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Chilled in a warm climate

Appeared in DIVER April 2018
US novelist DIANA SPECHLER loves scuba-diving but has one problem - even on 'bath-tub' dives she feels the cold. And it seems she's not alone, because she finds plenty of dive operations are now looking to cater for divers like her

How well-covered is your liveaboard trip?

Appeared in DIVER November 2017
So you thought the Mystery Diver had retired? Never, not while there are services such as liveaboard-booking/ price-comparison websites to delve into!

Your Strangest Dives

Appeared in DIVER February 2017
Readers tell us about the dives that linger in their memories as being distinctly offbeat. Have you got one to share?

More of your strangest dives

Appeared in DIVER December 2016
We asked you to share with other readers dives that stood out as being out-of-the-ordinary, that stayed in the memory for whatever reason. Here is another selection - why not contribute to the next one?

Pier review

Appeared in DIVER December 2016
BETH & SHAUN TIERNEY take us on a tour of some of the best pier and jetty dives around the world

Your Strangest Dives

Appeared in DIVER October 2016
We asked you to share with other readers the dives that stood out as being out-of-the-ordinary, that stayed in the memory for whatever reason. Here is a small selection - why don’t you think about contributing to a future Strangest Dives?

Nothing to do but dive...

Appeared in DIVER August 2016
...chat, eat and sleep. You have to love liveaboards - floating hotels and dive-centres all rolled into one. BETH & SHAUN TIERNEY provide their recipe for ensuring that every liveaboard break you take goes swimmingly

The Lost Art of Bottle Diving

Appeared in DIVER July 2016
Five-figure poison bottles, antique soda containers and other trinkets - GRANT HENDERSON can't stop looking out for submerged glassware

Monty Halls - Komodo

Appeared in DIVER November 2015
'Jurassic Park made real'

My Best Dives - Towering above

Appeared in DIVER November 2014
Selecting a few best dives from thousands is no easy task, says wreck expert JOHN LIDDIARD. Some sites I may have dived several, tens or even hundreds of times. My memory could be playing tricks and blending several dives into one. I had to check through many log-books to make sure that I really was picking the best single dives.

First lady of the Aqualung

Appeared in DIVER August 2014
DIANA WILLIAMS pays tribute to the first woman ever to don scuba gear as we know it and one who never sought the limelight

My Best Dives - its all about YORKSHIRE

Appeared in DIVER July 2014
BILL WOOLFORD is one of Yorkshire's best-known wreck-divers, and over the years he and his buddies have quietly made discovery after discovery in the North Sea. How to select best dives from so many? He said he'd give it a go.

My best dives - Big on treasure

Appeared in DIVER June 2014
There is nothing ordinary about the trio of dives UK underwater photo-journalist DAN BURTON has decided on as his best - a wealth of treasure and privileged access to the world of the astronaut make these experiences the stuff of divers dreams.

My best dives - Gavin Parsons

Appeared in DIVER May 2014
"WHICH WAS YOUR BEST DIVE?" I get asked it all the time. Every diver has a tale of survival, a close encounter with an animal or a relaxing bimble around a reef that they enjoyed so much. There are no rules about what makes a dive stand out, but I got thinking about my most unforgettable experiences, and decided that if you have dived for long enough you can't have just one best dive.So here are four of mine, dives in the UK, Mediterranean, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. I have had great dives in other places, but these really stood out.

World of Pain

Appeared in DIVER November 2013
Most divers record what they see on dives on their cameras, but Nicholas Pain prefers to use bronze, and his striking work is winning attention.

