NEWS IN BRIEF – Aggressor Adventures management team become PADI Course Directors, the passing of underwater photography legend Jerry Greenberg, new additions to New York’s artificial reef system, the perils of a bad hotel review in Thailand, and the latest entrants to the Women Divers Hall of Fame.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – The COVID-19 pandemic is still creating havoc in the diving world, particular on a travel front, but as Scuba Diver Destinations Editor-at-Large Walt Stearns explains, you don’t have to look far for some awesome diving, as he showcases the hotspots in Florida’s cave country.
MEXICO – Richard Stevens and Hailey Elisabeth of Black Manta Photography tick off a bucket-list dive trip when they board the Socorro Vortex to head out to Guadalupe Island to get up close and personal with great white sharks.
DIVERS ALERT NETWORK – The team from Divers Alert Network urge you to evaluate a dive operator thoroughly instead of choosing randomly, whether you’re finalising booking details of an upcoming trip, or popping into a beachfront shop to schedule an on-the-fly dive.
UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY – Underwater photography guru Mario Vitalini highlights the five crowd-pleasing marine creatures that every underwater photographer should have in their portfolio, and surprisingly, they are not ultra-rare or hard to find, but instead are common sights on reefs, wrecks and in the open ocean.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – Well-travelled photo-journalist Michele Westmorland heads out into the Pacific Ocean to the islands of Hawaii, where she boards the luxurious Kona Aggressor II liveaboard and sets out to explore the rich and diverse waters that surround Kona. She is not disappointed, finding intriguing topography from the islands’ volcanic origins, and embarking on a night dive with manta rays.
THE CATYMAN ISLANDS – Byron Conroy discovers the Caribbean of his youthful dreams when he visits the Cayman Islands. Venturing into the crystal-clear waters to dive with rays at the iconic Stingray City and explore the shipwreck of the USS Kittiwake, he is smitten by this island paradise.
TECH: CANADA – World-renowned explorer, photographer and film-maker Jill Heinerth goes east across Canada to Newfoundland and dons her drysuit and thermal undersuit to brave the cold waters while she explores World War Two shipwrecks, dives alongside majestic icebergs, and heads into the famed Bell Island Mine.
GEAR TEST EXTRA – Scuba Diver Destinations Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans and Editor-at-Large Walt Stearns get their hands on some test products, here rating and reviewing the Shearwater Research Peregrine dive computer, and the Dive Rite XT fins.