Steve's Blog

March 8, 2016

Want to ignore the rules? Then do this…

There really are no scuba police, and here in most of North America at least, government bodies give the diving community the closest thing to a free-rein. We can, in essence, do exactly as we please. We can dive without training, ignore warning signs, flaunt best practice, exceed both whatever certification we have and the experience earned on previous outings. We are free agents. Great stuff.
January 5, 2016

Mine Quest 2.0

Winter in Newfoundland can be bleak and is most definitely cold, but this week, a group of volunteers and Bell Island Heritage Society staff ignored the weather and did a huge amount of setup work getting things ready for Mine Quest 2.0.

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To connect with Steve about training programs, or just to talk about diving, you might try emailing
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Steve currently has two books for sale on Amazon (and CreateSpace), The Six Skills and Other Discussions, deals with many of the topics that are touched on in this blog. Read more about it here

And Staying Alive is the latest and deals specifically with Risk Management in Advanced Diving. Find it here


Steve is a dive-industry professional who makes his living as a training, marketing and product consultant for clients in the private and public sectors of the dive and dive-related industries.

In addition, he is an active cave and wreck diver and hold an advanced trimix instructor-trainer rating with several technical agencies. He’s lucky enough to teach all over North America and further afield when the opportunity presents itself. Those diver and instructor education programs focus on best practices for optimal dive planning and execution. What that means is that the real emphasis is on common sense and not teaching Muppet tricks.

In more than 20 years of doing this stuff, Steve has logged 2,000 plus staged decompression dives, 1,000 plus cave dives, and approximately 880 deep trimix dives.

The cool thing is, I can still get enthusiastic about a bimble on a wreck or a reef in 20 metres because being underwater is way more fun than anything else. – Take care and dive safe.

Steve has been an instructor-trainer with Technical Diving International (TDI) since its formation in 1994. Lewis served as a member of its Training Advisory Panel until 2005 when he became director of product development for International Training, and later served as the Marketing and Communications director for TDI, Scuba Diving International (SDI) and Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) the public safety diver certifying branch of International Training.

From 2010 until the present he works as an adventure travel, marketing, and training consultant for various clients in the public and private sectors. In September 2015, he was named as a factory-sanctioned instructor-trainer on the SF2 rebreather by ScubaForce USA

He has published dozens of articles about diving and diver training for various publications and is managing editor of Diving Adventure Magazine.Lewis has written several textbooks and instructor guides such as TDI’s Advanced Trimix and SDI’s Solo Diver, Nitrox, and Advanced Adventure Programs. He has also written “The Six Skills and Other Discussions, a guide for technical divers”.

Steve has been elected to the Royal Canadian Geographical Society as a member of the College of Fellows.  He has been recognised for his efforts to promote exploration of and education about our marine/sub-surface heritage and history.