Passionate about the natural world both above and below the surface, my drive to document and share its wonders is fuelled by innate curiosity and wild imagination. Never content in one place for too long, my wanderlust to travel and dive the globe enables a never-ending source of material and inspiration. Sharing these experiences both photographically and prosaically has become the way in which I express my love for our blue planet.
Michael Andry (micrayand) PADI Master Scuba Diver
Russ Jackson (focus1013) PADI Enriched Air Diver
We all know there are things you are taught in a textbook and then there are things we learn by doing. The following is a list of ten essentials that would make any new dry suit diver a bit more comfortable in cold water conditions.
Everyone has been there. You’re standing in front of a wall of shiny new masks and you can’t fight the urge to plunge your face into each and every mold with the deepest breath you can muster. Suctioning the mask to your face you proceed to mumble to your buddy, “How does it look?” Depending on the fit and the amount of practice you’ve had, the mask either stays put or almost falls to the floor. At this point your buddy either says it looks awful or worse yet “Yeah, it looks good” which really means a whole lot of nothing. And after a few head turns in the mirror you’ve found yourself at the cashiers counter passing over a nice chunk of change to an amused sales clerk.
Have you ever wished for a little extra boost underwater? Perhaps you are exhausted and your legs need a break or maybe you would like to further propel your fin kicks to keep pace with some elusive marine life. There are many reasons we find ourselves yearning for a little more oomph underwater, wishing we could hit an accelerator button. Well, that button exists, and one day last year I had a blast pressing it.
Photographing saltwater crocodiles in their natural, mangrove habitat is not for the faint of heart. And I’ll admit I have been known to be the “faint of heart” type.
...me trendy or politically popular for governments to support marine conservation. The first thing you will want to decide is which time of year to travel. And typically that has a lot to do with air and water temperatures as well as the amount of rainfall. Generally speaking, one can dive year round...
... looking for the stuff divers’ dreams are made of, then you will want to head south and plan your trip carefully in advance. Pristine water and calm currents surround 250 coral and mangrove islands. Beneath the surface you can expect to find dozens of schooling sharks, including Silkies and Caribbea...
...ition, and traffic is generally light which makes renting a car a viable option. There is a central road connecting the east and west, which spans the length of the country. At 1,435km (892mi), the road is known as Carretera Central. A good site to visit for more information on car rentals is: https...
My husband and I just got back from an amazing week of diving in Gozo, Malta. We spent the week finishing up our Master Scuba Diver specialities with Utina Diving College. Their service and expertise are top-notch with a strong emphasis on safety. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with them and were sad to leave. When we return to Gozo we will no doubt be giving them a ring.