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Interview: Michael Menduno

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 7th February 2019

The DIVER interview: With Michael Menduno – Journalist, Reporter, and Producer   How long have you been diving?  I was first certified in 1976 in Monterey, California. What made you want to become a diver? I grew up watching Jacques Cousteau and Lloyd Bridge’s Sea Hunt so it was always …

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Spring 2020

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th March 2020

FREE ISSUE: Since the world is on an extended surface interval, we thought we’d make our brand new digital issue available completely free. You do need to make an account with Magzter (free), but then you’ll be able to access the brand new issue for zero bucks! https://www.magzter.com/…/Seagraphi…/DIVER-mag/Sports/431411 Features …

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Doria Tipped The Scales

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd January 2020

By Michael Menduno One of the world’s most iconic shipwrecks, the wreck of the SS Andrea Doria—located 110 nautical miles (200km) east of Montauk, New York and dubbed the “Mount Everest of Wreck Diving”—served as an early proving ground for would-be Northeast wreck divers to test their mettle.  Diving …

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Winter 2019

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd December 2019

Features this issue: The Road Less Travelled Washington State’s submerged riches Dive Medicine Diving with a mental health issue To Submerge and Protect Training the RCMP’s URT Symbiotic Relationships Not always what they seem Diving for DNA Bacterial sampling in a flooded mine The Antikythera Shipwreck Significant finds still being made South Australia Accessible and …

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Tech History: You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 31st October 2019

By Michael Menduno Depending on how you count it, technical diving quietly turned 30 years old last Fall, marked by the anniversary of Dr. Bill Stone’s Wakulla Springs Project 1987. What was once considered the radical fringe has taken its rightful place as the vanguard of sport diving. Today, …

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Preview: Kirk Krack – writing the book on freediving

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th October 2019

  The following is an abridged version of an extensive ten page feature interview in the Fall 2019 issue of DIVER magazine, written by Michael Menduno. Kirk Krack is one of the most prolific and innovative trailblazers in sport diving, yet ironically, most divers (DIVER readers excluded) have never heard of …

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Fall 2019

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th October 2019

Features this issue: Monumental Egypt – Scott Johnson dives the Red Sea and sails the Nile Into the Planet –  An exclusive interview with Jill Heinerth about her new book Manta Mom! –  One diver’s lifelong passion and scientific breakthrough Diving the Dark Side –  A new side to the incredible Wakatobi resort O2 and First …

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Summer 2019

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd July 2019

Features this issue: Exploration 101 – Mega list of exploration travel tips Returning to the Kittiwake –  Former crew member dives his ship There’s No Replacing It –  Lessions learned through experience The Ice Man –  Cinematographer Mario Cyr No Swimming with Whales – New regulations are contentious A Case for Sidemount –  Freedom through gear …

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Spring 2019

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th March 2019

Features this issue: No More Skulls in Truk – To change the accepted practice The Ultimate Liveaboard – From conception to completion Up Your Mental Game –  Decision-making in complex situations Tahitian Treat –  Choose your island wisely An Ace in a Zero – Intact WW II plane wreck in PNG The Chester A. …

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Can this man save the diving industry? Interview with Paul Toomer

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th November 2018

By Michael Menduno   RAID’s co-owner is on a mission to make diving sexy again. He’s passionate, experienced, and brings a fresh point of view. Don’t underestimate Paul Toomer… By creating a new market for diving, PADI co-founder & former CEO John Cronin—reportedly the first person to rack up …

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Becky Kagan Schott: Shooting Star

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th December 2014

At 30, Becky Kagan Schott’s already an Emmy winner but the over achieving cinematographer believes the best is yet to come Interview By Michael Menduno – First published Volume 38 Issue 2   Talent plus personality. That’s how clients and colleagues explain 30-year old Becky Kagan Schott’s rapid ascent in the …

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Rise of the Recreational Rebreather

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th January 2014

An explorer begets the Explorer, the new Hollis Gear semi-closed unit that just may change and reinvigorate sport diving  Text by Michael Menduno   Kevin Gurr has been passionate about computing and rebreathers since his first rebreather dive in 1987. The prolific 54-year old British explorer, tech instructor and …

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DIVER at DEMA 2013

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th November 2013

Are you heading to this years DEMA show? If yes, then be sure to stop by the DIVER booth #2137 and have a chat to the fine people that will be giving away delicious copies of our fantastic new issue. Not only that but you can sign up for …

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Rebreather diving: ‘Killing Them Softly’

