During the underwater360 Expedition, 2014, Aaron Wong captures Pierre-Yves Cousteau contemplating the waters of the Maldives © Aaron Wong

During the underwater360 Expedition, 2014, Aaron Wong captures Pierre-Yves Cousteau contemplating the waters of the Maldives © Aaron Wong

Who among us didn’t want to be an intrepid, shark-whispering marine biologist when we grew up? Well apparently it’s never too late if you want to get involved in some underwater science – it’s almost as easy as donning your tank and fins.

As we’ve found out, getting up-close and personal with cute and sociable sharks, venturing out to a remote research station in the wild Andaman Islands, or using your diving skills to build electrified coral reefs are just some of the ways that divers are taking their underwater adventures that little bit deeper, and getting in touch with their inner mad scientist.

But science in diving doesn’t stop at research and conservation. All life came from the water, and our bodies’ physiological responses to being deep within it reminds us of this fact in the most extraordinary ways.

Science also holds the answers to some of the unmentionable issues involved in this “glamorous” sport. Like why our bladders invariably fill up half way through a dive and why nitrogen can make deep diving a little bit addictive.

There are many ways to have fun underwater, and it looks like getting serious is one of them: Science underwater can be serious fun. Here’s how.

Beyond – Science in Eden

In India’s pristine Andaman Islands is a research station that supports interdisciplinary research, development, and conservation, whose doors are open to tourists looking for a diving experience that goes deeper.

Encounters – Reefs Electric

A little island in Indonesia is taking reef restoration to the next level, using renewable energy to power electric reefs that are resilient to bleaching and acidification.

Australia – Social Networking

New technology is shedding light on the intricacies of shark societies in Jervis Bay.

Children of the Sea

By Pierre Cousteau Harnessing the power of the people: How logging your dives can contribute to a vital body of research that is mapping the health of the ocean.

Finding Your Inner Whale

Human beings share an ancient reflex with all mammals that hints at our evolutionary connection to the deep-diving creatures of the ocean.

Body Matters

The science behind some of the weird ways our bodies react to being deep underwater, and what, if anything, we can do about them.

Stuck in Reverse

Getting things back-to-front and just right for more than just magnification; Reverse Ring Macro looks like it’s here to stay.

Alert Diver

Find Alert Diver facing page 64, packed with essential information from the Divers Alert Network Asia-Pacific – the experts in dive safety, training and accident management.