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Category: Dive Brief

From the archives: Back in the 50s – Nitrox and Rebreathers, so what’s new?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd September 2014

Originally Published for DIVER April 1995 By Phil Nuytten So there I was, right at the edge, one foot actually in the water.  I kneeled down to pull on my fin and lost my balance.  Just a little.  My knee moved forward and down, perhaps six inches, no more.  In …

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EXOSUIT: The Case For One – Atmosphere Diving

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 19th September 2014

First Published in DIVER Volume 38 Issue 5 By Phil Nuytten The problem: A swillion, or so, years ago, we humans were designed (or evolved, or left here by aliens – please substitute your desired flavour) to function best under a fairly rigid set of specifications. These specs include …

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New World Record Scuba Dive

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th September 2014

Former Egyptian special forces soldier, Ahmed Gabr has just completed the world’s deepest scuba dive to a whopping 332.35 meters that’s 1090.3 feet! Verified by the Guinness Book of Records, the dive trumps the former official record of 318.25 meters by Nuno Gomes, or the unofficial record by Pascal Bernabé to …

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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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Dive Gear: Now and Then

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th September 2014

Advances in gear design & technology over 60 years may not make diving more fun, but it is much easier. And, a picture’s worth a lot of words, we think! Text by Phil Nuytten  Bouyancy Compensators Bouée Fenzy / Aqua Lung Axiom i3 The French Navy’s Bouée Fenzy, left, was …

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Simple Fix with Vivid-Pix

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th September 2014

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary Tired of making all those adjustments to restore underwater photo contrasts and colours? If so, you’ll be interested in some new software that we tested recently. No one needs to spend more time in front of a computer screen these days and for …

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Sea Women Achieve Arctic ‘First’

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th September 2014

A team of 10 women divers from around the world recently completed a successful ‘proof of concept’ exercise in arctic waters in preparation for the 2016 Sedna Epic Expedition ‘main event’ snorkeling 3,000 kilometres through the Northwest Passage in the summer of 2016 Text by Susan R. Eaton ** …

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EXOSUIT used in hunt for world’s oldest computer

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th September 2014

In a mission through time Nuytco’s robotic Exosuit is set to dive on an ancient shipwreck in the Greek isles for an uncommon artifact called the ‘Antikythera mechanism’. Used for predicting astronomical events, the advanced mechanical calculator was developed in antiquity and is often characterized as the world’s oldest …

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Cousteaus Carry On

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd September 2014

A third generation of diving’s famous family follows in the footsteps of pioneering grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau  ByJean-Michel Cousteau As a proud father, I always look forward to watching the accomplishments of my children and these past two months of May and June proved to be an amazing milestone for …

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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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Bluewater Photo’s 4th Annual SoCal Shootout

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st August 2014

September 12th ‐ 14th, 2014 Over $14,000 worth of prizes Bluewater Photo is excited to announce the 4th annual SoCal Shootout, happening September  12th‐14th, 2014. This weekend long competition brings together underwater photographers of all levels throughout Southern California. Starting Friday morning and spanning through Sunday night, photographers have the opportunity to shoot photos in the Pacific …

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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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Diving Free

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th July 2014

It’s been said that if you want to know why dolphins are always smiling you should join them. Welcome to the world of breath-hold diving! Text by Richard Fleury  One of the world’s top wrecks, the SS Thistlegorm attracts exotic marine life. And today a creature seldom seen on …

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SEALAB I TO CELEBRATE 50th ANNIVERSARY

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th July 2014

Text by Sierra Cardenas History was made in July of 1964, when four U.S. Navy divers successfully lived and worked for 11 days in an underwater habitat called SeaLab I that was submerged in 192 feet (58.5m) of seawater off Bermuda. This man-in-the-sea experiment helped prove the viability of …

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Secret Ocean 3D

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th July 2014

ByJean-Michel Cousteau and Jaclyn Mandoske Gaze across the glistening sea and watch as the sun’s rays glimmer and bounce off the ocean waves. Water covers more than two-thirds of our planet, and yet the world below the surface of the world’s oceans is still mysterious to us – from …

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Adventure Wanted

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th June 2014

Only whales and whale sharks need apply Text and Photography by Michael Wood SCUBA diving or snorkeling with any kind of whale or a whale shark remains high on my adventure bucket list, though I had what you might consider a close ‘second’ on the excitement scale with something …

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Lessons from Fukushima

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th June 2014

ByJean-Michel Cousteau My concern about the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant continues as news from many sources continues to pour in.  Sadly, not much of it is good news and, even worse, some of what I hear is sensationalized.  Radioactivity continues to be released into the ocean …

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Fashion Designer Turned Scientific Diver

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th June 2014

  Profile: Angela Richards Donà – University of Hawaii, Manoa Angela was a fashion designer from New York, living and working in Italy in 2000. That year she got her open water certification and took a diving vacation in Egypt, at Sharm El Sheikh on the tip of the …

