Month: December 2020

MBE for top Navy diver

One of the Royal Navy’s most experienced underwater bomb-disposal experts has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for his “inspirational leadership and operational achievements”. He has been made an MBE.

Londoner Toby the youngest MSD

Toby Monteiro-Hourigan from London became the world’s youngest PADI Master Scuba Diver at least for a time when he recently completed his training the day after his 12th birthday.

Sealife SportDiver Camera Housing

This housing is designed to enable divers to shoot underwater stills and video with Apple iPhones 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, Xr, Xs, Xs Max, 11, 11 Pro Max and SE (2nd Gen) models, as deep as 40m.

‘Star Wars’ seals go ultrasonic

Weddell seals can produce chirps, whistles and trills at frequencies beyond human hearing range, according to new research. Weddells are highly vocal, but the ability to emit such ultrasonic calls has never before been identified in any of the 33 known species of seal, sea-lion or walrus.

Big Blue beckons in March

Pharaoh Dive Club owners Clare and Steve Rattle have been working and diving around the Egyptian Red Sea for nearly 30 years and run the popular Roots Red Sea centre which, as they fairly say, put the town of El Quseir on the map.

Divers couldn’t save whales in Yorkshire

Members of the volunteer force British Divers Marine Life Rescue spent Christmas Eve on an East Yorkshire beach in rough weather – but were unable to provide a happy ending to the mass stranding of 10 sperm whales.

Freediver Stig smashes ocean distance record

Freediver Stig smashes ocean distance record

As a breath-hold time it was relatively short, certainly for Stig Severinsen, but a recent horizontal dive by the veteran Danish freediver has smashed a previous distance record by 25m and has just been featured as “Record of the Day” by Guinness World Records (GWR).

Scubapro Hyrdos Pro

DIVER TEST: Scubapro Hydros Pro

Scubapro makes a lot of claims for the Hydros Pro and these are borne out by my experience of using it. Performance above and below the water can’t be faulted.