Appeared in DIVER January 2018I'VE BEEN DIVING FOR 30 YEARS OR SO, and while I acknowledge that this isn't so much as a pimple on the rear of the amount of diving some of you have done, I submit that it's a decent stint and I've seen some changes.
Mikes Dive Store
Dive Holiday Designers
Planet Dive Holidays
Scuba Tours Worldwide
Sportif Dive Holidays
The Scuba Place
The U-BOAT Coast|
Finding the best dive logging App
INDIAN OCEAN OASIS
BE THE CHAMP! - The Spread
Delving deeper into deep stops
The Whale and The Wildlife Man
Christmas on Christmas Island
The attribute of ALTRUISM
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Appeared in DIVER January2018Back in the day, newbie underwater photographers were often advised to start with close-up work. You could pre-set your camera and flashgun, so all you had to do on the dive was find a subject, frame it with the wire-framer supplied with your close-up lens, and press the button for nicely exposed, sharply focused pictures.
Anything else introduced so many variables that your success rate was inevitably reduced, sometimes to zero, until you'd built up some experience and expertise.
Appeared in DIVER December 2017The chest label boldly announces Beuchat, France, 1934. Beuchat is a company with a rich history that predates Cousteau's Aqualung, having its origins in the interwar years of goggling, made famous by the Antibes-based American Guy Gilpatrick and Parisian Yves Le Prieur's diving club, founded on his invention of a small air-cylinder coupled with a freeflow regulator.
But Beuchat would later become suit-makers to the celebrated captain, providing the signature black suits with yellow piping for the shows that, in the late 1960s and '70s, made Cousteau a household name.
After a succession of dealership changes in the UK over the decades, with mixed results, Beuchat is now distributed by Midland Diving Equipment. MDE's own history dates back to the 1950s and it has a strong track-record for marketing some iconic scuba brands.
Appeared in DIVER November 2017ACTION CAMERAS ARE A tempting proposition for underwater film-making. They're small enough not to dominate your dive, completely automatic and fitted with an ultra-wide-angle lens, so all you need to do is point them in roughly the right direction and press the button to record footage of your dive.
The only drawback is that action cameras are designed primarily for use topside, and underwater results can be disappointing without colour filters or video-lights - and then youâve lost the whole point of a video camera the size of a box of Oxo cubes.
Appeared in DIVER November 2017IN THE PAST FEW YEARS there has been an explosion of fins onto the market. Tekkies have warmed to short stubby Jetfins with go-faster vents that have their origins in the 1960s. Freedivers, paradoxically given the purity of breath-holding, have embraced ever-more technologically advanced fins of exotic space-age composites, even ditching pairs in favour of monofins - a case of less is more. So is there still a market, especially among DIVER readers, for the simple snorkelling fin?