UK Contributors to The Scuba News

My name is Maarten, I am a marine biologist, dive instructor, and biology teacher. I come from Belgium, but have been traveling the world as a dive instructor and marine biology researcher for nearly 10 years. From a very young age I have been fascinated by the ocean and the creatures that live in it. During my dive travels I developed a passion for the small, camouflaged, or outright weird critters that can be found below the surface. I currently live in Australia, where I do research on the species important for muck diving, such as frogfishes and seahorses. These animals are not only amazing examples of how crazy evolution can get, but are often important for dive tourism and the aquarium trade. The majority of tropical marine biology research focuses on charismatic or large species such as sharks, turtles and dolphins. Many of the less known, small or camouflaged species are equally important, but are barely studied at all. My work will hopefully change some of that and show the world that weird is beautiful too!3 Articles


Mark Milburn started diving late in life, at the age of 36 he did his PADI Open Water course. It wasn’t long before he got the bug. Now running his own dive centre, Atlantic Scuba, at Mabe near Falmouth in Cornwall, where Mark completes most of his 300-400 dives a year. As Mark says “it’s a mixture of teaching, commercial and fun dives, that gives me a healthy amount of underwater time each year”.3 Articles


A course with Tekdeep is about more than gaining a certification. Our aim is to not simply teach the basics of the course you are undertaking but to ensure you have a full understanding of the skills, the equipment, the diving physiology and that you leave with a greater appreciation for all aspects of technical diving3 Articles


Dragos is a Romanian internationally awarded photographer, diving instructor and graphic designer. He has lovingly built in his photography all his life experiences of travelling and diving, his design / graphics / branding and advertising experience, as well as his passion for teaching scuba diving and opening the underwater world to good souls2 Articles


Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education is an English charity since 2014 that aims to rehabilitate seriously injured UK Armed Services Personnel who have suffered life changing mental or physical injuries, through the medium of scuba diving. The charity also provides education in adaptive scuba diving techniques to dive professionals.2 Articles


Chad quit a career in electromechanical engineering to pursue life as a dive instructor several years ago. He has been managing remote marine expedition projects for NGO’s as well as working at exclusive resorts across the world. He is particularly passionate about megafauna.It is now his quest to travel and dive the world while sharing his stories and creating a little awareness through the mediums of cartoons, illustration, writing and amateur film making. Contributing something back to the ocean and hopefully making a few people laugh along the way. Please visit his website for more information2 Articles


A UK based scuba diving travel company specialising in tailor-made and escorted group tours in the Asia-Pacific region. Our team is a collective of dive professionals with years of experience guiding and instructing in the area, before establishing Dive Safari Asia in 2009. We focus on destinations that we’ve personally visited, dived, travelled and really taken time to understand. We hand pick our local partners and work closely with just a select few who we feel meet our belief of what makes a great dive holiday.1 Articles


Lou is the Founder/Director of Fin Fighters, Director of Sharkfest, the UKs first shark festival, Founder/Director of #Surfers4sharks and the Winner of the 2016 IUCN WCPA Marine Challenge. She is a conservation film maker with Rhizome productions, an ambassador for the Panorama and Blue Solutions networks, a United Nations SDSN Youth Solutions provider and a member of the CoalitionWild US Department of Interior Mentorship program. In 2014 through her work with Fin Fighters; Lou established the first official legislature in a UK city for the protection of sharks and 2015/2016 She lead scientific expeditions to North Africa as head of the Morocco Shark Alliance. As a surfer Lou has been riding breaks in the UK, on the North Shore in Oahu, Morocco and Costa Rica, and is currently developing a new surf-conservation film project.1 Articles


Founded by Frank Van der Linde in 2004, Worldwide Dive and Sail owns and operates the Siren Fleet and Master Liveaboards brands bringing divers to some of the World’s top rate dive destinations. We dive year round in the Philippines, Palau, Fiji, Indonesia, the Maldives, the Galapagos and Truk Lagoon.1 Articles


Lawson Wood has been fortunate to make his passion his career and has authored and co-authored over 45 books, mainly on our underwater world. Lawson is a founding member of the Marine Conservation Society; founder of the first Marine Reserve at St Abbs in Scotland and made photographic history by becoming the first person to be a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers solely for underwater photography.1 Articles