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Category: Dive Brief

Thrill of the Hunt

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th October 2019

60 years after it first aired, Sea Hunt’s leading lady recounts some of her experiences on the TV show that made diving a star – Words by Zale Parry The television series Sea Hunt came along at a point in time when television itself was just emerging as the great mass …

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Divers + Science = Citizen Science

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th October 2019

By Heather Creech Don Gordon carries a special slate on every dive. On that slate is a list of 100 species of fish, invertebrates, and marine plants for the Pacific Northwest waters. While diving with his friends, he checks off what he sees – a single sighting, a few …

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Book review: Drawn To The Deep

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th October 2019

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary Chicago February 2010 – our latest multimedia presentation is about to end. We are part of the Our World Underwater Film Festival roster. Big names like Howard and Michele Hall are showing their latest films, including Wes Skiles, who is also the emcee. …

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Solving problems – One Coral Polyp at a Time

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th October 2019

By Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis Leaders from around the world gathered in San Francisco this past month in the largest climate event ever held in the United States and I was very proud to be a part of this Global Climate Action Summit. It was very inspiring to …

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Exclusive interview: Jill Heinerth on writing Into The Planet

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th October 2019

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave (which would be appropriate), you would know that Jill Heinerth’s memoir, Into The Planet, has been released. We sat down with everyone’s favourite cave diver to get an idea of what went in to the writing of diving’s biggest book release… Interview …

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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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Jill Heinerth book tour

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st August 2019

Following the launch of her memoirs, Into The Planet (which you can read about here), Jill Heinerth is embarking upon an extensive book and speaking tour. Listen to her story in person, buy a signed copy of the book, and meet Jill in person. For more info and a …

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Book Review: Into The Planet – by Jill Heinerth

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd July 2019

Read an exclusive Into The Planet interview with Jill Heinerth in the forthcoming fall issue of DIVER!   Review by DIVER Editor, Russell Clark Into The Planet – My Life as a Cave Diver isn’t a book about diving, it’s a book about exploring. Exploring our underwater caves and oceans, …

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Into The Planet book trailer

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd July 2019

Looking for something to read between dives? August 20th sees the release Jill Heinerth’s memoir, Into The Planet. We’ll be giving this book a ton of coverage – why? Because it deserves it. It’s an incredible account of unique life told by one of diving’s most respected figures. We’ll …

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TDI acquire Performance Freediving International, and PFA launched!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th July 2019

ITI, the parent company of TDI, SDI, ERDI and First Response Training, have today announced a new addition to their family with the acquisiton of Performance Freediving International. DIVER readers will be familiar with PFI as its founder, Kirk Krack, is our regular freediving columnist and Contributing Editor. “I’m …

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Amelia Earhart – Diver     

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th July 2019

Words by John Lockwood Before the famous aviatrix was lost without a trace over the Pacific in 1937, “Lady Lindy” tried her hand at deep sea diving  Amelia Earhart is well known for her aeronautical feats in the 1920s and 30s and, of course, the mystery that surrounds her …

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NEW BOOK: Into The Planet by Jill Heinerth

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd July 2019

Readers of DIVER magazine will be very familiar with the name Jill Heinerth. Not only is she one of our regular columnists, cover feature writer, and Contributing Editors, but she’s a much revered diving celebrity. Unlike most celebs in our world, Jill has earned her status through decades of pioneering hard work, incredible expeditions, and an attitude …

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Interview: Cristina Zenato

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd July 2019

Explorer, Conservationist, Shark Professional, Writer How would you describe yourself? A passionate and dedicated individual with a desire for exploration, education, and conservation.  How long have you been diving? I have been diving for 24 years, and as a professional for the last 23. What made you want to …

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Fish or Plastic: Our Changing Oceans

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd July 2019

By Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis In the middle of the central Pacific lies a string of islands, atolls, and submerged reefs that provide a haven for a rich array of marine life. Here, in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the oceans are full of healthy corals, huge schools of …

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A little help from our friends!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd July 2019

It’s not every day the release of a shiny new issue coincides with a dive trip attended by multiple DIVER contributors. A recent trip to dive the Bell Island wrecks of Newfoundland (which you can read about in a future issue) brought together cover feature writer Jill Heinerth , …

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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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The great boot Düsseldorf 2019

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 7th February 2019

By Roger Lacasse   The Düsseldorf international boat show held its 50th edition in January 2019. Simply known as the “boot” (German for, and pronounced like boat), it is the world’s largest trade fair for all things related to recreational boating and watersports.  This was definitely a huge event, with …

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The Big Anchor Project Makes a Splash

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th February 2019

Citizen scientists around the world are being urged to share their anchor ‘finds’ following the relaunch of an online resource that aims to be the world’s biggest public record of these iconic objects.  The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) has relaunched the popular Big Anchor Project following a generous public …

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Interview: David Fleetham – Underwater Photographer

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th January 2019

  How long have you been diving? I was certified in my last year of high school in 1976 in Oakville, Ontario. From there I spent three months in the Caribbean and came home (to no ocean) and moved out to Vancouver where I worked in various dive shops …

