Articles by: J9
Since her first DiveBuzz in 1998, J9 became incurably hooked on diving. It was this addiction that ultimately lead her to a life changing move, to swap the corporate rat-race and follow her dreams. A PADI MSDT since 2008, J9 has a unique energy, style and passion for scuba diving and diver training that is highly contagious. Just ask any of her (1000+) students!

by in Gear

Tusa Visio Pro dive mask review

One of the first rules of SCUBA diving is to breathe continually and never, hold your breath. The second rule is of course to look cool! With this in mind, I am always on the look out for new and innovative products that fit in with “rule number two.” I was particularly excited when I came across one of Tabata’s [...]

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by in Protect

Sea Shepherd – Love them or loathe them?

Growing up in the 80’s, I have vivid memories of the environmental lobby group, Greenpeace. Perhaps I was young and impressionable, perhaps I was simply passionate about nature and the environment, but for me, there was something about Greenpeace that I found awe inspiring. Often controversial, often unconventional, Greenpeace showed raw passion in everything that they lobbied for, be it [...]

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by in Dive

Diving Sydney – It’s a shore thing!

Mention Sydney to most visitors and locals alike and they will no doubt mention the Harbour, its famous Bridge and of course the wonderful Opera House. Sydney’s best-kept secret however, lies in the diversity of marine life hiding beneath the surface of its vast waters. Arguably, Sydney’s marine life is unparalleled to that of any other city on this planet. [...]

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by in Gear

Light & Motion Sola Dive Light review

As a dive professional working on a liveaboard dive boat and logging in excess of 500 dives each year, I demand a lot from my gear. Like any professional, you cannot perform to your best without the best gear and I always like to research and select the best gear to do its job, keep me safe and ensure maximum [...]

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by in Gear

Do women get colder than men on dives?

Back in the day, I will never forget queuing for nightclubs in the midst of bleak Northern English winters. Scantily clad and waif like females wearing next to nothing in the driving hail. My Mother always warned me to wear a coat and cover up my kidneys to avoid catching my death of cold. Unlike most teenagers, I took note [...]

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by in Dive

I don’t get seasick!

It never ceases to amaze me, how many people proudly confess these words to me. If only it were true. The reality, in fact, is that most people do suffer from seasickness to varying degrees. After years of personally battling seasickness, I can definitely offer sympathy to whoever gets sick. In its most severe form, seasickness is, after all, a [...]

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by in Dive

World class diving on the Great Barrier Reef?

Amongst novice divers, there is certainly a perception that diving on the Great Barrier Reef (“GBR”) is world class. Certainly ask any backpacker about their travel plans and diving on the GBR will no doubt feature heavily on their wish list. Amongst more experienced divers, opinions are certainly more mixed. The amount of times I have heard comments such as [...]

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by in Protect

Passive interactions with marine life

I am animal mad in every sense of the word. I physically cannot walk past a dog in the street without stroking it, I stop the car to talk to the horses and cows in fields adjoining roads, and despite being allergic to cats, cannot fail to tickle their heads. That said, take me underwater and I am a different [...]

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