A brand new scuba diving magazine has been launched in the UK this month.
‘Scuba Diver’ is the brain child of Mark Evans and Ross Arnold.
Mark Evans is no stranger to the scuba publishing industry. He has edited Sport Diver (UK) for the past 18 years, growing the monthly publication from 76 pages to 148 pages. (Other dive magazines tend to be approximately 116 pages). During his tenure he published a monster issue of 220 pages.
“I wanted to mark a significant Sport Diver anniversary with a spring edition comprising of some long 16-page special supplements in it. It was fascinating producing such a big magazine”.
Mark Evans’ journalism career began when he was 18. He initially worked as a newspaper journalist on a number of daily and weekly newspapers, including the Yorkshire Evening Press, before joining PA Listings. This was a TV listings company – it supplied ready-made TV guides to national papers.
“At the start of 1999 I was working at the Goole Times when I spotted an advertisement in the Press Gazette for ‘an editor for a water-sports magazine’. It turned out to be a ten-year-old magazine called ‘Sport Diver’.
I started as Editor in March 1999, taking over from Gavin Parsons.
At the time I was the youngest editor of a dive magazine in the world – I was aged 25 – so my appointment caused quite a stir.
I quickly learned that there is a massive difference between writing for a newspaper and editing a magazine. But being a proud Yorkshire man I got stuck in.
My love of diving began when I was 12. My uncle was a commercial diver. He introduced me to this amazing sport off the coast of Anglesey in North Wales. A place that I still love diving today! As with many of us, I was immediately bitten by the bug. So landing this job was my dream come true. I was able to combine my hobby with my job at Sport Diver (UK).”
Over the next 18 years Mark Evans and his team built Sport Diver(UK) into a highly regarded major magazine, winning respect from the industry and a EUROTEK Media Award.
At the start of this year Bonnier – the American owners – took the business decision to close Sport Diver (UK) and just run with their USA version of Sport Diver. It meant that the British team (Mark Evans, Ross Arnold, Matt Griffiths, Will Harrison and Sam Wren) were made redundant. Subscribers were given two choices – receive Sport Diver (US), or have their subscription refunded.
However Bonnier liked Evans’ work. They wanted him to join their senior editorial team in Orlando, Florida. However, with the chances of getting a H1B professional-level visa less than 30% (the annual quote of 65,000 is vastly over-subscribed, to the tune of 350,000 plus people, meaning it goes to a lottery process), he felt it was too much of a risk with his family’s future at stake.
“I couldn’t risk my family’s future on such long odds – I didn’t want a lottery to decide where I went from here, so I thought that I ought to do what people had been telling me to do for the past 15 years or so. Set up my own media company and our first title is….Scuba Diver magazine! I’m working with the core team from Sport Diver UK – Ross Arnold (co-founder and advertising) and Matt Griffiths (art designer) – and the first issue will be landing in key dive centres in the next few days.
I am very proud of what I achieved at Sport Diver (UK).
I was there exactly 18 years. My first issue was March 1999. My last issue was March 2017. It was very disappointing when the title closed, but now the Scuba Diver team and I have a bright future to look forward to. The support from the industry has been nothing short of spectacular, and I will be eternally grateful for that.
So what can readers expect from Scuba Diver magazine? At the end of the day, diving is supposed to be a fun and enjoyable activity. So I try and keep this at the core of everything I have done, and intend to do.
It is especially important in this day and age, when we are competing with the likes of kite surfing and mountain biking, etc, which has a youthful and exciting appeal. Diving has got to move with the times to attract younger people. I can’t wait to get stuck in!”
The print version of the inaugural issue of Scuba Diver will be arriving in a dive centre or club near you in the next couple of days, so check out the list below to find out your nearest stockist and go pick up a copy for FREE. This list will be updated regularly as new stockists of Scuba Diver come online.
If you can’t wait to pick up a copy from one of the stockists listed below, you can download a digital version of the first issue of Scuba Diver Magazine here.
