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My favourite kit – Saeed Rashid

Appeared in DIVER May 2014

Saeed Rashid How many Dive Show visitors have taken advice from SAEED RASHID on underwater photography and post-production techniques over the years? Saeed co-ordinates the PhotoZone presentations at the Shows, and at other times can be found teaching print design at Bournemouth University. He learned to dive while on holiday
in Australia and started taking underwater pictures in 1998. Saeed dives in the UK with Bournemouth & Poole Diving Club, and also runs popular underwater photography workshops in the Red Sea and Maldives with blueotwo.
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It’s the thought that counts

Appeared in DIVER December 2013

Alex Mustard tries out the latest diving innovation from the Netherlands – clogfins It’s the season for giving, but how do you come up with a gift for the underwater photographer who has everything? If you’re Dutch, the answer is obvious – clogfins! PETER DE MAAGT was the considerate giver. Main picture by JARRET BROWN more...

My favourite kit – Andy Torbet

Appeared in DIVER July 2013

Andy Torbet Scots man of action ANDY TORBET started diving at 12. He is a cave-, mixed-gas and rebreather diver and freediver and a military and commercial diver and supervisor. He gained a degree in zoology before spending 10 years in the Forces as a paratrooper, diver and bomb disposal officer, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and the Falklands. Andy is also a mountaineering
instructor, caver, sea-kayaker and extreme sportsman. Recent TV projects included Operation Iceberg and Coast and he is currently filming with Monty Halls
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My favourite kit – Alex Mustard

Appeared in DIVER May 2013

Alex Mustard It’s all about saving weight on diving equipment for internationally renowned underwater photographer ALEX MUSTARD – because that means he can take more camera gear on his travels. And he travels a lot. Trained as a marine biologist, he worked in that field but became a full-time professional underwater photographer and author nine years ago. He has won many awards, including multiple wins in the two most prestigious competitions for underwater photographers: the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and France’s World Festival of Underwater Photography. His first photo book The Art Of Diving, a collaboration with Nick Hanna, was followed by Reefs Revealed in 2007 and he is of course a regular contributor to DIVER with his popular Be The Champ! series
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My favourite kit – Doug Allan

Preparing to dive in typically challenging Arctic conditions Described by Sir David Attenborough as “the toughest in the business”, wildlife cameraman DOUG ALLAN was born in 1951 in Dunfermline, and started diving in 1968 before studying marine biology at Stirling. He worked as a pearl diver, diving instructor, commercial diver and biologist in the Red Sea, then made his first trip to Antarctica in 1976 as diving officer on a British research station. He spent five winters and eight summers down south before in 1986 becoming a full-time freelance photographer and documentary film-maker, specialising in polar wildlife. Doug has been involved with more than 60 films and TV series and has made more than 50 trips to the poles for series such as Planet Earth, The Blue Planet and Frozen Planet. Awards include four Emmys and five BAFTAs, and he has twice won the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He has three Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his work, as well as the Polar Medal and bar. more...

My favourite kit - Michael Aw

Michael Aw Michael Aw is one of the world’s most influential wildlife photographers – and over 27 years his images have earned him more than 60 awards.

He has won five Palme D’Ors at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures, and last year was a judge for the prestigious BBC Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, in which he has himself won three awards. He has produced many books and his conservation work, particularly campaigning against shark-finning, has been widely recognised. Recently he has been project director of the Elysium Epic imagery expedition, in which 57 of the world’s leading image-makers and scientists retraced Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition to document the flora and fauna of the region. Michael is based in Australia.
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My favourite kit – Martyn Farr

Martyn Farr Renowned Welsh cave-diver MARTYN FARR has discovered many miles of cave passage in many countries in the course of his career. He started caving at the age of 10, and cave-diving in 1971. By 1981 he had set a world record for underwater cave penetration, in the Bahamas. In the UK he made his name exploring Wookey Hole in 1977 and 1982. He has taken part in expeditions all over the world and is a leading cave-diving photographer, as well as the author of the classic book The Darkness Beckons. A PSA Cavern, Nitrox and Cave Instructor-Trainer, he has taken many celebrities underground, including the royal princes, and his cavern and cave-diving courses have provided a gateway to the sport for hundreds of today’s cave-divers. more...
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    My favourite kit – Mike Rutzen

    South African diver MIKE RUTZEN started working with great white sharks 15 years ago, as a skipper on a cage-diving boat. In 2000 he began freediving with the sharks, and is now known worldwide as one of the few people able to interact with the creatures outside the safety of a cage. Dubbed ‘Sharkman’, he has produced documentaries on freediving with great whites for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet, CNN, CBS and the BBC among others, and has appeared at the UK Dive Shows on several occasions more...

