Scuba Diver Destinations Issue #3
NEWS IN BRIEF – Beach clean ups with Aggressor Adventures, an underwater music festival in the Florida Keys, the demise of Olympus cameras, a useful COVID-19 travel map from PADI, the rare auction of a US Navy Mark V diving helmet, and Kids Sea Camp celebrates its 20th anniversary.
UNITED STATES AND CANADA – Like it or not, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on the global diving industry, and travel in particular – who knows when our favorite foreign locations will be back on our radar? Never fear, there is great diving on our doorstep – and Destinations’ Editor-at-Large Walt Stearns presents an overview of the coastal diving hotspots in the US and Canada.
FIJI – As Kids Sea Camp celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020, Al Hornsby ventures on his first trip to the tropical paradise of Fiji, for a Kids Sea Camp adventure with his wife Christine and daughter Juliet, who would be completing her PADI Open Water Diver certification.
DIVERS ALERT NETWORK – As divers around the planet prepare for a safe return to diving after the COVID-19 pandemic, Divers Alert Network offers some handy hints and advice on ways to safely get back in the water.
UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY – Following his last article on getting the basics right with macro photography, Martyn Guess provides some ideas on how to use different lighting techniques rather than just point the strobe straight at the subject.
SHOOT LIKE A PRO – This issue, our panel of well-travelled experts – Paul ‘Duxy’ Duxfield, Mario Vitalini and Anne and Phil Medcalf – explain how they prepare their camera systems for diving when they arrive at their destination, and what to do with it each evening.
HONDURAS – Michele Westmorland embarks on a liveaboard trip on the luxurious Roatan Aggressor in the Bay Islands of Honduras, and is treated to a vast array of dive sites, which
includes pristine reefs teeming with marine life, shipwrecks of all sizes, and some unexpected surprises.
TECH: UNITED STATES – Walt Stearns waxes lyrical about the Hole-in-the-Wall, an advanced dive bordering on the fringe of technical diving which lies off the Florida coast and offers those who make the dive the chance to enjoy stunning topography, not to mention encounter some seriously big animals, including the enormous Goliath grouper.
GEAR TEST EXTRA – Mark Evans and Walt Stearns get their hands on some test products, here rating and reviewing the Scubapro Galileo G2 dive computer, the long-awaited xDeep regulators, and the Dive Rite Hydro Lite BCD.