Author

Deborah Dickson-Smith

Deborah Dickson-Smith

Writer

Deborah Dickson-Smith is widely published travel writer and co-founder of Diveplanit.com, an online guide to diving and snorkeling in Australia and Asia Pacific. Deborah and partner Simon Mallender are passionate ocean advocates and launched this platform to encourage more people to get underwater and start exploring.

Stories by Deborah
Sharks Have Friends
Marine Species

Do Sharks Have Friends?

Thanks to the media, many people think of sharks as monsters of the deep. But a new study has found something surprising: just like human beings, sharks have friends.

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coral trees
Conservation

Coral Trees on the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is under constant threat from pressures of all sorts. But some passionate individuals are doing what they can by helping to grow more-resilient corals.

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Dugongs of Si Kao
Conservation

Saving the Dugongs of Si Kao

The decreasing dugong population in southern Thailand forced the locals there to do something about it. Saving the dugongs of Si Kao has become a team effort.

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Reef Warriors
Marine Species

An Army of Reef Warriors Works to Save the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef faces massive environmental threats, including outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish. An army of reef warriors is stepping up to help.

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New stuff

Top Five Short Liveaboard Trips

When you haven’t got that long to get away, a brief vacation can do wonders for your mental health. Here are our picks for the top five short liveaboard trips.
by Guest Author

Making Sense of Hyperbaric Chambers

Although hopefully you’ll never need to use one, here we’ll explain exactly what hyperbaric chambers are and how they work.
by Juanita Pienaar

Top Dive Sites in Lembeh: Critter Capital of the Dive World

Lembeh, Indonesia is world-famous for muck diving. Here are some of our picks for the top dive sites in this magical location, the critter capital of the dive world.
by Andy Phillips

Jellyfish of Australia

It’s not just the deadly box jelly when it comes to jellyfish of Australia — these waters are home to many amazing species. Watch out for both the deadly and delightful on your next dive Down Under.
by Matt Testoni