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Netdiver

Appeared in DIVER April 2007
For some divers, Internet forums can be seriously addictive, reckons Mike Ward. Still, once youve gained diving know-how, its your duty to share it with others
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Troy dive

Hes Jacques Cousteau's grandson, he started diving at four and he has just spent 100 hours driving a temperamental robo-shark submarine in search of great whites. Fabien Cousteau tells Nick Steer how it went - and where he goes from here
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Planet Earth 2: SHALLOW SEAS

Appeared in DIVER November 2006
We wanted new locations, to capture new animal behaviours and to employ new techniques - its been a big challenge to make something fresh post-Blue Planet. So says Mark Brownlow, producer of the upcoming Shallow Seas programme in part two of the BBCs spectacular Planet Earth series. Im very proud of this film, I think its a great mix of animals and characters. I hope it will help people celebrate how great our oceans are and what amazing animals are out there, says Mark, who talks us through some of the stand-out scenes.
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GIRL TROUBLE

Appeared in DIVER November 2006
Do women get a fair crack of the whip in diving? Louise Trewavas - and who would dare deny her a fair crack of the whip - takes a look at the profile of women in our favourite sport
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Get the best from your boat

Appeared in DIVER October 2006
A perfect voyage Youll be lucky if it happens, says Mike Ward, but the experienced liveaboarder knows the strategies for staying happy at sea
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Diving with the A-list

Appeared in DIVER October 2006
When they're not up on the screen they like to get below the surface - Tim Ecott persuades some of the UK's top actors to talk about their secret passion for diving
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Forgive me DIVER for I have sinned

Appeared in DIVER July 2006
Brethren, we asked you to admit to your diving moments of shame, the underwater actions you hoped against hope to keep secret. Cast off your inhibitions, its time to expunge your guilt - well hear your confessions now...
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So long, CMAS,it's sad to say goodbye

...but not very. On past evidence the BSAC's departure from the World Underwater Federation should be counted as a blessing, says Mike Busuttili - and after 36 years he speaks with feeling. Pictorial comment by Rico
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The comeback kid

When you see the 2 metre-long jelly, its probably time to turn back - especially when youve already dived to 313m. Mark Ellyatt provides the background to the deepest recorded recreational dive to date
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Planet Piranha

Appeared in DIVER March 2006
What do these piranha fish have in common with an underwater elephant
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Diver One, are you well

Appeared in DIVER February 2006
When photographer Annette Price decided to extend her work into the underwater world, she undertook an HSE Scuba commercial air diving course at the Underwater Centre in Scotland
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The perfect partners

Appeared in DIVER February 2006
If you want to know what makes a good buddy, you have only to read through the many entries to DIVER's Buddy of the Year Competition. It could make you wonder about your own buddying arrangements!
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The inspiration of seeing gold

Appeared in DIVER January 2006
Can a blind man dive on a closed-circuit rebreather If hes Mark Threadgold he can. Ian Hanness tells the story
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Down the tube

Dan Burton visits six scientists who live and work in a cylindrical chamber on the seabed off the Florida coast. Their mission: to measure and record the growth of corals.
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Old Rottweiler new tricks

At 68, with three decades of a political career behind him, Norman Tebbit was not a typical novice for John Bantin. But after his first diving experiences he was well and truly bitten by the bug - and other creatures besides!
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What happened to my son ?

One year ago Ian Hadfields well-trained, healthy 20-year-old son went diving and never returned. It was a terrible tragedy - and one from which it was difficult to draw simple conclusions.
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Wonder Woman

She has fed sharks for years, been a stunt double in Hollywood movies, is a mother of two and gorgeous to boot. Could she be happy and fun as well? John Bantin finds out that she is.
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Sea person

Diver celebrates 21 years of its famous cartoon strip, Sea People, with a profile of its creator: artist, environmentalist and diver, Rico Oldfield. Paul Fenner talked to him at his Merseyside studio
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May the force be with you

No: this is not a scene from the first underwater production of Macbeth, although that is a dagger you see before the police diver pictured. He was recovering it from a flooded quarry for the Bristol-based police underwater unit whose work is described here by Gavin Newman
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A brush with danger

