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Category: Dive Brief

The Magic of Artificial Reefs

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th November 2022

By Howard Robins and Richard Wall For end-of-life ships, a new life starts at the bottom of the ocean. Artificial reefs take marine vessels and convert them to living incubators for a plethora of marine life, from plants, to sponges to fish.  For a group of marine environmentalists, underwater visits to …

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Lusitania: The Underwater Collection

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th November 2022

Words by Vic Verlinden Despite bad weather, entanglement hazards, and a deteriorating subject (not to mention a pandemic), a dedicated team continues to document this historically important wreck off the Irish coast. A new book of photos gives a fresh, never-before seen picture of the wreck.  When I contacted …

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Trident trains veteran divers

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th November 2022

Many of our fellow dive buddies around the world are or were part of their country’s military. So, today, in honor of Veteran’s Day (U.S.) and Remembrance Day (Canada), DIVER would like to graciously thank all the military men and women around the world for their honor, commitment, and …

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Join the Sunday Staff Debrief!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th October 2022

Staff at the Utila Dive Centre have a way of entertaining you this Sunday – even if you aren’t in their area. The weekly video “Sunday Staff Debrief” is an informal 20 minute chat between Utila staff and special guests. Nicole Webster hosts the chat, with Utila Dive Centre’s …

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The (not so) Silent World

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st October 2022

Since fall 2018, NOAA and the US Navy have been working with a number of scientific partners to study sound within seven national marine sanctuaries Words by Rachel Plunkett Have you ever travelled to a new city and noticed how different it sounds from home? Perhaps instead of hearing …

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Divescapes Scuba Conference 2022 – October 28-29th

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th September 2022

Canada’s biggest and best diving conference and exhibition is set to return in just over a month! Divers from across the Great White North will gather at the River Cree Resort & Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, for two days of dive shenanigans over October 28th and 29th. We at …

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An Ocean Unmasked

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd September 2022

Words and Photography by Nicolas Winkler As summer approached the East Coast, the waters began to warm. With it, the critters and kelp that had retreated for the winter reappeared, while I made more frequent visits to the coast for dives, escaping the world above to witness the changing …

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Staying Calm Can Be Tricky

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th September 2022

By Steve Lewis (Originally published in Fall 2022 issue). Participate in DIVER’s survey here. When it comes to the nuts and bolts of making it through to the safe and comfortable side of an emergency, scuba diving is way different to most other outdoor adventures. It’s not like back-country …

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DIVER interview: Mehgan Heaney-Grier

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th September 2022

Freediver, Marine Educator, Imperfect Conservationist How long have you been diving? 34 years now for freediving…and I for scuba almost exactly 26 years!  What made you want to become a diver? I moved from Minnesota to the Florida Keys when I was 11 years old. The ocean was a …

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Islands: Microcosm of Our Water Planet

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th September 2022

By Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly S. Lohuis On the clearest of days there is a sight on the horizon that beckons my curiosity of underwater exploration. It is the tiny island of Namenalala, Fiji, the location of some of my favourite dive sites in the world. With dive site …

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Video: Becky Kagan Schott explores Alaska’s glaciers with Seiko

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st September 2022

To accompany our Fall issue’s incredible feature by Becky Kagan Schott, the Seiko short film can be seen in all it’s underwater glory, right here: Built from the start for superior operation in the most hostile environments, Seiko diver’s watches were an immediate favorite for high-intensity exploration, becoming essential …

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Debunking Shark Myths

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd August 2022

By Cristina Zenato Diving with sharks is a bucket list item for many divers. The first-time shark diver may feel a mix of curiosity and trepidation, and many, as they stand at the edge of the platform before jumping in, may still have questions. In this column, I am …

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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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