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Goldeneye

Appeared in DIVER July 2016
It's a diver's dream, and Vince Thurkettle is the underwater prospector who came across the biggest gold nugget ever found in British waters. He talks to STEVE WEINMAN
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Beneath the sea in 3D

Appeared in DIVER May 2011
Multi-scan sonar is great for revealing shipwrecks, but its also an invaluable tool for marine biologists. Exploring sites off Rathlin in Northern Ireland, Claire Goodwin learns never to doubt the ground truth it provides
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Big Tracy gets around

Appeared in DIVER August 2008
That British waters are home to the world's second-biggest sharks is not news, but the basking sharks off our coasts have recently given up a big secret, says Hannah Cleaver
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All aboard all year round

Appeared in DIVER June 2008
There have been subtle shifts in UK diving patterns in recent years, says Colin Mac Andrias, who has been talking to skippers while compiling a guide to UK charter-boats
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Happy lundy

Appeared in DIVER April 2008
Past experiences had been spoiled by the weather, but this time John Liddiard was determined to make the most of this western islands easy diving opportunities
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Legs, meet claws! wrangling Scapa wildlife

Appeared in DIVER January 2008
Why is Miranda Krestovnikoff trying to persuade an octopus to dine on lobster, when all she really wants is to dive the german fleet
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The Plymouth drop-off

Appeared in DIVER October 2007
I first heard of the Plymouth drop-off as a dive site from members of Plymouth Sound BSAC quite a few years ago. Averaging a couple of miles out from the coast, the seabed takes a sudden step between 30 and 40m, to give a 5-10m wall and boulder slope.
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Seasearching in Plymouth

Appeared in DIVER October 2007
John Liddiard went back to school this summer, to make sure he would recognise anything special that swam his way
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Currying favour in THE FIRTH

Appeared in DIVER June 2006
They are the sort of spicy wreck dives that can make a trip worthwhile, and there are plenty to be dished up in north-eastern Scotlands Moray Firth, says John Liddiard
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Stairways to the Sea

Appeared in DIVER June2011
Seaside piers - they're not just places where tired TV personalities go to eke out their careers, but where diving fish-fanciers go to get among the action the easy way - right beneath their feet. Piers can also offer a few surprises, as Stephen Lee discovers
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Its a Spring Thing

Appeared in DIVER September 2006
Unless youre a hardy annual UK diver, youre probably just coming to life after your winter hibernation. John Liddiard, Mike Clark and Gavin Parsons are here to tempt you with five dives they can recommend as a warm-up for the balmy months ahead
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Summer superdives

Appeared in DIVER January 2007
We cover plenty of UK wreck dives in Diver, but what about all those non-wreck experiences that leave you wanting more, more, more Scenic doesnt have to mean dull, so treat yourself to something special this summer, under the guidance of six of our contributors
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Long Weekends - Mull it Over

Appeared in DIVER January 2007
The Sound of Mull is one of the most popular UK dive destinations. Where else can you dive on half a dozen wrecks, even when the wind blows Gavin Anderson reports
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Long Weekends - Isle of Man

Appeared in DIVER January 2007
The Isle of Man has far more to offer than motorcycle racing and cats without tails. Brendan O'Brien checks out the island's dive sites.
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Long Weekends - Big Choice at Littlehampton

Appeared in DIVER September 2006
John Liddiard takes advantage of some calm weather to explore the Moldavia, just one of the many interesting wrecks along this part of the Sussex coast
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Long Weekends - Farnestatic!

If you want to swim with seals, the Farne Islands are the place to be. Jim Greenfield samples the exciting possibilities on offer.
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Serious Fun - Weymouth

Members of Mole Valley Sub Aqua Club from Leatherhead in Surrey regularly go to Weymouth at this time of year.
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Serious Fun - Penzance

Bristol-based Severnside Sub-Aqua Clubs usual trip at this time of year is to the Manacles on the Lizard, but in 2004 the members decided to try Penzance for a change.
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Serious Fun - Scapa Flow

Youve been good and steered the trainees through their initial open water dives - now its time to enjoy yourself. If youre newly qualified, the same applies. John Liddiard talks to dive-club members about their plans for the new season
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Serious Fun - West Wales

Youve been good and steered the trainees through their initial open water dives - now its time to enjoy yourself. If youre newly qualified, the same applies. John Liddiard talks to dive-club members about their plans for the new season
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Serious Fun - Lyme Regis

Youve been good and steered the trainees through their initial open water dives - now its time to enjoy yourself. If youre newly qualified, the same applies. John Liddiard talks to dive-c...