You only know what it means to feel alive when you come face to face with death, says artist Sebastian Horsley. To get that feeling, he took a close look into the face of the great white shark: from the inside of a protective metal cage (below). Now the ex-male escort and stock market gambler has an exhibition of shark pictures inspired by his experiences. Divers Nicola Tyrrell visited his Mayfair home, which Horsley has decorated with human skulls and photographs of shark-attack victims: as you do.
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Diving for money with the HSE

There are many ways of diving for money, but making sure that they are safe has not always been straight- forward in law. The new Diving At Work Regulations come into force this month, an...

She is a fish !

The face is unfamiliar but youve probably seen her body, though you might have assumed it belonged to Pamela Anderson or Cameron Diaz. When it comes to performing death-defying stunts und...

A dive odyssey

On a diving trip to Sri Lanka, Brendan OBrien meets up with resident, author and visionary Sir Arthur C Clarke to hear tales of his early underwater experiences, encounters with alligator...

Lost world of Okinawa

Man-made or natural That is the debate raging over this mysterious stone structure found off Japan. Kenny Ehman went to see it and discovered another legend - free diver Jacques Mayol, wh...

More than just good buddies


Do love partners make great dive partners or are diving couples on a shortcut to disaster Louise Trewavas examines the evidence

Laugh he nearly died !

Rampaging bananas, plummeting hardware and capsized boats threatened to make the story of how Leonardo DiCaprio's latest movie was filmed more interesting than The Beach itself. But witho...

We've had better days

Diving predicaments take many forms, from the novice pratfalls we laugh about later to those seriously hairy situations were grateful to survive. In the spirit of hoping to learn from oth...

The stuff we leave behind

From BCs and Abba CDs to computers and kinky underwear, its amazing what divers manage to lose - but some examples of forgetfulness are downright bizarre, as Gavin Parsons explains

Sounding off

What's the word? We sent Gavin Parsons along to a well-known Essex dive centre to listen in to what divers are saying about hot issues of the day. All he had to do was toss in a few well-...

We stop at nothing

That's how Louise Trewavas sees those obsessives who refuse to let such small matters as broken bones, fashion suicide or nasty water contents get in the way of their diving. After all, a...

The Ellyatt effect

His views are as uncompromising as his diving, and he has harsh things to say about other diving instructors as well as diving doctors, but Mark Ellyatt feels that he has earned the right...

Sharkback Rider

As a warm-up for his exciting Deep Ocean Odyssey project, Jean-Michel Cousteau decided to grab a great white sharks dorsal fin and go with it - as one does. Tally Pozzoli was with his tea...

Crashed out in the Bahamas

He became a household name in the 1990s, and now Chris Boardman hopes to do with scuba gear what he did with his bicycle - get really, really good with it. He's impatient to learn the lot...

Conception Arena, Seychelles

When luck finally runs out for a dog, theres only one way to put things right. In an extract from his new book Neutral Buoyancy, which aims to attract a wider public to diving, Tim Ecott ...

Never too young to dive

Jean-Michel Cousteau was a big hit at Dive 2001, but not everyone agrees with his trenchant views on such matters as reducing the age limit for diving and contact with marine life. Does h...

Pick of the crop

You've voted for your favourite brands of diving equipment and innovations in the Diver Awards, but what gear do the professionals go for? We asked leading divers and regular contributors...

Ocean men

Tim Ecott talks to two extraordinary divers who have claimed places in diving history - and who have both now had their exploits captured on the big screen

We were divers

Here's a tale of lost Nazi gold, mysterious boxes, ancient Greek treasure and desert sands that should whet the appetite of any adventurous diver. Robin Leigh has his golden memories - no...

It shouldn't happen to a skipper

Love em or loathe em, divers can't do without em. Britain's diveboat skippers pass their days taking us out to dive sites, putting us in the water and - we hope - bringing us back happy a...

Another day at the office

We've all thought about it, but is dive instructing abroad your passport to pleasure, or a dangerous honeytrap? Diver seeks the experiences and advice of seven working divers, while a rec...