Rick's Blog

March 26, 2018

Long Distance Truk(ers)

It can be very difficult to grade a trip, I often find that the most recent trip is the best – ever. British Columbia last September was amazing, Malin Head before that was fantastic. Fast […]
December 11, 2017

Super Yacht – Super Wreck

I don’t suppose many (if any) of us will get an invitation to have a look around Roman Abramovich’s super yacht Eclipse, the 162m state of the art craft which boasts 2 swimming pools (one […]
October 11, 2017

Snorkeling the river of life

I’ve been off grid for a good deal of the summer traveling around and diving Canada’s Vancouver Island. Culminating in a visit to the remote  God’s Pocket resort close to the northern tip of Vancouver […]
June 16, 2017

Wrecks Pt2

The second & final part of this series about wrecks takes us to the heart of a steam ship, its engine from there aft to the stern. It is worth understanding how the ubiquitous triple […]
May 15, 2017

New Blood

It’s great to see new blood joining our fantastic sport of diving. I often hear people complaining about the lack of young people taking up our sport. I hope I have done my bit by […]
March 30, 2017

Wrecks! pt1

When diving on wrecks, can you appreciate what that pile of broken & twisted metal actually is? Some wrecks remain fairly well held together and are instantly recognisable for what they are but many others represent a real challenge. I’m sure experienced divers will empathise when I describe a scenario where different divers have opposing views on what you had all just swum over, were you really on the same dive?


Rick Ayrton learnt to dive with Clifton BSAC club, in the late 1980’s, and has been active club diver ever since. He was an early entrant into the world of technical diving receiving his first Trimix qualification in 1999. He took up rebreather diving in 2002, at the same time as his first steps into underwater photography; acquiring a second-hand Subal/Sony Hi8 video housing.

As rebreather experience increased, u/w video equipment was upgraded. Rick was asked to be involved as a cameraman on the Deep Wreck Mysteries TV series of historical underwater documentaries, this proved to be a challenging and rewarding experience and he is pleased to see that the series still gets regularly aired. Unfortunately no third series has been commissioned (yet).

More recently he developed a passion for still photography, he is a member of the Bristol Underwater Photo Group(BUPG) and the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP). He has earned some success with his images , notably winning the Close up & Animal portrait category of the 2009 BSoUP splash in competition, in 2014 runner-up in the same competition for the wide angle category.

In the newly established British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship he was awarded Highly Commended in the 2015 wide angle category.

He has had images selected for display in the BSoUP print competitions, as well as intermittent success in monthly competitions for both the BUPG & BSoUP. Many of Rick’s images are used in O’Three’s publicity material.

Rick enjoys both close-up & wide angle underwater photography, but particularly enjoys the challenge of taking images of wrecks and happily admitting that getting good images of deep UK wrecks is a fickle process with many variables that he is still trying to master.

Alongside the photography Rick has contributed to several diving magazines, 990, Sport Diver, Scuba & Diver magazine, he enjoys telling the story behind the wrecks that often feature in his articles.

He remains an active member of the CliftonSAC currently holding the position of club President. He will equally enjoy taking his rebreather & camera on a shallow scenic dive as much as on a deep wreck, his diving year is split between deep wreck diving, club trips(which can be to any destination) & photographic trips. The majority of his diving is in UK waters but usually will take in a couple of weeks overseas each year.

Off the water Rick enjoys skiing and mountain biking and travelling in his VW California campervan with his wife Helen.