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Pouilliots piston-controlled pneumatic regulator

What's new about diving regulators? It seems that an imaginative Frenchman submitted a patent for one as long ago as 1827, as Peter Dick explains
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The strong man, the rebreather and the tunnel

The first rebreather received the roughest baptism imaginable 119 years ago - deep in the workings of the Severn Tunnel. The inventor said he'd never go back down there, not even for £10,000. But there was one man who would, as cave diver Martyn Farr explains.
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Walking the wobbly bubble

If you were asked to put one of these on your head and go for a stroll around a wreck, would you fancy it? That's what we thought, but Frank Allen swears by his Snead helmet...
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Dress informal, buckets will be worn

Those crazy open-helmet naturalists- one pathfinder moved a whole coral reef to New York, one used a flash so powerful it blew his raft apart, another took shears to negotiate a kelp forest and Hans Hass walked across the Danube. Trevor Norton tells us more
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Increasingly serious Sinkers

During the last century a succession of diving pioneers both collaborated and competed to develop the sport to where it is today. Bernard Eaton recalls some of the greats, and in particular the leap-frogging rivalry of Jacques Cousteau and Ed Link.
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The ripping-off of Maxime's mask

The diver's facemask, a snorkel-style breathing tube and a spring-powered gun for spearfishing were all invented by a Monsieur Forjot. He patented his babies and waited for the money to roll in. Potential inventors, read the story told by Jean Monot and Mike Busuttili and weep.
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Grace under pressure

From time to time in Diver the name Haldane crops up, in connection with decompression tables and algorithms. But who was Haldane? In fact there were two Haldanes, and Mark Lewin says divers owe much to their blithe disregard for their own well-being
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The Atlantis affair

Forty years ago this month, two divers made history by reaching 1000ft in open ocean in a diving chamber called Atlantis. If only they hadn't opened the hatch. Bernard Eaton, a close friend of one of the divers, Peter Small, recalls what happened
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Seeing the Trees for the Wood

Another magnificent coral reef, great view but so what Been there, done that. If you seasoned travellers are bored with coral reefs, perhaps it's because you've been looking at them all wrong, says John Liddiard. It's time to get a fresh perspective
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Smitten by a Slug

They fight dirty, they have strange ways of lovemaking and they can be both the flashiest characters on the reef and invisible at the same time. Sarah Curran reckons a diver can easily become addicted to nudibranch-spotting
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Mandarin Sex

Coral rubble in the shallows was not what had drawn diver Scott Tuason to the Pacific island of Yap, but then he discovered the moonlit mating grounds of the mandarinfish
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Britains Mystery Monsters

When reports of a friendly dolphin frolicking with South Coast divers hit the headlines this summer, Brian Rees wondered what all the fuss was about. With far more spectacular, if elusive, creatures like the Morgawr lurking in UK waters, why waste an air-fill on a mere dolphin
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Fact or fiction

Haunted wrecks, marine monkeys, stray great whites and divers dropped from aircraft - these are some of the myths that abound in diving. Or are they myths? Gavin Parsons is keeping a (fairly) open mind
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Cloak and Dagger

The spectacular manta ray has an enduring appeal for divers, and John Bantin is no exception
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The River Runs Red

Life and death are never more intertwined than at the world's most famous salmon run. Darryl Leniuk takes up an uncomfortable vantage point on the bed of the Adams River in Canada

Shark Bait

There are sharks, and then there are mako sharks. Marcus Fillinger describes in words and pictures an encounter in New Zealand that left him shaken yet stirred

The shape of diving to come

Jules Verne thought we'd cruise the oceans in submarines, cultivating huge vegetables on the seabed and battling giant squid. Cousteau believed we would construct underwater cities and gr...

Through the Magnifying Glass

No fish. No wrecks. Nothing to see on your UK reef dive, just a load of mossy brown stuff. Time for some muck-diving, says Cris Little. A magnifier in your BC pocket can transport you int...

Meet the Locals

The Red Sea has inhabitants you won't find anywhere else. Here are some of them.

Making Calamari

Ever wondered how squid reproduce to meet the world's ferocious appetite for calamari? Until a recent trip to a Philippines reef, Scott Tuason had never given it much thought - but he's n...

Baskers!

For 10 years Gavin Parsons pursued a personal ambition, and every year he grew more frustrated in the attempt. Why should last summer prove any different to the previous nine? We follow o...

Lumpsuckers of Wittering

There are some things Gavin Parsons just doesn't do any more. He doesn't eat in popular chain restaurants, sleep in motels, dine alone or dive on Easter weekends. So why would he find him...

The Shark's Last Stand

As Open Water promises to make a new generation of movie-goers tremble, it's increasingly clear that sharks are in sore need of better PR. But is it already too late? John Bantin and Mont...

Stranger Fish Of Northern Waters

The 600-page-plus Marine Fish & Invertebrates of Northern Europe is described by David Bellamy as a gem of a book which, he says, lets you into the secrets of the wealth and health of the...

Shallow Water Deep Joy

Forget all those deepwater wrecks and records - Paul Naylor gets most of his scuba kicks in a mere few metres. But is he a proper diver?

Cephalopods Looking for Luuuurve

Each spring, large common cuttlefish come in close to Britains shores to breed. Gavin Parsons is a big fan of the species and this year he was on hand to watch the action.

Big Animals on the Box

Adventure-diving is all the rage - we can dive with great white sharks, hand-feed reef sharks and cavort with dolphins, all in the name of holiday entertainment. Its great fun, but is our...

A Dive Guides Guide to Getting Close to Big Animals

This could be your year - when you finally get to see the giant of the sea that has been on your wishlist for so long, whether its a whale shark, manta ray, hammerhead or wild dolphin. Pr...

The Diver story

In 1963, when Bernard Eaton became the publisher and editor of an occasional black-and-white diving title called Triton, he had little inkling of quite how influential his new baby would ...

The Fish are back

But where did they go? Some fish are returning to British waters from their winter breaks; others are young, innocent newcomers; and an increasing number of exotic visitors come seeking a...

The Money Shot

The oceanic whitetip has been a shark feared by seafarers through the generations. A Red Sea specimen made a big impression on Gavin Parsons at the Brothers years ago, but it left him onl...

Alien from the Deep

Its the longest bony fish in the world, but its hardly ever seen alive. Then along came Ian Brownlee with his camera to provide DIVER with exclusive shots of the original sea-serpent unde...

40 great innovations

Since the dawn of diving the sport has been knee-deep in inventions that promise to improve the way we do the things we do. Some, such as the automatic BC and the sonic underwater navigat...