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Skin care Tips for Female Divers



By Carey Ye from

There’s nothing more exciting than the first few days of warm, sunny weather. After working hours on end, finally, you have a chance to enjoy the great outdoors and indulge in your favorite hobbies. Though diving is certainly thrilling, there are many potential risks to your skin and hair. Exposing yourself to the sun for a longtime can dehydrate you. Additionally, saltwater can potentially damage your skin and hair. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your hobby. With the right measures, you can enjoy diving while also ensuring that your skin won’t be damaged.

Here are a few skin care tips for female divers:

Preemptively Prepare Yourself Before You Go Diving

A great way to protect yourself from sun damage is to take some careful, preemptive steps. Thirty minutes before embarking on your diving journey and getting on the boat, you can thoroughly apply SPF 35+ reef-safe sunscreen (oxybenzone and octinoxate free) on your neck and face. Though sunscreen is a great way to prevent your skin from getting damaged, there are other things you can do as well. You can wear hats and flowy t-shirts that cover your skin for the duration of your boat ride. There are also measures you can take to stop your hair from getting too dry and tangly.  In addition to lightly applying coconut oil to your hair, you should tie it or braid it so you don’t have to struggle with taking your mask strap on and off. You can find all of these products at any local drugstore.

Since everyone’s skin and hair is different, you should only use products that work for you. For example, just because a friend doesn’t have a negative reaction to coconut oil, doesn’t mean that won’t happen to you. Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives out there. So, chances are that you will find a product that works.  If you’re having trouble, you can always consult a dermatologist.

Take Important Measures When You’re On The Boat

While you’re on the boat, there are additional things you can do to protect your skin and hair. Before exposing your hair to saltwater, you should pour some fresh water on it so it’s less frail and delicate. When you go diving, you may find yourself out in the water for a long time — that’s part of what it makes so fun! But you should remember to apply sunscreen after each dive and when it’s possible, sit in the shaded area of the boat. Just because you have taken preemptive measures, doesn’t mean you can ignore that swimming and being out in the sun can negatively impact your skin.

How To Prevent Skin and Hair Damage After You’re Done Diving

After a long day of diving, you may feel tempted to just immediately take a nap or grab some food. However, you should make sure to take post-dive measures so your skin and hair don’t get damaged. It’s important to come up with a post-dive regimen that’s not only simple, it’s effective. To prevent an accumulation of bacteria, you can thoroughly wash and dry yourself. Following a day out in the sun, your skin and lips may be dryer than usual. SPF lip balm can help mitigate the damage done by treating chapped lips. To replenish your dehydrated skin, you should apply wrinkle creams, moisturizing lotions, and serums like you normally would.  If you had a sunburn, aloe vera can help soothe the pain. There are also a myriad of face masks out there that can help repair your skin.

Ideally, you should bring a small waterproof gym bag with you so you can easily carry sunscreen, lip balm, moisturizers and serums. In addition to those items, you should also consider bringing sunglasses, a change of clothes, and some water so you don’t get dehydrated.

There’s no reason why diving should have a negative impact on your skin and hair. With simple, efficient precautions, you can go diving while maintaining your youthful glow. Though diving does involve exposing oneself to the sun and swimming in saltwater, if you take the proper preemptive and post-dive measures, you can protect yourself and have a fantastic time.  Get ready for a summer of fun.

Carey is a freelance writer from Burlingame, California. She enjoys writing articles for professionals that are interested in self-improvement, health, skincare and wellness. She has been diving for few years and her favorite spot is the The Underwater Aquarium of the World – Cabo san lucas.

Jeff Goodman is the Editor-at-Large for with responsibility for conservation and underwater videography. Jeff is an award-winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker who lives in Cornwall, UK. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

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Book Review – The Final Dive: The Life and Death of ‘Buster’ Crabbe (2007)



It was the height of the Cold War. The Soviet Cruiser Ordzhonikidz, supported by two destroyers, had brought Soviet leaders Khruschev and Bulganin to Britain for sensitive meetings with the British Government. The ships were moored in Portsmouth harbour and the Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden, had expressly forbidden any clandestine inspection of them. However, on the morning of 19th April 1956 Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabbe, an experienced naval diver, slipped into the cold waters of Portsmouth harbour. His top secret mission was to photograph the hull, propellers and rudder of the Ordzhonikidze. He was never seen alive again.

