Take note, Don­ald...

Sport Diver - - Editor’sletter - Will Har­ri­son, DEPUTY ED­I­TOR

It’s un­likely Don­ald Trump is a scuba diver. While his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign may well be per­form­ing a cer­tain type of dive, I’m in­clined to think that the need to rely on an­other per­son’s ex­per­tise (namely an in­struc­tor) in or­der to ven­ture be­neath the waves, would sit at odds with the man’s epic nar­cis­sism. As such, I doubt he’s done his Open Wa­ter. Shame re­ally, be­cause if he had, we could have ex­tended an in­vite his way to the an­nual Sport Diver Awards... Ahem. Not only would he have had a fan­tas­tic evening get­ting to know the UK div­ing in­dus­try and com­mu­nity, he would have likely learned a thing or two. As men­tioned, The Don­ald doesn’t do hu­mil­ity, and there was plenty of it on show at the Awards. While fiercely con­tested (and cel­e­brated), it’s al­ways great to see ri­val com­pa­nies sup­port­ing one an­other’s vic­to­ries, as was the case on many oc­ca­sions at the Awards cer­e­mony this year. Ul­ti­mately, an ac­tive, en­gaged and vot­ing pub­lic is good news for all - win or lose. It’s un­likely the same grace will be shown when the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion re­sults are an­nounced in the US on 8 Novem­ber. For the full low­down on the Sport Diver Awards evening, as well as a list of all the fi­nal­ists and win­ners, head to p.36. And put the Satur­day of next year’s Dive Show in the di­ary. Fi­nally, a big thank you to all of you who voted, and con­grat­u­la­tions to Polly Snape on win­ning the $3,000 Waka­tobi Dive Re­sort raffle.

As well as the Awards write-up, there’s plenty in this month’s is­sue to keep your at­ten­tion away from the po­lit­i­cal dis­as­ter across the pond - Ja­son Brown dives an air­plane wreck in Malta and is cap­ti­vated by its fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory (p.22), Gill Mcdon­ald gives an in­sider’s per­spec­tive on the de­lights of In­done­sia’s Bu­naken Ma­rine Park (p.40), and Al Hornsby en­joys the magic of the Mal­dives (p.56) - but the high­light of this is­sue, for me at least, is Andy Tor­bet’s ac­count of his Bbc-backed ex­pe­di­tion to dive the Bri­tan­nic (p.100), the sis­ter ship of the more-fa­mous Ti­tanic. It’s a tale that in­cludes div­ing bells, ex­treme cur­rent and sub­marines, and it’ll have you fix­ated through­out. So you best go put the ket­tle on...

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