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Book Review: Gross Negligence by Fred Lockwood

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Gross Negligence is the latest book in the Jack Collier series by Fred Lockwood.  Our story begins with a maritime tragedy during Hurricane Larry.  This disaster sets the scene for our protagonists Jack and Sandro, as they decide to upscale their business Marine Salvage & Investigation Company with an opportunity to purchase a state of the art ship, the MV Stavanger and enter “the big league”.

With everything invested, Jack and Sandro attempt to make good their plans to be world leaders in search, salvage and rescue.  Unfortunately things do not go to plan as they tackle their first big league job, the scuttling of the derelict MV Demerara Queen as an artificial wreck.  Incidents befall them at each turn, some more obviously sinister, but are the accidents linked by something more alarming than bad luck?

Will the Marine Salvage & Investigation company be charged with Gross Negligence?  With the reputation and financial future of Jack and Sandro’s business on the line, will the police investigation lead to another guilty party or ruin? 

In his fifth book, Gross Negligence, Fred Lockwood again delivers a gripping read, with well researched technicalities of preparing a ship for scuttling and realistically portrayed diving details.  This is a quick page turner and it was nice to have a dive based book to read while waiting to return to the water ourselves!

We thoroughly recommend this read and look forward to the next in the series.


  • Title: Gross Negligence
  • Author: Fred Lockwood
  • ISBN: 979-8679220423

Available in a paperback version and for Kindle from Amazon and book stores. For more information about Fred Lockwood visit his website by clicking here.

CJ and Mike are dive instructors who have travelled all over the world pursuing their passion for the underwater world. CJ is a PADI MI and DSAT Trimix instructor with a degree in Conservation biology and ecology, who has been diving for 15 years. She loves looking for critters and pointing them out for Mike to photograph. Mike is a PADI MSDT who got back into diving in 2010. He enjoys practicing underwater photography and exploring new and exciting dive locales, occasionally with more than one tank. Follow more of their diving adventures at www.bimbleintheblue.com.

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Breaking News: Garmin Descent Mk2 & Mk2i Launch & Review (Watch Video)

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After over 12 months of rumours and speculation, the team at Garmin have finally launched the Garmin Descent Mk2 and Mk2i.

Garmin has gone all out with these, and with the Mk2i having the latest technology in air integration it looks to absolutely be the one to beat!
Why I hear you ask?? Well, they’ve incorporated their Sonar technology into the equation and called it ‘SUBWAVE’ – this will deliver an incredible transmission range of 5-8m..!
How does it work? Well, you’ll need to watch the video to find out!
The dive features are based on the Descent Mk1, while the fitness and life management aspects are based on the incredible Garmin Fenix 6.

With a larger viewable screen, bigger internal memory, and all the latest features including Garmin Pay this promises to be an absolute game changer!

Find out more at www.garmin.com


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Northern Diver give you the deals you’d be getting at the Dive Show!

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Northern Diver know how much their customers look forward to the Dive Show every year and the great offers that can be found there, so they have decided to run some of their favourites until the end of October so that people can still experience that Dive Show bargain feeling!

Key Special Offers

Heated Vest – was £89 now £79 with free rash vest

Provide heat to give complete warmth to the body when working in cold conditions.The Northern Diver ‘Electracore’ heated vest has been designed and manufactured with your comfort and warmth in mind. The three heat settings allow you to pick a temperature that suits you and if it happens that you want to raise or lower the temperature, the switch has been positioned in an easy to reach position to the left of your midriff – ensuring that even when you’re wearing your suit, the button remains easy to access.

Varilux LD Max – was £169 now £149

This sleek new addition to the Varilux range is a great choice for a primary dive light. The anodised aluminium body provides a tough exterior and the matt black finish makes the Varilux LD Max stand out from the rest of the range.

Guardian BCD – was £320 now £269

The latest Guardian has an incredible 1680/1000 denier nylon build. There’s thirteen D rings on the BCD, nine of which are stainless steel. There’s also two clips either side of the jacket, two generous zipped pockets and four air dumping methods. The jacket’s two integrated quick-release weight pockets and two rear trim weight pockets give a wide range of weight options.

The Guardian has all-new features and extras: our ergonomically designed power inflator system, Moulded Protection Plate, sliders for vertical adjustment of the chest strap, a removable reflective pocket for our Flexi-Light (light stick not included), and a removable bungee cord with a split ring attachment point.

For more great offers visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.
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