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First ever Human Factors in Diving conference recordings are now available

Fri, 01/10/2021 - 11:33

The event featured world-leading speakers speaking on how applying human factors can improve diving safety, incident reporting and team performance.

 

The first-ever event of its kind, the conference provided a unique opportunity to share the knowledge and skills to make diving safer, more effective, and more enjoyable, by allowing divers and instructors to take more informed risks and reduce uncertainty.

 

Gareth Lock, The Human Diver

Scuba.Digital postponed to April 2022

In an e-mail to participants of the upcoming event, the team of organisers write that they "have come across businesses that cannot even afford the very low prices that we are charging and that are choosing instead (rightly) to focus on supporting their staff through this difficult time.

"We also believe that this will pass and that most places will be much more open to diving in 2022, and they will need to focus on marketing their products be that equipment, travel or training."

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Announcing the 22nd Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

Mon, 27/09/2021 - 22:49

To view a trailer of the films in this year’s festival please visit www.sdufex.com/2021-film-festival

The festival consists of a selection of handpicked films, chosen by a panel of independent judges, out of more than 150 entries submitted from around the globe. Also included this year is a short interview with the winning filmmaker.

Photo of humpback whale breaching.
Humpback whales have been increasingly spotted in the New York Bight.

Is New York Bight now a supplementary feeding site for baleen whales?

An increased presence of baleen whale species has been observed in the waters off New York and New Jersey, suggesting that they may be using the area as a supplementary feeding ground.

In boat surveys conducted from 2017 to 2019, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Columbia University observed humpback, fin and minke whales foraging in the New York Bight. A paper on their findings was published in the Marine Biology Research journal.

Museum of Wrecks opens in Stockholm

Vrak – Museum of Wrecks is a new museum about the Baltic Sea’s unique wrecks and cultural heritage, and a sister museum to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. Nowhere else in the world are there as many well-preserved shipwrecks as in the Baltic Sea.

Vrak brings their stories to the surface while leaving the wrecks themselves and their objects on the seafloor where they are best preserved. The new museum serves as a hub for wrecks, new discoveries and research throughout the Baltic Sea region. 

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Explorer Ventures Introduces DEMA Show Group Specials

Tue, 21/09/2021 - 21:53

Just in time are our fantastic 2021 DEMA Group Specials! Everybody loves a deal - no question – so, we're offering a healthy discount for five destinations. Yes, it can be combined with our already generous group travel terms - even an extra comp space with a full charter in most cases! Make travel planning easy on yourself with the friendliest fleet around:

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Buddy Dive Resort hosts 10th edition Bonaire TeK

Tue, 21/09/2021 - 21:12

Buddy Dive Resort is proud to host the 10th edition of this popular event and is looking forward to catching up with friends, learning new things, and exploring new depths.

This year there will be presentations and clinics from Lamar Hires -Dive Rite, Randy Thornton - SubGravity, Frauke Tillmans -DAN, Guy Shockey - GUE, Michael Menduno - Indepth, Gabriel Pineda - Shear water and Didier Draguiv - O’Dive Systems.

Buddy Dive’s Tec Coordinator Mr. G about the 10th Anniversary of Bonaire TeK

Dan Burton (left) with X-Ray Mag's editor in Jordan 2019
Dan Burton (left) with X-Ray Mag's editor in Jordan 2019

Dan Burton dies in a paragliding accident

Dan Burton was known to the international dive community as a true pioneer who, among many other endeavours, explored using technical diving in combination with underwater photography.  At least that is what he was up to when we first met in the 1990s.

Sacha Dench was attempting a 3,000-mile journey in a motorised paraglider ahead of November's COP26 UN climate change conference with Dan Burton working in support as her cameraman.

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DEMA Show 2021 Update

Fri, 17/09/2021 - 23:22

With the Show two months away, we are thrilled to finally reunite the industry after two years of being apart. Despite any rumors you may have heard, DEMA has no plans to cancel DEMA Show 2021. 

We understand the pandemic is an ongoing concern and we are committed to providing a safe and productive Show experience for all members, exhibitors, and attendees. DEMA will continue to watch and implement the health and safety requirements put forth by the state of Nevada, Clark County, and the Las Vegas Convention Authority.  

Stern of the wreck. The stern post ends to opening in planking, tiller moved in it. The transom has been above this structure. Uppermost planks on the sides of the stern have fallen away.
Stern of the wreck. The stern post ends to opening in planking, tiller moved in it. The transom has been above this structure. Uppermost planks on the sides of the stern have fallen away.

The age of a unique fluit in the Baltic Sea resolved

Badewanne originally discovered the wreck last year at the depth of 85m. This summer, during the filming of the documentary film Fluit, the dive team found the transom of the exceptionally well-preserved wreck.

As the divers succeeded in turning over the transom, which was lying face down on the seabed, an engraving with the year 1636 was revealed, along with an image of a swan. The swan is presumed to represent the name of the ship. The divers also took measurements of the wreck to determine the accurate size of the vessel.

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2021 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced

Thu, 16/09/2021 - 22:02

Los Angeles – September 15, 2021 08:00 AM PST – The Underwater Photography Guide is delighted to announce that it is accepting entries for the 2021 edition of the annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition – the 10th annual Ocean Art competition!

Ocean Art is one of the most prestigious underwater photo competitions in the world. A long list of prizes valued at over $30,000 also makes it one of the best endowed, attracting amateur to pro photographers across the globe.