Aquanaut contained sections that included Dive Gear Reviews, Environment, Fish & Marine Life, Image Gallery, Marketplace, Medical & Physiology, Miscellaneous Info, Site Reviews, Temperatures & Weather, Wreck Database and links to Other Web Resources. We ran several popular mailing list forums, including TechDiver. The Wreck Database, WreckDB. was a growing database of shipwreck information, including locations, details of the ship and what you might expect to see on a dive there. In July 1996, we created AquaCrawler: our own Web Crawler tool. At its peak AquaCrawler maintained a database of links to thousands of other Web sites containg SCUBA information.
In March 2004, we decided to end Aquanaut due to the increasing time and network resources needed to maintain it, not to mention the continual abuse of the mailing lists. By popular request, the Club Directory, the list of Training Agencies and the TechDiver and other mailing list archives remain available; use the links below to access them.
A request to folk with entries in the Club Directory. Please check your entries and keep them up-to-date. Some entries are more than two decades old. If you do not remember your club's tag and password, please send me email and I will do my best to help. In due course, I shall write a script that emails club admins to remind them about their entry in the database and I shall start removing entries for which the admin's email bounces. Thanks.
The first recent updates involve making the whole site mobile-friendly. This is mostly done now. It has involved adding new HTML metadata to all pages and adding scaling information to images and to preformatted text. On top of that, I was amazed to discover that many of the pages from this site were still using very early HTML standards from the 1990s - but, even so, they still looked fine on modern browsers! Wow! Of course, these have all been updated to send HTML5 pages now.
Anyway... I am not sure quite how far I will take this site again now. There are, of course, many excellent diving web sites out there now, and global-scale search engines that are way more expansive than our own AquaSearcher ever was. It seems rather pointless to redo all that again now. So, we'll see. Please get in touch and let me know what you'd like to see here.
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