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

DIVING NEWS

Two diver deaths in Australia

It’s unusual for an entry-level scuba diver to die on a dive - or for any level of diver to be killed by a shark. Unfortunately both of these rarities were reported to have occurred off Australia’s east coast on the same day, Saturday, 4 July. Read more...

It’s still a small diving world

If commercial flights are available and pre-entry Covid-19 testing accepted, the Azores, Bahamas, Barbados, Croatia, Gibraltar, Madeira, Spain and Turkey appear to be the most immediately viable overseas destinations for English scuba divers, as the UK government relaxes coronavirus travel restrictions. Read more...

Divers’ ancient finds confound experts

Scuba divers have found stone artefacts off north-western Australia that date back as far as 8500 years, to when the archaeological sites would have been on dry land. The submerged sites are the first of their kind to have been found on Australia's continental shelf. Read more...

X-ray grant lights up wreck investigators

Analysing encrusted artefacts recovered from centuries-old shipwrecks can be challenging without risking damage to the items. Now an advanced X-ray machine is to be made available to scan artefacts from historic wrecks such as the Rooswijk in UK seas, thanks to a £150,000 grant from charity the Wolfson Foundation. Read more...

Video-sledging reveals deep coral gardens

Soft-coral gardens have been found at depths beyond 500m off western Greenland, the first habitat of its kind to have been identified in this part of the North Atlantic - and they were revealed by scientists from the UK and Greenland using a GoPro.  Read more...

Divers unite with swimmers on pools

Continued closure of public swimming pools in the UK because of the coronavirus pandemic is causing problems for scuba dive-club members who don’t have ready access to open water, and often depend on them for training. Read more...

DeeperBlue in your ear

The DeeperBlue Podcast, which is launched today (23 June), is a weekly half-hour audio guide on freediving and scuba-diving issues as well as ocean advocacy. Read more...

Son follows father on deepest dive

Fifty-two-year-old American Kelly Walsh has undertaken a 10.925km-deep submersible dive in the Western Pool of Challenger Deep - the location famously first visited by his father Captain Don Walsh in the bathyscaphe Trieste 60 years before.  Read more...

Italian divers find 16th-century wreck

The wreck of the Santo Spirito & Santa Maria di Loreto, one of the biggest Italian merchant vessels of the 16th century, is believed to have been located by two scuba divers at a depth of 50m off the north Italian coast near Genoa. Read more...

Out with whales? Ask about decibels

Human interaction with whales in most parts of the world is limited to snorkelling or simply watching from a boat-deck to avoid undue disturbance of the mammals, though many scuba divers build one or other activity into their diving holidays. Read more...

Why big veggies rule the reefs

Large herbivores are the future of reef-fish, according to new scientific research in Australia. What is described as a breakthrough study has revealed that it’s the diets of different fish species that dictate how fast each one evolves.  Read more...

JULY issue of DIVER Magazine out now!

TO ENSURE prompt delivery of DIVER Magazine during the current period of coronavirus disruption a special FREE digital version of the JULY issue has been produced to replace the normal paper copy - with no reduction to subscribers' overall paper-copy entitlement. Read more...

Underwater Internet a step closer

Can’t even wait to get back to the surface to share your latest underwater photos or videos? Scientists in Saudi Arabia believe they have found a way to provide scuba divers with a sub-aquatic Internet service. Read more...

Official confusion preceded dive-charter ban

Just when they thought it was safe to go back in the water.... The UK government’s decision last week to maintain the ban on charter-boat hire imposed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic came despite indications to the industry that it could head back out to sea.  Read more...

Deep gardening shot is UN winner

This unusual underwater photograph by Joanna Smart emerged as the theme winner in this year’s United Nations World Oceans Day photo competition. The theme for the day (8 June) was “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean”, and the image was entered in the Innovation category. Read more...

Immerse yourself in World Oceans Day

“Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean” is the theme for the United Nations' World Oceans Day 2020 today (Monday, 8 June). The virtual event, intended to raise global awareness of how best to use ocean resources, is free to all online. Read more...

Floating those boats – and a handy map

Resumption of scuba diving from small boats such as RIBs has now been officially sanctioned in England - but only if 2m social distancing requirements can be met onboard at all times, says governing body the British Sub Aqua Club.  Read more...

German Ironclad Channel wreck protected

German “Ironclad” the SMS Grosser Kurfürst, which sank on her maiden voyage off Folkestone in Kent in 1878 after being accidentally rammed by another German warship, has been scheduled and added to the National Heritage List for England. Read more...