Scuba Diver Magazine Stockists
- Above and Below Dive Centre, Hull, East Yorkshire
- Anglesey Divers, Holyhead, Anglesey
- Aquaholics, Portstewart, Northern Ireland
- Aquanorth, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northumberland
- Aquanaut Scuba & Snorkelling Centre, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey
- Aquasport International, Solihull, West Midlands
- Aquatechnique, Enderby, Leicestershire
- Atlantic Scuba, Prenryn, Cornwall
- Big Squid, Clapham, London
- Blue Orb, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
- Blue Planet Aquarium, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
- Bolton Area Divers, Bolton, Lancashire
- Calypso Diving, Redcar, Cleveland
- Cameras Underwater, Ottery St Mary, Devon
- Canary Divers, Blackburn, Lancashire
- Capernwray, Over Kellet, Lancashire
- Chesterfield Adventure Centre, Derbyshire
- Christal Seas Scuba, Norwich, Norfolk
- Commercial Diver Training, St Austell, Cornwall
- Coral Cay Conservation, Tongham, Surrey
- Cork Dive Centre, County Cork, Ireland
- Dark Water Gallery, Brighton, East Sussex
- Deep Blue Sports, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear
- Divecrew, Crowthorne, Berkshire
- Dive In Scuba, Dublin, Ireland
- Diveline, Ipswich, Norfolk
- Dive Machine, Tonbridge, Kent
- Divemaster Scuba, Aspley, Nottinghamshire
- Divestyle, Wokingham, Royal Berkshire
- Dive Wimbledon, London
- Diveworld, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
- Divers Down, Babbacombe, Devon
- Divers Down, Swanage, Dorset
- Dives Warehouse, Bradford, West Yorkshire
- Diving Unlimited London, Bexleyheath, Kent
- Dream Divers, Rotherham, South Yorkshire
- Euro-Divers, Male, Republic of Maldives
- Extreme Marine Diving, Bristol, Somerset
- Fin Divers, Stevenage, Hertfordshire
- Fins Scuba, Preston, Lancashire
- Fourth Element, Helston, Cornwall
- Glaciere Diving & Sailing, Liverpool
- Go Dive, Derby, Nottinghamshire
- H2O Divers, Hindley, Wigan
- Island Divers, Cowes, Isle of Wight
- Kent Scuba, Margate, Kent
- Lakeside Diving & Watersports Centre, West Thurrock, Essex
- Lumb Brothers, Moston, Manchester
- Miflex Hoses and KUBI, Enderby, Leicestershire
- Mikes Dive Store, Chiswick, London
- Mulberry Divers, Selsey, West Sussex
- Narked At 90, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
- New Horizons Scuba, Macclesfield, Cheshire
- Northampton Scuba School, Northamptonshire
- Ocean Addicts, Cork, Ireland
- Oceandivers, County Wicklow, Ireland
- Oceanic, Honiton, Devon
- O’Three, Portland, Dorset
- Ocean Leisure, City of Westminster, London
- Ocean Turtle Diving, Basingstoke, Hampshire
- Orca Scuba Diving Academy, Basildon, Essex
- Otter Watersports, Dudley Hill, West Yorkshire
- Overland Underwater, Harrogate, Yorkshire
- Overland Underwater, York, Yorkshire
- Oyster Diving, Hove, East Sussex
- Planet Divers, Eastbourne, East Sussex
- Planet Scuba, Bishop’s Stortford, Essex
- Porthkerris Divers, St Keverne, Cornwall
- Probe Diving Services, Oldham, Greater Manchester
- Professional Diving Academy, Dunoon, Argyll
- Puffin Dive Centre, Oban, Argyll
- Reefers and Wreckers, Barrow, Lancashire
- Robin Hood Watersports, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire
- Sandford and Downs, Plymouth, Devon
- Scuba 2000, Uckfield, West Sussex
- Scubadive West, County Galway, Ireland
- Scuba Dream, North Cave, East Yorkshire
- Scubaducks Dive Centre, Aylesbury, Buckingham
- Scuba Leeds, West Yorkshire
- Scuba Zone, Finchley, London
- Severn Tec Diving, Shewsbury, Shropshire
- Sunderland Scuba Centre, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
- Sussex Scuba, Sevenoaks, Kent
- TAL Scuba, Christchurch, Dorset
- The Cornish Diving School, Falmouth, Cornwall
- The Dive Centre, County Clare, Ireland
- Triton Scuba, Southsea, Hampshire
- Underwater Explorers, Portland, Dorset
- Vale Royal Sub Aqua Club, Winsford, Cheshire
- Vivian Dive Centre, Caernarfon, Wales
- Vobster Quay, Radstock, Somerset
- Wavecrest Scuba, Newquay, Cornwall
Since 1989 Rolex and Divers Alert Network have collaborated to award a prestigious honour in scuba diving: the DAN / Rolex Diver of the Year Award.
