Diving News2018-07-24T22:16:05+01:00

DIVING NEWS

Ancient wrecks found in Lebanon and Croatia

A Lebanese dive-team is reported to have discovered what appear to be 11 Greek shipwrecks, dating back more than 2300 years. They believe that the vessels were involved in the historic Siege of Tyre, the campaign of Alexander the Great to occupy the island city in 322 BC. Read more...

Cave-rescuer trapped for 28 hours

British cave-diver Josh Bratchley, who was made an MBE following his role in last year’s Tham Luang cave-rescue in Thailand, has himself had to be rescued after being trapped in a US cave for 28 hours. Read more...

Dive pros offered free eco-course

A free online course is being offered by UK-registered charity the Reef-World Foundation to help diving professionals to conduct environmentally friendlier dives, manage their guests better and prevent them damaging coral reefs. Read more...

Kremlin orders whale release

Russia's government is reported to have ordered that nearly 87 beluga whales and 11 killer whales confined in cramped pens should be released - a decision that coincided with a recent visit to their enclosures by US oceanographer and diver Jean-Michel Cousteau. Read more...

Women’s Dive Day set for 20 July

PADI has announced the date for what it describes as the largest single day of organised diving, the fifth PADI Women’s Dive Day 2019. On Saturday, 20 July, the training agency reckons that its dive-centres and resorts around the world are set to host thousands of divers. Read more...

Now that’s an over-under shot!

This photograph, Papuan Sunset by Grant Thomas, has topped the Over-Under category and been named overall winner of the 2019 DEEP Indonesia contest, organised by photo websites Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide for underwater photographers from around the world. Read more...

Signalling P for Plastic

A new international hand-signal for scuba divers, indicating the presence under water of plastic waste, has been proposed by the Netherlands-based Plastic Soup Foundation. Read more...

Paul Watson cleared in Costa Rica

Criminal charges brought by a court in Costa Rica against Captain Paul Watson, founder of environmental activist group Sea Shepherd, have finally been dropped after 17 years of legal wrangling. The change of heart is expected to enable Sea Shepherd to resume its anti-poaching activities off Cocos Island. Read more...

Seahorse supporters take on Minister

The Seahorse Trust is appealing for cash to enable it to challenge the UK Government over what it claims is the illegal approval of an extended oil-drilling licence in Poole Bay, Dorset. It contends that the drilling operations, which began in February, are likely to have caused the deaths of four dolphins, a seal and two seahorses. Read more...