DIVING NEWS

French freediver edges bi-fins battle

French freediver Arnaud Jerald has claimed a world record of 112m in the Constant Weight with Bi-Fins discipline – continuing a rivalry with the Russian Alexey Molchanov who had set a 111m record just days before.  Read more...

Prop death – dive widower files lawsuit

The husband of a woman who died after being caught in a dive-boat’s propellers has brought a legal action for negligence against the charter-boat operator, claiming that a similar incident had occurred the previous day on the vessel’s first outing as a dive-boat. Read more...

HSE censures MoD over diver death

The Health & Safety Executive has censured the Ministry of Defence for the death of a military diver who ran out of gas while training at the National Diving & Activity Centre inland site two years ago. Read more...

Still diving at 100

US media has been excited about 100-year-old Illinois man Bill Lambert claiming a Guinness World Record (GWR) for oldest scuba diver, after he took a lake plunge to celebrate his centenary. Read more...

The real Meg – 16m of power

The Meg in the recent film of that name was a prehistoric shark around 23m long, according to the studio, and bigger even than that if you go by the poster. But until now the size of the extinct shark on which the film was based has only ever been estimated. Read more...

Time runs short to sign shark petition

As the UK leaves the European Union, it finally gains the ability to stop trading in shark fins, says Shark Guardian. The conservation campaigners are calling on scuba divers, snorkellers and others concerned about the issue to sign and share its Finspire Change UK petition - before it closes next week.  Read more...

Diver’s Night Shift wins plaudits

Many big annual events have needed to be rethought in 2020, but one that remains largely unaltered - with the exception of a virtual awards ceremony - is the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Read more...

Dolphin deaths bring out protesters

The deaths of at least 40 dolphins and whales in the wake of the Wakashio oil spill off Mauritius have provoked popular demonstrations in the streets of the Indian Ocean island’s capital Port Louis. The protests took place on 29 August. Read more...

Shark diver Erich Ritter dies

Shark-diving pioneer Dr Erich Ritter died in his sleep at his Florida home on 28 August at the age of 61. While his death was unexpected, he was reported to have suffered from a heart condition.  Read more...

Kate Winslet: breath-holding for Britain?

British film-star Kate Winslet puts everything into her acting roles, and lately she has been carrying out underwater breath-holds that could give her a winning place in the UK  freediving team should she decide on a sudden career-shift. Read more...

Egypt warns against full-face masks

Dive-centres and other members of Egypt’s Chamber of Diving & Water Sports (CDWS) have been asked to discourage Red Sea snorkellers from using the full-face masks that have grown more popular in recent years. Read more...

Photographers offer messages of hope

Best in Show in a special Ocean Art underwater photo competition called “Safe Under the Sea” was this shot by Edwar Herreno called “Releasing Hope”, showing a marine biologist releasing a tagged hammerhead pup in Galapagos. Read more...

Follow dives on Stellwagen wrecks

Livestreaming provides a rare opportunity for any scuba diver to participate in deep wreck-exploration in real time. This week brings the chance to follow the underwater action as ROVs dive on and around the tragic passenger steamer Portland and a “mystery schooner” off the USA’s east coast. Read more...