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Freshwater Four

Appeared in DIVER December 2017
Will Appleyard might have been overdoing the salt water, if that's possible, so with winter approaching he took time out to tour four of the UK's best-known inland sites


Appeared in DIVER October 2017
JACK PERKS has become a champion of UK freshwater diving but there was a gap in his knowledge - he had never dived Dosthill. A recent sunny June day changed all that

Kindly tides of the Channel

Appeared in DIVER March 2017
Do you play safe and just book dives on neaps in the UK? Unusual tidal patterns from Beachy Head to Dungeness play right into the hands of divers wanting two good Channel wreck-dives in a day, or the ability to dive on big springs as well as small neaps.
But you need a dayboat skipper who knows the score - so we asked Eastbourne-based DAVID RONNAN to explain all, by taking us to dive six top wrecks in four days out!

Chesil by Night (With JD)

Appeared in DIVER February 2017
It's November, and there are rumours of exciting underwater activity at Chesil Cove in Dorset. WILL APPLEYARD decides to make an exception and dive after dark. Pictures by DAMIAN BROWN

Valkyrie goes to Shetland

Appeared in DIVER August 2016
There aren't too many British liveaboards around but one that seems to be thriving is Orkney-based Valkyrie. Now and then she heads further north into Shetland waters with their own array of wrecks - BRUCE MILANI GALLIENI reports

Chasing the vis in Skomer

Appeared in DIVER December 2015
Sometimes pent-up anticipation fades when conditions disappoint on the first dive. Sometimes it marks a trend - how would WILL APPLEYARD fare diving around Skomer Island in Pembrokeshire?

Shoots at Stoney

Appeared in DIVER November 2015
Freshwater diving specialist JACK PERKS reflects on the photographic possibilities at a well-known - and one of his favourite - inland sites

Guernsey weekend

Appeared in DIVER August 2015
His first ferry trip to Guernsey was frankly a bit of a disaster, but WILL APPLEYARD isn't one to give in easily – would his second attempt yield some decent diving?

Art concrete

Appeared in DIVER June 2015
We divers automatically consider anything boat- or ship-shaped sitting on the seabed to be a “wreck”, right? Well, it isn't in the case of the latest addition to the long list of Dorset-based dive- sites. WILL APPLEYARD sees the art market take a plunge

Critter Island

Appeared in DIVER September 2013
You dont have to travel far to find fantastic small marine life-forms - Bouley Bay on Jerseys western shore is big on little things, says GAVIN PARSONS

Above and below the Channel

Appeared in DIVER July 2013
The waters out of Eastbourne offer some great wreck-diving, but time it right and you can also enjoy a stirring display overhead. The aftershow race back to harbour is a spectacle in itself, says JOHN LIDDIARD

Lets get this started

Appeared in DIVER May 2013
Has it been a while since you got your head wet? It's springtime, and GAVIN PARSONS looks at 13 choice places to dive to get you back into the UK's underwater realm

Key to the loch

Appeared in DIVER April 2013
Its a highly sensitive worm that gives Loch Creran its unique character, as JANE WILKINSON reports

Inshore Fishguard

Appeared in DIVER March 2013
As all UK divers know, 2012 was a wash-out in terms of weather. Call him a wild optimist, but JOHN LIDDIARD challenged the elements to allow him to explore unsung wrecks off west Wales in August

Great British shipwrecks

Appeared in DIVER February 2013
Latest book from wreck guru ROD MACDONALD is Great British Shipwrecks, featuring the artwork of long-time collaborator ROB WARD. Its been a while since we Wreck Toured many of these wreck...

Diving the Jewel Cave

Appeared in DIVER January 2013
On an extremely low tide in 2006, Miranda Krestovnikoff walked through part of Gouliot Caves, a treasure-trove of marine life on the west coast of Sark. She vowed to return to dive the ca...

Lair of Stig & the rabbit

Appeared in DIVER November 2012
Hodge Close (one of Paul Rose's favourite haunts) is in the Lake District and comes with a warning. Its tunnels and chambers should be tackled only by those suitably qualified, but they'r...

Bucket-list wreck challenge

Appeared in DIVER May 2012
JOHN LIDDIARD suggests 16 sites that adventurous UK wreck-divers should visit before their diving days are done. Dive one this season!

2 liners in one day!

Appeared in DIVER April 2012
Your appetite sharpened by this months Titanic Wreck Tour, you naturally fancy getting in on the liner-diving action yourself. JOHN and CATHY DE LARA (Cathy also took the photos) offer us...

Eyemouth technical

Appeared in DIVER March 2012
It's technical week for the divers aboard Silver Star out of Eyemouth, and the skipper has all sorts of wreck treats lined up. JOHN LIDDIARD jumps aboard

Mast of Lucy

Appeared in DIVER February 2012
Diving a mast Why not - this is dive-site rebranding in action, says JOHN LIDDIARD

Dolphin escort

Appeared in DIVER February 2012
Leaping cetaceans accompany the boat as JANE WILKINSON heads out to enjoy another days colourful reef diving in seductive Loch Carron, in Scotlands north-west highlands

Dives with wolves

Appeared in DIVER December 2011
St Abbs in the south-east of Scotland is a favourite destination for British divers - for almost-local diver SIMON MORLEY the only question is this: why you would want to dive anywhere else?

Shetland through the ages

Appeared in DIVER October 2011
Gavin Parsons heads to the UKs most northerly diving destination- the Atlantic weather and vis could have been better, but he was well-supplied with wrecks, nudibranchs, cat sharks and cake

Big trip to the Smalls by John Liddiard

Appeared in DIVER July 2011
Good things come in small packages, they say - our correspondents visit two West Coast diving attractions in that category, one off Scotland, and the other way out from Wales

Where there's muck by Jane Wilkinson

Appeared in DIVER July 2011
Good things come in small packages, they say - our correspondents visit two West Coast diving attractions in that category, one off Scotland, and the other way out from Wales

North Welsh Wonders

Appeared in DIVER June 2011
What a pleasant way to pass a few days, exploring the selection of shipwrecks in calm waters off Anglesey in late summer. JOHN LIDDIARD gets into the mood

Past the Needles, turn left

Appeared in DIVER May 2011
There are so many wrecks to explore around the Isle of Wight - and many in the 40m range are rarely dived, says John Liddiard. Fill your boots!

In the wake of the Guga Hunters - NW Scotland

Appeared in DIVER March 2011
Get far enough from the usual dive-sites and the marine life gets really wild. George Stoyle and photographer Richard Shucksmith head to the north-west of Scotland on a Seasearch-sponsore...

Swanage diving: out of the box

Appeared in DIVER February 2011
Think you've covered the possibilities out of Swanage, one of the South Coast's most popular diving centres. There's a lot more where that came from, says JOHN LIDDIARD