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Book Review: Wild and Temperate Seas



Wild and Temperate Seas by Will Appleyard

A review by Jeff Goodman.

During these times of Covid-19 and travel being greatly restricted, it’s timely to be looking at dive sites in your own country. You will probably be very surprised at the diversity and wealth of wildlife and wrecks that your own patch has to offer. For those of us in the UK there is a perfect guide to fifty of those sites by Will Appleyard called ‘Wild and Temperate Seas’.

The first thing I usually do when looking at a new book is flip casually through to see what the images are like and was very pleased to see that the photos in this book were of a very high standard, not only in terms of quality but also content. That established, I could now comfortably settle down to read the book properly.

‘Wild and Temperate Seas’ guides us to fifty stunning dive sites in the UK. From wrecks to reefs, sea caves, lochs and other spectacular habitats and destinations. The dive sites are beautifully photographed and described with the help of Kirsty Andrews, Dan Bolt, Jason Brown, Jake Davies, Alex Gibson, Stuart Philpott and Elaine Whiteford. The journey starts in South West England and finishes up in North Roba and Sula Sgeir, north west of the Orkney Islands.

Each site is meticulously described and researched, and showcases not only the exciting dives available in the UK but also the abundance and variety of marine life held by our shores. Next time you are planning a UK dive adventure, do plan it with the help of this book. Even if you are diving somewhere local that you have visited many times, it is quite probable that this guide will reveal more to the area than you previously knew.

About the author

Will Appleyard communicates his passion for adventure through his photography and writing. The author of Discover UK Diving and Dorset Dives, he is regularly commissioned for magazines, adventure-based platforms, adventure outfitting and travel brands –

Wild and Temperate Seas by Will Appleyard is available now in paperback from, online and from retailers. ISBN 978-1-909455-34-4  | 176 pages | 234 × 156 × 10 mm

Jeff is a multiple award winning, freelance TV cameraman/film maker and author. Having made both terrestrial and marine films, it is the world's oceans and their conservation that hold his passion with over 10.000 dives in his career. Having filmed for international television companies around the world and author of two books on underwater filming, Jeff is Author/Programme Specialist for the 'Underwater Action Camera' course for the RAID training agency. Jeff has experienced the rapid advances in technology for diving as well as camera equipment and has also experienced much of our planet’s marine life, witnessing, first hand, many of the changes that have occurred to the wildlife and environment during that time. Jeff runs bespoke underwater video and editing workshops for the complete beginner up to the budding professional.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Hamna Hussain aka Humpty!



Gemma and Ian chat to Hamna Hussain, also know as Humpty! Hamna is one inspirational young lady that has found the magic in diving.  Her enthusiasm is endless. Listen to her conversation with us and all about her journey into the underwater world.

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Find more podcast episodes and information at the new  website and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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Diving Talks 2022: A Review by Ellen Cuylaerts



The second edition of ‘Diving Talks’ took place 7th – 9th of October on the beautiful peninsula Tröia, close to Lisbon. Speakers, exhibitors and attendees from around the world met at the Aqualuz Convention Centre for 2 days filled with interesting panels. The organization went for a wide diversity of topics. The concept of this dive conference is that during presentations everyone sits down, is present and can participate in the Q & A at the end.

The pace was easy going and after the pandemic I would call every event a celebration. In this case the celebrations started with the opening of an inaugural exhibition of underwater images at the Bibliotheca Municipal de Grandola. Contributing photographers were Nino Vasques Rodriguez, Brandi Mueller, curator Nuna Sa and myself, Ellen Cuylaerts.

The next day was an ‘industry only’ event, allowing the visiting participants to get familiar with the exhibition and brands supporting the industry in and outside of Portugal. At 6pm, the exhibitors and speakers were invited by the Grandola municipality for return bus trip to Grandola, a familiarization visit with the town, and the opening to the wider public of the underwater imagery exhibition. It felt like a schooltrip and spirits were high!

It is no suprise nor secret that Portugal has a huge potential for growth regarding its diving tourism. The Azores are probably best know for big animal encounters but also Madeira, where at the same time as ‘Diving Talks,’ the World Championship’s for underwater photography was happening. Madeira is a hidden gem: wonderful visibility, wrecks, big schools of fish… a wonderful island full of a diversity of colourful flowers. To me, Portugese people, at least those I’ve met my on past two visits,  truly value life, family, the ocean and nature. 

Arlindo Serrao, the heart and soul of ‘Diving Talks’ and the best walking and talking ambassador for the Portugese waters, organised the Saturday and Sunday programme of very interesting panel discussions  (a total of 10) where participants could make their case in 20 minutes. 

On Saturday evening the congress dinner took place. It was the perfect occasion to connect and unwind after spending already some days together and the storytelling continued, which was a great opportunity for memorable moments. 

I can’t wait for the third edition of ‘Diving Talks’ next year and to experience this event again, probably combined with some excellent diving. Arlindo and Sara are the experts to arrange all that. To the whole team, congratulations!

For a full list of speakers and topics, head to and also check out the Diving Talks YouTube channel here where you will shortly be able to watch all the presentations from the 2022 event for free.

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