Features 2018-02-02T16:58:04+00:00

FEATURES

The Threat of Complacency

The more experienced you are as a diver, the less likely things are to go wrong, right? No, wrong! says SIMON PRIDMORE Read more...

Aspects of Etiquette Part 3

Are you the sort of underwater photographer who gives the pastime a good name? If you’re worried that you might Read more...

Aspects of Etiquette Part 2

There is a right way of doing things when you’re on a dive-boat – and then there’s the other way that draws sideways Read more...

Aspects of Etiquette Part 1

Most of us like to feel that we’re in the know about the accepted way of doing things – and nobody more so than Read more...

What Makes Someone A Good Diver? Part 2

‘Good diver’ is how we all hope other divers would describe us, but do you have these six qualities, as set out Read more...

Now You See It…

The Schiedam Prize is a major 17th-century shipwreck that lies off the Cornish coast. Frustratingly, the shifting sands Read more...

Diving With Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that affects the endocrine system, the collection of glands that produce hormones regulating Read more...

5 Best of the South-West

Five days’ boat-diving out of Plymouth, 10 dives and WILL APPLEYARD, looking to record his five highlights, finds himself spoilt for choice Read more...

Vanderbilt’s Warrior

Warrior II, sunk off Portland Bill in the English Channel, has drawn deep-divers since its discovery in the early 1980s. Read more...

Return To The Donegal Classics

A battleship, a liner and a cargo vessel, none of them less than 155m long or 64m deep, are the big three that make north-western Read more...

What Makes Someone A Good Diver? Part1

It’s how we all hope other divers would describe us, but what does it take to be known as the type who can be relied Read more...

Deep Steal by Mike Seares

Book Review A Book That Knows It’s A Film Deep Steal, by Mike Seares ...
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Cutting Through The Medspeak

Scuba Physiological is an e-book promoted as a review of some of the latest thoughts on scuba physics and physiology Read more...

Killer Shots

Michael Law is never quite satisfied with his photographs of orcas in the Norwegian fjords – but that gives him the excuse he Read more...

No Need To Go Far To Be Free

Lembeh Strait is the go-to part of the world for muck-diving, but sometimes it seems to excel even itself Read more...

The Whiplash Shark

Thresher sharks are a treasured sight for divers, all the more so as their numbers worldwide have fallen, and are often Read more...

Dive Weekends in South West England

Anita Sherwood has delivered another well-polished, neatly presented UK dive-guide that is a tidy follow-on book from her Read more...

Cage Dive

The movie that divers detest above all others, Open Water, a story of folks left by their dive-boat to float around with the sharks, Read more...

Freshwater Four

Will Appleyard might have been overdoing the salt water, if that’s possible, so with winter approaching he took time out Read more...

Finding The Bet Fish Id App

In the first of a new occasional series, HENLEY SPIERS samples and scores dive-related apps on the market Read more...

Barotrauma in Bonaire

Tell-tale signs during a training course could have given a diver a vital clue, but they were missed. Read more...

A-list Åland

Finland's smallest region boasts an underwater wreck museum guaranteed to fascinate divers because of the level of Read more...

Aspects Of Etiquette Part 3

Are you the sort of underwater photographer who gives the pastime a good name? If you’re worried that you might be Read more...

St Stephen Revisited

The Austrian-Hungarian dreadnought was taken by surprise by the brave crews of two Italian torpedo-boats, and the Read more...

The First 60 Years of Scuba Diving

Phil Thurtle, who put together this ringbound mono-printed document, is perhaps being realistic in saying that he assumes Read more...

Operation Tadpole

John Bevan has written a fair few books and monographs covering various aspects of diving history, and his Read more...

Sea of Life

Hot on the heels of the recent environmental documentary Chasing Coral, reviewed in these pages (One-Sided But Right-Sided, September) Read more...

Deep Thinkers: An Exploration of Intelligence in Whales

For anyone who has ever felt mildly nauseous when reading books by authors who find dolphin smiles and whale song endlessly spiritual, Read more...

In the Company of Seahorses

For most of us, ”cryptic” is a word we associate with crosswords, but for the biologist it has the specific meaning of an animal Read more...

Blue Planet II: A New World of Hidden Depths

This BBC book has to kick off our review section this month, because while it is essentially an accompaniment to the main course Read more...

When Hunter Becomes Prey

When great white shark corpses started turning up with their livers missing, it took a while to piece together the story – Read more...

Rhapsody in Blue

You could head for South Africa in the hopes of being in the right place at the right time on the Sardine Run – or you could Read more...