    My favourite kit – Monty Halls

    IT’S 13 YEARS SINCE DIVER PUBLISHED MONTY HALLS’ first article, about a dive-site near Plymouth ferryport. He had recently left the Royal Marines to study as a marine biologist. Since then, Monty has dived the world over and over, initially with his ground-breaking Full Circle expeditions, which caught the eye of the TV producers. He has made many television programmes, including the Great Ocean Adventures series, discovered a lost city off India, written several books and won not only Channel 4’s Superhuman title but a Scientific Exploration Society award for services to exploration. Watch out in July for his third BBC series, Monty Hall’s Great Irish Escape – in which he lives and works in Connemara with the Irish Whale & Dolphin Conservation Group – and, in 2012, a major new BBC series called Reef. But what, you ask, about his kit? more...

    My favourite kit – Andrea Marshall

    Few divers put their gear through the rigours to which American Dr Andrea Marshall subjects hers. The Queen of Mantas, who started diving when she was 12, has lived and worked as a researcher in Mozambique for the past eight years. Her PhD at the University of Queensland was the first ever doctoral thesis on manta rays, and she went on to form the Foundation for the Protection of Marine Megafauna. Her research has increased dramatically the level of knowledge on mantas, and she is now building on that work with an ambitious global tagging programme. Andrea discovered a new species, the giant manta, in 2008, and can identify many hundreds of individual rays off Mozambique from their markings more...

    My favourite kit - Mark Powell

    MARK POWELL, one of the speakers at TEK/2011 in March, wrote the book Deco For Divers, which appears to have become firmly established as a DIVER readers’ favourite. Surrey-based Mark, who has been diving since 1987, has been an instructor for the past 17 years, teaching technical diving at all levels up to and including Advanced Trimix. more...

    My favourite kit - John Kean

    John Kean JOHN KEAN, author of the popular book SS Thistlegorm, has carried out some 5000 dives as a recreational and technical diving instructor and guide in the Red Sea. It makes him an involuntary guinea pig for the longevity-testing of diving equipment. If it fits, reliably serves its purpose and lasts, it’s OK! more...

    My favourite kit - Paul Rose

    Pro diver and instructor, polar guide, mountaineer and yacht skipper, author, conservationist, TV personality and public speaker (catch him at Dive 2010 this month) - PAUL ROSE is a man of many parts. A former Base Commander and science-support diver for the British Antarctic Survey, he was awarded HM The Queen's Polar Medal, and the US Polar Medal for work with NASA and the Mars Lander project in Antarctica. The Royal Geographical Society added a Ness Award for "popularisation of geography and the wider understanding of our world". He was diving ops adviser to the RGS Shoals of Capricorn project in the Indian Ocean, ran a US Navy diver training programme and has trained many emergency-response dive teams. TV audiences know him from the BBC's Oceans, and he is now filming a new series on British diving. But what about his kit? more...

    My favourite kit - David Doubilet

    David Doubilet is probably the world's foremost underwater photographer, the recipient of many prestigious awards. Born in New York, he began snorkelling when he was eight and started taking underwater photographs at 12. A contributing photographer and author for National Geographic, he has photographed more than 65 stories for the magazine since his first assignment in 1971. A feature columnist, contributing editor and author of many books about the sea, his work continues to appear in publications and exhibitions worldwide. The first published collection of his work, Light In The Sea, raised the creative stakes of underwater photography, and the follow-up Water, Light And Time is regarded as a classic. more...

    My favourite kit - Jack Ingle

    Jack Ingle Jack Ingle is a stalwart of the Dive Show scene, his kit-configuration workshops never seeming to lose their lustre. Jack started diving with the British Sub Aqua Club 30 years ago, and soon realised that he enjoyed the teaching side. He became a BSAC First Class Diver and National Instructor and remained heavily involved with BSAC until about 2000, as Technical Diving Advisor and Nitrox Chief Examiner, writing the club's first nitrox courses. He had begun diving on mixed gases in Florida in the late 1980s and moved into technical instruction, going full-time in 1996 with TDI, IANTD and PSA qualifications. Jack has been running a dive school and expeditions ever since, teaching everything from nitrox to advanced mixed-gas rebreathers. more...

    Back-mounted to the future

    Progress is effortless Why did no-one think of making a tank-mounted DPV before? John 'Jetboy' Bantin goes west to try out the Pegasus Thruster on some big wrecks more...

