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Scuba Diver AUSTRALASIA covers all major destinations from the Pacific to Australia and beyond, revealing the oceans’ natural spectacles, sharing new discoveries, highlighting environmental issues and addressing the most pertinent diver-focused topics. SDAA's contributors are some of the world’s best journalists and photographers - this magazine features content that sets the standard by which other dive magazines are judged.
SDAA is now the official media partner of DAN Asia-Pacific. DAN’s magazine, Alert Diver, is published inside every issue of issue of SDAA over 32 information-packed pages. Other than our joint dedication to excellence in reporting for the dive industry, DAN’s Alert Diver and SDAA have a number of things in common, such as a tireless commitment to diver safety and best practices, and passionate dedication to marine conservation.
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The dreaded baggage allowance – the single biggest headache for underwater photographers taking commercial flights. So much so that getting through without having to pay for excess becomes the Holy Grail of aviation for those lugging a housed DSLR with all the blings.
Over the years, I must say I have been blessed in this department. In fact, I have managed to dodge under the radar of the check-in for almost every flight I have taken. The secret is simply in knowing the rules, and packing it right. Let’s face it, you are NOT going to bring one less strobe or leave a lens behind on a trip of a lifetime just because of the airline’s weight limit! It’s all about how you pack.
Beating the Weight
By Aaron Wong
To read more about how you can pack like the PROs, please read SD Issue 1/2014, AA No. 77!
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Alert Diver: The Magazine of Divers Alert Network Asia-Pacific (DAN APAC)
Some planned dives are unquestionably conscious decisions to enter situations that may disrupt animals’ lives. Visits to cleaning stations can be counted among these. Cleaning stations are particular spots on a reef that are home to various species of gregarious wrasses, whose niche on the reef is to feed upon external parasites on the bodies of manta rays and other large fish. It’s easy enough to rationalise such excursions as not being too intrusive. With careful planning,decent instruction, a modicum of skill, good breathing techniques and luck, divers may observe cleaning behaviour – a fascinating symbiotic arrangement between enormous manta rays and tiny wrasses. Generally, if conducted in a small group of participants who minimise their silhouettes by trying to blend in with reef cover, staying low, keeping movement to a minimum, breathing slowly, leaving an open passage for the mantas to approach and depart, and allowing time for the manta rays to become used to the bubbles, the cleaning phenomenon can be observed. The normally wary manta rays may eventually overcome their predator-avoidance instincts and become accepting enough of the intruders’ presence be relieved of their parasites. But, should another boat load of divers drop in on the cleaning station while the first group remains motionless and respectful – as happens all too frequently in the Maldives and Indonesia – then the mantas will bolt for the blue and keep their distance.
By Douglas David Seifert
Photo description: A manta ray cleaning station in Raja Ampat
To read more about how human presence in the ocean is intrusive and how it affects the marine ecosystem, please read SD Issue 1/2014, AA No. 77!
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2014 Buyer’s Guide for Diveaholics
There’s nothing like being able to share your underwater experiences with the rest of the world. Modern imaging equipment lets you take this even further and express your passion for the life aquatic in extraordinary, creative ways.
CANON Powershot S120
With an ultra-wide 24mm, bright f/1.8, 5x zoom lens with 10x ZoomPlus, HS system of 12.1 Megapixel CMOS, DIGIC 6 for stunning results up to ISO 12,800, fast continuous shooting up to 9.4fps, refined ergonomics, intelligent IS for sharp shots with 5-axis Enhanced Dynamic IS for steady movies, and a large capacitive 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G Touch LCD; the PowerShot S120 is a heavyweight compact camera.
Complete camera control, excellent ergonomics, and rugged build quality in a machined aluminum case – substantial imaging power in a tiny package. Features include the intuitive rotating housing
latch and the ability to use wide angle and macro accessory lenses that can be attached underwater, providing multiple imaging possibilities on a single dive. Nauticam includes a 67mm port thread for mounting optional wet lenses as standard equipment; the optical glass port is precisely placed for optimal wide angle accessory lens compatibility or get into the world of the very small by adding a close up lens via the 67mm lens mount. The NA-S120 comes fibre optic ready, and options include strobe mounts, Flexitray, Easitray and rubberised handles. Depth rated to 100 metres.
*Based on European RRP
*All prices are approximate and subject to variation based on factors such as country and exchange rates
Check out more cameras and other diving equipments in our 2014 Buyer’s Guide for Diveaholics, SD Issue 1/2014, AA No. 77!
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