Laurence Andrews

Joining The Blue Company

There has been lots of change in 2018 but this has been a biggie. After almost six years, a lot of phone calls, many late nights, my first IPO, quite a lot of flying and of course learning to speak American it was the right time to change things up and move on from Cushman. Those six years hold some fantastic memories and my time at Cushman &... Read more

EuroTek2018 & Thai Cave Rescue

This was my first scuba-related conference and naturally I had no idea what to expect. The conference was without doubt, a top five highlight of 2018, an absolutely fantastic two day experience that surpassed any expectations I had. The show is in it’s tenth year and is scheduled every other year, being the tenth anniversary I understood it was... Read more

Helsinki

2018 was very close to being the year that I broke my (now six-year!) trend of visiting a new country every year. By a touch of luck, a change of job (expect a post on that soon) allowed for the trend to continue by offering the exciting opportunity to visit my second Nordic country, Finland. Three things spring to mind when I think of Finland:... Read more

My First Parkrun

Today was a big day - I decided that it was time to participate in my first ever Parkrun. The weather was great and I was up and ready for a run at 7:30 am. Paul and I arrived early and I was surprised at just how big the whole thing was, there were almost 400 participants, some seriously committed.AA Since this was my first run I didn’t want t... Read more

Marsa Alam, Egypt

Can’t get enough of that Red Sea diving! Shortly after getting home from Singapore I was heading east once again and couldn’t wait to get in the water. My previous trip to Egypt was on a Liveaboard, a week-long holiday on board a 26-berth yacht, it was great (I’ll get round to writing the blog at some point) but I wasn’t a huge fan of being conf... Read more

I'm banning Reddit and it's kind of a big deal...

Like an increasing number of people in the social media age, I spend far too much of my time consuming online content. It’s an addiction; an addiction to likes, swipes and retweets - it’s a waste of precious time and attention. The designers and engineers who built these systems talk openly about how concerned they are about the habits that peop... Read more

Passing PADI Tec40

The Tec40 cert has been on my scuba diving Christmas list for a while now and I’m pleased to say that with the help from Tony and Janine at Southern Scuba I now have the card (and the one-of-a-kind t-shirt!). Moving from recreational scuba diving to technical diving involves a big step up in ability, it’s a big challenge but is very rewarding. ... Read more

Something a bit Different!

Keeping with this year’s theme, The Year of Smart, I participated in my first non-technical training programme. The course was run by the Centre for Creative Leadership, a US-based non-profit organisation who focus on leadership development. CCL run the Maximising Your Leadership Potential course only three times a year at their Europe HQ in Bru... Read more