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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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Discovering The Art of Zen In Cyprus

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th October 2022

The gargantuan wreck of cargo ship Zenobia is regarded as one of the world’s best dives, but it doesn’t come without its hazards Words and Photography by Tobias Friedrich The Zenobia is considered one of the best wrecks in the world. And rightly so. You could make a hundred dives …

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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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The age of enlightenment – Diving cenotes and caves in Mexico

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th September 2022

Exciting and astonishingly beautiful, the cenotes and caves of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula have carved out a booming industry, and offer a truly unique perspective for divers Words and Photos by Natalie Gibb Flooded caves. For the uninitiated, they are the stuff of nightmares, conjuring visions of terrifying black tunnels …

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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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How I Plan My Cave Dives

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th September 2022

By Natalie Gibb Where I live in Mexico, the caves are shallow, delicately decorated, and welcoming. The caves are so shallow, in fact, that most of the time decompression status is not an issue. The water is so clear and warm that divers can swim for hours following the …

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Divers Confirm Discovery of Crashed WWII Bomber in Gander Lake, Newfoundland, Canada

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th September 2022

A team of divers (including DIVER magazine Editor Russell Clark, columnist Jill Heinerth and contributors Maxwel Hohn and Tiare Boys) supported by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), the Shipwreck Preservation Society of Newfoundland & Labrador and Ocean Quest Adventures have confirmed the discovery of a WWII-era B-24 Liberator …

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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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A lifesaver… so why the reluctance?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st September 2022

By Steve Lewis If you dive a Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR), there’s a good chance that during the next few months, you’re going to be hearing more and more about mouthpiece retaining straps. Even if you don’t dive a CCR, you’ll probably notice the campaign and by the time …

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Openwater: Sidemount vs Backmount

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 25th August 2022

Words and Photography by Drew McArthur Over the last ten years or so, diving sidemount has become all the rage. After decades of lurking in the depths of cave systems around the globe, it’s almost like one day it crept out of its hole and became seduced by fame …

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So You Want to Be a Cave Diver?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 19th July 2022

By Natalie Gibb Claustrophobia. Darkness. Danger. These are some of the words I often hear associated with cave diving, but if you talk to actual cave divers, most speak about the activity in entirely different terms. They’ll talk about rooms filled with delicate stalactites, hanging from the ceiling like …

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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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SportDiver iPhone Housing

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd June 2022

The SeaLife SportDiver is not the first of its kind, but given their track record at producing user-friendly camera systems and the iPhone’s current image making capabilities, is now the time to start using your phone underwater? Words by Russell Clark We have, in the past, featured underwater iPhone …

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Twin Peaks

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th June 2022

Words and Photography by Jill Heinerth In 1992, Editors Valerie Grey and Joe Prosser published the NSS Cave Diving Manual, which guided my education as a cave diver. Even before my first training class began, I knew I would seek out the location on the back cover of the book. …

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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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Cave Diving Lights: Canister vs Handheld

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th June 2022

By Natalie Gibb Fourteen years ago, the cave diving scene in Mexico looked a lot different than it does today: large, gruff men lounged on the tailgates of their pickup trucks, balancing backmount double tanks against the walls of their truck beds while they regaled each other with tales …

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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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Can you benefit from a drysuit cert card…?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th May 2022

Words by Steve Lewis I can’t recall what the original meeting was about. Probably something to do with training schedules or core standards or perhaps what flavour wings we’d order later that evening at ‘beer night’, but I do recall the head of the agency running up the stairs, swinging …

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The Tunnel to Atlantis

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th May 2022

Words and Photography By Jill Heinerth Nine-tenths of a mile (1.4km) inside a submerged lava tube in the depths of the Monte Corona Volcano, cave diving explorer Sheck Exley faced what should have been certain death. It was 1983 when he and his dive partner Ken Fulghum hoped to …

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Is Scuba First Aid Really Good Enough?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th May 2022

Words by Steve Lewis What a strange year 1994 was; not as famous as 1984 perhaps, and certainly not even close to the strangeness of 2020, but memorable in its own sweet way.  The movie Forrest Gump was released in 1994 and—at the other end of the interest spectrum—it was …

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Keeping Your Cave Skills Fresh

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th April 2022

Words by Natalie Gibb Are you cave diving as much as you would like? Unless you are fortunate enough to live in a location with local cave diving, it’s safe to say that the answer this year is a resounding “No!” Even in less apocalyptic times, cave divers can …

