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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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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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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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Sixty Years a Diver

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2015

Text by Albert Podell The days and the dreams of my childhood were dominated by the events of World War II. The Nazis and the Japanese were an existential threat to our way of life, and we celebrated our every victory and adored our military heroes. My favorites were …

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FREE Diving Almanac Available Now

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th January 2015

The Diving Almanac is the book every diver should own. First published in 2007 the Diving Almanac & Book of Records is the only compilation of scuba diving industry information of it’s kind. Previous editions of the Almanac were printed, but the new 2015 Diving Almanac is now a …

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Skin Diver Magazine

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th October 2014

Covered the world of diving for decades Text by Phil Nuytten Holy Cow! These old Skin Diver Mag covers bring back a lot of memories. Hard to believe that the person who shot so many of these is still a freelance professional underwater photographer and diving journalist today! Based in …

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New Book: Women Underwater

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th October 2014

Women Underwater – The Comprehensive Guide for Women in Scuba Diving provides detailed suggestions, tips and hints regarding equipment choices, medical issues and the unique social factors challenging women in this male-dominated sport. Drawing on decades of experience as instructors, consultants and expedition leaders, co-authors Jill Heinerth and Reneé …

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WIN Descending on DVD or Blu-ray!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st October 2014

Read an EXCLUSIVE interview with TV show Descending’s Scott Wilson and Andre Dupuis, then enter to WIN a copy on blu-ray!   Your Contact Descending can be purchased online at: www.departuresstore.com    

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Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th September 2014

Since we wrote our Netflix for Divers feature, a new, feature length documentary from the Oscar winning producer of The Cove has been released. Mission Blue focusses on famed oceanographer and eco-activist Sylvia Earle, and her mission to educate the world about our oceans and their importance to all life on …

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Pick of the Flix

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd September 2014

Streaming video provider Netflix has millions of North American viewers, so we’ve ‘logged the dives’ to bring you the best, and sometimes the worst, of its undersea offerings Titanic – Movie 1997’s blockbuster is well worth revisiting. The opening scenes featuring real dives on the Titanic wreck are superb and …

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Enzo Maiorca – Pioneer Free Diver

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th August 2014

Text by Ivo Scepanovic  Now in his eighties, legendary Italian free diver Enzo Maiorca is still getting wet, though he’s no longer actively involved in breath-hold diving and long ago gave up spearfishing. “Apnea is behind me now, but I do SCUBA dive. It wouldn’t be responsible to keep …

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D-Day’s Sunken Secrets

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th May 2014

Documentary airing May 28th 9pm ET/PT on PBS Our new issue’s cover story on the mapping of D-Day wrecks along the Normandy shore is focus of a new PBS documentary airing May 28, with a DVD release set for June 10. D-Day’s Sunken Secrets recalls that historic WWII invasion, and reveals the unseen battlefield …

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Underwater with Alien Resurrection

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th May 2014

Today came the sad news that Swiss surrealist artist HR Giger passed away at the age of 74.  Best known for his work designing the movie Alien, his images and artwork portrayed a nightmarish vision that forever changed the way Hollywood movies were designed. So what does this have …

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Essential box sets for the any diver’s film library

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd April 2014

Ocean Adventure by Remote Control The Blue Planet DVD/Blu-ray Possibly one of the most impressive and beautiful series to ever grace the small screen. Five years in the making and narrated by David Attenborough, it’s become an all time BBC classic. Covering everything an ocean lover could desire, from plankton to …

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New issue out now!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 19th December 2013

The last issue of 2013 has just rolled off the printers and it looks fantastic! Volume 39 Issue 1 will be hitting subscribers over the next week or two depending on where you live and seasonal postal services. New subscribers can download the issue onto their iPhone or iPad. …

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Great White Shark

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th November 2013

Great White Shark, a new IMAX film in 3D and 2D now out in the U.S. and Canada, unravels the mystery of the creature we love to fear—the much maligned, misrepresented and misunderstood great white shark—and dives into the depths of human daring to tell the true story of …

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Feature: The Underwater Realm

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2013

‘Way down below the ocean’, as Donovan sang in his song Atlantis, is the setting for these independent short films now on YouTube   Okay boys and girls, it’s movie time. Put that left brain logic and reason on pause and dive into this provocative possibility: the ancient civilization …

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The Underwater Realm

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 24th January 2013

The next issue of DIVER magazine (Volume 38 Issue 2), due to hit newsstands in the next week or two,  has a fantastic feature on a Kickstarter funded short movie series titled The Underwater Realm. Be sure to buy our next issue for the full story. But for now, …

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Funny angler fish video

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2013

True Fact About the Angler Fish Online performance artist, composer, humorist and all round funny guy Ze Frank, has taken time to educate us about the wonderful existence of Angler Fish. Watch the trailer for The Current Get your New Year off to a charitable start with a pledge on Kickstarter. …

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The best diving movies of all time

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th November 2012

In Hollywood the underwater realm struggles to compete with the glamour of space. But for decades we have seen an, er,  interesting array of diving movies. Below, in no particular order, are DIVER Magazine’s top (non documentary) movies for SCUBA divers and ocean lovers… The Abyss, 1989 Jim Cameron’s …

