SCUBA News 252
(ISSN 1476-8011)

SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011)
Issue 252 - June 2021

Welcome to SCUBA News - thank you for subscribing. This month we interview diving author Kris Mears. Plus the diving destinations considered more covid safe.

What's New at SCUBA Travel?


Good to go: Diving destinations on the "Green List"

The UK has published its new "Green List" of countries where foreign travel is allowed without the need to quarantine on return. Many of these are islands and great diving destinations.

Ice diving

8 Places to dive in France

Some of them might surprise you.

Book Shelf: Interview with Kris Mears

Confessions of a Divemaster

Kris Mears is author of Confessions of a Divemaster

What prompted you to write the book?

Over the years, when telling my friends about my adventures they always said "Kris, you should write a book" so I thought I'd give it a try.

Which writers have influenced you?

I enjoyed reading books by Bill Bryson while traveling but I really love the fish ID books by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach.

Do you have a favourite dive site and why?

That's a tough question for a favorite, how about top 5? Hanifaru Bay in the Maldives, Blue Corner in Palau, German Channel in Palau, Giant Clams in Puerto Galera, Delsan Wreck, Tubbataha.

Anywhere that you haven't yet dived but would like to?

Looking to visit Socorro Islands, Raja Ampat, Truk Lagoon over the next few years.

If you could dive with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

I would love to dive with my Mum, but she hates the water though.


Kris Mears is currently living in the Philippines, working as the international sales manager for Scandi divers resort in Puerto Galera. He is married to Beverly with two kids Hannah and Max, aged 7 and 4. He was born in South Wales but has been working in the dive industry since 2008. He's an underwater videographer under Scuba Sheep Productions brand. He is currently working on Confessions of a Divemaster 2, which he hopes to be ready by December 2021.

You can buy Confessions of a Divemaster from Amazon in Kindle (free!) or paperback (£12.99) format.

Read more interviews with diving authors...

Diving News From Around the World

Our round up of the best underwater news stories of the past month. For breaking news see our Twitter page or RSS feed

Right whale mother and calf

Detecting and protecting endangered right whales
New underwater technology which can listen for right whales and filter out other sounds could help protect these extremely endangered animals

Coral reef

Coral reefs' survival depend on managing local conditions
Although some have argued that climate change is so overwhelming that conserving coral reefs on a local scale is futile, study finds local actions magnified the effects of climate-driven heat waves. Local action to conserve coral reefs can help the reefs withstand warming seas.

Landed tuna

Watered-down plan to save India Ocean yellowfin tuna disappoints conservationists
Tuna-fishing nations hammered out a temporary plan to stop overfishing of Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna at a June meeting, but fatal weaknesses may sink it, experts say.

Coral spawning

Scientists Successfully Breed Corals with Goal of Disease Resistance
Brain corals rescued ahead of disease outbreak raise hopes for restoring genetic diversity and increasing disease resistance on Florida's reefs

Shoal of fish

Panama doubles the size of its protected marine areas
Home to turtles, sharks and whales, the newly expanded Cordillera de Coiba zone has nine mountain ranges under the ocean's surface

Collecting plastic in Galapagos

Plastic in Galapagos seawater, beaches and animals
Most plastic pollution in Galapagos - a world-famous biodiversity haven - arrives on ocean currents.

Sea squirts

Using space data to aid offshore renewable marine energy generation
Space data can provide a wide range of information including weather, sea state, environmental impacts, vessel activity and thermal signatures. This will produce direct cost savings, carbon savings and reduction of risk in offshore renewable energy.

Polluted coast

Scientists use NASA satellite data to track ocean microplastics from space
Scientists from the University of Michigan have developed an innovative way to use NASA satellite data to track the movement of tiny pieces of plastic in the ocean.

SCUBA News is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. This means we are happy for you to reuse our material for both commercial and non-commercial use as long as you: credit the name of the author, link back to the SCUBA Travel website and say if you have made any changes. Some of the photos though, might be copyright the photographer. If in doubt please get in touch.

Photo credits: Tim Nicholson, Jill Studholme, Kristin Riser, Jianye Sui

Previous editions of SCUBA News are archived at

Visit [UNSUBSCRIBE] and add or remove your e-mail address. To change whether your receive the newsletter in text or HTML (with pictures) format visit [PREFERENCES]

Should you wish to advertise in SCUBA News, please see the special offers at
Other advertising opportunities are at

Please send your letters or press releases to:
Jill Studholme
The Cliff
Upper Mayfield

SCUBA Travel Ltd, 5 Loxford Court, Hulme, Manchester, M15 6AF, UK

Subscribe To SCUBA News

Our newsletter, SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011), is absolutely free. It is a monthly publication, delivered by e-mail. To receive your copy fill in your details below. We will never pass your e-mail address to any third parties, or send you unsolicited e-mail.

You will receive an e-mail confirming your subscription. If you don't receive this you may have entered your e-mail address incorrectly - revisit this page and re-subscribe.

Write to SCUBA News

If you would like to write to SCUBA News, please fill in the form below. You can as well post on our Facebook page and