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
Whites seahorse
Conservation

Conservation in Lockdown: Sydney’s Seahorse Guardian

While Sydney was under COVID-19 lockdown, a group of aquarium-bred White’s seahorses was released into Sydney’s harbor.

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Diving in Sydney
News Travel

Diving in Sydney During Lockdown

Diving around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic has been nearly impossible, but diving in Sydney during lockdown has been possible for locals.

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planting coral
Conservation

Planting Coral in the Time of COVID-19

With no tourists because of COVID-19, Australian dive tour operators are planting coral instead.

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Melbourne's Piers
Dive Locations In the Water Travel

Diving Melbourne’s Piers

For a temperate-water destination, Melbourne has some of the most enthusiastic divers in Australia. And after diving Melbourne’s piers, it’s easy to see why.

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New stuff
sea cucumber

Marine Species: Sea Cucumber

The sea cucumber may not be the most glamorous animal, but for as common as they are underwater, most divers know little about them.
by Rebecca Strauss
Covid-19 disinfection

COVID-19 Diving Precautions and Practices: Protecting Yourself and Others

Divers around the world are wondering how to move forward in these uncertain times. Here are some updated COVID-19 diving precautions courtesy of DAN.
by Guest Author
Mergui Archipelago

The Best Diving in the Mergui Archipelago

The Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar offers some of Southeast Asia’s best diving, and chances are you’ll have sites all to yourself.
by Guest Author
blue and mako sharks

Diving with Blue and Mako Sharks in South Africa

You’ll cover some serious nautical miles when diving with blue and mako sharks in South Africa — but the long boat ride will be well worth it.
by Guest Author