NEWS

Safety board blames operator for Conception fire

Major safety improvements for dive-boats and other small passenger vessels are called for by the USA’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in its report into last year’s devastating fire aboard the Conception liveaboard in California, which killed 34 people. Read more...

Dive-climber Scott peaks in style

Longtime charity champion Lloyd Scott has completed his nine-day Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the last of Britain’s highest mountains while wearing a 59kg diving suit, helmet and weights. Celebrating his 59th birthday today (13 October), he has said that the mountain feat will be his last major charitable challenge. Read more...

World-first as divers tackle Tallboy bomb

Polish Navy clearance divers are starting work on the first-ever attempt to defuse a WW2 deep-penetration bomb today (12 October) - while in Australia, the removal of an unexploded 45kg bomb from one of the world’s southernmost coral reefs has been announced.  Read more...

Blenny popular choice at Torbay

The fourth annual Splash-in underwater photography competition run by the Torbay branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club, postponed by coronavirus from July, took place in challenging weather conditions in West Country waters on 19 September. Read more...

£9200 for diver’s whisky bottle

An unlabelled bottle of probably undrinkable Scotch has been sold at auction for £9200 – along with the helmet of George Currie, the diver who recovered the bottle from the wreck of the Politician in Scotland in 1987.  Read more...

Want to winter in Malta?

Malta remains on the British government’s no-go list for non-essential travel and a two-week quarantine is required on return for anyone who does go - but what if you feel it’s essential for you to go and work from there for an extended period this winter?  Read more...

Have Polish divers found fabled Amber Room?

Last month Divernet reported on the discovery of WW2 German light cruiser the Karlsruhe beyond diving depths off Norway; we already know about the also-scuttled WW1 light cruiser Karlsruhe in Scapa Flow; but now Polish technical divers have found a third Karlsruhe - a steamship that could solve one of the greatest unsolved shipwreck mysteries of all time. Read more...

Have you snapped a seadragon?

Seadragons are among the most prized of quarries for underwater photographers, but have you or friends dived in southern Australia and been lucky enough to capture any images of these spectacular but mysterious creatures?  Read more...

Lottery lifeline for Mary Rose

Portsmouth’s Mary Rose Museum, under threat from the shortfall in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic, has been handed a lifeline in the form of £250,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund. Read more...

US fighter raised from Black Sea

A Bell P-39 Airacobra aircraft has been raised from the Black Sea in Crimea by a dive-team, the culmination of a joint expedition carried out by the Russian Geographical Society and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. Read more...

Preparing Atlantis

Ultimate Diving says it has been working closely with exclusive partner Atlantis Resorts to ensure that stays there, once the Philippines is accessible again, will be Covid-secure for divers. Read more...

Saltwater croc bites GBR snorkeller

A snorkeller has survived an encounter with a saltwater crocodile on the Great Barrier Reef. The 33-year-old Australian man suffered head and neck injuries while exploring the waters of Anchor Bay 50m off Lizard Island, Queensland on the afternoon of 23 September. Read more...