Mark 'Crowley' Russell in Wakatobi

Mark ‘Crowley’ Russell

Senior Correspondent

Crowley (known to his mum as Mark) began diving in 2000 in Sharm El Sheikh, before quitting a 10-year IT career and moving to Thailand to take his PADI IDC in 2005. He moved from Thailand to Australia and Curacao before returning to Sharm in 2009. He managed a Nusa Lembongan dive centre between 2013-14 before hanging up his instructor boots and returning to the UK. Crowley started writing a regular column for DIVE in 2010, and now looks after DIVE’s daily online content and writes regular features for the print magazine. In his spare time, Crowley’s a dedicated gamer, devoted biker, and door-opening expert for two cats.

Crowley’s Latest Articles

Galápagos: can even the fittest survive?

Galápagos: can even the fittest survive?

Sep 23, 2022
The Galápagos Islands are still one of the most exciting places on earth to dive. But for how much longer?
Women Divers Hall of Fame’s new members for 2023

Women Divers Hall of Fame’s new members for 2023

Sep 23, 2022
The Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) has named three new members which will be appointed to its rolls for 2023
Reef-World launches online Green Fins Hub

Reef-World launches online Green Fins Hub

Sep 22, 2022
Reef-World has launched a new online Green Fins Hub to assist operators in developing best environmental practices for marine tourism
British diver dies during Albania wreck dive

British diver dies during Albania wreck dive

Sep 21, 2022
A 29-year old British woman scuba diver drowned in front of her boyfriend during a wreck dive off the coast of Albania
Rare megamouth sharks spotted off San Diego coast

Rare megamouth sharks spotted off San Diego coast

Sep 19, 2022
Two rare megamouth sharks have been spotted together and filmed by fishermen off the coast of San Diego, California.
PADI & Seiko Prospex unite for largest ocean cleanup

PADI & Seiko Prospex unite for largest ocean cleanup

Sep 19, 2022
PADI and Seiko Prospex are teaming with Oceanum Liberandum to host the world’s largest underwater cleanup event in Sesimbra, Portugal
The American crocodiles of Banco Chinchorro

The American crocodiles of Banco Chinchorro

Sep 16, 2022
Terrifying. Majestic. Charismatic. Even Endearing… Alex Misiewicz meets the American crocodiles of Banco Chinchorro
Divers discover an 8,000-year-old skeleton in Mexican cenote

Divers discover an 8,000-year-old skeleton in Mexican cenote

Sep 16, 2022
Prehistoric human remains found in cave system threatened by high-speed train route in the Yucatán peninsula
Motion photography masterclass

Motion photography masterclass

Sep 14, 2022
Award-winning underwater photographer Nick More explains how to take motion blur images
How can we save sharks – and what doesn’t work

How can we save sharks – and what doesn’t work

Sep 14, 2022
Scientists and shark campaigner David Shiffman outlines three simple steps we can all take to help save sharks
Nekton launchs survey of uncharted Maldives waters

Nekton launchs survey of uncharted Maldives waters

Sep 13, 2022
The first systematic survey of the marine life of the Maldives from the surface down to 1,000m was launched on 4 September
World’s largest shipping line reroutes container ships to avoid blue whales

World’s largest shipping line reroutes container ships to avoid blue whales

Sep 11, 2022
Major breakthrough in campaign to stop lethal shipping collisions with resident pygmy blue whales in Sri Lanka