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th July 2012

Second in series of reports on Rebreather Forum 3 by Michael Menduno. Dr. Andrew Fock, head of hyperbaric medicine at The Albert Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, himself an accomplished rebreather diver, took the RF3 stage Saturday morning with an important and sobering presentation on the risks of rebreather diving, …

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Rebreather History: From Conception to the Modern Era (1680-2012)

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

By Michael Menduno 1680: Giovanni Borelli conceives the closed circuit rebreather. Believed recirculating air through copper tube cooled by seawater would allow impurities to condense. 1726: Stephan Hale developed a device for surviving mine disasters. The helmet contained a flannel liner soaked in sea salt and tartar as a …

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Dive-By-Wire?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

Sixth in series of reports on Rebreather Forum 3 by Michael Menduno. The diving media and interested Rebreather Forum participants were treated to a preview of the lovechild spawned by Poseidon and Dr. Bill Stone, CEO of Stone Aerospace. Called the Poseidon TECH (DIVER Volume 37 Number 4), the …

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PCO2: The Dark Matter of Rebreather Diving

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

Fifth in series of reports on Rebreather Forum 3 by Michael Menduno. Similar to 02 sensing problems discussed in a previous RF3 report posted here, divers must contend with issues concerning PCO2, which has been dubbed the “dark matter of rebreather diving.” High PCO2s (0.03 bar and above) can …

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Engineering The CCR Blues Away

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

Fourth in series of reports on Rebreather Forum 3 by Michael Menduno. In addition to training and creating a culture that reinforces safe rebreather diving practices, experts agree that a number of safety issues might be resolved through better engineering of the equipment itself. Indeed, this is the thinking …

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Creating A Safety Culture

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

Third in series of reports on Rebreather Forum 3 by Michael Menduno. Veteran explorers and educators Jill Heinerth and Terrence Tysell chaired an open discussion on training at the Rebreather Forum, encouraging participants to present views on a host of training related topics. In keeping with the RF3 theme, …

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Improving Rebreather Safety

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

First in a series of reports on Rebreather Forum 3 by Michael Menduno. Rebreather Forum 3 staged in Orlando, Florida, saw the convergence of a rebreather diving ‘who’s who’ to discuss and debate this life support system that is hailed as the future of diving by some and anything …

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PADI on rebreathers: Are they safe for recreational divers? Pt1

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th May 2012

The world’s largest dive training agency thinks they are, and they’ve developed courses for the rec and tec diver alike. Here, the agency’s Vice President of Rebreather Technologies, Mark Caney, weighs in on PADI’s new direction, the rise of a new ‘Type-R’ recreational rebreather, and the voice of opposition. …

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PADI on rebreathers: Are they safe for recreational divers? PT2

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th April 2012

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the world’s largest scuba training agency, has expanded its course offerings in recent months to include recreational rebreather instruction. What follows is the continuation of an interview with Mark Caney, PADI’s Vice President of Rebreather Technologies, published in the current issue of …

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The Divine Secrets of the She-P Sisterhood

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th January 2012

Seduced by the call of the deep, technical divers Heleen and Laura face-off with that most fundamental challenge of extended duration diving: the call of nature. With their solution in hand – well, not so much – word is now spreading and the sisterhood, to no one’s surprise, is …

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Marketing Rebreathers

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 31st October 2011

Jarrod Jablonski talks with Michael Menduno   Credit Where Credit Is Due In my interview with explorer Jarrod Jablonski in DIVER Vol. 37 Number 1, I incorrectly stated that Jablonski and his team from Global Underwater Explorers were the first to video the USS Atlanta in 430 feet (130m) …

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The Prince of Gases

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 31st October 2011

Recently the diving industry lost Dr. R.W. ‘Bill’ Hamilton (1930-2011), whose intellect, compassion and love of life, will not soon be forgotten. Text by Joel Silverstein   Rarely in life do we encounter someone who was as impressive yet unassuming, humble, and gracious as R.W. ‘Bill’ Hamilton, Ph.D. On …

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History

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th September 2011

The rich history of DIVER magazine DIVER magazine was founded October 1974 and since the first issue rolled off the press in March 1975, the magazine has been published – continuously – by Seagraphic Publications, a limited company incorporated in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Thirty-six years later, …

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Drawn to Diving

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th August 2011

Diver Ian Churchill puts his artistic talents to the test with MARINEMAN, a new superhero whose underwater exploits showcase diving and the ocean environment. Can Dr. Steve Ocean save our seas and attract more people into the sport? Read on, the adventure’s just begun! Text by Michael Menduno Images/Artwork/Photographs …

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