Author Archives: Neil Hambleton

About Neil Hambleton

I am a British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Advanced Diver and an Open Water Instructor. I have been diving since 1992, after joining South China Diving Club (SCDC), which is a Hong Kong-based branch of the BSAC. Having moved to New Zealand, I am now a member of BSAC New Zealand.

Seychelles Shark Attacks

There have now been two suspected shark attacks in just over a fortnight in the Seychelles. In the first, a 36 year old French diver was killed on 1st August off Anse Lazio beach on Praslin island. Then on 16 … Continue reading

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Wildlife Video from Britain’s Seas

Here’s a short, but impressive video from the BBC about some of the wildlife you can find in British waters.

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Virtual Tour of Hoi Ha Wan

WWF have launched a virtual tour of Hoi Ha Wan on their website. It gives visitors an overview of Hoi Ha Wan and the Marine Life Centre itself, as well as its varied habitat and life, including coastal habitats, corals, … Continue reading

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Coral Reefs: Winners and Losers

There has been a lot of talk about how global warming might affect coral reefs, and it seems clear that different reefs will be affected differently. It makes sense to concentrate on saving those reefs that can be saved, rather … Continue reading

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Bodies Recovered in Subic Bay

The Philippine Star is reporting that both bodies have been recovered from the engine room of the USS New York. The divers were Tin Shun Chuen from Hong Kong, and Steven Brittian, who was an instructor at Johan’s in Subic … Continue reading

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Two Divers Die in Lake Pupuke, near Auckland

Two divers on a training course have been killed on a dive in Lake Pupuke. The divers, Daniel Waata Stoneham and Tyron North, went missing on Friday 15th July. Apparently a third student was injured.  Mr. North’s body was recovered … Continue reading

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2 Divers Reported Missing in Subic Bay

There are reports that 2 divers have been missing since Sunday (17 July) in Subic Bay, the former US naval base that is north of Manila. They were diving the USS New York, which was scuttled in December 1941 to … Continue reading

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Neil and the Homicidal Seal

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, long ago. OK so last weekend in Northland wasn’t that … Continue reading

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Talk by Simon Mitchell

Last Wednesday I was very fortunate to go to a talk by Simon Mitchell at the Western Underwater Dive Club. Western Underwater Dive Club meets on Wednesdays and Fridays at their club house on Portage Road, which is also where … Continue reading

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Equipment Care Course

Last weekend I was on a 1.5 day Equipment Care course taught by Mitch Horn of BSAC NZ. The course was intended to go through the following topics: Features of SCUBA diving equipment Maintenance and servicing Fault-finding and rectification What … Continue reading

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HMS Hermes in Sri Lanka – Now Diveable

HMS Hermes of the Royal Navy was the first ship to be designed and built as an aircraft carrier. She was laid down in January 1918, launched in September 1919 and finally commissioned in 1923.  In 1931 she was involved … Continue reading

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Poseidon Project Trailer

On 9th June 2011 it was 80 years since  HMS Poseidon sank off the coast of China after a collision with a merchant steamer.  HMS Poseidon was a Royal Navy Parthian Class submarine and she sank north of Weihai … Continue reading

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