diving is on the rise. It brings a lot of the same challenges of cave diving but in a new environment. Flooded mines can have a lot of interesting sites and history few will ever get the chance to experience. Mine diving has been very popular in Europe, but did you know there are plenty of mines to dive in Minnesota?

Mine Diving in the UK

Mine diving is hot on our mind this month. You might know that Europe is a hot spot for mine diving but do you know the specifics of exactly where to go? Maybe not… Thanks to one of our contributors we’re giving you the details on eight mines in the UK.


Do tough conditions during a course result in better divers?

Have you debated any of these three situational approaches to learning to dive? Learn more about how each option isn’t necessarily a bad option. Each has its own pros and cons list, you just have to figure out which is the best for you.


Fantastic (Underwater) Beasts, and where to find them

Have you heard of these six underwater “beasts” before? Each one is unique in its own way leaving us wanting to suit up and go find as many as possible! Learn more about these critters from Gemma as she tells you about each one and where to find them.

Cardio Fitness and Diving

Did you know, your fitness level can affect your susceptibility to decompression sickness and other diving-related injuries? A good level of fitness can help you reduce gas consumption and increase your overall enjoyment. There are two types of cardo that can help you improve your diving, Kristen Fassolas, The Scuba Fitness Coach explains both.


Aquatic Rescue Incident Size Up

Have you ever heard of the size up method WATER? We’re breaking down exactly what this means and who you should call at every step of an aquatic rescue. Knowing what is going to happen will allow personnel to not only assist in the rescue but observe the entire scene. They can be alert for safety issues and make recommendations to adjust the rescue plan.

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Lewis Kam Wing Tang

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Lewis Kam Wing Tang: SDI Instructor Trainer Ambassador

I’m Lewis Kam Wing Tang, my friends and students call me “BRO-WING.” I’m honored to be a part of the SDI Instructor Trainer Ambassador Program. I started my diving since 1980 and started my first job in dive equipment agents company. I became an Instructor in 1989. Started my Dive Shop “Blue Lagoon Dive Academy-Hong Kong” from year 2000. I’m so enjoy diving are my sport, job and hobby.

What do you believe is the most important trait of a professional educator and why?

As an educator, I believe honesty, behavior, good attitude and patience. That coming back are friendship, trust and respect. Of course the best part, professional payback “INCOME.”


What is your favorite SDI class to teach and why?  

I love to teach beginners, such as Open Water Diver and Instructor. I try to help the beginner to learn diving from nothing, to become a good diver, or even become Instructor, feeling so good and success.

What is a bucket list dive you still have?

I’m so enjoy my entire life with my love one, not only diving. I love to find anything “I don’t know” to learn. Traveling is also my favorite. TRavel and explore someplace I never been there! Or some activities I never try!

What is one bit of advice you would give to a perspective Instructor candidate about to embark on becoming an SDI Instructor?

From the day after Instructor exam, I just say the right time to start to learn again “What is Diving.” Because some much different kind and subject of diving from SDI TDI ERDI that enriched your entire life and also generalize your students or follower.