About Don Silcock and Indopacificimages… This site is the personal scuba diving and underwater photography website of Don Silcock.
It is basically a record of the places I have dived and my experiences at those locations. Illustrated with the images I took while I was there.
Occasionally I may get paid (not much though…) for an article I have written. And sometimes I get offered trips in exchange for writing about a specific location.
But I always try to tell it like it is and only ever use images from a trip to illustrate what I saw.
I do all this because I like writing and get a lot of satisfaction from putting it all together.
I actually started the site because I was so fed up with all the commercially orientated nonsense that is out there with regards to scuba diving. No claims on perfection, but I try to provide interesting and factual content that is based on what I saw and experienced.
I sincerely hope you like the site and am happy to receive constructive feedback if you have the time…
About Don Silcock
I was born in the 50’s in the north-west of England in a town called Runcorn, about 15 miles from Liverpool, but left as soon as I could… Back then there seemed very little opportunity to do anything but work in the local petrochemical plants for the rest of your life and that was not for me!
Some of my earliest memories are of my elder brother, who was in the merchant navy at the time, telling stories of the places he had visited and that was probably the catalyst for my travel bug.
My first chance to get “out” came soon after my 21st birthday when I was offered a job as a trainee service engineer for a Swiss compressor company, which allowed me to see a lot of the UK and Ireland and four years later led to job in the oil and gas industry in Libya.
Libya was not the end of the world, it just felt that you could see it from there… But the work-cycle was six weeks on and three weeks off and those three weeks off allowed me to travel and led to my first experience of scuba diving – on the Mediterranean island of Malta.
That was in 1978, when recreational diving was loosely regulated, and a one day introductory course got me a “dive card” that allowed me dive the many sites around the island, which I have to say is pretty scary in retrospect!
The job in Libya was supposed to be for one year – but it was 14 years, a wife, two kids and four countries later before we decided it was time to move on and leave the Middle East to head down-under for a new life in Australia.
My time in the Middle East, and particularly the 7 years we spent in Bahrain, allowed me to move on from my Maltese dive card and learn to dive properly – eventually qualifying as a BSAC Advanced Instructor and then later as a PADI Divemaster.
Living in Australia allowed me to dive areas of the Great Barrier Reef and then hear about the diving to the north in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
My first trip to PNG was in 1999 and a year later I dived Indonesia for the first time – you could say that I was hooked and if you check out all the relevant pages on this site you will see why…
I still dive a lot in the Indo-Pacific region (hence the name for the site) but a couple of years ago I started to sign up for “big animal” type trips and again you will find a lot more about that on the pages of this site.