BC or drysuit A question of weight

Appeared in DIVER May 2013
Do you look like a wet spaniel or a plump turkey at the surface The answer may help to unravel any confusion divers may have about the best method of buoyancy control when wearing a drysuit. JOHN BANTIN grasps the nettle

Every breath you take

Appeared in DIVER April 2013
Many of us are unaware of the physical and mental demands of diving. Rebecca Coale, an AIDA 4* advanced freediver and NoTanx assistant instructor but also a PADI Divemaster and yoga teacher, shares her fitness tips for scuba

Grenada Showcase

Appeared in DIVER March 2013
Grenada Showcase

AP Diving CCR Showcase

Appeared in DIVER March 2013
AP Diving CCR Showcase

What kind of diver are you

Appeared in DIVER January 2013
Are you a Wreckie or a Reefer RICHARD ASPINALL poses the all-important question

What Scuba Santa has in store

Appeared in DIVER December 2012
Its the time for giving – though sometimes you may feel youre giving while others are doing all the taking. Still, a few well-placed hints may result in suitably dive-related goodi...

Our perfect diving Christmas

Appeared in DIVER December 2012
BOB HALSTEAD shares his idea of perfect (Oz-style) Christmas diving – and we ask a host of other well-known divers for their own ideas about the ideal way to spend the festive season

At home where its cold

Appeared in DIVER November 2012
It was DIVER magazines forerunner Triton that launched Doug Allan on his glittering career as one of the worlds greatest wildlife cameramen?

The man with a fin on his back

Appeared in DIVER October 2012
Meet Mark Addison - part man, part shark, part comedian. He talks to GAVIN PARSONS

My diving: Alan Davies

Appeared in DIVER September 2012
Actor and comedian Alan Davies has been a star of the popular BBC TV show QI since it began in 2003. QI contributor TIM ECOTT took the chance to quiz Alan about his diving experiences

PADI Rebreather Course Showcase

Appeared in DIVER April 2012
PADI Rebreather Course Showcase

Slack water

Appeared in DIVER July2011
Slack water is the time when the tide is turning, isnt it If only it were that easy, says JOHN LIDDIARD – but there are ways to simplify the calculations

Pigeon detective finds out

Appeared in DIVER May 2011
When Ryan Wilson isn't playing guitar, he can be found in the North Sea and elsewhere developing his diving skills. Steve Weinman reports

Time & Tide

Appeared in DIVER March 2011
If you can leave it to someone else, all well and good, but a basic knowledge of tidal movement will serve any diver well, says John Liddiard

The shipping news

Appeared in DIVER October 2010
It seems simple enough to tune into the weather forecast before undertaking a UK dive trip, but if you want it to be as accurate as possible, a little more effort is called for, says John...

Diving doc

Appeared in DIVER April 2009
Martin Clunes became a household name through six series of Men Behaving Badly alongside fellow-actor (and scuba-diver) Neil Morrissey. Numerous plays and films have followed, and he has ...

Diving Klass

Appeared in DIVER January 2009
Propelled into the stratosphere as a media celebrity when she won I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2006, Myleene Klass is a pop star, a classical musician, a radio and TV presenter, ...

Dive the living room

Yes thats right, courtesy of the Nintendo Wii games console you can now dive the Endless Ocean in search of different types of marine life, wrecks and underwater ruins.

Drifting into the unknown

Appeared in DIVER March 2008
How does it feel when you get separated from your dive-boat Not great, says Ethan Daniels, recalling the New Years Eve he could have done without

Rummaging in the devils dustbin

Darryl Leniuk dives for Nazi gold in the mysterious lakes of inner Austria

Dive with the best

A new training agency with what some might regard as strict rules is about to be unleashed on the UK diving world. Mike Ward explains the background


Appeared in DIVER August 2007
It was just another try-dive session at a London club, but one would-be diver stood out from the other hopefuls. By Terry Reilly

Diver rage

Appeared in DIVER August 2007
Most of the time diving is a relaxing pastime, but at times the actions of the thoughtless or ignorant drive other divers to distraction. Weve been asking what it is that raises divers bl...

The other half

Appeared in DIVER July 2007
Having a partner who is a tad less mad about diving than you are can lead to confrontation. Mike Ward introduces his 10-step conflict management approach - and on this evidence he certain...

How green is your diving

Appeared in DIVER June 2007
FRIENDS OF THE SEAFor some reason, people tend to believe that divers have an almost automatic concern for the environment; were considered green by default.