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Finding the best fish ID APP

Appeared in DIVER December 2017
In the first of a new occasional series, HENLEY SPIERS samples and scores dive-related apps on the market

Gear up for the Sun

Appeared in DIVER January 2017
With DIVER in holiday mood this month (let's face it, we're always in holiday mood!) NIGEL WADE looks at some representative products designed to keep you safe and comfortable when diving in exotic locations

My Favourite Kit - Jamie Watts

Appeared in DIVER July 2016
A marine ecologist, expedition-leader and naturalist guide, he has worked in the Earth's most spectacular marine eco-systems. After two years with the British Antarctic Survey he has spent another 10 southern summers shipboard in the Antarctic Peninsula, and nine northern summers around the High Arctic and north Atlantic islands, but he has also led and guided expeditions through Indonesia, PNG, the Solomons and Vanuatu. Jamie has logged more than 290,000 sea miles on 2300 days at sea and 145 expedition voyages

Which is your must-have?

Appeared in DIVER June 2016
Why test modern dive-computers for conservatism when you can adjust most models to suit your preferences anyway? asks NIGEL WADE. It's all about functions now, so how to choose? He sets out the selling-points of 19 representative models from under £200 to one that costs six times that amount

Happy with your rental gear?

Appeared in DIVER 2016
You've flown in without your beloved dive-gear to save on airline baggage charges, but is the replacement gear for hire at your destination up to your usual standards? DREW McARTHUR is here to help you check

The History Boys

Appeared in DIVER November 2015
When WW2 ended 70 years ago, an adapted gas-control regulator hit the market and recreational scuba got the boost it needed. And old-school twin-hose diving isn't dead yet - vintage kit and training has much to commend it, says STEVE WARREN

My favourite kit - James Brickell

Appeared in DIVER May 2015
JAMES BRICKELL is a leading TV wildlife film-maker at the BBC Natural History Unit, where he heads the dive team. He has won two BAFTAs, for Life In Cold Blood, the series made with Sir David Attenborough, and the children’s favourite Deadly 60. In 2012 he was Series Producer of Great Barrier Reef and recently for BBC1’s The Great British Year

My favourite kit - Saeed Rashid

Appeared in DIVER May 2014
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.

It's the thought that counts

Appeared in DIVER December 2013
Its 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...

My favourite kit - Andy Torbet

Appeared in DIVER July 2013
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...

My favourite kit - Alex Mustard

Appeared in DIVER May 2013
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...

My favourite kit - Doug Allan

Appeared in DIVER November 2012
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 bio...

My favourite kit - Michael Aw

Appeared in DIVER March 2012
Michael Aw is one of the worlds 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 Festiv...

My favourite kit - Martyn Farr

Appeared in DIVER December 2011
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....

My favourite kit - Mike Rutzen

Appeared in DIVER September 2011
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 wor...

My favourite kit - Monty Halls

Appeared in DIVER July 2011
ITS 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,...

My favourite kit - Andrea Marshall

Appeared in DIVER May 2011
Few divers put their gear through the rigours to which American Dr Andrea Marshall subjects her's. The Queen of Mantas, who started diving when she was 12, has lived and worked as a resea...

My favourite kit - Mark Powell

Appeared in DIVER March 2011
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...

My favourite kit - John Kean

Appeared in DIVER January 2011
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 involunta...

My favourite kit - Paul Rose

Appeared in DIVER October 2010
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 o...