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The Joy of Snorkelling

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
Non-competitive diving without scuba gear often gets overlooked or regarded as a fall-back, but snorkelling brings its own pleasures and, where big animals are concerned, is often the only practical approach. Essay by Steve Warren

Risky business

Appeared in DIVER June 2015
Two-thirds of readers take out specialist diving insurance when they travel, but if it costs more, why do they all feel it is necessary?
JO CAIRD goes deeper into cover


Appeared in DIVER October 2014
Guinness World Records is 60 years old - what does the book have to tell us about its underwater achievements?

The extraordinary Captain Don

Appeared in DIVER September 2014
Don Stewart, who died recently, was the larger-than-life character largely responsible for creating the unique 'diving freedom' island of Bonaire. John Christopher Fine recalls their first meeting in the 1970s. Illustration by HENK ROOZENDAAL

The family that dives together

Appeared in DIVER August 2014
...we'd like to think thrives together, but perhaps Dan Burton can put us in the picture after taking his own nearest and dearest to the Red Sea

Beauty and the deep

Appeared in DIVER July 2014
Miss Scuba UK, a recent addition to the diving calendar, is held not in the English Channel but in the photogenic Red Sea. LISA COLLINS accompanies the 10 contestants and their minders to El Gouna, to find out whether they are really into diving or just paying it lip-gloss service

To DIVER and beyond

Appeared in DIVER November 2013
CARELESS OF THE EXPENSE, in 1965 Triton sported its first colour cover, and ran another later in the year to tie in with a special feature to mark the release of Thunderball, the new James Bond film complete with underwater scenes.

Back to the 1960s

Appeared in DIVER November 2013
The first monthly magazine bearing the name DIVER appeared on news-stands 35 years ago, in 1978. But this was the new title for a publication that had emerged almost at the dawn of UK diving, tracing its ancestry back to the 1950s.So why are we celebrating our golden anniversary this year, 2013, and this month All will be explained.

Feeling our way to the future

Appeared in DIVER November 2013
The trends of today offer plenty of clues to the shape of scuba-diving tomorrow, says LOUISE TREWAVAS, as she defogs her crystal ball and shares her personal predictions. Main picture by NIGEL WADE

Teaching outside the box

Appeared in DIVER November 2013
Training people with disabilities to dive often calls for imaginative solutions to problems. DR RICHARD CULLEN, UK representative for Disabled Divers International, offers four case studies in adaptive teaching

Expedition UK - and guess what - you're leading it!

Appeared in DIVER October 2013
Is your diving running on all-too-predictable rails Do you yearn to get out of the rut and be a leader rather than a follower ANDY TORBET specialises in breaking new ground, and offers his hard-won advice for new underwater explorers

Temperature drop

Appeared in DIVER August 2013
Hypothermia can creep up on divers who don't have sufficient thermal protection. Would you recognise the signs in another diver and know how to help? NEAL W POLLOCK tells us what we need to know

Stake-out with the Sea wolf

Appeared in DIVER June 2013
There are marine-life conservationists, and then there's Scott Cassell. The man who saves sharks using Special Ops techniques explains his mission to STEVE WEINMAN

Bernard Eaton

Appeared in DIVER December 2012
The man who put diving on the map in Britain

Diving for gold

Appeared in DIVER July 2012
Scuba-diving is not an Olympic sport, but scuba has been helping Britain's aspiring high-divers to perfect their impressive techniques. NIGEL WADE went to find out how

For the love of diving

Appeared in DIVER May 2012
78-year-old John Parmiter has reached the landmark of 1000 dives, but it took great determination and help from other divers to reach that goal, reports GAVIN PARSONS

Apps to dive for OR to leave at the bottom

Appeared in DIVER February 2012
Do you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch You may have been enjoying reading digital DIVER on your device, but Gavin Parsons has been looking at some of the other diving-related apps avai...

The ultimate cave dive

Appeared in DIVER January 2012
JILL MICHAELS gets an astronauts-eye view of NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory from a Brit who learnt to space-walk there. The NBL is closed to the public, but every now and then Europe'...

Never call a dive rubbish!

Appeared in DIVER April 2011
Never call a dive rubbish! In the latest in his occasional series on diving celebs, Tim Ecott tracks down Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The author and star of the River Cottage TV series i...

Sanctum - the man who kept it real

Appeared in DIVER February 2011
Once he found fame impersonating bespectacled rocker Buddy Holly, and led the Crickets astray on a diving tour of the UK. Now, leading technical diver John Garvin has helped to pull toget...

Here come the girls

Appeared in DIVER December 2009
When DIVER carried out a detailed survey about the sexes and diving this year, more than 1600 of you responded. The results provided some valuable insights, several surprises - and more t...

5 ways to better finning

Appeared in Diver December 2006
Do you kick your way around under water without giving it too much thought? A lot of divers do, but various finning styles can be employed at different times - and they could save on both...

What Do You Think Youre Looking At Invertebrate Quiz

Are you one of those divers who assumes that most of the fish off our coasts are wrasse, unless they have both eyes on one side, in which case theyre called flatties? Or do you impress tr...

Big Mouth Encounters

You notice a shadow out in the blue. It gets bigger and closer. It's a shark. If its your first time you'll never forget it, but your thousandth experience could be equally memorable. Gav...

Six of the best from Linda

Appeared in DIVER MArch 1998
Linda Dunk recently won the title of Diver Photographer of the Year. Here she provides the background to the six pictures that proved so successful against tough competition

Meetings under the pier

With the new season getting under way, many southern counties divers will be heading for one of the most popular sites on the Channel coast: Swanage Pier (pictured above). Two fans of Swa...

Everybodys doing it...

Mark Webster went to the Red Sea to photograph the nuptial dancing of red snappers (right). He hadn't expected shoals of jacks, unicorn surgeonfish and even batfish to get in on the act

First find your shark

Top Red Sea photographer Erik Bjurstrom reveals the secrets of his award-winning techniques for capturing sharks on film

Nothings beyond our Ken

..Ken Sullivan, that is. Heres how he became the Diver Underwater Photographer of the Year


It's been a while since we had a good old underwater blockbuster movie to enjoy - now we have Sphere. And it seems that Sharon Stone, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L Jackson and all took to divi...

Hold Still! It's For Your Own Good

When Stuart Cove told me that he and his cousin Graham were going out to a United States naval buoy off New Providence Island, in the Bahamas, to capture silky sharks by hand and remove f...


Nudibranchs are oval molluscs usually seen crawling very slowly along the seabed. They have been called marine butterflies (by somebody who never took a good look at a butterfly); marine ...

Giant Pike Bites Dog, Possibly

It would be gratifying to present evidence of pikes eating dogs, even small ones. Alas, we don't have it, but we can definitely say that they will devour fluffy ducklings. And it is possi...

Anyone for Cucumber Sand Creatures

Stand by to feel your flesh creep as we examine the lifestyle of a seaslug which turns inside-out all your ideas about the way things are done in polite society. The sea cucumber breathes...

Death Squish

It looks an impossible job when a soft-bellied gastropod like the triton tries to demolish a spiky crown of thorns starfish. But the starfish is always the loser.By Kurt Amsler