Originally this began as a grant to DAN in the late 1980s and, over time, has evolved into an annual award that acknowledges excellence in diving and dive safety. It is given to “an individual who has made significant contributions to dive safety and / or the DAN mission over the past year.”
Do you know an individual who:
- Is passionate about diving
- Promotes and supports DAN’s mission to prevent and manage diving incidents
- Demonstrates exceptional dedication to establishing a culture of dive safety
- Is committed to the highest level of care for the environment
Submit your nomination by 17.00 EST today – 16th December 2016 – by emailing Garrett Broyles at Divers Alert Network.
If you are wondering who has won this award in the past, there is a full list of winners at the bottom of this article.
Earlier this year Kirk Krack – CEO and Founder of Performance Freediving International (PFI) – was announced as the 2016 DAN / Rolex Diver Of The Year.
Kirk is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on freedive safety, instruction and education. This aspect of diving has grown enormously because of Kirk and his contribution to safety. He has successfully incorporated technical rescue divers into competitions and lead the culture of “no diving without a buddy”.
Kirk made the following speech after receiving the award.
“Thank you Bill. And thank you to DAN and Rolex for honouring me with this prestigious award.
It’s truly a privilege to be with you all tonight and be recognized for my work in a field that has really been my life’s passion.
I knew from a very early age when I was skin diving off the family sailboat, that I would spend my life in the water. My career has had many steps in diving. It has spanned life guarding, commercial diving, recreational dive instruction and technical dive instruction. Little did I know that this path would lead me full circle back to my first true passion. Freediving.
16 years ago I founded Performance Freediving International because I could see there was a lack of proper education in our sport, in particular a lack of safety education.
The human body can adapt in some quite amazing ways when we freedive. I am still in awe of the unbelievable things we can do underwater on a single breath of air. But these physiological adaptations used to be little understood. I am proud to say that today we now have a lot more understanding of this form of diving. I feel lucky that we have been able to contribute significantly to these advancements.
Along the way we also proved the success of our methods, and I would be very remiss in accepting this award tonight if I did not credit my wonderful wife Mandy-Rae, who I coached to 7 world freediving records. In 2009 she was inducted into the Woman Diver’s Hall of Fame. She inspires me every single day. Thank you honey!
For 16 years we have working towards a greater acceptance of freediving in the world of underwater sports. I have always said that freediving is to SCUBA what snowboarding was to skiing—an alternative way to enjoy and express yourself underwater and a vehicle for bringing new generations of divers into our underwater world.
But freediving also has very specific nuances that set it apart from other underwater pursuits which, much like technical diving, require specialized training and education, so it is very gratifying to me that DAN and the diving community as a whole have positively embraced our sport and the need for proper safety education.
And I am excited that we are now building industry alliances that will forward PFI’s mission of helping divers Explore Their Potential Safely, Through Education.
You know, we all share the oceans. We have a common duty to protect and preserve them. I’m grateful to be in a room full of people that understand that truth, and I am proud to be among you all and to receive this fantastic award. Thank you!”
