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 AfricanDiver Issue 27

 Our featured diving destination in Issue 27 is the busy port and tourist hub of Eilat, where the diving is relaxed and underwater photography opportunities are plentiful. Heading south from Eilat we feature Angie Gullan’s work with dolphins in southern Mozambique where she merges eco-tourism with research and data collection. Sticking with the dolphin theme we have Rainer Schimpf’s images of a disabled killer whale in Algoa Bay and the story behind the images.

Our conservation section celebrates World Turtle Day activities in Mozambique led by Jess Williams of the Marine Megafauna Foundation working with Eyes on the Horizon and All Out Africa.

Our featured photographer is Dave Caravias and we’re sure you’ll enjoy his shark pictures as much as we do. There’s a spread on the Durban Undersea Club Shootout 2013 with cracking images taken from Cape Town to Mozambique.

And finally, we review the Sharks and Rays DVD/App that is a must for your desktop or Apple product or Android phone. If you’re interested in sharks and rays, this one is for you.

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 AfricanDiver Issue 26

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Our features in issue 26 include an article on South Africa’s exciting but extreme diving shark hotspot, Protea Banks, and one on some of the more interesting wrecks of the Red Sea. We also have an article on turtle conservation efforts in Mozambique where poaching is reaching an unprecedented scale. Free-spirited free diver and yogi Helen Garner Weaver graces our Women and Diving section and Joe Daniels’ photography is an underwater photographer’s delight to look at. Finally, we feature Deep Trekker’s exciting affordable ROV which we think has many applications for scientific and recreational divers. 

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AfricanDiver Issue 25

From the depths of Zimbabwe's Chinhoyi Caves to the marvelous evolutionary cichlids of Lake Malawi, taking in the little-known gem of Zavora in Mozambique and finishing on the spectacular islands of Madeira we take the road less travelled in issue 25. Christopher Bartlett's skill with non-SLR cameras is a showcase in our featured photographer slot and Vickie Collins shares her very personal journey to Taiji to help protest the dolphin hunt at The Cove. 

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AfricanDiver Issue 24

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Set sail with us on a voyage of discovery and enlightenment to the golden shores of darkest Africa and descend into the great blue abyss that surrounds this most ancient and mystical continent. 

As you break the ocean’s still surface and explore its expansive depths, prepare to engage with a vibrant alien community of pelagic sea-monsters and coral reef dwellers; rarely encountered by humankind. Dance with the graceful bottlenose dolphin, stalk the formidable tiger shark and glide with the angelic manta ray. 

Experience the wildness of Africa’s prehistoric underworld, which is at once more primitive and civilised than our own on-shore existence, and interact with its silent inhabitants. 

Join us on a diving expedition to the far reaching and largely untouched corners of Africa’s Indian Ocean, and navigate the beautiful labyrinths of South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya as you escape the everyday confines of life on land. So take the plunge, throw yourself into Africa’s deep-end and become an African Diver; making this remote yet reachable Eden your final frontier...

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 AfricanDiver Issue 23

Issue 23’s articles include a guide to diving the Azores. And if the images are anything to go by, you’ll want to book your trip immediately. This is the place for big blue diving and big animal encounters. It looks exciting and is pretty undiscovered by tourists. We feature two conservation articles this month. One on the important, but little known, shifting baseline syndrome – somewhat of a blinding flash of the obvious, when you read the article. The other is on a memorial for sharks and other marine animals that die in shark nets annually of the coast of KwaZulu Natal. Shark nets are used extensively in South Africa and Australia and despite being billed as safety for bathers are, in truth, legalized fishing devices for sharks. Our women and diving section features Georgina Jones, one of our regular contributors. Georgina has a passion for the marine creatures of the Cape and this article examines her passion. Aaron Gekoski is a photographer on a mission. He aims to document the interactions between man and wildlife and we feature his important conservation images.

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AfricanDiver Issue 22

Issue 22 is an eclectic collection of articles celebrating the diversity that lives in and around our oceans. If you’re into critters then you’ll love our nudibranch article and the one on macro photography. If chasing sardines is your game then you’ll want to read up on Port St Johns and gannets; the indicator species (along with common dolphin) for sardine activity. Activism by The Black Fish on illegal drift nets in the Mediterranean gets our support with an article that, hopefully, will inspire you to support them. And we end this issue with the colourful photography of Ivan van Heerden and the inspirational story of Raffaella Schlegal who changed her life to follow her dream of diving with sharks.

