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My favourite kit - David Doubilet

Appeared in DIVER September 2010
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.

My favourite kit - Jack Ingle

Appeared in DIVER July 2010
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.

Back-mounted to the future

Appeared in DIVER June 2010
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

My Favourite kit - Teresa Telus

Appeared in DIVER April 2010
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

My favourite kit - Innes McCartney

Appeared in DIVER December 2009
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

Life support with the Sentinel

Appeared in DIVER December 2009
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

My favourite kit - Pete Atkinson

Appeared in DIVER October 2009
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

How dry is your drysuit

Appeared in DIVER September 2009
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

My favourite kit - Rich Stevenson

Appeared in DIVER July 2009
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 compan...

Tighten up on your weights

Appeared in DIVER February 2009
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

King of kit

Appeared in DIVER February 2009
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

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 a...

When divers go missing

Appeared in DIVER September 2008
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

My favourite kit - Mark Ellyatt

Appeared in DIVER August 2008
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 ...

Bungee is best

Appeared in DIVER June 2008
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 ...

My favourite kit - Leigh Bishop

Appeared in DIVER May 2008
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 explori...

What next - underwater texting Actually, yes...

From the DEMA show in Orlando,Florida, John Bantin reports on the ever-extending limits of diving technology

The £11,000 diver

Youre 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

Travelling Light

Appeared in DIVER October 2007
Toting heavy dive gear around the world is costly, so it's time to strip down to the bare essentials. Were talking BC, regs and fins - John Bantin tests 11 sets of lightweight gear for th...

Getting your measure

Appeared in DIVER October 2007
Get it right, and you and your drysuit are likely to be very happy together - get it wrong, and divorce is on the cards. John Liddiard sizes up the smart way to get measured up for a new ...