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We Are Water

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd November 2018

  Text and Photography by Jill Heinerth The bright lights attached to the Betacam broadcast camera snapped to life and the news show’s producer exchanged a nod with the cameraman. A local translator deciphered the meteoric Spanish into broken English and awaited my response. I had just climbed 6,000 …

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Lights! Camera! Sub Action!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd November 2018

By Author Mike Seares LIGHTS! CAMERA! SUB ACTION! came about from a desire to tell the story of working in an industry where remarkable things can happen, all in a day’s work. ​The aim of the book is to give the reader a sense of what goes on in …

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A Feel for Forensics

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th November 2018

Text by Gregory Thomas   Searching for human remains, weapons and other crime scene evidence in zero visibility is a duty ‘deeply felt’ by the volunteer Alameda County Dive Team A middle-aged woman paused at the end of the pool, between laps, and studied the man in the next lane. …

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Obituary: Rest in pieces

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th November 2018

By Jill Heinerth Sadly, the global community lost a stalwart pillar of strength when the B-15 iceberg, known to scientists as “Godzilla” passed away from natural causes. After 18 years adrift in the southern extremes of Antarctica, the final shards were reported as “no longer large enough to be …

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Hannes Keller Diving pioneer and Renaissance man

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th November 2018

Text by Hillary Hauser Fifty years ago December a 1,020-foot (311m) dive off Catalina Island, California, changed everything. Hannes Keller’s revolutionary accomplishment accelerated a new age of deep sea diving, but the daring exploration came at a price   On his sixtieth birthday Hannes Keller flew a Russian MIG …

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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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Love is in the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th November 2018

Far beneath the waves, glistening under the new moon, the mood strikes right for two fish in love. Swimming side by side and holding tails, seahorses engage in a ritual of love that is both fascinating and magical. Seahorses, named for their “horse-like” head, are actually fish despite their …

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How to Get Into Underwater Welding 

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th August 2016

Text by Ray Stevens As the deep-sea oil and gas industries continue to thrive, demand for a solid marine infrastructure is expected to continue as well. This means that specially trained underwater welders will be needed to complete the building of underwater structures. For some, a career in underwater welding …

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Breakthrough Rebreather Technology Announced

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 24th May 2016

Text by Jill Heinerth Ask a rebreather diver what drives their rebreather and they will undoubtedly tell you, the oxygen sensors. These annually disposable devices are critical to creating a safe breathing loop and yet when not functioning properly can reduce a $10,000 investment in life support to a …

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Retraction: Shearwater NERD pricing

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th January 2016

DIVER magazine would like to announce an amendment to our current Gear Guide issue. Our pricing of the Shearwater NERD (page 24 of Volume 41, Issue 1) should be CAD$2,500, and not $950 as printed. This is an editorial mistake by us, we put it down to a mixture of pre-Christmas excitement, narcosis, …

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Rewriting the history books with the Diving Almanac

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd December 2015

The Diving Almanac is the ultimate authority on diving exploits and history, but what’s the story behind the stories? By Jeffrey Gallant I was dreaming of overnight success… Reality struck at my first DEMA Show where I met veteran publisher Rick Stratton who looked me straight in the eye and said: …

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Sexism: Alive and well in scuba diving

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2015

Text and Photography by Jill Heinerth Originally published in Volume 40, issue 7. Click here to subscribe. Pioneering Scuba diver Marjorie Bank never made it to my age. She died prematurely, the result of a massive heart attack. As a younger diver, I was inspired by her career and charisma. She …

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Big Picture: In a Flash

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2015

Text and Photo by Tobias Friedrich Sometimes you just get lucky. We were diving on the Red Sea wreck, Chrisoula, when good fortune came my way in flash. I was waiting for a fellow photographer inside the wreck, filling up most of a small hatchway when this moray eel …

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What it Takes to Shoot a Feature Film

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2015

By Jill Heinerth Gliding along with the precise synchronicity of a flight demonstration team, scuba divers piloting radical-looking scooters maneuver into the frame. As viewers we are transformed, drawn into the dimly lit cave of indescribable beauty. If the Director of Photography has done his job, we are engrossed …

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Meeting Bettie Page

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2015

A chance meeting on a Florida beach became a lifetime friendship between contributor Ellsworth Boyd and 1950s pinup favourite Bettie Page Text and Photography by Ellsworth Boyd The year was 1957. I was lifeguarding in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, one of a dozen Ocean City, Maryland, beach patrol nomads who …

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Destination Diving Meets Ecotourism

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2015

Text by Jean-Michel Cousteau Three flights from Santa Barbara, California, to Barbados, followed by a 45 minute single propeller plane ride to Union Island, a brisk 20-minute boat ride across the southern Caribbean’s turquoise water to a lush green mountain rising steadily from a seemingly endless ocean, I finally …

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Florida Keys Annual Coral Spawning

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th August 2015

One of the most spectacular but little known events along the Florida reefs—as well as around the world—is the annual synchronized spawning of corals. Yes, corals do have sex to reproduce and to observers it looks like a brilliant underwater fireworks display.  In the middle of the night several …

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