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
Komodo closure
News Travel

Komodo National Park Closed to Tourists – Fake News or True Story?

Recent news reports claim that Komodo National Park will close to tourists. Is this fake news or a true story? And if it’s true, how will it affect divers?

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coral dives in Vanuatu
Dive Locations In the Water Travel

Top Five Coral Dives in Vanuatu

Vanuatu has wreck divers covered with the world-famous SS President Coolidge, but you may not know about these top five coral dives in Vanuatu.

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underwater robot
Blog Conservation News

Underwater Robot Delivers Baby Corals to the Great Barrier Reef

Stewards of the Great Barrier Reef are working toward greater resilience to climate events with help from some ground-breaking technology: and an underwater robot is delivering corals

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Allan Power
In the Water News

Vanuatu Dive Trailblazer Allan Power Passes Away

Allan Power, a legend of the diving industry in the South Pacific, passed away recently in his long-time home of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu.

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New stuff
single use plastic

Canada Bans Cetaceans in Captivity — and Single-Use Plastic

Good news coming out of Canada: the country has passed legislation to ban breeding or keeping cetaceans in captivity — and all single-use plastics by 2021
by Rebecca Strauss
Tobruk

Diving the ex-HMAS Tobruk in Queensland

Just when you thought scuba diving in Queensland couldn’t get any better, you've got to add the enormous ex-HMAS Tobruk to your bucket list.
by Guest Author
trends in diving

Trends in Scuba Diving

What’s next in the underwater world? Here are our picks for a few trends in scuba diving to keep your eyes peeled for.
by Andy Phillips
Rebreather Diving

The ABCs of Technical Diving: Q through T

Here’s the next in our series on the ABCs of technical diving, starting with Q for questions and ending with T for turn pressure.
by Yvonne Press