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

DIVING NEWS

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...

Shopping and giving with PADI

Pre-Christmas marketing initiatives “Black Friday” (29 November) and “Cyber Monday” (2 December) might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but training agency PADI claims to be using the annual shopping-spree days to “help save the planet above and below the surface”. Read more...

Red Sea park fees challenged

A recent decision by the Egyptian Government to extend marine-reserve fees to popular mainland tourist areas is being challenged by the country’s Chamber of Diving & Water Sports (CDWS) and the Egyptian Tourism Federation. Read more...

Is wreck-find Vasa’s sister-ship?

Scuba-diving archaeologists have discovered two large 17th-century warships off Vaxholm in Sweden’s Stockholm Archipelago - and believe they might have found the sister-ship of the vessel that has become a Swedish icon, the Vasa. Read more...

Woman dies in Red Sea liveaboard fire

The diving liveaboard Red Sea Aggressor 1 sank after catching fire in the early hours of 1 November. One female guest died in the blaze, but the other 18 guests and 12 Egyptian crew managed to escape uninjured from the vessel. Read more...

Underwater cameraman Andy Jackson dies

Yorkshire diver Andy Jackson has died of a heart attack at the age of 60. Known to many divers since the 1980s for his North Sea wreck-diving exploits, he had gone on to make his living filming UK marine life for TV programmes including Spring-, Autumn- and Winterwatch and The One Show. Read more...

More diver discoveries in Greece

Three shipwrecks spanning eras from the pre-Christian to mediaeval have been discovered off the small Aegean island of Kasos, according to Greece’s Ministry of Culture & Sports. Other scattered artefacts found, including cannon, suggest that the remains of more modern wrecks also lie in the area.  Read more...

Vulcan finds deepest-ever warship wreck

Only recently the Vulcan Inc deep-wreck team announced the first-ever discovery of two Japanese WW2 aircraft-carrier wrecks, and now they have released video footage of another breakthrough – the location of the deepest warship wreck ever to be found. Read more...

Mystery of the black mantas

Why are some mantas black? And why are black mantas so unevenly distributed around the world? What is said to be the first study into black pigmentation in a marine species has concluded that it probably results from random evolutionary processes such as genetic drift. Read more...

Virtual dive on Iceland’s Milkmaid

To mark the 360th anniversary of Iceland’s oldest identified shipwreck, an Australian digital archaeology specialist has collaborated with maritime archaeologists in Iceland to produce a 360° virtual dive-tour that includes a recreation of the ship. Read more...