Murky Menai

You cant see much, and when you can theres nothing dramatic to see, but if youre looking for an uncontrollable ride on a fast-moving current, the Menai Strait, off North Wales, may be you...

Long Weekends - Life in the Fast Lleyn

Brendan O'Brien has some close encounters with the varied sea life of the Lleyn Peninsula on a weekend dive trip.

Sound Effects

It may look calm now, but Jack Sound is renowned for its strong, changeable currents. However, braving its turbulent waters will reward you with spectacular diving and abundant marine lif...

In The Druids Wake

Anglesey is as popular with people in peculiar outfits as it has been since early times, says John Warburton. He is now one of them, and looks forward to spending even more time exploring...

Welsh Adventure

We last saw a somewhat accident-prone Gavin Parsons driving back up the motorway from the West Country in his van. Now here he is heading west again, but this time to Wales - to test his ...

Why Did I Leave It So Long

Anglesey is rich in wrecks and wildlife, but its diving has been dogged by bad press in recent years. Now John Liddiard rues the day he decided to give the north-west tip of Wales a miss

Pierless Piers & Bail-Out Bays

Sometimes second dives, and replacements for blown-out dives, can produce pleasant surprises. Or so John Liddiard discovered in Pembrokeshire, when he found himself under a monster pier i...

Guardians of Skomer

It looks like a nice, easy job, keeping an eye on a marine reserve in Wales. John Liddiard spends some time with the protectors of Skomer Island to find out what's really involved

No Stone Unturned

A computer-generated image of the west end of Skomer Island and the Garland Stone in west Wales has fired the imagination of John Liddiard - and opened up a host of possibilities for visi...

Big Choice at Littlehampton

John Liddiard takes advantage of some calm weather to explore the Moldavia, just one of the many interesting wrecks along this part of the Sussex coast

Time-Traveller Under Canvas

A submarine protection tower; slingshot balls in an ancient river mouth; an 18th century shipwreck; fossilised sharks teeth and a WW2 landing craft - where would Gavin Parsons find all th...

Skippers Selection

Come and try some of our favourite wreck-sites from our boats. When South Coast skippers issue a joint invitation like that, John Liddiard is only too happy to renew his acquaintance with...

Magic 23M

Easy parking and loading at the harbourside, easy diving and easy company with an accommodating dive club - John Liddiard enjoys a laid-back weekend among Littlehampton's shallow wrecks

Diving in a Scottish Loch

Steve Prewer is not the type to be put off by the onset of winter, even when there's snow on the hills around Loch Duich. Under water it's business as usual.

Way to Go!

The only way to dive the barren islands of St Kilda, 100 Atlantic miles off north-west Scotland, is from a liveaboard boat. Max MacLeod made the trip on the Jean de la Lune and found the ...

Barra Boys

John Eastman joined a group of divers braving the waters of a rocky outcrop in the Outer Hebrides and bunking in an abandoned lighthouse

Shall We Pray

Suddenly, two arches appear before you. As you get closer, the lower arch turns into a submarine tunnel, teeming with marine life. At the centre you see two large, flat-topped boulders wh...

Wrecks of the Summer Isles

If you want to get away from it all, the north-west coast of Scotland is a good place to start. If you want to get away from it all and dive a couple of recent wrecks, head for Tanera Mor...

Great Wrecks of the Clyde

The cold dark waters of the Firth of Clyde are a graveyard of shipwrecks. Those of the steamship Wallachia and the MV Akka are among the greatest in Scottish waters. Rod Macdonald recalls...