Born in the UK, David Strike's earliest memories are of diving and divers. Entranced by the stories told to him by his uncles - one a commercial 'hard hat' diver, the other a Royal Navy Clearance Diver - his burning ambition was always to become a diver. His formal entry into diving began in 1961 when he joined the British Sub-Aqua Club, followed two years later by qualifying as a Royal Navy diver. During two shipboard postings to the Far East ('64 - '65 and again in '68 - '69) he had the opportunity to dive many of the locations that have, today, become popular diving destinations. In 1966 he was posted to Malta, on detached duty from the Royal Navy, where he worked with Dr John Woods in photographing and studying Thermocline characteristics.
On leaving the R.N. he completed a refresher course at the legendary, Siebe-Gorman works before joining a consortium of ex-military divers working on the North Sea gas and oil platforms. During the early seventies the mortality rate among the North Sea offshore diving community was reaching alarming proportions. Following two 'near misses' - and attracted by the prospect of warmer waters - he and his family migrated to Australia.
In 1974 he began teaching recreational diving and until recently was a former PADI, SSI Instructor Certifier and ANDI Instructor. He continues to dive regularly and is particularly fascinated by the advent of 'Technical Diving'.
Today he and his wife live in Sydney where he writes about all aspects of diving and dive travel. A regular contributor to a number of diving publications, he is co-convenor with Richard Taylor of the OZTeK Diving Technologies Conference.