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

DIVING NEWS

Gulf Air tips scale towards divers

Good news for heavily laden scuba divers heading east – Gulf Air has added them to its list of passengers entitled to concessionary baggage allowances, with up to 15kg of dive-gear permitted above the standard allowance. Read more...

French sub wreck dived at 2.3km

Two 2.3km-deep Mediterranean submersible dives have been carried out to examine the wreck of S647 La Minerve. All 52 of the French Navy submarine's crew were lost when she sank in 1968, and the dives were to examine the wreck before laying a commemorative plaque. Read more...

Six seahorses create rising star

This extraordinary photograph of six baby seahorses was not the Best In Show in the latest Ocean Art competition but it came very close – topping the Novice Macro category and winning Julie Casey the title of Rising Star Photographer. Read more...

Speccy cuttlefish visit 3D cinema

Scientists keen to learn how cuttlefish are able to see in 3D have fitted them with stereoscopic red and blue spectacles - and found that, while their eyes might be very different from those of humans, their way of seeing is not so different. Read more...

Now ocean robots fly solo

The first known instance of an underwater robot taking a sedimentary sample autonomously has occurred on Kolumbo, an active volcano 500m deep off the Greek Aegean island of Santorini. Read more...

Dive instructor ‘unaware of COTS danger’

A New Zealand diving instructor is suing his ex-employer, Great Barrier Reef dive operator Tusa Dive, for more than Aus $1.6m (about £830,000). He claims that crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) stings caused him to lose most of the use of his right hand. Read more...

Cave-diver dies in Cumbria

A cave-diver in his 60s has died while exploring part of the Three Counties System in Cumbria. The man’s body was recovered from access-point Lancaster Hole by a team of volunteers in the early hours of Sunday (5 January). Read more...

Palau enforces chemical sunscreen ban

The Pacific scuba-diving destination of Palau has become the world’s first nation to protect its coral reefs from damaging chemical sunscreens, as a ban on their manufacture, importation or sale came into force on New Year’s Day. Read more...

Receiver of Wreck rewarded

An official who became well-known to British wreck-divers has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List for services to salvage and underwater heritage over the past 12 years. Read more...

Malapascua in eye of the storm

Popular diving islands Malapascua and Boracay are among parts of the central Philippines to have been affected by Typhoon Ursula, although there are no indications of loss of life at either location. Read more...

Costly plan to restore Florida reefs

Plans to raise almost US $100 million to restore seven coral-reef sites, proposed by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, are claimed to represent one of the biggest coral-restoration projects ever put forward. Read more...

PADI’s ‘gift of adventure’

PADI says it has help at hand for anyone struggling to come up with last-minute festive presents. Its suggestion is “the gift of adventure”, one that will not only “last a lifetime" but that also "helps save the ocean planet”. Read more...

Latest from Sea-Changers

Underwater clean-ups, seal- and shark-conservation projects and citizen-science apps are among the winners of the latest round of Sea-Changers’ grants, which has seen almost £14,500 distributed between 21 UK-based marine conservation charities and schemes. Read more...