A badly decomposed body, with head and hands missing, was discovered by fishermen in Chichester harbour months later. It was claimed to be the missing body of Buster Crabbe – but many had doubts. The incident marked the start of a controversy that claimed the posts of several high ranking naval, government and intelligence service personnel. The author of The Final Dive, Don Hale, claims it is one that still rages and which may not be resolved even when secret government files are released in 2057.

Don Hale, an acknowledged campaigning journalist and former Journalist of the Year brings all his experience and skill to unravelling this longstanding scandal. He has drawn upon official reports and private letters, statements from government representatives, fellow officers and friends to piece together Buster’s life and events leading to his disappearance and subsequent investigation. He speaks of “inquiries blocked by intrigue, constant cover-ups and government bureaucracy coupled with threats relating to the Official Secrets Act” (p. xi). If you like reading about subterfuge on a grand scale you will enjoy The Final Dive.

Don Hale’s meticulous account of the life of Buster Crabbe is supported by dozens of black and white photos and extracts from numerous official documents. It reveals how an amazing series of civilian jobs, wartime activities and friendships with high ranking government officials, British intelligence officers, American CIA operatives. . . and now known spies, prepared him for his final dive and perhaps his fate. One of Crabbe’s acquaintances was the author Ian Fleming – of James Bond fame. Indeed, it is suggested that Fleming based the character of 007 on Buster Crabbe. After reading of his exploits, both before WWII, his bomb disposal work during the war, and afterwards it is easy to see why. Certainly, those who worked with Buster Crabbe “all agree he was fearless.” (p.59). After reading of his exploits one wonders if he was too fearless.

In the later stage of Buster’s life, prior to his disappearance, Don Hall recounts “a constant merry-go-round of overseas assignments” (p. 118) for Crabbe and how he “began to receive increasingly hazardous commissions” (p. 136). It culminated in the morning dive in Portsmouth harbour. Hale’s forsensic-like account of the events surrounding the final dive and aftermath reveals absolute panic and bungling behind the scenes as official answers conflict with known facts. He describes how “The whole incident still seems bathed in secrecy, with the true facts deliberately buried in bureaucracy, and supported at the highest level by an incredible cover-up operation”.(p. 205).

A final comment by Don Hale adds to the intrigue. He states “The only part of the Crabbe puzzle about which I am not certain is not who sent him – we know the answer to that – but why on earth he was he sent, possibly at considerable risk?” (p. 248). After reading The Final Dive: The Life and Death of ‘Buster’ Crabbe you will no doubt have your own ideas.

The Final Dive: The Life and Death of ‘Buster’ Crabbe (2007)

  • By Don Hale
  • Stroud: Sutton Publishing
  • ISBN 978 0 7509 4574 5
  • 260 pp

Don Hale was a professional footballer before becoming editor of several regional newspapers. He has received numerous national and international awards for investigative journalism including Journalist of the Year. In 2002 he was awarded an OBE for his campaigning journalism in the Stephen Downing miscarriage of justice case. He has championed several others who have been wrongly convicted.

His other books include Town without Pity (2002), Murder in the Graveyard (2019) and Mallard: How the ‘Blue Steak’ Broke the World Speed Record (2019).

Find out more about Professor Fred Lockwood, who is also a published author, at

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… Catching up with Cristina Zenato and Kewin Lorenzen



It’s a year since Gemma and Ian spoke with Cristina Zenato and produced Episodes 9, 12 and 21.  We also spoke to Kewin Lorenzen on Episode 13.  The year of 2020 was challenging for everyone but we hear that for both Cristina and Kewin it was a positive year with changes made to bring them both into 2021 with fresh ideas.  We hear how the sharks are and what amazing progress has been made with the cave exploration and the People of the Water Charity.

Have a listen here:

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

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