NUPG Underwater Photography Print Competition results

Posted by - 17th April 2017

  The Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) held their second annual print competition at The Great Northern Dive Show held at Event City in Manchester over the weekend of 8-9 April. It was another successful year, with high-quality images being displayed for the public to select their favourites in four categories: British and Irish Macro;

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Head to North Wales this weekend!

Posted by - 14th April 2017

Duttons Divers are holding an open weekend at Vivian Dive Centre in North Wales this weekend, and there is plenty going on. Each day at the picturesque quarry in Llanberis, North Wales, you will find stalls from the likes of Duttons Divers, Divers Warehouse, Scuba Travel, SeaCam, Marine Conservation Society, Seasearch and the RNLI, and

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Shrimp with rock star qualities

Posted by - 14th April 2017

A zoologist has given a new species of pistol shrimp the name of his favourite rock band, because it is able to produce a sound that is louder than stadium concerts. Dr Sammy de Grave, from Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History, was researching a pistol shrimp with a distinctive pink snapping claw that it

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Proposed changes to UK cylinder testing

Posted by - 13th April 2017

  The UK recreational and technical diving industry is continuing to lobby against a forced change to a proposed ISO cylinder testing standard. Rosemary Lunn reports on the situation Historically, the UK cylinder testing regime for scuba cylinders used to be every two years (visual) and every four years (hydraulic). The cylinder is also visually

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DIVE LIKE A PRO: Packing for a dive trip

Posted by - 12th April 2017

  Until someone produces ultra-light dive equipment, packing your gear for a trip away is always going to be a fraught process with ever-increasing baggage fees. Here our panel of industry experts give their hints and advice on this subject. Many of us love to head off to sunnier climes for a spot of tropical

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Two-thirds of Great Barrier Reef affected by bleaching

Posted by - 11th April 2017

  In a time when climate change is a hot topic thanks to a certain TV-celebrity-turned-world-leader, it is worrying that aerial surveys have shown that unprecedented coral bleaching over consecutive years has significantly damaged some two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Bleaching occurs when coral is stressed and loses its protective algae, known as zooxanthellae,

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Aggressor Fleet announces new Roatan Aggressor

Posted by - 10th April 2017

  “As CEO of Aggressor Fleet, one of the most-important parts of the business is to offer new destinations for our guests. We are extremely excited to announce the new Roatan Aggressor starting 3 June, 2017,” says Wayne Brown. Roatan’s reefs are home to abundant corals, including large stands of endangered elkhorn coral, colourful reef fish and

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MARK EVANS: Stormtroopers at dive shows – a vision of the future?

Posted by - 10th April 2017

Darth Vader and a cohort of Imperial Stormtroopers and Scout troopers is the last thing you’d expect to encounter at a dive show. And you don’t think you’d run into a monstrous T-rex wandering the floor with its ‘handler’, or see real-life mermaids cavorting in the central display tank. But that is just a few

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BDMLR helps stricken Formby seal

Posted by - 7th April 2017

  Members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) group stepped in to assist with a grey seal that was washed up on Formby Beach in a sorry state. The large metre-and-a-half , 81kg animal was first seen just after 9am on Monday 3 April. Chris Tyman, a ranger with Sefton Council, contacted the

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MARK EVANS: Come see us at The Great Northern Dive Show

Posted by - 6th April 2017

Scuba Diver will be at The Great Northern Dive Show this weekend – call by booth 116 to talk to the team, pick up a free copy of the latest issue, or sign up for a show special exclusive subscription deal. The centrepiece of the weekend show will again be the world’s largest portable dive

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