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AfricanDiver Issue 21

Happy new year from the team at African Diver. We’re excited to bring you issue 21, our first issue for 2012. This issue is a tribute to the magnificent diving destination of Aliwal Shoal off the southern coast of South Africa. On a good day, there’s nothing to beat diving the Shoal. Blue waters, an abundance of species, interesting topography and wrecks. The Shoal offers it all: baited diving with tiger and black tip sharks, open water diving with ragged-tooth sharks, exploring and penetrating wrecks and observing myriad species of tropical and temperate fish. If you’re looking for excitement and adventure this issue is just for you. It’s packed with detailed advice on dive sites, dive operators and when to visit the Shoal. We believe it’s a download you’ll keep on your hard drive for years to come.

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AfricanDiver Issue 20

With only 24 shopping days to Christmas we're pleased to bring you issue 20 of our magazine. It's a bit of a sharky issue this time and we're hoping there's something in the magazine for everyone. So, if you like photographing sharks, Allen Walker's article is for you. If you're into conserving sharks, then you'll want to read about Lesley Rochat; our featured Women and Diving personality. But if you're a surfer and worried about the increasing number of attacks we recommend you read Luke Sorensen's two-part article describing a surf encounter with a great white and, a few years later, a drum line encounter. You'll wonder who's more at risk. To round off the shark articles, we've got a feature on Cape Town's shark spotter program and how it compares to more traditionally implemented solutions. Again, you'll wonder who's more at risk - us or the sharks.

We're fortunate to have two articles dealing with breathing and diving: one on coping with asthma while being a diver and the other on using yoga to improve your free diving skills. Great to read these two articles back-to-back. Our featured photographer this issue is the modest but exceptionally talented Evert Nel. We're pretty sure you'll love his images. And Bryan Hart reveals the mystery of the Coopers Light Wreck, much of which remains unexplained. Enjoy and have a festive end of year.

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AfricanDiver Issue 19

We’re really proud to publish issue 19 on our third birthday. It’s been a fantastic journey and we’re looking forward to the next three years. In this issue we have detailed feedback on the Seychelles shark attack that took place in August, learn about the science behind protecting the coral reefs in South Africa and are seduced by dashing dolphin in Mozambique. For the photographers there’s an article on lens choice for the Red Sea. There’s a consumer guide to avoiding products made from shark and we feature Rainer Schimpf’s marine conservation images. Seahorses and their kin are this issue’s creature feature and we profile Amanda Jackson in our women in diving section. We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your comments and feedback.

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AfricanDiver Issue 18

The vexing question on everyone’s lips is “where were the sardines this year”. We take a look at some research and try to find out more in this issue. We also find out more about some outstanding conservation efforts in Tanzania as well as visit her islands. Rocktail Bay in northern KwaZulu Natal is a destination worth visiting and one we hope will have you packing your bags. Andrew Woodburn is our featured photographer.

We launch our supplement “women & diving” and introduce you to inspirational women divers.

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AfricanDiver Issue 17

Broadnose Sevengill Cowsharks in the waters off Cape Town, Bull sharks that travel from the Breede river to islands off the Mozambique coast, Sun Fish in Algoa Bay and Blacktip sharks off Durban … issue 17 celebrates Africa’s marine bio-diversity in all its glory.

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AfricanDiver Issue 16

In this issue we celebrate the life of PADI Platinum Course director, Witold Smilowski, who passed away quietly on Tuesday, 29 March. He touched the lives of many scuba divers all over the world and it’s our honour to remember his life work in our magazine. Witold loved diving and he would have loved Aaron Gekoski’s article on Doctor Simon Pierce’s work with Whale Sharks in Mozambique. Likewise he would have loved reading Jon Wright’s story on the wreck of the Klipfontein, which lies in Mozambique waters and well within range of the average technical diver. Georgina Jones celebrates our Cape Fur seals and DAN launch their new HIRA program. We finish with a portfolio of one of South Africa’s celebrated underwater photographers – Geoff Spiby. We hope you enjoy this issue and that it inspires you to get out there and dive.

