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Category: Dive Brief

Embracing the guiding path of water

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th August 2022

Filmmaker, freediver, and mentor to a new generation of indigenous storytellers, Len Morissette’s life has been guided by a deep connection to water Words by Jill Heinerth  When you are born in Saskatchewan and a member of the Mistawasis First Nation, “waves” usually refer to how wheat stalks and …

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New memoir dives into commercial industry at its peak

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th August 2022

The deep-sea diving industry relies heavily on robots and unmanned submarines today, but 50 years ago, when Phil Thompson began his career in commercial diving, the work was all done by humans. During the 1970s, the world of diving was a new frontier for industrious individuals and companies. There …

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DAN Founder Peter Bennett Has Passed Away

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th August 2022

August 11, 2022 – Peter Bennett, PhD, DSc, passed away on Tuesday in the company of his wife, Margaret, and son, Chris. Bennett was a passionate researcher and entrepreneur who founded Divers Alert Network in 1980 and led the organization for 23 years.  Born in Portsmouth, England, on June …

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Divers Report That Wakatobi Reefs Better Than Ever

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th August 2022

In the wake of pandemic closures, visitors who waited more than two years for the long-anticipated reopening of Wakatobi Dive Resort are returning to discover vibrant marine life and thriving coral. Following a soft reopening in May with a limited number of invited guests, the resort’s signature direct guest …

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DAN launches Spanish and Portuguese hotlines

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th July 2022

The DAN Emergency Hotline has been a lifeline for divers around the world since it was launched in 1981. For 41 years, all divers have had access to expert medical assistance 24 hours a day, every day, at +1-919-684-9111. Earlier this year DAN launched a dedicated Spanish-language emergency hotline. …

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A Primer on Old Wooden Ships

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th July 2022

By Steve Lewis What kind of dive turns your crank? Cold water wildlife, tropical reefs, shipwrecks, caves… what’s your poison? Personally, I love cave diving more than anything else. As a kid, caves fascinated me and since then it’s simply grown to become an obsession of sorts. But when …

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Easy listening with Dive In: The Podcast

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2022

As the world consumed all the media at its sanitized finger tips, this past year one group of divers gave us access to a global roster of experts, professionally produced, free for all, and with a dash of East Coast humour… Words & Photography by Nicolas Winkler What is …

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Storytelling to Inspire Ocean Protection

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th June 2022

By Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis There are powerful meanings in the stories we share about our personal experiences in vastness of the ocean wilderness. Every scuba diver is a storyteller, sharing personal experiences of encounters with the beautiful underwater world, a place many people will never see for …

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DIVER interview: Tiffany Duong

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st June 2022

Writer, Explorer, Inspirational Speaker How long have you been diving? Since April 2012 – close to 10 years! What made you want to become a diver? I was an unhappy lawyer in L.A. I lived for the weekends when new activities made me feel more alive. I signed up …

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Secrets of the Sea coming to IMAX this summer

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th June 2022

MacGillivray Freeman Films (MFF) announced that Secrets of The Sea, a co-production from Howard Hall Productions and Oceanic Research Group, is slated for release to IMAX and giant-screen theaters later this summer. The company’s latest giant screen release will be narrated by actress Joelle Carter. Joelle is best known …

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Recovering Evidence with Underwater Technology

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th June 2022

On a spring afternoon a call comes in to the police station citing an armed robbery has been committed at a local bank. The suspected criminals have fled the scene and EMS is in route. The last reported sighting of the suspects being seen was in a truck heading …

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Rediscovering a World Worth Conserving

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st June 2022

Words by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis It has been almost a year now since I have had the opportunity to explore beneath the surface of the sea; and like many of you, I have stayed where it has been the safest, in the comforts of my home in …

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DIVER interview: Aleš Procháska

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th May 2022

Aleš Procháska – Rebreather Designer / CTO & Co-Founder of Divesoft How long have you been diving? It’s been over 20 years. I took my first diving course in 1998. What moment made you become a diver? When I was a child, I read The Silent World by Jacques …

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Pushing Boundries

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2022

From documentary maker to documentary subject, Mike deGruy’s wife and filmmaking partner continues her husband’s legacy with her new film Dive Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy Words By Mimi deGruy Anyone who’s ever tried to make a film about the ocean knows it can be hard, …

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Being Nourished by the Ocean

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th April 2022

By Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis The newest findings are clear: our relationship with the natural world needs to be re-evaluated and then fixed. Not only are we navigating challenging times as we suffer through the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, but we are witnessing the destruction of nature on …

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DIVER interview: Joanna Mikutowicz

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th April 2022

Joanna Mikutowicz – Dive Instructor/ Dive Shop Owner How long have you been diving? 23 years now. I was certified in 1997. What made you want to become a diver? I have always loved being on and in the water but it was originally my dad who convinced me to …

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EDSBC – exciting new exploration project launched in Canada

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd April 2022

The Exploration Diving Society of British Columbia has officially launched. The EDSBC is a diverse group of experienced and multi-disciplined underwater explorers discovering new diving opportunities for freedivers, non-technical divers, and technical divers. Like most great ideas, this one started at a coffee shop with a group of people discussing …

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Inspiring By The Seat Of Joe Grabowski’s Pants

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th April 2022

Joe Grabowski is bringing adventure, science, and global exploration into classrooms around North America Interview by Jill Heinerth Just over five years ago, I visited a small classroom in Guelph, Ontario, to visit with the kids and their teacher Joe Grabowski. He spoke to me about his dream to …

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DAN medical services launch new video

