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Essential Movies for Divers

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From the 1960’s onwards, we pick our favourite films that are dive related. We have picked 9. What would be your favourite – to bring our list to a neat and tidy 10?

Jaws

The film that instilled a fear of sharks into a generation. A masterpiece of film-making by Steven Spielberg and writing by Peter Benchley. Most of the shark shots used an animatronic model, called Bruce, however some shots were filmed at the Neptune Islands in South Australia with Rodney Fox. We chatted with Rodney about Jaws, and he recalled stories from the filming, one of which included the use of a tiny cage, with a dwarf body-double inside, to make the shark look much bigger! The Great White Shark managed to get its mouth all the way round the cage and the actor within decided that was enough for him and vowed to fly back to LA!

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is the ideal movie for divers, and their kids, to while away a rainy afternoon. For divers, watching this film and seeing the attention to detail on the marine creatures characters is a joy. Bruce, the shark, is named after the model shark used in filming Jaws. Soon we will have the sequel to enjoy – Finding Dory.

Thunderball

A classic Sean Connery Bond film, with plenty of underwater scenes, filmed in the Bahamas. One of the sites used in the film is now called Thunderball Grotto and is a great place to spend the day snorkelling. The film is a 1960’s 007 homage to orange wetsuits, twinsets and spearguns.

After reading the sequence in the script with the sharks in Largo’s pool, Connery feared that his life would be in danger, so he insisted that production designer Ken Adam build a special Plexiglas partition inside the pool. However, the partition Adam built was not a fixed structure and one of the sharks managed to pass through it.

“He never got out of a pool faster in his life – he was walking on water,” said Adam.

Big Blue (le Grand Blue)

Luc Besson’s cult film about freediving is a must watch for any diver. Sporting rivalry, friendship, romance and freediving wrapped in wonderful cinematic underwater scenes.

The Abyss

James Cameron combines his sci-fi expertise with a love of the depths and creates a classic. To make the film, the cast and crew endured over six months of grueling six-day, 70-hour weeks on an isolated set. At one point, actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio had a physical and emotional breakdown on the set and on another occasion, actor Ed Harris burst into spontaneous sobbing while driving home. Following the film’s release, Harris publicly refused to ever again discuss the film, saying “I’m never talking about it and never will.” Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio said of the film “The Abyss was a lot of things. Fun to make is not one of them.”

Men of Honour

Robert De Nero and Cuba Gooding Jr star in a US Navy classic.  It is inspired by the true story of Master chief petty officer Carl Brashear, the first African American master diver in the United States Navy.The film features the classic US Navy Mark V diving equipment used by the Navy from 1915 until 1985.

Sphere

Another heavy-weight cast and director combine to make another underwater alien encounter. In this case, the alien is called Jerry! The film is based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton.

The Life Aquatic

Completely nuts! Bill Murray and the cast have a blast, but does anyone know what is going on? And do you care?

Though the characters were inspired by such American novels as The Great Gatsby and The Magnificent Ambersons, the plot has been compared to Moby-Dick.

Deep Blue Sea

Samuel L. Jackson’s second film in our list. This has all the makings of a classic B movie. Sit down and prepare to laugh out loud! Scientists experiment on sharks to cure Alzheimer’s and it all goes horribly wrong.

Have you got a favourite dive related film that’s not on our list? Let us know in the comments section below!

For more from Nick and Caroline, check out our Underwater Photography Section or visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

Dive Training Blogs

Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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Marine Life & Conservation

The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Paul Rose

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Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Paul Rose. A man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced divers, field science and polar experts, Paul Rose helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.

He is an experienced television presenter and radio broadcaster. With a proven track record in business engagements, Paul is a sought-after speaker, chairman, host and moderator for industry, government and NGO events.

Former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society(link is external) and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division, Paul is currently Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions.

He was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica, for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen’s Polar Medal. For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt Erebus, Antarctica, he received the US Polar Medal.

Paul is a mountain and polar guide leading Greenland Icecap crossing and mountaineering expeditions and polar science support logistics. He worked for four years as a Mountain Safety consultant to the oil industry in the Middle East.

On his 2012 Greenland expedition, Paul led the first expedition to successfully traverse a new 275km icecap route of Knud Rasmussen Land and repeated his first ascent of the north face of Gunnsbjørnfjeld, the highest mountain in the Arctic.

His professional diving work includes science support diving in Antarctica as the British Antarctic Survey’s Institute Diving Officer. He ran the US Navy diver training programme at Great Lakes Naval Training Centre and trained many emergency response dive teams including the Police, Fire Department and Underwater Recovery Teams. He remains a current and active PADI Dive Instructor.

Find out more about Paul Rose at www.paulrose.org


Find more podcast episodes and information at www.thebigscuba.com and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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