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Rock & wrecks

Appeared in DIVER January 2011
North Cornwall is a popular choice for UK holiday-makers, and among other diving diversions it happens to have a whole lot of colliers sunk by U-boats during World War One. JOHN LIDDIARD gets kitted up

Holiday at home: The Islands

Appeared in DIVER August 2010
The pound low, volcanic dust choking the upper atmosphere, airlines verging on collapse and cabin-crew on strike - yes, we have another summer in which a main diving holiday in the UK seems an attractive option. John Liddiard examines what our homeland islands have to offer

Loch, stock and sea pens

Appeared in DIVER July 2010
Continuing her explorations of Scottish lochs, Jane Wilkinson shore-dives picturesque Loch Duich in the north-western Highlands, renowned for its sea pens and anemones

Second time lucky at St Davids

Appeared in DIVER June 2010
Four frustrating wreck-dives off south-west Wales leave John Liddiard wanting to set the record straight - but will things be better for him this time round such a good idea

Raglan to Voices

Appeared in DIVER May 2010
John Liddiard likes nothing better (armed trawler wrecks excepted) than a new challenge - which is why a dive between two reefs off Cornwalls Lizard Peninsula seemed to be such a good idea

Waiting for the tide

Appeared in DIVER April 2010
Stackpole Quay, Pembrokeshire/John Liddiard

Wheres the wolfie

Appeared in DIVER April 2010
St Abbs & elsewhere/Elaine Whiteford

Pier but no pressure

Appeared in DIVER April 2010
Swanage Pier, Dorset/John Liddiard

A grand day out

Appeared in DIVER April 2010
Sound of Mull, Argyll/John Liddiard

Shallow Portland

Appeared in DIVER March 2010
Starting to plan for the start of the season Portland in Dorset is always a good bet, especially for groups including newer divers. John Liddiard rounds up the dive sites that are worthy of attention

All through the winter

Appeared in DIVER February 2010
With all it has to offer in terms of marine life for the squidgy lovers and depth for technical divers, its hardly surprising that Loch Long is always busy. Its sheltered sites are ideal for keeping up with diving skills, even in the coldest months of the year, says Jane Wilkinson - and with fewer fishermen around, she says this is the time to get to know this Scottish sea loch

Newhaven New Identities

Appeared in DIVER January 2010
If you or your club want a good project, putting the right name to a wreck can be very satisfying. John Liddiard finds out what can be achieved over a weekend in Sussex

The wrecks of Cardigan Bay

A coaster, a destroyer and a liner offer varied fare for keen wreck divers off Pembrokeshire - sausages are on the menu, too. John Liddiard reports

The most of Mull

Appeared in DIVER November 2009
The west coast of Scotland offers incredibly varied diving, and whatever your tastes they will be catered for in the Sound of Mull, says Jane Wilkinson

A squeeze of Lyme

Appeared in DIVER October 2009
Three World War One war victims and a well-populated sailing barque from the mid-19th century provide John Liddiard with a South Coast wreckie treat

Shetland shores

Appeared in DIVER September 2009
Take a break and explore the shallow inshore waters around the Shetland Isles - clear water and flourishing marine life will make it worthwhile, says Jane Wilkinson

Playing Poole

Appeared in DIVER September 2009
The game is about finding the weather window that allows you to dive as many wrecks as possible - John Liddiard is up for the challenge

25 Years St Abbs & Eyemouth

Appeared in DIVER August 2009
A marine reserve loved by divers celebrates a quarter-century of existence this month. Jim Greenfield looks at the background to this successful experiment in voluntary environmentalism

Falmouth Estuary & Helford River

Jane Wilkinson finds rays, scallops and champagne bottles among the pleasures of the Falmouth estuary and Helford river

Alternative Cornwall - Coverack and beyond

Appeared in DIVER July 2009
When those west winds blow, South Cornwall usually has good diving to offer in the lee of the Lizard. John Liddiard heads south of the Manacles to take in Coverack and points beyond.

A tale of 2 trawlers

Appeared in DIVER June 2009
Club detective work had solved the identity riddle of two trawler wrecks off north Wales - so John Liddiard headed for Anglesey, hoping that the weather would allow him to dive them

Seven wrecks on one dive!

Appeared in DIVER May 2009
John Liddiard reports on a very different kind of wreck tour in the Orkney Islands

The Jewels in the crown

Appeared in DIVER March 2009
Whether for a holiday or a long weekend, south Cornwall is well-placed to satisfy divers, as Jane Wilkinson reminds us. Wait, mind that camera...

Exploring welsh lakes and rivers

Appeared in DIVER February 2009
WHEN I STARTED DIVING IN 2005, I knew that I wanted to go beyond mere underwater sightseeing. I was looking for a niche, to dive where no man has gone before - at least, not too many.

Shopping and diving Lakeside, Essex

Appeared in DIVER February 2009
THE FIRST TIME I SAW LAKESIDE, I knew I was about to die. It was my first open-water dive, and confidence was low.
By Louise Trewavas

Lake Placid Ellerton Park, N Yorks

Appeared in DIVER February 2009
SERENE ISNT A WORD normally associated with inland dive sites, where half the dive clubs in the UK can usually be seen towing and beaching mock-casualties in a spirited recreation of the ...

Battling home The Hermitage Perthshire

Appeared in DIVER February 2009
THE SOUND OF THE WATERFALL obliterated everything else, and concentrated my mind. I had stood silently in the drizzling rain pretty much all day. I was cold, wet and thoroughly enjoying m...

Underwater playground Capernwray, Lancs

By Brendan O'Brien
I CAN STILL REMEMBER my first dive at Capernwray, back in the mid-90s. Todays purpose-built conference and diving centre was just a dream back then, as were many of the current underwater...

Portland with a cutting edge

Appeared in DIVER October 2008
A forecast of fine summer weather is like a beckoning hand, calling John Liddiard to spend a week diving the wrecks of Dorset

Herring tornados

Back in the UK, it was a big deal made up of little deals for Blue Planet and Seawatch film-maker John Ruthven recently, when his dive off St Abbs was suddenly plunged into darkness