My life through GoPro with Faine Loubser
Aug03

My life through GoPro with Faine Loubser

She’s an ambassador for Penny Skateboards, a film student, cold-water diver and all-round adventure junkie.  She shares her life through GoPro. She was also named one of ORMS’s favourite instagrammers and has 17.5k followers. Who is Faine Loubser?  Amanzi Magazine gets to know this 20-year-old inspiration. Tell us a bit about yourself? I’m 20 years old and was born in Paarl (of all places). I spent the first few years...

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Dive like a Whale
Mar30

Dive like a Whale

Dive like a Whale Author: Georgina Jones Have you ever wondered how much like a whale you are? And no, not because of any blubber layer. Humans and whales are both air-breathers, sure. But in common with whales, seals and dolphins, we have a set of reflexes that help us survive underwater. Splash cold water on your face and your heartbeat will slow down just like a whale’s does before it dives. This is just the start of our...

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Nudibranchs the most gorgeous marine animals keep scuba divers fascinated
Mar20

Nudibranchs the most gorgeous marine animals keep scuba divers fascinated

Nudibranchs the most gorgeous marine animals keep scuba divers fascinated Author: Georgina Jones of Sea Slug Atlas Nudibranchs, or sea slugs, are possibly the most gorgeous marine animals of all. The extraordinary variety of their colours and shapes keeps scuba divers fascinated over years of spotting them. South African nudibranchs, like our seas, span a huge range from tropical animals to ones which prefer cooler or even cold water....

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Epic wreck diving off the Cape Coast – Hermes and Winton
Mar12

Epic wreck diving off the Cape Coast – Hermes and Winton

Epic wreck diving off the Cape Coast By Olivia Anderson On May 12 1901, the 3500 ton Hermes was wrecked en route from Argentina with a consignment of forage, livestock and government stores. She had to anchor in Table Bay as the harbour was full. A gale sprang up and soon after nightfall the ship beached broadside to the shore. Two lives were lost.   The Hermes as it is today. On the night of July 28 1934, the 4388 ton Winton ran...

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5 considerations for a truly great underwater photograph
Feb02

5 considerations for a truly great underwater photograph

New editor at Amanzi Mag and new contributor underwater photography specialist Fiona Ayerst, gives us 5 considerations for a truly great underwater photograph as well as and how to quickly improve your underwater photos: One of my students said to me that he understood the technical elements of underwater photography, but was grappling with how to give feeling to his underwater shots. I panicked! Had I failed in my quest to teach?...

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The Master Switch of Life – the science of freediving
Jul04

The Master Switch of Life – the science of freediving

The science of freediving YOUR BODY’S AMAZING REACTION TO WATER James Nestor Writer James Nestor explores the science of the “mammalian dive reflex,” the phenomenon by which water triggers an immediate decrease in heart rate. While on assignment in Greece, journalist James Nestor witnessed something that confounded him: a man diving 300 feet below the ocean’s surface on a single breath of air and returning four minutes later, unharmed...

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