Tigers and Lemons Free diver Lesley Rochat delights in the sharkinfested waters of the Bahamas. © Scott Smith

Tigers and Lemons Free diver Lesley Rochat delights in the sharkinfested waters of the Bahamas. © Scott Smith

Welcome to a very special issue of Scuba Diver AUSTRALASIA, inspired by the women of our ocean world. From Lesley Rochat’s bold efforts to raise shark conservation awareness (page 40), to Amanda Cotton and Cristina Zenato’s fearless cave explorations (page 60), we are forever in awe of that rare combination of courage, grace and beauty.

Beyond – Dive into History

Saipan has more than its fair share of stories to tell – but the most spectacular are to be found beneath the waves

Encounters – Free with Tigers

A woman on a mission goes free diving with tiger sharks with nothing more than passion and a bikini

Australia – Lord Howe: Icon of Oz

An island getaway that fulfils the best of both worlds – above and beneath its inviting blue sea

Going Tech: A Light in Dark Places

Cave diving can be among the most demanding of all specialties but can lead to exquisite adventure

In Focus – Alaskan Photo Trek

Tips and inspiration for underwater photographers who dare to enter the dark and frigid waters of a far-off wilderness

Sea Science – The Life & Times of Hippocampus

Follow a group of pygmy seahorses for six months and witness an entertaining soap opera

Discovery – Silent Heroes

Go behind the scenes with world renowned fish experts Dr Mark Erdmann and Dr Gerald Allen

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