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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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Architecture for Harmony in the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 25th April 2014

ByJean-Michel Cousteau As an architecture student, I learned that good design is usually derived from shapes found in nature. Pure geometry is interesting enough, but it is cold. There is logic and proportion in living organisms that has the capacity to fill us with joy. My favorite shape was …

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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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Zalinski Less Threatening

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd April 2014

Tonnes of fuel oil were recovered from the aging wreck but the Coast Guard says it will monitor the remote site for leakage Text by Robert Osborne Grenville Channel is the very epitome of west coast beauty. Rugged, heavily forested mountain slopes plunge precipitously into the deep, dark water …

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How important is Facebook in the dive industry?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th April 2014

Today PADI hit the impressive mark of gaining 1 million Facebook ‘Likes’. This not to be sniffed at milestone is massively impressive for the scuba industry, and is now statistically the largest online scuba community in the world. In theory, it means every time PADI make a “post” onto their …

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Heinerth Receives Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

  DIVER columnist and Suunto ambassador Jill Heinerth, a pioneering underwater explorer, has been awarded the inaugural Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She received the prestigious award at Ottawa’s Museum of Civilization on November 13th in recognition of her outstanding achievements in …

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Protect the mermaids!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

The Dive Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) wants us to enjoy manatees but to be sure to give them their space. A poster and 30-second video, voiced by Jimmy Buffet, aim to boost awareness for safe interaction with the manatees when you’re in and on the water. Targeting tourists, …

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News Briefs – Women Divers, Alvin, PADI hero

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

Women Divers Deck the Halls Six new members were inducted into the prestigious Women Divers Hall of Fame on March 29 at the Beneath the Sea Awards Banquet. Barbara Allen: Pioneer, Instructor, Ocean Advocate. Kristine Barsky: Marine Biologist, Environmentalist, Author, Videographer. Emma L. Hickerson: Marine Researcher, Science Interpreter, Photographer. …

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The Women of Team Sedna

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th March 2014

10 Women, 1 Sea Goddess, 100 Days, 3,000 Kilometres. One World Record. Text by Susan R. Eaton To read about the Sedna expedition, click here.  Susan R. Eaton, founder and leader of the 2014-2016 Sedna Epic Expedition, is a Calgary-based geologist, geophysicist, conservationist and journalist. Eight years ago, she suffered a SCUBA diving trauma that landed her in …

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Scuba Diving Hall of Fame 2014 inductees announced

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th March 2014

The Cayman Islands is pleased to announce the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF) International Inductees and Early Pioneer for 2014. Based in the Cayman Islands, the ISDHF annually recognizes members of the dive community whose contributions have been outstanding to the world of scuba diving. This year’s inductees share distinguished …

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Haenyo breathe life into dying trade

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 24th February 2014

Text by Lynnette Ang Photography by Aaron Wong  South Korea’s aging sea women still dive for the ocean’s bounty  On this chillymid-July morning we arrive in Udo, bristling with anticipation. The tiny speck is just two miles (3.5km) off the eastern side of Jeju Island, South Korea, due south of the …

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Diving App: Navionics

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2014

Category: Boating Price: $Price Varies Device: Apple iOS / Android The world’s top-selling marine app, available for most places in the world. Each app has award-winning vector charts for exceptional clarity. Offers tides and current info, route planning and tracking, wind forecasts, marine news and more. It even finds the cheapest gas station. …

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Diving App: Dive Bonaire

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2014

Category: Travel Price: $1.99 Device: Apple iOS  Heading to shore dive paradise? Do not leave without this app in your pocket! Search for a site near you, browse the list or use the interactive map. Keep track of where you dive in the nifty log, ID that fish you saw, and even …

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Diving App: WeDIVE

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2014

Category: Rebreather Price: $19.99 Device: Apple iOS A simple and intuitive planning app for Poseidon rebreather divers. Plan your bottom time, press the open or closed circuit button and get your bailout plan with gas details. Multi-dive plans with ability to save, change O2 consumption rate, diluent composition and more…   …

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Diving App: ScubaBoard

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2014

Category: Social Price: $Free Device: Android The internet’s largest dive community in your pocket. This app, available only for Android devices, allows you to access your account anytime, anywhere. Send and receive PMs, view profiles, access recent discussions and brag to friends when you’re somewhere sunny and tropical.         …

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Diving App: Spiegel Grove

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2014

Category: Wrecks Price: $7.99 Device: Apple iOS  Well-known for their 3D wreck maps, Art To Media bring you a ‘virtual diving experience’. Use you finger to freely swim around a wreck, examine it up close, accurately check your depth and become familiar with a site before you dive there. Other wrecks also …

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Diving App: Sharkproject

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2014

Category: Marine Life Price: $4.99 Device: Apple iOS A comprehensive encyclopedia for shark lovers. Over 70 sharks are featured in detail with GPS support, helping you find and report a shark sighting. Updated news, over 140 images and an ability to directly report the sale of shark products, helping to fight a …

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