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AfricanDiver Issue 15

Happy new year and may 2011 be a fulfilling and dive-filled year for you. To kick off your new year we bring you the 15th issue of African Diver Magazine. In this issue, we feature the magic of diving in the kelp forests of the Cape, follow up on the improvements made to baited shark diving in South Africa and visit Pomene – a paradise hidden away in Mozambique. DAN is, as always, full of practical advice with their article on choosing the right gear for your diving and we learn about the elusive and mystical dugongs of the Bazaruto archipelago. CJ Coetzee is our featured photographer. Enjoy the magazine and may your bubbles always be free.

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AfricanDiver Issue 14

With Christmas almost upon us and the year closing out, we bring you the 14th issue of African Diver Magazine. In this issue, the Moving Sushi team wrap up their two year expedition and we learn about one of Cape Town's prized dive sites. The Shiver documentary team introduce us to Carlos Macuacua, Mozambique's first dive instructor and anti-shark finning crusader. We feature some of the more interesting Red Sea wrecks and examine diver qualifications. DAN South Africa summarise their activities for the year and we are introduced to Amaglubglub's disabled divers program. Adam Hanlon is our featured photographer. We hope you enjoy the magazine.

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AfricanDiver Issue 13

At last, our 13th issue but also our 2nd birthday. Our message in this issue is one of hope and respect, nurture and trust. We feature the newly formed South African branch of the Handicap Scuba Association and how the diving community came to the rescue of the diver operators of Ponta do Oura. With us you can learn of the lost spider crab species of southern Africa and enjoy a photographic essay on the beauty of the Eastern Cape and Transkei coasts. More beauty and wonderment reveals itself in our feature on diving the Brothers in the Red Sea. And then, sadly, we learn of the massive challenges facing marine conservation in Tanzania and the obstacles to be overcome. We hope you’ll enjoy this issue. It’s packed full of arresting images for your pleasure.

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AfricanDiver Issue 12

AfricanDiver Issue 12

This 12th issue of African Diver takes you from the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea to the cold but interesting waters of the South African Cape coastline. It encompasses the fishing grounds of Algoa Bay and the unique marine conservation efforts in Kenya and is also packed with dive safety advice. Once again we are privileged to have high-quality images to show you from our featured photographer Mike Westcott as well as the stunning images from the Sony Winter Shootout. Enjoy the read.

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AfricanDiver Issue 11

Welcome to the 11th issue of African Diver. In this issue we bring you the Sodwana Shootout winners and showcase previous winners. We also bring you the story behind the recent discovery of the two species of Manta Ray that is now a new scientific fact and give you reason to head down to Cape Town to explore the Smitswinkel Bay wrecks. Moving Suhsi and Dareen Almojil explain the fisheries industries in Oman and Kuwait and Sean Sequira is our featured photographer. Filled with stunning images and stories we hope you enjoy the images and stories.

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AfricanDiver Issue 10

We delight in presenting issue 10 of African Diver to you. The Seychelles, Blue Sharks, Zambezi Sharks and Sardine bait balls are all featured in this edition. The Moving Sushi team are heading back to Africa and they fill us in on the Vietnam leg of their expedition. Science and research too has a space and you will be fascinated at the lengths scientists will go to pursue their research. Enjoy the magazine and may your bubbles always be free.

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AfricanDiver Issue 9

As we slip into 2010, with 2009 safely behind us, we begin a new decade with renewed vigour and commitment. Issue 9 of African Diver begins this new period for us. We feature some great diving from places along the east coast of Africa in order to get you planning your next African diving adventure - Mozambique , Tanzania and The Red Sea. But we also carry articles that have a big focus on conservation issues. Our travels in Africa continue to expose us to the alarming mismanagement of our ocean resources. Enjoy the read.

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AfricanDiver Issue 8

Its our pleasure to bring you issue number 8 of African Diver just as we get ready to head off on our summer holidays. Enjoy the features of diving the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba or exploring the cold waters of the Cape Atlantic. We’re off to dive the Southern oceans for our holidays and look forward to bringing you loads of interesting articles to read in next year’s issues.

