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The great boot Düsseldorf 2019

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 7th February 2019

By Roger Lacasse   The Düsseldorf international boat show held its 50th edition in January 2019. Simply known as the “boot” (German for, and pronounced like boat), it is the world’s largest trade fair for all things related to recreational boating and watersports.  This was definitely a huge event, with …

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The Big Anchor Project Makes a Splash

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th February 2019

Citizen scientists around the world are being urged to share their anchor ‘finds’ following the relaunch of an online resource that aims to be the world’s biggest public record of these iconic objects.  The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) has relaunched the popular Big Anchor Project following a generous public …

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Rebreathers… according to Steve Lewis

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd January 2019

By Steve Lewis So, you’re looking at taking the big step into rebreathers, are you? Let’s chat. It’s okay, your secrets are safe with me. I’ll admit it, I have owned a few rebreathers myself. At last count, there have been twelve. But no worries, I am getting better, …

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10 Things to Know Before Buying a Rebreather

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 14th January 2019

Words and Photography by Jill Heinerth   Rebreathers offer an entirely new way to enjoy the underwater world. Whether it is the technology that attracts you or the potential to swim free without making bubbles, the decision to enter the domain of rebreather diving is a significant one. You …

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How Rebreathers Work

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 24th November 2018

  By Dr. David Sawatzky Rebreathers are becoming ever more common in the diving community, and in diving fatality records.  I wanted to write a column on rebreather fatalities but immediately realized that it would make no sense to most divers unless they had a good, basic understanding of …

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Tech Diving: Rebreathers…

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th November 2018

By Steve Lewis So, you’re looking at taking the big step into rebreathers, are you? Let’s chat. It’s okay, your secrets are safe with me. I’ll admit it, I have owned a few rebreathers myself. At last count, there have been twelve. But no worries, I am getting better, …

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Seminally Cinematic – Aquatica’s AGH5

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st November 2018

Text by Russell Clark Panasonic and Aquatica bring professional underwater video tools to the masses with the GH5, GH5S and AGH5 housing. Get ready to be more creative!   Every few years a camera comes along that helps to evolve photography and video. The GoPro, the Sony RX100, the …

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Protect Your Noggin’ – Things to consider when gearing up with a dive helmet

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th October 2016

Text and Illustrations By Jill Heinerth I have never figured out why so few North American technical divers wear helmets. Perhaps helmets never reached the Pantheon of hip here? Divers in other parts of the world would never consider exposing their scalps to the ceiling of a cave or wreck …

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How to Get Into Underwater Welding 

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th August 2016

Text by Ray Stevens As the deep-sea oil and gas industries continue to thrive, demand for a solid marine infrastructure is expected to continue as well. This means that specially trained underwater welders will be needed to complete the building of underwater structures. For some, a career in underwater welding …

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Breakthrough Rebreather Technology Announced

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 24th May 2016

Text by Jill Heinerth Ask a rebreather diver what drives their rebreather and they will undoubtedly tell you, the oxygen sensors. These annually disposable devices are critical to creating a safe breathing loop and yet when not functioning properly can reduce a $10,000 investment in life support to a …

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Retraction: Shearwater NERD pricing

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th January 2016

DIVER magazine would like to announce an amendment to our current Gear Guide issue. Our pricing of the Shearwater NERD (page 24 of Volume 41, Issue 1) should be CAD$2,500, and not $950 as printed. This is an editorial mistake by us, we put it down to a mixture of pre-Christmas excitement, narcosis, …

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50 fascinating facts about the ocean

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 14th December 2015

With over 72{c383baab7bef8067e8c9786a45d8006c492489841a98fe37723e304bb1ddd030} of the world’s surface taken up by ocean, there is a huge amount of ocean still to be discovered. Only 5{c383baab7bef8067e8c9786a45d8006c492489841a98fe37723e304bb1ddd030} of the world’s Oceans have been explored and even though it is such a small amount, given how much surface area these oceans cover, we …

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Nanuk cases: Indestructable, waterproof and travel friendly

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 26th May 2015

Nanuk 935 $259.99 – with foam For all the scuba gear you own and need to transport and store, there is Nanuk. A Canadian company in biz for more than 20 years, they offer a wide range of cases to protect everything from your expensive regulators to your iPhone, and your video …

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Annual Shipwrecks Symposium May 2, Ontario

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th April 2015

The Niagara Divers’ Association will present its 21st Annual Shipwrecks Symposium on Saturday, May 2, 2015. This one-day symposium on shipwrecks will feature multimedia presentations with internationally renowned speakers from both the United States and Canada. $44 CDN / US up to January 26, 2015; $49 CDN / US …

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Tour of the HMS Erebus, with Parks Canada archaeologists

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th April 2015

Parks Canada have just uploaded a high-definition video on the first-ever tour of the shipwreck of HMS Erebus provided by our archaeologists. Read about the next part of their expedition here.  

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Archaeology and Navy divers team up to explore Erebus

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2015

Divers are set to revisit the sunken Franklin ship HMS Erebus in the arctic over the next week or so in an ambitious joint operation that will pair up Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology Service and Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic and Pacific) divers in the first under …

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UASBC’s Shipwrecks 2015 Conference – ‘Arctic Exploration’ on May 9, Vancouver

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th March 2015

Without any doubt, the Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia’s most popular and exciting, non-diving event is our annual SHIPWRECKS conference. While you will need to leave your regulators and scuba tanks at home for this event,  there will be no shortage of diving stories, and divers to meet, …

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Shearwater Desktop and Mobile App Support

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th March 2015

Shearwater Research, responsible for the rather excellent technical computers Petrel and Petrel 2, have released a new and improved desktop application cunningly called Shearwater Desktop. Available for both Mac and Windows users, the new software offers an improved user experience, making it easier to implement firmware updates. Firmware is a vital part …

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The Lost Dhow Exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd February 2015

Artifacts recovered from a shipwreck off Singapore are currently on display at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. See the next issue of DIVER for the feature by writer Stephen Weir.          

