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Category: Dive Brief

Protecting the Songs of the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

ByJean-Michel Cousteau The sea is not a silent world. There are songs in the ocean that must be heard. Some are just whispers, but meaningful ones. Listen to the diverse repertoire of sounds and songs as you dive beneath the surface of the sea.  The haunting calls of the …

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Clam Shell Contraption

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

In the late 19th century, men wore homemade dive rigs to navigate the muddy Mississippi and other rivers and lakes in a little known ‘gold rush’ for the pearly ‘button’ shells of freshwater mussels Text and Photography by Phil Nuytten Cotton may have been King, but freshwater ‘Clams’ didn’t …

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Remembering Ron Taylor

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

DIVER salutes Ron Taylor, diver, pioneer underwater filmmaker and champion of our ocean world The world diving community has lost a charter member with the death September 9 of Australian underwater filmmaker Ron Taylor, at age 78. In partnership with his wife Valerie, Taylor focused his life work on …

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The Mark V

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

Text by Phil Nuytten The U.S. Navy Mark V diving helmet is the coin of the realm among diving helmet collectors. The Mark V embodies all the mystique of ‘Deep Sea Diving’ in one handsome package and although it is arguably the most mass-produced of all diving helmets, it …

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The Porsche of the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

Together, we can steer it clear of a collision course with extinction! By Jean-Michel Couteau   Through my regular column I am pleased to share with you vital information on the state of the oceans – waves of hope coupled  with much work that needs to be done to …

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Underwater Sculptures

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

Inside the pages of DIVER Volume 38 Issue 3 you’ll be able to read about the oceans most promoinent underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. Taylor’s most well known work was in creating the world’s first underwater scultpure park off the coast of Grenada in 2006, it is now considered one …

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Are you a Waterman? Scubapro Scholarship up for grabs

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th April 2013

To honor SCUBAPRO’s longtime ambassador, Stan Waterman, and in celebration of his 90th Birthday, SCUBAPRO, and its partners PADI and Beneath the Sea, are launching an exciting campaign geared towards creating the next generation of ‘waterman’. The Waterman Scholarship will be awarded to the person who, like Stan Waterman, …

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DIVER magazine at SHIPWRECK 2013

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd March 2013

The Niagara Divers’ Association will present its 19th annual Shipwrecks Symposium Saturday, April 6, 2013 and DIVER Magazine will be there! A popular event for Ontario and New York State area divers, the event is staged in Welland, Ontario. This one-day symposium on shipwrecks features multimedia presentations and internationally …

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Designing for Women: An industry pro talks shop and shape

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 26th February 2013

DUI President Susan Long offers a perspective on the challenges of dive garment fit from the perspective of a woman and a manufacturer.  Make it smaller and make it pink. Not so long ago that was the fallback position for most manufacturers when designing dive equipment for women.  It …

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Aggressor Fleet and Dancer Fleet liveaboard App

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th February 2013

Available for free, for both iPhone and iPad users, this handy little app will tell you all about the luxurious liveaboard cruises offered by the prestigious Aggressor Fleet and Dancer Fleets. Get to know the liveaboard lifestyle and learn about the beautiful yachts that will take you on a memorable dive vacation to some of the …

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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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SeaOrbiter Water World Drift Mission

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2013

Getting SeaOrbiter off the drawing board and into the aquatic realm she was conceived to explore would move humankind a step closer to colonizing the oceans By DIVER Staff SeaOrbiter on YouTube The future of inner space exploration is on a course set by outer space science fiction. SeaOrbiter …

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Become a dive volunteer

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2013

Text by Lisa TE Sonne Aquariums across North America rely on sport divers to help with their aquatic attractions, and divers love it! To read about the opportunities of becoming an aquarium volunteer, read the story in the current issue of DIVER Magazine, Volume 37 Number 8, now on …

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The best scuba diving movies of all time – updated!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th November 2012

DIVER’s Editor, Russell Clark, loves movies. So he’s compiled what we believe to be a pretty definitive list of non-documentary scuba diving movies. Whether the plot revolves around diving, or there’s just a memorable diving scene, here’s our list (in no particular order) of the best diving movies ever …

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In Loving Memory of Albert Falco

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th November 2012

  By Jean-Michel Cousteau The Cousteau name is forever linked with the ocean and so it is also necessarily linked to a ship run by a team that keeps the vessel and the adventure going. This remains true even without a ship. The team comprises a wide-range of devoted …

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‘Regular’ critters important to reefs

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th November 2012

  By Jean-Michel Cousteau If you’ve ever walked along a pristine, white sand beach in the tropics you most likely have a parrotfish to thank for that experience. Many species of this fish, of which there are about 80, make their home in the busy ‘urban’ world of tropical …

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Love is in the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2012

By Jean-Michel Cousteau Far beneath the waves, glistening under the new moon, the mood strikes right for two fishes 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 …

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Thumbs up for seniors diving

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2012

  By Stan Waterman I grow old… I grow old… I shall wear the bottom of my trousers rolled. Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach? I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. I have heard the mermaids singing …

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Remembering Ron

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2012

DIVER salutes Ron Taylor, diver, pioneer underwater filmmaker and champion of our ocean world Read tributes below and add yours to the comments The world diving community has lost a charter member with the death September 9 of Australian underwater filmmaker Ron Taylor, at age 78. In partnership with …

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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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Can diving benefit the health of breast cancer survivors?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th July 2012

Project Pink Tank is on a mission to get to the bottom of it. Text by Lisa Sonne More than 400 scuba enthusiasts, including open water, advanced, technical, and instructor level divers, are participating in “Project Pink Tank,” a multi-phase investigation into the relationships between scuba diving and the …

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Rebreather History: From Conception to the Modern Era (1680-2012)

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

By Michael Menduno 1680: Giovanni Borelli conceives the closed circuit rebreather. Believed recirculating air through copper tube cooled by seawater would allow impurities to condense. 1726: Stephan Hale developed a device for surviving mine disasters. The helmet contained a flannel liner soaked in sea salt and tartar as a …

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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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DR. Phil Nuytten receives William Beebe Award

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th June 2012

Dr. Phil Nuytten, President of Nuytco Research Ltd and Publisher of this magazine, received the prestigious William Beebe Award from the world renowned Explorers’ Club in New York on March 23rd, 2012. This very distinguished award is given to those who have made exceptional life-long contributions to underwater exploration. …

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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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PADI on rebreathers: Are they safe for recreational divers? Pt1

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th May 2012

The world’s largest dive training agency thinks they are, and they’ve developed courses for the rec and tec diver alike. Here, the agency’s Vice President of Rebreather Technologies, Mark Caney, weighs in on PADI’s new direction, the rise of a new ‘Type-R’ recreational rebreather, and the voice of opposition. …

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PADI on rebreathers: Are they safe for recreational divers? PT2

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th April 2012

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the world’s largest scuba training agency, has expanded its course offerings in recent months to include recreational rebreather instruction. What follows is the continuation of an interview with Mark Caney, PADI’s Vice President of Rebreather Technologies, published in the current issue of …

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