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Drysuits in Cave Diving

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th March 2022

By Natalie Gibb I read an uniformed and rather prejudiced opinion on Facebook the other day. Actually, I read quite a few such opinions, but this one had to do with the use of drysuits by cavern diving and cave diving guides in Mexico. “If you use a drysuit in …

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Top Five Shipwrecks of Underwater Photographer Steve Jones

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th March 2022

He’s photographed more wrecks than we can count. After several articles for DIVER, we gave the renowned UK photographer the challenge of finding his favourite five. Words and Photography By Steve Jones I’ve visited my fair share of wrecks over the years, so shortlisting five that have left the …

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Fourth Element launch new fins

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st March 2022

An exciting week fin lovers! Fourth Element’s new Rec Fins have hit the market. The recycled dive fin is made from post consumer plastic waste. With a fully recycled plastic blade, the Rec Fins deliver great diving performance with a much lower impact on the environment. The classic 4 channel …

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World’s first Folding Fins available on Kickstarter

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st March 2022

Exotech Company has kicked off the Kickstarter campaign for their new product – Folding Fins. Inspired by nature, Folding Fins, will allow you to take them in your luggage and across the world with a little more ease. Finding  regular fins to be unhandy and hard to fit into …

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The Imminent Destruction of Mexico’s Best Dive Sites – One Track at a Time

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th February 2022

  An apocalyptic nightmare is threatening dive sites in Tulum. The project, known as the ‘Tren Maya’ in Spanish, is an ill-conceived, poorly planned project to create a train corridor along the paradisiacal Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. It has already grossly disrupted tourism and resulted in the …

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How Photogrammetry Works

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2021

Words by Ken Merryman Strictly speaking, the term photogrammetry is the science of making measurements from photographs.  It means one can determine the true size of an object in a photo from the size of the object on the camera sensor knowing the camera lens and distance from the camera.  …

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Creating Cave Maps

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 25th October 2021

By Natalie Gibb A well-made map of an underwater cave is a beautiful thing. A cartographer must achieve a balance between the level of detail and the ‘big picture’ overview to create a usable map for cave divers. I am not an underwater cartographer, but I know a few, and …

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An Ocean Quest Like No Other

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th October 2021

A love letter to Newfoundland, the Truk Lagoon of Great White North, a destination that will fast become your new second home Words by Russell Clark “Sit yer-self down lads, I just cooked some of me home made moose sausages.” The first words from local legend Rick Stanley are …

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Decompression Illness and Denial – Part 2

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th September 2021

Demystifying Dive Computers Words and Photography by Jill Heinerth In my previous article I looked into incident reports that fell outside of the data gathered by organizations such as DAN. In this article, I’m going to dive into the physiology of decompression, gradient factors, and conservatism strategies. When you …

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Exploring the ancient mine that made Greece a superpower

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th September 2021

“Old things become new with the passage of time” – Greek Proverb Words by Maria Fotiadi, Erikos Kranidiotis, Stelios Stamatakis The mines of Lavrion: a vast complex of tunnels, covering more than 46 square miles (120km2), that has produced unimaginable quantities of silver, lead and copper throughout the centuries.  Mining …

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Cave Rebreather – Is It Worth It?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 7th September 2021

By Natalie Gibb I cave dive every day. Flooded caves are one of the most difficult dive environments on the planet, and my job requires monitoring a variety of factors all at once: navigation, control, my buddy, and host of factors such as dive time, depth, time to surface, no-deco …

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Buying A Rebreather: A Simple Primer

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd September 2021

By Steve Lewis There are few simple questions more difficult to answer than “How much is a rebreather?” More so if the person asking advice is a rebreather newbie about to buy their first unit. On the face of it, all that’s required is a straight dollar amount. Let’s …

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Dreaming of Discovery

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 26th August 2021

Words and Photography by Jan Morton and Chris Straub  Gorgeous tropical reef dives are fine and dandy, but sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into a wreck… In 2014, through a combination of wanderlust and happenstance, Jan Morton found himself on Siquijor Island and fell in love with this …

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How about the Rule of Scrooge & Buddha?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th July 2021

By Steve Lewis I can’t recall which Charles Dickens character I am misquoting—I believe it is Ebenezer Scrooge from the novella A Christmas Carol — but the gist is this: “Income one pound; expenses 19 shillings and 11 pence; outcome bliss. Income one pound; expenses one pound and one penny; outcome misery.” Which …

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Mining for DNA: The search for new life begins at depth

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd July 2021

Words by Kevin Brown Our exploration of the abandoned cold water mine started first with a plunge into the archives. While the Outaouais region Quebec owes its development largely to heavy mining, our industrial heritage has not had much historical value placed on it, and very little documentation exists …

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