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th April 2022

For more than 40 years, DAN has been here to help divers, dive professionals, and health care providers stay safer and better prepared. With its vision of making every dive accident- and injury-free, DAN Medical Services offers an array of essential services trusted by millions of divers worldwide. DAN’s …

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Can You Tackle Big Nasty?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th April 2022

Words and Image by Maxwel Hohn When people think about commercial divers, they might picture a hardhat diver on an offshore oil rig, hundreds of feet below the waves, welding together steel structures and pipes. In reality, the job of a commercial diver is much more diverse. Commercial divers …

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Tom Mount 1939-2022: Remembering Technical Diving’s Renaissance Man

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th April 2022

Words By Bill Nadeau We began this year mourning the loss of one of the recreational diving industry’s greatest pioneers, Tom Mount. The NOGI award winner and founder of IANTD and NACD logged more than 10,000 dives and remained active up until his death in January of this year, …

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Download the free DAN travellers guide

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th April 2022

Divers Alert Network has published the latest edition of its Travelers Medical Guide. Created to help divers, boaters, and adventure travelers recognize and manage various travel-related illnesses and injuries, this digital guide explains common symptoms, illnesses, and treatments in an easy-to-understand manner. “DAN members are active explorers, and they …

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Book review: The Underwater Photographer

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd April 2022

Martin Edge’s Fifth Edition has been ten years in the making, and is better than ever. Words by Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary In our review of the Fourth Edition of Martin Edge’s The Underwater Photographer, we wrote, “Let us just say that this is the best underwater photo technique book …

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The Big Little Migration

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd March 2022

Sometimes the most incredible marine life encoutners aren’t in the ocean, they’re hiding under lily pads in remote Canadian lakes Words by Russell Clark / Photography by Maxwel Hohn   You may well remember seeing a couple of images we’ve previously published of tadpoles. They are always crowd pleasers, …

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Becoming Cousteau

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th March 2022

Words by Jill Heinerth When I was a little girl, we had two channels available on TV. Everyone in my neighbourhood had the same stations, which meant we all had a common media diet. On Sunday evenings, we crouched in front of the black and white television, with dinner …

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Remembering Jon Lindbergh: 1932 – 2021

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th March 2022

Words by Dr. Joe MacInnis When a man’s life depends on your skill as a diving physician, your memory of him goes deep. So it is with Jon Lindbergh. We’re in Key West. I see him walking up the gangway to our ship Sea Diver. He’s 32 years old, carrying …

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Feeding Shark Conservation

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th March 2022

Shark feeding is a controversial practice, but is it as bad as we think, and can it actually benefit conservation? Words by Christina Zenato Shark diving is a growing market. Whether it’s to quench the human desire to come face to face with our fears, or to feed our fascination …

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Tiny Animals of Critical Importance

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th March 2022

By Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis There is an inner galaxy of alien looking organisms on our own planet. Just night dive in open water with a bright light and witness for yourself the water column coming alive with all different forms of gelatinous plants and animals: plankton. It …

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The Imminent Destruction of Mexico’s Best Dive Sites – One Track at a Time

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th February 2022

  An apocalyptic nightmare is threatening dive sites in Tulum. The project, known as the ‘Tren Maya’ in Spanish, is an ill-conceived, poorly planned project to create a train corridor along the paradisiacal Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. It has already grossly disrupted tourism and resulted in the …

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Aggressor Releases Video to Mark World Wetlands Day

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd February 2022

World Wetlands Day is February 2, 2022 and to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands conservation, Aggressor Adventures is releasing the above video hosted by Professional Wetland Scientist Nate Hobbs. One third of the world’s endangered species rely on wetlands habitat for their survival. Over 95 percent of …

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DAN Announces Livestreaming, In-Booth Safety Consultations at DEMA Show 2021

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th November 2021

Even if you won’t be at DEMA next week, you’ll still be able to watch many of DAN’s DEMA seminars. The safety organization will be streaming live from Las Vegas on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, November 16, 17, and 18. Tune in for talks about advances in postdive bubble …

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How Photogrammetry Works

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2021

Words by Ken Merryman Strictly speaking, the term photogrammetry is the science of making measurements from photographs.  It means one can determine the true size of an object in a photo from the size of the object on the camera sensor knowing the camera lens and distance from the camera.  …

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Win with the Mother Ocean Fund

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2021

Written by Mother Ocean Fund.  A startup nonprofit firm out of Key Largo, Florida, has come up with a unique way of bringing awareness to ecological diving, mammal rescue and release, conscience recycling and waste management efforts within their local diving community. How? They’re partying on the beach for …

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Your local marine life centre needs you!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th October 2021

By Heather Creech Earlier this year, the staff at the Cairns Aquarium in Queensland noticed something unusual: some of the fish stopped eating and began hiding in the dark corners of their tanks. Turns out the fish—inquisitive creatures that they are—were missing their human visitors during the pandemic lockdown. …

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Rediscovering Divers Paradise

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th October 2021

After visiting Bonaire for over twenty-five years, one author hadn’t expected to be returning as a father… Words and Photography by Andrew Jalbert In the early 1990s, armed with a recent degree in anthropology and a recreational scuba instructor rating, I set to work chasing the adventure I’d been …

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DIVER Interview: Melodie M. Trevino

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th October 2021

Technical & Cave Diver, Speaker, Entrepreneur How long have you been diving?  My first scuba experience was as a teenager. Although I have always been on the water, it wasn’t until my early twenties that I started my journey in the underwater world.  You were an Olympic diver, right?  …

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