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Book Review: Deep Leadership by Dr. Joe MacInnis

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2012

Review by  Phil Nuytten The first order of business is to get the ‘full disclosure’ component of this book review out of the way. This comprises the downside of the product being reviewed and, also, the downside of the reviewer (something you don’t usually hear much about….) So, ‘Deep Leadership’ …

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Vasa: A Swedish Warship

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th October 2012

Everything about the Vasa story is remarkable. Rush ordered by Swedish King Gustav II Adolf, she was an advanced, if flawed, warship that heeled over in Stockholm harbour and sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. For more than three centuries she remained lost in 115 feet (35m) of …

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Books

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th October 2012

Sealab America’s Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor By Ben Hellwarth SEALAB is the Right Stuff for inner space, a story of how a U.S. Navy program sought to develop the marine equivalent of the space station and in the process forever changed man’s relationship …

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Book review: Code Name Habbakuk – A Secret Ship Made of Ice

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th October 2012

By DIVER Editor, Pete Golding Even during the desperate early years of the Second World War the Habbakuk ice ship project was a stretch.  So when I read of Winston Churchill’s enthusiasm for a massive aircraft carrier made of ice to combat the German U-boat threat I figured the …

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Sidemount Diving DVD and Side Mount Profiles Book review

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th July 2012

DIVER Magazine contributor Jill Heinerth is an authority on sidemount diving and she’s also a professional filmmaker, so an instructive video on this technique of rigging gas cylinders a different way, was a certainty. Heinerth and fellow sidemounter Jeff Loflin recently released their 64-minute introductory DVD on sidemount diving …

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Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th July 2012

Dive into the underwater wilderness of the Pacific Northwest in this new book then grab your gear and go get wet! Photo by David Hall   David Hall’s sumptuous volume, Beneath Cold Seas, is a celebration of British Columbia diving and a perfect fit for this, DIVER’s first Big …

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DIVER salutes JAWS on their Anniversary

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th June 2012

1975 was a good year. A movie ticket cost $2 and that summer Universal Studios released Steven Spielberg’s JAWS, which quickly became a big screen blockbuster, filling movie houses around the world, scaring the pants off everyone and convincing divers everywhere to pay more respect to the man in …

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Vasa: A Swedish Warship

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th June 2012

Everything about the Vasa story is remarkable. Rush ordered by Swedish King Gustav II Adolf, she was an advanced, if flawed, warship that heeled over in Stockholm harbour and sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. For more than three centuries she remained lost in 115 feet (35m) of …

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The stacks: Books in print and worthy of your attention

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th June 2012

SS Atlantic: The White Star Line’s First Disaster at Sea By Greg Cochkanoff and Bob Chaulk SS Atlantic was lost in 1873, 39 years before the iceberg infamy of Titanic, her corporate sibling. Though different, the magnitude of both tragedies, each with great loss of life, commanded world headlines. …

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SEALAB by Ben Hellwarth

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th June 2012

SEALAB is the Right Stuff for inner space, a story of how a U.S. Navy program sought to develop the marine equivalent of the space station and in the process forever changed man’s relationship to the sea. While NASA was trying to put a man on the moon, the …

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Deeper documentary review

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th June 2012

  Most divers won’t descend below 130 feet (40m) though diving deeper is very appealing to many of us, myself included. It opens up new territory: deeper wrecks, caves, walls, blue holes, and for others it’s a way to conduct research or make a living. But for some it’s …

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Descending upon Canadian TV

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th April 2012

Descending is an exciting new weekly TV show now airing on Canada’s Outdoor Life Network, and featuring some stunning underwater video from around the world. Descending is an offshoot of Departures, another OLN adventure series showcasing the relationship between two travelers and all that is revealed to them as …

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Titanic Owners Manual

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th April 2012

With the media frenzy surrounding all things Titanic, it seems a fitting time to take a look at one of our favorite Titanic books; The Haynes Titanic Owners’ Workshop Manual. Most car owners will be familiar with Haynes, especially if you own anything classic (a polite way of saying …

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Fishing under ice

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 31st January 2012

Finish divers Eelis Rankka, Tommi Salminen and Jukka Pelttari made this stunning video in lake Saarijarvi, Finland. Over the last few weeks the video has popped up on every social network site and email you can throw a stick at. It’s rare a diving video becomes an internet phenomenon, …

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Do You Believe in Magic?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th January 2012

Mix bottlenose dolphins, a reef in Eilat, Morad, a severely traumatized teenage boy, Assad, his Middle Eastern father who drops his ‘male ego’ to save his son, and Dr. Ilan Kutz, a psychiatrist open to alternative therapies, and what do you get? Dolphin Boy, an amazingly poignant, yet thought-provoking …

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DIY: Underwater Robotics

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 31st August 2011

Text by Phil Nuytten   First, here’s what DIVER columnist Don Walsh had to say about this magnum opus of undersea technology: “Underwater Robotics: Science, Design & Fabrication is most welcome in the world of ocean engineering. It is a well-organized survey of all major aspects of underwater engineering, …

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