Feature Articles

The feature articles on this website have been written and contributed over the years by many of the regular visitors to our website. If you have an idea for an interesting scuba-related article and would like to write a feature article (No advertorials please) then get in touch with me. We are always happy to have new scuba-related material submitted for inclusion in the site.


 

By Colin Warren During August 1999, our intrepid little group of divers left Frog Dive in Sydney for the warmer climes of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, (Santo as it is commonly known). Like so many before, we were bound for the best, most accessible shipwreck in the world, - the SS President Coolidge. However, this was not going to be an ordinary visit to the 'Coolidge'. The genesis of this 'expedition' was some eighteen months before,…
By Keith Jobson There's a saying that takes on more urgency the older I get - "You only regret what you don't do." The time had finally come to cross off one more potential regret - the Cavern/Sinkhole diving course. Completing the cavern/sinkhole course and seeing firsthand what everybody raves about in SA's Mt Gambier has been a goal of mine for a number of years. After one false start and another clash of dates…
By Vanessa Dillon Recapping the success of the inaugural DiveOz Up Close And Personal 2003 (DOUCAP), this year's DOUCAP was promised to be a much bigger extravaganza, and it did not disappoint! Almost 200 divers, freedivers, and non-diving friends & spouses gathered on Saturday 3rd April at the ANZ Conservation Theatre at Taronga Zoo, Mossman, Sydney, for an evening of fun and frivolity, education and entertainment. So what is this DiveOz thing, and what on…
By Mark Brown The SS Keilawarra was an inter-colonial steamship that was carrying cargo and passengers from Sydney to Brisbane. On the night of 8th December 1886 she was involved in a collision with a ship called the Helen Nicoll about five kilometres south east of North Solitary Island and sank within seven minutes in seventy-four metres of water. Forty-one lives were lost and the story was made famous because only one female passenger survived…
By Anthony Cowan The BriefFor Bear to put together a 3 and a bit day charter aboard the famous Brisbane based liveaboard M.V. Esperance Star for a mix of wreck and reef style diving around Moreton Bay. The charter was to cater for a number of different diving styles - from single tank open circuit to closed circuit rebreather. {slider Part 1|closed}The CrewCapt. Trevor "Believe it or not I am not God" JacksonJohn "Wetsuit Nazi"…
By Samir Alhafith SS Cumberland was a steel twin screw steamship of 8993 gross tons and 144.4 metres in length (474 feet).  Built by Hamilton & Co. at Glasgow, Scotland, in 1915, the vessel was registered in London with Official No. 139102. With four masts and owned by the Federal Steam Navigation Company Ltd., SS Cumberland was powered by four steam turbines. The steamer had picked up cargo in Townsville, visited Sydney and was heading…
By Dave Harasti & Neil Miller On Sat August 16th at 7pm a very special event took place. And no, it wasn't those Kiwis beating us in the Bledisloe cup either! It was the night of the inaugural "Dive Oz - Up Close and Personal" or "DOUCAP" as it is otherwise known, which took place at Manly Oceanworld. For those of us in the know, Diveoz (www.diveoz.com.au) is Australia's largest scuba diving website that now…
By K Stretch - Auzzie Als Dive Adventures I have been fortunate to dive some pretty spectacular dive locations in my diving life and as a keen underwater videographer/photographer I am always looking for the unusual. I have been living and diving the Bundaberg Coral Coast for seven years now and I am constantly amazed at the marine life this area can offer divers. I have my favourite dive site which I never tire of…
By Kerry McKenzie The day started like any other in the tropics for this time of year, its midwinter down south and dry season for us in the north of Australia. Fine and clear very few clouds and 24 degrees or 75 in the old scale. We went through all the usual motions with the boat and arrived on our favourite dive site with only one fishing boat in sight, nice one:)) I dropped anchor…
By Col Gelder The Red Beanie Boys had been waiting for some good weather (light and variable winds) to come along so they could execute their next attack to salvage the prop of the Moreton Star. The weather forecast finally sounded good so Col organised an air compressor, air hoses and air grinder and then rallied some of the Red Beanie Boys to help with the salvage operation. Owy, Derek and Maree were all keen…
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