Awesome Maps Dive Map

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Awesome Maps make a dive site map of the world and, after hearing about it from a friend, I really wanted to get my hands on one. Awesome Maps actually produce two versions of the dive map – a whiteboard coated Deluxe Dive Map and a larger size canvas edition. I was delighted when my Deluxe Dive Map arrived and I could not wait to get it spread out over our dining room table so that I could pour over the 500 plus dive spots and areas highlighted on the map.

The first thing that hit me was the beautiful artwork and illustrations that cover the map. Some of my favourite dive destinations are listed, and I could not believe that my local quarry, Capernwray, was also included on the UK map, along with my favourite seal dive in the Farne Islands. It is a map that you can spend hours looking at, discovering new dives that you have not yet travelled to, as well as re-living dives that you have done in the past.

Hand-drawn illustrations of reefs, sharks, turtles, manatees, sponges, whales, dolphins and all manner more of marine life large and small adorn this gorgeous map. If you need some inspiration on where to dive next, then this is a map that is full of ideas for future diving destinations.

Each area has a key letting you know whether the sites are good for underwater photography, wreck diving, artificial reefs, drift diving, sharks and more. At the very bottom there is also a message to all divers stating that they have tried to pick out the best dive sites in the world, but if your favourite has not made it in and feel it should be on the map to contact them and let them know about it. Perhaps you may even find your favourite site in the next edition.

This Awesome Maps Dive Map would make a lovely addition to any dive centre, scuba classroom or clubhouse, as well as any dive-lover’s home.

The version of the Dive Map that I received is 97.5cm x 56 cm (38” x 22”) and has a coating that means you can annotate the map with (and subsequently clean off) whiteboard markers. It would make a perfect gift for the diver who has everything, or as a treat for yourself. I love mine. I know it is a map that I will keep coming back to, and finding new dive sites and drawings, time after time. It really is a thing of beauty. Now I wish I had the larger canvas version as well – I shall have to remember to send out huge hints nearer Christmas!

For more information visit the website: https://awesome-maps.com/en/worldmaps/dive-map

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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