Previous DAN / Rolex Diver of the Year Award Winners
- Jim Corry (1990)
- Michael Lang, Ph.D. (1991)
- Drew Richardson, Ed.D. (1992)
- Karl Huggins (1993)
- Glen Egstrom, Ph.D. (1994)
- Marjorie Bank (1995)
- Dick Long (1996)
- Lee Somers, Ph.D. (1997)
- Richard Dunford (1998)
- Hillary Viders, Ph.D. (1999)
- Greg Mackay (2000)
- Bill Hamilton, Ph.D. (2001)
Marc Kaiser (2002)
- Andrea Zaferes (2003)
- Thomas Jaskulski (2004)
- Albert José Jones, Ph.D. (2005)
- Scott Taylor (2006)
- Jeff Bozanic, Ph.D. (2007)
- Ivan Montoya, M.D. (2008)
- Paul Auerbach, M.D. (2009)
- Gene Hobbs (2010)
- Tom Neuman, M.D. (2011)
- Alex Brylske, Ph.D. (2012)
- Frank L. Chapman (2013)
- Karen VanHoosen (2014)
- Simon Mitchell, M.D. (2015)
- Kirk Krack (2016)
The ‘Beneath The Sea‘ show celebrated a major birthday earlier this month.
This USA based scuba diving event was founded in 1976, making this the 40th year Beneath The Sea has recognised divers who have made significant and lasting contributions in the fields of the arts, education, environment, service and science.
Included in the 2016 ‘Diver Of The Year’ Class was Dr Drew Richardson for Service. Drew is PADI Worldwide’s President & CEO.
Here is Drew’s acceptance speech.
“Thank you. I’m honored and humbled to receive this recognition as there are so many other more worthy recipients out in the world.
I’m passionate about diving and I’ve dedicated most of my life to it – to improving dive training to help make divers confident, competent and comfortable underwater.
Many of you may not know this, but I lost my brother in a diving accident when I was eighteen. My brothers and I were all experienced watermen- competitive swimmers, water polo players, lifeguards and divers. In large part, his passing was a catalyst in my decision to dedicate my life to diving education and exploration and contributing to helping make it safer for all who choose to try it.
I owe this honor to the many people who have worked with me over the years to make diving more than diving. To make it about changing lives.
As I see it, when we bring people into diving, going underwater is just the start. We’re not just in the dive business, we’re in the life transformation business.
Think about all of the amazing leaders who, through diving, change lives every day. A lot of these folks are in this room right now.
Look at the women recognized here tonight in the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. Cody Unser, you are a shining light and a rock star! Congratulations on this recognition. You open new doors every day for those who may have long thought them shut.
And, Dawn Kernagis, well done to you, as well. Your contributions in diving physiology, research and exploration in diving are for the betterment of all divers.
Margo Peyton isn’t here tonight, but she’s inspiring the next generation to become divers and join the ranks of dive professionals, leaders and ocean advocates. All of the Women Diver Hall of Fame members are all special and remarkable in their own right as leaders and role models. They change lives every day.
And then there’s my fellow Diver of the Year and Diving Pioneer award recipients. Wayne [Hasson], congratulations to you on receiving the 2016 Diving Pioneer award – this award is well deserved.
Fabien Cousteau, congratulations to you, as well, and thank you for carrying on your family’s legacy.
Richard [Lutz], congratulations and thank you for sharing the impact and importance of a perceived alien world with millions, influencing them to care.
Wendy [Benchley], thank you for standing up for shark protection to ensure future generations will have the opportunity to experience these majestic creatures.
And, to my friend, Bill Ziefle, thank you for standing up for diver safety through the efforts of DAN to ensure there’s help divers when they need it the most.
And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the Beneath the Sea steering committee . . . Zig and JoAnne, Bob and Maria — along with all of the show volunteers who have humbly supported and served the dive community for 40 years. Their efforts have changed hundreds of thousands of lives over the years and provided new opportunity to our diving youth. They are the lighting rod in bringing us all together as a community. Thank you.
As divers, this is what we do. Through many ways, means and methods, we change lives. Some of us change lives in big ways, and others in small ways. But, it’s all significant.
