“Knowl­edge of the oceans is more than a mat­ter of cu­rios­ity. Our very sur­vival may hinge upon it.” – Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy, March 1961

Asian Diver (English) - - Editor’s Note -

It has been fa­mously stated that we know more about the sur­face of the Moon than our oceans, and yet it is be­com­ing ever more vi­tal that we deepen our un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of life in our seas: We are locked in a race against our­selves to learn about the en­vi­ron­ment that cov­ers 70 per­cent of the planet, be­fore we de­stroy it. Thank­fully, there are plenty of peo­ple out there do­ing just that.

From ad­ven­tur­ous tech­ni­cal dives that un­cover vast, un­ex­pected ecosys­tems, to sci­en­tific dives from which divers re­turn with knowl­edge of new species, to hard-core explorations of fresh­wa­ter sys­tems, these pages are full of in­spir­ing tales of dis­cov­ery.

But you don’t need to head to 70 me­tres, or have a PhD, to dis­cover ex­cit­ing new el­e­ments of the un­der­wa­ter world. One of the most won­der­ful things about div­ing is that you can find some­thing that is new to you ev­ery time you de­scend, if you know what you’re look­ing at.

The oceans are vast, di­verse, and fas­ci­nat­ing, and a lit­tle ed­u­ca­tion can go a long way to en­rich­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence. Even a dive site that you think you know well will of­fer up star­tling se­crets if you look in the right places...

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