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January/February 2019

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Bonnier Corporation
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8 Issues


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love at first sight

It’s a cliche that’s also a truism: You never forget your first. In 2010, I was a new diver and an even newer staff member of Sport Diver, Scuba Diving’s sister magazine. For our July issue that year, the staff planned to shoot BCs on a purpose-sunk wreck called Ancient Mariner off Deerfield Beach, Florida. I was nervous, and not just about being photographed for the magazine. This was my first wreck dive, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Deep, dark and full of snags, my anxious mind suggested. Nothing could be further from the truth. By luck, I descended last along...

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(FRANCIS PEREZ) FROM SKY TO SEA The first thrill that greets every wreck diver is the outline of a sunken ship or plane materializing into view. Because of the nature of plane crashes, few end up on the seafloor intact. But some — such as the Jake seaplane in Palau or Corsair wreck in Hawaii — meet the water more gently, allowing divers to appreciate the wreck for years to come.“Every ship has a story, and most divers want to hear it. By exploring the past, we reflect on our history, and understand it a little better.” ■...

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rest in peace

(ARTURO TELLE)A gas mask lies inside the steamship Unkai Maru, attacked on the first day of Operation Hailstone in Truk Lagoon. (NATIONAL ARCHIVES) Wreck diving carries us back in time. We look for clues on wrecks to foster our imagination, and read history books to help us understand what it was like for those who lived and died on these ill-fated ships. Tales of tragedy are often what we discover. Every ship has a story, and most wreck divers want to hear it. By exploring the past, we reflect on our history, and maybe understand it a little better. This is what I...

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the islands of hawaii diving paradise

DON’T MISS THISSIGNATURE PELAGIC MAGIC DIVE Our most extreme dive, the Pelagic Magic charter, is a 1-tank dive. We alone have a PADI distinctive specialty, “Pelagic Magic Diver” for those who opt to take the course. Following a classroom presentation, we start just after dusk, floating tethered off shore in the deep dark sea. We take smaller groups of 6 divers max and wait to see what goes by, usually not descending any lower than 50 feet. The mesmerizing jellies put on a colorful display that can only be described as breathtaking. Some zooplankton, that only rise to the surface to...

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paradise in pieces

A green sea turtle chills out on Oahu’s YO-257. (JEFF MILISEN/ALAMY) One key to planning a successful dive trip is knowing exactly what you want — for those metalheads who love to fill their dive logs with wrecks top to bottom, it pays to do some research ahead of time. Luckily, there are plenty of destinations around the globe brimming with top-tier wreck dives. Here are a few destinations that pack in plenty of options, from the Pacific, United States, Europe and more.(PIXIEME/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM)BERMUDA Bermuda and shipwrecks go hand in hand. In fact, settlement of the island can be attributed to a wreck....

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sunken stories

(COURTESY STUART COVE’S DIVE BAHAMAS)1 /HMBS Yellow Elder Location New Providence Island, Bahamas Type of Ship Royal Bahamas Defense Force cutter Depth About 60 feet Access Divable Native Bahamian Stuart Cove is known far and wide for the bevy of wrecks sunk in the “backyard” of his New Providence Island dive operation. His latest, sunk on June 6, is the HMBS Yellow Elder, a 108-foot ship named for the Bahamian national flower. Originally commissioned November 20, 1986, as one of only three Protector Class ships built by Fairey Marine in England, Yellow Elder was used by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force to battle illegal immigration, poaching...