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Our wetnotes section is full of stories from above and below the sea, with many contributions from valuable members of the diving community and beyond. We bring you the latest news on what really matters to you, and to us.

Freediving the World Record

The way up is always demanding. I’m at -97 meters deep, and I have to fin hard to come back to the surface. Negative buoyancy is pulling me down, so if I stop finning I will sink back down. But I did this already in training, my muscles are trained to do bigger distances, I have nothing to worry about. I focus on my finning technique and close my eyes...

Sea Shepherd X fourth element

Working with Sea Shepherd gives fourth element the opportunity to join forces with one of the largest active conservation organisations in the world to try to catalyse change in people’s attitudes and behaviour.

9 Dives and a Funeral

Men who give every impression of being toughened by life making a living out here are red-eyed: exhausted and tearful after a night working to save the fish that were still alive in the net, and to remove those not fortunate to hold out long enough.

“So… when are you selling your dive kit?” Diving life with a newborn

After the normal congratulatory comments you get when you announce you’re expecting a baby that was probably the most common question that followed. Usually precluded by; “ That’ll be the diving stopping’ then. Well, the simple answer is, “It’s not for sale and I’m not going to stop!” The answer might be simple, but I’m not going to pretend the solution is...

Citizen Science is Go!

Diving is a privileged foray into another world, and bringing back understanding or awareness is an excellent way to acknowledge that. Find out more about the projects that you can get involved with as a diver, walker or snorkeller, run by those behind the Lundy Marine Festival.

Shooting Trash – the reward of rubbish images

We must promise to not only show our ocean's good side, but show how she needs help, from each and every one of us, each and every day. So, the next time you see some trash floating by that will 'ruin your shot', shoot it, collect it, post it. Why? Because like David, you could spark a whole movement that you never knew could be achieved.

Fakarava’s ‘Shark Walls’

When underwater wildlife photographer Dave Abbott received a call asking him to do a shark shoot for National Geographic in Fakarava, it took him no time at all to agree. Next thing you know he's in the water with 200+ sharks, off a remote island that's 20 hours away from any medical attention...

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