    My Favourite kit - Teresa Telus

    TERESA TELUS is one of the most experienced deep wreck-diving women in the world, and has been a key member of several major expeditions. In 2003 she dived Britannic, running longer bottom times than her male counterparts. She co-led an expedition to identify the pre-Dreadnought Duncan-class shipwreck HMS Russell in Malta. Part of a team exploring and filming the Lusitania, she has also joined expeditions to the Egypt, HMS Vandal and many others. Teresa spends most of her dive-time exploring sites in the English Channel, including countless virgin wrecks. An experienced speaker on expedition diving, she has appeared at recent UK Dive Shows talking about the deeper wrecks of Truk Lagoon
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    My favourite kit - Innes McCartney

    Innes McCartney is a deep-wreck diver, a historical consultant specialising in submarines, and a naval history and diving publisher. He has discovered many historic shipwrecks, including the M1 and HK Komet, and HMS Indefatigable and HMS Defence at Jutland; organised the Operation Deadlight expeditions; identified 44 mystery submarine wrecks; and been a key figure in the making of TV documentaries such as Deep Wreck Detectives and Clash of the Dreadnoughts. Innes was also the first diver to visit all three of the greatest diveable liner wrecks: Britannic, Lusitania and Andrea Doria more...

    Life support with the Sentinel

    JB gets to grips with the Sentinel  Picture by Kevin Gurr Fatal incidents involving closed-circuit rebreathers can't all be dismissed simply as diver error, says Kevin Gurr - but he reckons that all the life-threatening problems that have arisen in the past can be engineered out. John Bantin spends a week with the CCR designer on a Red Sea liveaboard, to see if his Sentinel 'life-support system' lives up to his claims more...

    My favourite kit - Pete Atkinson

    Pete Atkinson Pete Atkinson, 52, is a professional underwater photographer. For 20 years he sailed and dived all over Polynesia - then, five years ago, he sold his yacht, bought a house in Australia and married another photographer, Darin Limsuansub. He claims not to be a grumpy old man, but his attitude to current dive fashions suggests that he is more...

    How dry is your drysuit?

    Stuffing boots with newspaper helps to get moisture out. You might get the outside dry, you might even get the inside dry, but how do you prevent mouldy boot syndrome? John Liddiard offers some sweeter-smelling solutions more...

    My favourite kit - Rich Stevenson

    Rich Stevenson Rich Stevenson, 39, is a professional diver living and working in Plymouth. For 10 years he has owned and run dive-boats and, until recently, a coastal dive centre. His independent company now concentrates on rebreather training, underwater film operations and commercial diving charters on his new 9m RIB Ocean Venture. Involved in technical instruction since 1995, Rich was one of the UK's first IANTD Cave and Trimix Instructors, and is an IANTD and PSAI Instructor-Trainer more...

    Tighten up on your weights

    Robert N Rossier Thirteen per cent of divers have lost weights; 9% have lost the whole belt. So what's going wrong and what can be done about it? asks Robert N Rossier more...

    King of kit

    Confused about which dive gear to buy and how to configure it? Let the in-depth experience of superbly equipped Mike Ward be your guide more...

    When divers go missing

    All divers should use at least some signalling devices in case they lose their dive-boat - John Bantin evaluates a selection of items that will do the job more...

    My favourite kit - Tim Ecott

    Tim Ecott's book Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World was published to critical acclaim in 2001, and has since become a cult classic, selling more than 50,000 copies in the UK alone. A former BBC correspondent, he writes regularly for the national press on marine matters and was scriptwriter for Deep Blue - the feature-length version of the BBC's Blue Planet series. He worked as a Divemaster in the Seychelles, and serves on the UK board of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. more...

    My favourite kit - Mark Ellyatt

    For the past 20 years, Mark Ellyatt has been fascinated by deeper diving . Venturing below 150m for the first time in late '95 on trimix sealed the deal. Until then, in the early years of technical diving, it had been a case of survival on scores of 120m-plus air dives. Since diving the SMS Baden in the English Channel at 177m twice, Mark's attraction to deep wrecks has never waned. He has visited the 150m-deep and unfeasibly vertical HMS Victoria off Lebanon 22 times in the past four years. After an accident while returning from a 260m dive in 2003, Mark focused on decompression tables and, later that year, planned a 313m plunge from which he returned (almost) unscathed. more...

    My favourite kit - Leigh Bishop

    LEIGH BISHOP, Britain's foremost deep-wreck photographer, has been diving for 19 years, including the ground-breaking HMS King Edward VII expedition in 1997. He has specialised in exploring notable liner wrecks including the Britannic, Lusitania, Transylvania, Justicia and Egypt and discovered the cargo vessel Flying Enterprise. Leigh is also a full-time fire-fighter more...

    Bungee is best

    Been meaning to get some failsafe steel spring-straps for your fins? They're great, but John Liddiard reckons bungee is even better, and for the DIY-er it can cost you less than the price of a pint! more...

    The £11,000 diver

    You're an open-circuit diver with a legacy, and have more than 10 grand to spend on kit. What are your options? John Bantin sets out to equip the price-no-object diver more...