Return to the Blue Planet

It's the marine-life TV series no diver will want to miss, but what was it like to be a scuba-diver working on Blue Planet II, Read more...

Aspects Of Etiquette Part 2

There is a right way of doing things when you’re on a dive-boat – and then there’s the other way that draws sideways looks. Read more...

The Isles of Scilly in the Great War

Part of a series of books called Your Towns & Cities in the Great War, this is a history as opposed to a diving book Read more...

The First 60 Years of Scuba Diving

The First 60 Years of Scuba Diving with Grimsby & Cleethorpes BSAC compiled by Phil Thurtle Read more...

In the Company of Seahorses

For most of us, “cryptic” is a word we associate with crosswords, but for the ecologist it has the specific meaning of an Read more...

Invincible – 50’ 44.34N, 01’ 02.23W

MICHAEL PITTS, one of the world's leading underwater cameramen, has been turning his attention from wildlife in clear Read more...

The Secrets Of The Sveti Pavao

Examining the seabed off Croatia, two scuba-divers discovered a well-preserved porcelain vase. Only the richest people Read more...

Dive / Bomber

US dive-teams are working around the world to find the remains of armed forces personnel missing in action from past Read more...

Views of the Volos

Lefteris Reef in Greece has become the graveyard for many ships over millennia, but few can have as intriguing a backstory Read more...

A Dose of Dozzi

JACK PERKS has become a champion of UK freshwater diving but there was a gap in his knowledge – he had never Read more...

In the Glassy Ripples

Tonga is a place of myths and traditions, and until 1978 whales were welcomed there only as food. Now things have taken Read more...

Aspects of Etiquette Part 1

Most of us like to feel that we’re in the know about the accepted way of doing things – and nobody more so than divers. Read more...

Chasing Coral

Lembeh Strait is the go-to part of the world for muck-diving, but sometimes it seems to excel even itself. STEW SMITH Read more...

The Darkness Beckons & Dive Scapa Flow

THESE TWO BOOKS are both available in updated versions this summer – and they’re both crackers. Such is the classic Read more...

Nicole: The True Story of a Great White Shark’s Journey into History

A FEW YEARS AGO a female great white shark, nicknamed Lydia by the scientists who had tagged her in Florida Read more...

Taking Another Line

THIS BOOK MUST HAVE BEEN another labour of love for Sam Warwick (above left), a technical diver based in Australia and Read more...

Baby Diver

Father-to-be HENLEY SPIERS decided that he needed a better understanding of diving and pregnancy Read more...

Olwolgin: Longest Underwater Cave

Welsh cave-diver MARTYN FARR wrote his book The Darkness Beckons back in 1980, and its two editions became bibles Read more...

5 Tips To Avoid Dive-Boat Accidents

Divers love their boat-diving but, unfortunately, dive-boats can be injury-prone places, says Caren Liebscher Read more...

Nudi festival

When you get your eye in you realise that colourful sea-slugs are not confined to the tropics – south-eastern Scotland Read more...

180 – The Picton Castle

Sixty-three Wreck Tours have passed come and gone since we visited a Castle-class trawler wreck off Dartmouth. Read more...

179 – The Albanian

This slightly deeper steamer wreck, sunk off Anglesey in the 19th century, offers divers a wide variety of intriguing cargo Read more...

178 – The Sente

Heavy machinery from an ill-fated 1900 dredger that barely started its long journey from Scotland to Japan lies off Cork in Ireland Read more...

The Valentine Tanks

Unique ‘floating tanks’, relics of World War Two, can be dived from Swanage, says WILL APPLEYARD. Ideal for an early-season Read more...

Talking Technical

Are you ready to up the ante with your diving, perhaps to dive deeper and for longer? Technical diving could Read more...

Sharkdance By Night

Russian diver IRINA BRITANOVA lives her surreal dream, with photography by ANDREY NEKRASOV Read more...

TDI Intro to Cave-Diving / Cavern Diver Underworld Tulum, Mexico

LIZ SAVILLE was a classic example of an experienced diver content in her comfort zone. And then she agreed to go to Read more...

The Normal Sharks

What is a ‘normal’ shark? The sort we see on shark feeds in the Caribbean, or swimming around, often in the Read more...

You Should Get That Examined

We all know that a blue-ringed octopus like this one can inflict serious injury, but what about other octopuses? Read more...

Horse Latitudes

Lembeh Strait is the go-to part of the world for muck-diving, but sometimes it seems to excel even itself. Read more...

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