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AfricanDiver Issue 7

So here it is, our first anniversary issue. We can’t believe it’s been a year already. Where has the time gone? 7 issues have gone by in a blur. We hope you enjoy the magazine as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. We have a fascinating article by Gordon Hiles on filming great white sharks in the early days. Andrew Woodburn takes us to his favourite dive spot at Pomeme, Mozambique. The Moving Sushi team educate us on fishing regulations in the EU and Dr Lynne Hepplestone de-bunks the medicinal myths of shark cartilage. DAN medical and DAN research offer fascinating insights into diver safety. And as usual we feature stunning photographs. Enjoy the read.

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AfricanDiver Issue 6

With this, the 6th issue of African Diver, we remember Dave Shaw and the epic account of his attempted body recovery at extreme depths in Boesmansgat. Staying with things extreme we hear of spear fishing at depths below 55 metres in a dark corner of the ocean and then experience the madness of the Sardine Run. To calm the adrenalin rush we lighten it all up and bring you delightful images of the nudibranchs that inhabit the wreck of the Pietermaritzburg as well let you in on living the sweet life in the Maldives. Enjoy the read.

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AfricanDiver Issue 5

It is June and here is the 5th issue of African Diver. This issue finds us experiencing the magic of Mozambique once again. From the paradise of Pomene to the serenity of Ponta Mamoli and the party venue of Ponta d'Oura we lose ourselves in the uniqueness that is Mozambique. We hope you will too. We bring you the 10th anniversary of the annual Sodwana Shootout with images that will have you packing your gear and warming up the 4x4. Mike and his Moving Sushi team take us to Mauritania and the Western Sahara where we learn of the poor state of the fisheries there. DAN, Rocky Bay, Save Our Seas Foundation and a new book on the marine life off the Cape Peninsula round off this issue. Enjoy the read.

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AfricanDiver Issue 4

Senegal, the Maldives, Dahab and Sodwana Bay; all parts of Africa and its surrounding islands that feature in this issue of African Diver. The Moving Sushi expedition alerts us to the serious state of Senegal’s fisheries and Christopher Bartlett reminds us of the perilous state of the ocean’s shark stocks. Rowan Duvel lightens the mood with his article on freediving with Mantas in the Maldives while Morten Villadsen enthrals us with his experiences of freediving the Blue Hole in Dahab. Paul Hunter takes us on a personal visit to Sodwana Bay and DAN advises on altitude diving. Enjoy this fourth issue and don’t forget to visit our blog.

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AfricanDiver Issue 3

Diving in Benin – Benin? Where’s Benin you may ask. But worry not Mike Markovina explains all. Want to help tag whale sharks? Nimu Njonja is looking for help in Kenya to tag whale sharks this February. Interested in freediving? Trevor Hutton takes us on his journey to re-conquer Badgat’s deep hole and the AfricanDiver team takes lessons in freediving to find out for ourselves. We take a look at the Natal Sharks Board and travel back in time to discover Natal’s whaling history. We’ve covered Malaria and now we look at Dengue fever – another mosquito borne disease to watch out for. We hope you enjoy our 3rd issue as much as we do.

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AfricanDiver Issue 2

Ever wondered what it’s like to dive in the predator tank in the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town? Or wondered about diving in the freshwater of Marico Oog? Have you thought of diving at Ponta Mamoli in southern Mozambique but never got around to it. This issue answers those questions for you and is sure to make you stop your wondering and start planning. Not sure what diving goals to set yourself for the New Year? How about learning to freedive? We got that one covered too. We’re proud to present issue 2 of African Diver and we hope you like it as much as we do.

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AfricanDiver Issue 1

AfricanDiver.com is a free online diving magazine focussed on all types of diving in Africa. The first issue is now available for download or, if you prefer, you can download sections of the first issue. We welcome contributions, enquiries and feedback. Our hope for AfricanDiver.com is that it is relevant, thought provoking and positive. While this issue has a distinctly Southern African feel to it, future issues will include contributions from other diving places in Africa. We celebrate everything that African diving has to offer and we want you to, as well. Please visit our website often, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and subscribe to be notified when issues are available for download. Spread the word, dive the seas and may your bubbles always be free.

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