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Light & Motion Kickstarter Campaign Gets Attention

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th January 2015

California based Light & Motion has been at the forefront of underwater imaging for several years and their Kickstarter announcement has captured the attention of a lot of underwater photographers and videographers! The Sidekick Kickstarter campaign aims to raise $50,000 so Light & Motion can begin full production of their excellent new GoPro light called Sidekick. …

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Gear Guide: Quik Pod

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 19th December 2014

QuikPod From $49.99 A great camera accessory, whether you’re shooting with a dSLR, compact, phone or GoPro, there’s a QuikPod for you. Customize with sturdy tripod legs, a floating lanyard, bluetooth remote shutter, smartphone adapter and more. Good build quality, long lasting and very handy – we have one on every …

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Expedition Hollis: Truk Lagoon

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th December 2014

US gear manufacturer Hollis, have announced a partnership with Canada’s Sea the World Adventure Travel, with their first expedition to Truk Lagoon now taking bookings for 2016.  Divers will get the chance to join Hollis Ambassador, Bill Coltart, aboard the luxurious S/Y Truk Siren for a ten day wreck diving expedition. Divers …

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Kickstart a new womens dive watch

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd December 2014

Whilst at DEMA this year, we had the pleasure of bumping into Chelsea Welch. Her exciting new Kickstarter campaign is for a women’s dive watch that’s been designed by women divers. Las Vegas based The Abingdon Co. is a boutique watch company for women.  They’ve produced and sold luxurious adventure watches …

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Sweden’s Mine-Bender

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th November 2014

A couple of hours northwest of Stockholm, Sweden offers up a dive site extraordinary for its location and blend of natural and manmade features. Known as the Tuna-Hästberg mine, it’s a vast web of water-filled passages tens of kilometres long, radiating in all directions far beneath the earth’s surface. …

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New Zealand’s Mikhail Lermontov: A Wreck to Die For

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 31st October 2014

New Zealand’s Mikhail Lermontov reveals a tragic tale of duels, death and poetic injustice, but it’s a helluva sunken ship to explore Text by Kevin Davidson and H.E. Sawyer Photography by Kevin Davidson This tale comes from Soviet Russia, so naturally it’s a tragedy. And a tragedy born out …

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Florida’s Shipwrecks: Museums in the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 24th October 2014

Underwater archaeological preserves reveal history of this sunny, seafaring state Text by Franklin H. Price For a landmass almost completely surrounded by the sea, it’s no big surprise that maritime history figures prominently in its story. It’s certainly true of Florida, southernmost of the continental United States and with …

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Gear Stop: SeaLife Micro HD, Rolex, SubGear, Atomic Aquatics

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd October 2014

SeaLife Micro HD 16GB $399.95 Micro HD+ 32GB WiFi $499.95 The newest addition to the SeaLife range of user-friendly cameras is the ultra compact Micro HD. Unlike most cameras this is a sealed unit – no openings, no O-rings, no memory card ports and, therefore, no risk of flooding. SeaLife’s trusted ‘piano key’ design makes …

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InFocus: Backpacks, housings and solar power

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th October 2014

Lowepro DryZone 200 US$283.86 ‘A drysuit for your gear’ claims the world’s first waterproof soft-sided camera backpack. TIZIP zipper system, rubber covered sealed seams, adjustable dividers, mesh pockets and a lifetime warranty. www.lowepro.com Ikelite RX100 III housing $550 Sony’s RX100 III is a first rate compact camera that produces …

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Finding Franklin

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd October 2014

The Franklin ship discovered in early September by the 2014 search team in the Canadian arctic has been identified as HMS Erebus, the flagship of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 two-ship expedition and the vessel directly under his command.  HMS Terror, remains to be found. The confirmation was made by …

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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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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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The Cave That Changed The Game In Russia

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th September 2014

In Orda of priority it’s No.1 Text by Bogdana Vashchenko / Photography by Victor Lyagushkin  – The Orda cave revolutionized cave diving in Russia. In every respect it’s a ‘dream’ compared to other sumps in the Russian Federation, and it also claims some bragging rights on the world stage. Extending more …

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GearStop: A Rebreather, Glacia Legend, GH4 housing and dive shades!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th September 2014

Dive Rite O2ptima Rebreather $8,500 This fully closed circuit, constant P02, electronically-driven rebreather features built-in decompression ability. Dive Rite’s O2ptima is great for overhead environments where immediate surfacing is not always possible, and it will appeal to open water and wreck divers too.  Features include 5-litre total loop volume counter …

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Canadian astronaut finds NEEMO

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th September 2014

Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen has just begun his seven day, sub aquatic  adventure at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The 38 year old from London, Ontario will be leading a crew to explore the ocean floor as part of a simulation to help prepare for future space missions. NEEMO (NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations) …

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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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Cousteau Mission 31

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd September 2014

Recalls pioneering Conshelf experiments At press time the saturation diving component of Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 had just  completed. The son of DIVER columnist Jean-Michel Cousteau, and grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fabien spearheaded the initiative, underscoring the human-ocean connection through the lens of exploration and discovery. Along with two …

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