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Best Diving Magazines?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by kazinvan, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. kazinvan

    kazinvan Solo Diver


    I'm a relatively new diver and I'm looking to subscribe to a magazine or two. Can anyone recommend some good magazines related to diving?

  2. Nay

    Nay Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Orange County, CA
  3. kazinvan

    kazinvan Solo Diver

    Thanks Nay, that looks like a good one. Hopefully I can check a few of them out before I subscribe.
  4. BigJetDriver

    BigJetDriver Great White

    One of the very best of them all is "Dive Training". Great mag. Great articles!

  5. SeanQ

    SeanQ Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Vancouver Island
    Scuba Press is a pretty good magazine that comes out 4 times a year. It's made right here in Canada which is as good a reason as any to read it. :)
  6. UWSojourner

    UWSojourner Manta Ray

  7. fdog

    fdog ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    Or Fathoms .

    All the best, James
  8. mike_s

    mike_s Solo Diver


    Gotta agree with this. Dive training magazine is very good.
    They don't see to be so "biased" by the advertisers, etc.
    A subscription isn't cheap, I think $26 or $29/year, but you
    can get a "free" 6 month subscription card typically from
    your dive instructor, since you are a new diver. Otherwise
    you can pick them up for free from most dive shops.

    Scuba Diving Magazine has some usefull information in it,
    but in most people opinion, it could be a lot better.
    They seem to do the same stories of the same dive
    destinations over and over again on different years.
    I guess they can't find anything new to report.
    Subscriptions to them can range from $12/year to
    $18/year in the little subscription cards that come
    in their magazine. In my person opinion, it's not
    worth the $18/year. But if you go to Ebay and
    search for Scuba Diving Magazine you'll find an
    online store named Blue Sky Magazines that sells
    magazine subscriptions. They have it for $8.95 for
    two years. That's about 40 cents per issue.
    So for that price, you can't go wrong as for 40 cents
    you can at least use it for bathroom reading material.

    Padi Sport Diver is another mag. Sometimes they
    have good stories, but they also want $29/year
    for a subscription so that you can join their
    "Padi diving society"

    Advanced Diver Magazine. I'll pick it up and
    read it if a copy is lying around, but they want
    $8 bucks a copy at the magazine stand and
    $25/year for only 4 issues per year subscription.
    *ouch* on that price per issue.

    Fathoms also is $30 bucks for 4 issues.

    Of course these last two cost a lot more for
    a subscription or per issue, but I don't think
    they are as controlled by their advertisers
    like the formally Rodales (now just Scuba diving)
  9. mdsd

    mdsd Solo Diver


    I like the following:

    Dive Training - good diving info
    Sport Diver and Scuba Diving - good travel info and great pix, keep up on vendor eqpt

    check out the web, I found lots of useful local sites and contacts

    I find ScubaBoard to be the best source for real questions I have
  10. skeet

    skeet Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: texas
    Dive Training is very good, you do learn things from there articals. Now Scuba Diving is about to make it onto my "what a waste of paper" list.

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