In this world of social media – Diving magazines, that land with a thump through your letterbox, are an amazing way of getting in-depth features and local information for any scuba diving enthusiast. We’ve taken a look at the top scuba diving magazines in the world and present to you our Top 5 Scuba Diving Magazines.
Top 5 Scuba Diving Magazines
‘Scuba’ is the official dive magazine of Britain’s biggest diving club, BSAC (British Sub-Aqua Club). This excellent magazine is available to purchase in paper copy as well as online and is published monthly. This magazine offers ‘ground-breaking’ scuba articles as well as the latest information about equipment, dive sites and interesting information that divers are desperate to know. If you are based in the UK, then the subscription is less than £50 for a whole year, which is great value for money, or if you become a member of BSAC you can get a paper copy of this magazine delivered to your door, every month. ‘Scuba’ is a magazine with professional writers, however, they like to hear from you and has an incredibly successful ‘contributor’ section, written by real-life divers with their experiences. This is the perfect magazine for all levels of scuba divers.
Sport Diver (EMEA and USA)
‘Sport Diver’ magazine is an excellent magazine on both sides of the Atlantic. Offering sections on ‘news and conservation’ as well as ‘underwater photography,’ this magazine has a little something for everyone. With a whole section dedicated to ‘dive-gear’ you can not only learn about the latest news and information, you can also find out which brands offer the most up-to-date and trendy dive gear available.
With an easy to navigate website boasting phenomenal pictures, you can also find the perfect place to go on your next diving adventure as well as find the perfect deals to help you get the most out of your traveling experience.
When buying a yearly subscription for $49.87 in the US or £24.98 in EMEA, you’ll receive your copy of Sport Diver Magazine, which includes the world’s best diving, liveaboards, and resorts special issue. In addition, you’ll also have access to a number of great extras, which include savings on gear, dive training, travel and more. You’ll also receive personalized membership card, invitations to member-only dive events and even a free sports bag.
If you are based in North America/Canada or looking to dive in that area, then ‘Diver’ magazine is the perfect magazine for you. Founded in 1974, this magazine happens to be the longest standing dive magazine available in North America. Boasting an ‘A-list’ group of contributors, veteran writers as well as some of the best underwater photographers from around the globe, this magazine has a lot to offer scuba divers, globally. Not only do they provide a paper copy of the magazine, they have also created a website which can provide up-to-date news, as and when it pops up. If you’re based in Canada, the price for a 1-year subscription, with 8 copies will cost $25. If you’re based in the US, the same subscription is a little bit more expensive at $35 for 8 copies a year. Finally, if you’re based anywhere else in the world, the same subscription will cost around $85.
Not to be confused with the Canadian version – ‘Diver’ magazine is a long-running UK-based magazine.
It covers every aspect of the diving industry and if you’re interested in the newest, top-of-the-range gear, then this magazine is perfect for you. Specializing in gear testing, surveys, diving holiday destinations as well as advances in technologies and techniques, this dive magazine has it all. Depending on what subscription you choose, UK-based divers can pay between £25.99-£59.99 and overseas divers pay similar rates minus airmail rates, if you’re looking for a paper copy.
Divernet.com is the official Diver Magazine website. The website provides full access to Diver Magazine archives, dating back to 1995.
Alert Diver Online, DAN (Global)
‘Alert Diver Online’ is the magazine of DAN (Divers Alert Network), which is the diving industry’s biggest association dedicated to scuba diving safety. DAN has been serving scuba divers for over 30 years.
This incredible magazine can be accessed freely online, which is DAN’s way of ensuring important medical and safety information is available to everyone within the diving community.
With its phenomenal photography, fascinating articles and interesting information, Alert Diver Online has most certainly earned its place on our top 5 list.
A paper copy of this magazine is available, with 4 editions produced yearly, to all DAN members. Individual DAN membership costs $35/year and has many benefits. Not only can you receive a paper copy of ‘Alert Diver’ magazine, it includes emergency medical evacuation assistance and access to DAN’s insurance service.