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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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Not the Most Dangerous Sport

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd June 2021

By Natalie Gibb Not all caves are claustrophobic or extremely technical. If you have seen beautiful images of underwater caves and think they look amazing, but are unsure about the riskiness of the sport, this article is for you.  Although diving in flooded caves is exciting, the correct mindset …

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The Guided Cavern Experience

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th June 2021

By Natalie Gibb from Under The Jungle Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I would like cave diving. Cave diving just sounds scary, and with no frame of reference, I couldn’t visualize swimming through a flooded cave. I had nightmare visions of being trapped in …

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Learning from Failure: Strength from Weakness

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th June 2021

By Steve Lewis Nobody likes to screw up. None of us start marching along a pathway to a personal goal with the intention of losing our way and falling short—failing. Failing has the potential to ruin your day, or, at the other end of the spectrum of possible consequences, …

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Garmin releases the Descent Mk2S – their smallest dive computer yet

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th May 2021

Garmin have announced the Descent Mk2S, its smallest watch-style dive computer – ideal for women and those with smaller wrists – designed for everyday wear and maximum functionality. Packed with innovative dive technology and Garmin’s most sought-after built-in activity sports profiles and wellness features, the Descent Mk2S is a tool …

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A Deep Dive with NOVE: What goes into the next big dive watch

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th March 2021

Founded in 2015, NOVE has been making waves in the timepiece industry due to their comprehensive design that joins function and fashion. Representing the new sense of innovation in the field of watch design, their mission of creating beautiful, unique wristwatches pays homage to the rich history of craftsmanship …

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In Pursuit of Killer Whales: the Kapr Divers’ Expedition to Norway

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th January 2021

Divers share a collective passion for the underwater world and a mutual fascination with the wondrous creatures of the sea. Perhaps it’s swimming with dolphins off the sunny coast of California they dream of, or diving side by side with whale sharks in the warm waters of Western Australia. …

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Last minute adopt a coral gift good for the ocean!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th December 2020

Coral Guardian, a major force in coral reef conservation around the world, now offers a unique Christmas gift through it’s Adopt a Coral program, Coral Guardian. So spoil your loved ones, or yourself, while contributing to the protection of the ocean. Click here to adopt!  Each coral adopted comes …

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The New Trident Automatic Dive Watch by NOVE

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 17th November 2020

NOVE recently announced their first automatic Swiss-made wristwatch via Indiegogo. The new Trident R150, or simply the Trident Automatic, is a sleek redesign of their Trident line of watches, a popular choice among divers due to its water-resistant capabilities up to 200 meters under water. Inspired by Poseidon and …

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America’s Battle of the Atlantic

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd October 2020

New mapping technology and a small manned submersible allow a team of scientists to 3D map a moment in history Text by Joseph Frey On July 15, 1942 Kapitänleutnant Hans-Dieter Heinicke, commander of German submarine U-576, would make a decision that would seal his fate and that of his …

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A stolen history

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 19th October 2020

Off the shores of Florida’s Key Largo, buried beneath almost two centuries of coral reef formations, lay remnants of the dark side of 1820s piracy and the illegal transport of slaves from Africa to Cuba Text By Joseph Frey Early on a hot July morning we head out into …

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