Category Archives: Diving

Rita Winning 2012 Photo of the Year for BSAC NZ

Slightly belatedly, congratulations to Rita for winning the 2012 Photo of the Year competition for the BSAC NZ club. Despite having had her Canon G11 and housing for 2 years, she’d never got around to taking it underwater, instead she’d … Continue reading

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D-Day Wreck Found in Solent

On 7th June, Landing Craft LCT 427 was on the way back to Portsmouth after successfully delivering a cargo of tanks to Gold Beach as part of the D-Day landings. Unfortunately she never made it, as just 4 miles from … Continue reading

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Cave Diver Dies in Ireland

Polish cave diver, Artur Kozlowski, has apparently died while exploring the Kiltartan system near Gort in southern Galway. He failed to surface from a dive on Monday night and the alarm was raised at 9pm. His body was located at … 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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TED Video by Richard Pyle from 2004

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. It is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading and its website has over 900 “TEDTalks” available online for free, from a wide variety of presenters. Richard Pyle is a self-proclaimed fish-nerd. He … Continue reading

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Diving the Great Wall Video

Before I left Hong Kong a number of us from South China Diving Club toyed with the idea of going up to Beijing and diving the Great Wall with Steven Schwankert of SinoScuba. Unfortunately it didn’t happen and it’s a … Continue reading

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Diver Dies of Heart Attack at Poor Knights

An American has sadly died over the weekend while diving at the Poor Knights. He was apparently 55 years old and an experienced diver who had been taking underwater photographs. As he was swimming back to the boat crew members … Continue reading

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17th Century Wreck in Dorset

Lying in around 7-9 metres of water on a sand and shingle seabed on the edge of Hook Sands in Dorset, is the Swash Channel wreck. This is believed to be an early 17th Century armed merchant ship, which has … Continue reading

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Tech Divers Cave Expedition

Last year Paul Neilsen from Extreme Technical Diving was coordinator  on a cave diving expedition to the Hinatuan Enchanted River Underwater Cave. Hinatuan is a town on the east coast of Mindanao in the Philippines. The Enchanted River may have … Continue reading

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Hong Kong – Mandarin Divers’ Quarry Bay Store

For many years Mandarin Divers were located in Wong Chuk Hang, conveniently round the corner from where South China Diving Club used to meet every Thursday evening. Unfortunately they closed that outlet last year. But now they’re back, although this … Continue reading

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