I am honored to be among you all.
When I think about the future, I think about the ways we can inspire the global family of divers to stand together to pay it forward. To care about something much larger than ourselves, this includes adaptive scuba and also about as a community paying it forward by about turning around to the next person in line and helping them along on their journey.
This includes ocean conservation, underwater cultural heritage and preservation, and defending and protecting our ocean. While, as individuals, we all touch lives for the better, together we can make a meaningful difference.
There’s no group better positioned to accomplish these things than divers.
Success depends upon you – and every diver around the world – taking action. Let’s work together to unite a global force of divers to drive forward as agents to change. Let’s join together to take care of this gift that takes care of all of us. Now that’s life transforming.
I never get tired of seeing the PADI family change lives with diving. While this is reward enough, I deeply appreciate this recognition of my contributions to the industry and sport. I will use it to help inspire other to change lives and band together to save our oceans.
PADI unveiled the latest evolution of their popular PADI Open Water Diver course at the 2013 DEMA Show. The revisions include changes to knowledge development, confined water and open water training, as well as new media training materials such as the highly anticipated PADIOpen Water Diver Touch, a tablet app.
The PADI Open Water course was built on a solid instructional foundation, and it is probably the most popular global entry-level diving course. However content updates were due, as well as opportunities for superior student-centered learning and confidence-building through refinements to in-water training. The revisions grew from comments and suggestions gathered from the entire PADI family, from the top five percent of PADI Members internationally (those who certify the most divers), from those conducting beta trials, from evaluation of diver incident reports, and from 13,700 surveys of new Open Water Divers.
Besides changes to the course itself, the revised course introduces revolutionary student training materials, specifically the Open Water Diver Touch. The Touch integrates the manual text, learning objectives, video clips, and progressive self quizzes into an interactive learning experience. In addition, the new PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate provides PADI Instructors a new way to assess student confidence. The slate also guides students in dive planning.
“The PADI organization is dedicated to teaching diving in ways that are effective, engaging, and enjoyable,” says Drew Richardson, CEO and President of PADI Worldwide. “The revised Open Water Diver course revision applied instructional design, research and experience, along with new state-of-the-art media, keeping PADI Members on the leading edge of diver training.”
PADI Members participating in the revised beta trials shared their thoughts about the revised course:
· “Students are more confident when it comes to their dives.”
– Crystal Dive, Koh Tao, Thailand
· “…confident students by the end of the course – more confident than students in the past.”
– Northwest Scuba, Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
· “Love it. I want to start integrating [course revisions] right now.”
– International Scuba, Carrollton, Texas, USA
· “In open water, students were excited to try out what they did in the pool. … They knew the skills well, so it was a breeze in open water.”
– Pavilion Dive Centre, Dubai, UAE
Ralph Erickson, PADI co-founder and wise teacher once said, “The future of diving is based upon changes in instruction. Those who are unwilling to change are going to be left behind by those who are willing to change.”
There will soon be three options for completing the knowledge development portion of the PADI Open Water Diver course: 1. the Open Water Diver Touch (English available in January 2014), 2. the modernized Open Water Diver Online (English available in April 2014), and 3. the completely updated Open Water Diver Manualand Video featuring all new images, illustrations and video footage and available now in English in the United States and Canada. A limited release of English language materials are now available in the United States and translated course materials are anticipated mid-year 2014.
A complete list of new and revised course materials was in the fourth quarter 2013 editions of The Undersea Journal and Training Bulletin. PADI Members can also visit the PADI Pros’ Site and contact their PADI Regional Manager or Sales Consultant.
Rebreather Forum 3 Speakers – Friday 18th May 2012
Caribbean Ballroom III, Caribe Royale Convention Center
Dr Drew Richardson
07:30 Rebreather Forum 3 Welcome
15:00 Rebreather Forum 3 Orientation
15:15 Lessons Learned from Rebreather Forum 2
Dr Richard ‘Harry’ Harris
16:30 Rebreathers – Overcoming Obstacles in Exploration
17:20 CCR Communities