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Site AnnouncementsWishing you very Happy Holidays 2012!

Wishing you very Happy Holidays 2012!


The year is drawing to a close and I wanted to personally thank you for your loyalty over the last 12 months.

The year always ends on a reflective note looking back on the last year and the amazing things happening in the world of diving as well as on  This is our 16th year of operation (in one form or another) and I’m so proud of what we have in but ultimately we are nothing without you, our loyal members and readers spread across many dive sites around the world!

I also want to mention the staff, as you may be aware, all the staff are volunteers working on the site – whether that is bringing you news from the largest Freediving Competition at Suunto Vertical Blue, running around the exhibition hall at DEMA or tirelessly working to look after the Community Forums.  The staff, a few of which I name at the bottom of this email, are an amazing bunch and it’s at this time of year that I want to join in with everyone to say THANK YOU for your hard work.

I wish you a wonderful holiday season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I look forward to the new year and meeting as many of you either virtually or in person during 2013!

My Best Wishes,

Stephan “Papa Smurf” Whelan
Founder –

P.S. I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to the team of volunteers that keep the site running all year round, who i’m sure you will agree do a fabulous job and without them there wouldn’t be a!

  • Editors: Francesca Owings, Sara-Lise Haith
  • Community Team Leaders: Adrian, foxfish, island_sands, podge, spaghetti
  • Community Mentors: azapa, BatRay, BennyB, Bill McIntyre, bobdonny, fcallagy, Jonny250, kelp princess, Mr. X, Oldsarge, Whopperhead

Stephan Whelan
Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans. In 1996 he set up and has grown the site to be the most popular diving website and community in the world.