Steve May

Underwater photography is a natural when you love both diving and photography, but it didn’t quite start out that way. I started diving in 1970 while stationed in California in the Air Force. After about 10 years, I was getting bored with spearfishing and “look-see” diving and looking for something new to do. My Dad had made a housing for a Kodak point and shoot camera that used a flashcube. So my interest in underwater photography started with zero training, a small Plexiglas homemade housing, and a camera that had the dubious feature of using the on-camera flash for the first four shots. For the rest of the 24 exposures, it was all very blue natural light.

Now, twenty plus years after that introduction to underwater photography, I have better cameras, better housings, strobes, and a lot more training and experience over the years. I currently have a Nikon D70 (digital camera) in an Aquatica housing, as well as a Nikonos V and Nikon F4 (film camera) in an Aquatica housing, as well as a variety of lenses from the digital 10.5mm fisheye to the 105mm Macro. I use the Aquatica housings because they have a 300-foot depth rating, and that let’s me take the camera to the deep wrecks that are one of my favorite photo subjects. The history, mystique, and sea life surrounding each wreck is unique.

Diver at 1AXXX, Dry Tortugas

Horse-Eye Jacks, Long Cay, Belize

L Tower Goliath Grouper

Red Frogfish, Half Moon Cay, Belize

Scuba Diving Careers

Have you ever dreamed of turning your passion, your hobby into a career? Well, with diving, that is a real possibility. When you’re at your local dive shop or on a dive vacation, do you dream of being that person behind the counter or on the boat? Have you thought about getting involved in diving with respect to the work that you do, such as research diving or being a police diver? Have you thought about working underwater as a commercial diver? If so, then you’ve found the right place to learn about the many different diving career opportunities. has put together a list of diving careers providing information about what to expect, think about, and know for the many career possibilities.

If you’re interested in a recreational diving career, the most common jobs are diving instructors, dive masters, dive shop owner or employee, service repair technician, photographer or videographer, writer or editor for a dive publication, dive boat staff, dive charter operator, sales representative for a dive manufacturer, and taking people on guided dives.


If you’re interested in working underwater in a professional level, commercial diving is the most common job.


Some careers require or need you to be trained in scuba diving. Many times, scuba diving is secondary to your primary job, but being a trained diver can open up different career opportunities for you to pursue. Some of these careers are research diving or scientific diving, diving medicine, and being a police diver.

Whether you’re interested in the recreational side of the diving industry or looking to become a commercial diver, there are many career paths that allow you to use and participate in the sport you’ve come love. No matter what career path your looking to take, make sure that you research and understand each aspect of the career before spending the time or money required to be involved.

Happy career exploring!

Ice Diving Overview

Photo: Pete Nawrocky

Some people may ask why you would ever want to dive in 32 degree Fahrenheit water under a sheet of ice. There are several reasons why divers descend into the frigid water and explore below a sheet of ice with a hole cut in it.

One of the reasons is the clarity of the water. With reduced sunlight, lack of movement, and the temperature of the water all combine to create some of the clearest water that can be found. The clarity of the water attracts photographers and videographers.

Another reason why you might want to take up ice diving is because of where you live. If you live in the north where lakes freeze every year and traveling to warmer, tropical locations is not in the budget, taking up ice diving can be a great way to get in the water in the winter without having to travel great distances.
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Cave Diving for the Silver Screen

by Andreas W. Matthes

Cave diving in Romania is something not offered all the time and when friend, Underwater cave cinematographer and photographer Wes Skiles of Karst Production was asking me some years back during a NSS-CDS cave diving convention in Lake City, Florida if I like to go cave diving in Romania naturally I was curious and it turned out to be quite a cave diving experience indeed.
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Pete Nawrocky

Pete started diving in 1971 exploring the calm, balmy water off of Long Island NY. His interest in photography started in 1976. The equipment available to him was a Minolta SRT 201 in an Ikelite housing with a simarly housed Vivitar 283 flash. “I started photpgraphy to help explain to my parents why I was spending so much time in the water. Long Island NY is a great place for wreck diving and since I wasn’t traveling to the islands, I used what was available.” Pete specialized in NE wrecks and animals and coupled with his speaking ability found himself on the lecture circuit in 1983. An interest in cave diving led to photography in the same environment and eventually working for Dive Rite. His articles and photos are internationally published in a variety of media