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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

Malyasian operator fined £938 for missing divers

Malyasian operator fined £938 for missing divers

Jul 1, 2022
The operator responsible for losing four divers – one of whom died – in Malaysia in April has been fined for operating with insufficient crew
World’s deepest shipwreck discovered in Philippines

World’s deepest shipwreck discovered in Philippines

Jun 28, 2022
The wreck of the WWII ship USS Samuel B Roberts has been found in the Philippine Sea, earning it the title of world’s deepest shipwreck
Learning to dive: 15 things you need to know

Learning to dive: 15 things you need to know

Jun 17, 2022
Interested in scuba diving but aren’t quite sure where to begin? Here’s some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about learning to dive
Immersion Pulmonary Oedema: the silent killer

Immersion Pulmonary Oedema: the silent killer

May 31, 2022
Immersion pulmonary oedema may cause a significant proportion of scuba diving fatalities – and high blood pressure greatly increases the risk
Dive Project Cornwall launches crowdfunding campaign

Dive Project Cornwall launches crowdfunding campaign

May 26, 2022
Dive Project Cornwall, which aims to teach 400 children to dive and become ocean champions, launches a Crowdfunder to raise additional funds
Shark Trust reports bumper eggcase hunt results 

Shark Trust reports bumper eggcase hunt results 

May 26, 2022
The Shark Trust reports a fantastic number of shark and ray eggcases recorded across the UK this year during its Great Easter Eggcase Hunt.
Spring jellyfish blooms bring turtles to UK shores

Spring jellyfish blooms bring turtles to UK shores

May 25, 2022
The Marine Conservation Society’s wildlife sightings project focuses on jellyfish blooms, and the turtles that follow them for food.
Endangered Species Day profile: Andrea Marshall

Endangered Species Day profile: Andrea Marshall

May 20, 2022

By Today marks the 17th annual Endangered Species Day, during which people commit to learning, celebrating and taking action…

Aqualung i330 dive computer recall

Aqualung i330 dive computer recall

May 18, 2022
Aqualung has recalled i330R dive computers produced and distributed in 2021/22 due to an fault in pressure readings when diving at altitude
Komodo manta aggregations among largest in the world

Komodo manta aggregations among largest in the world

May 17, 2022
A new study finds that the waters of Komodo National Park may be home to some of the largest aggregations of manta rays in the world.
Scuba diving drug mule found drowned in Australia

Scuba diving drug mule found drowned in Australia

May 10, 2022
A scuba diving drug mule drowned while trying to recover 50kg of cocaine from the sea floor in New South Wales, Australia
Ras Mohammed diving suspended due to shark attack risk

Ras Mohammed diving suspended due to shark attack risk

May 2, 2022
All dive activities in Ras Mohammed National Park were temporarily suspended after livestock carcasses were found floating in the water