01 November 2012

Pitcairn Islands Philatelic Bureau released on 31 October 2012, a set of 4 WWF stamps on fluted giant clams. The issue comes in 2 sheet format, a minisheet with 2 sets of stamps, and another full sheet with 4 sets of stamps. The design on the selvage on both types of sheet format contain scuba divers carrying underwater photographic equipment. The scuba diver on the minisheet is found at the top right corner, while in the full sheet, the diver is at the bottom left corner. 

30 September 2012

Australia 2012 Road Trip - Dive Flag

On examining the cover of the stamp booklet of the Australia 2012 Road Trip issue, I realized that one of the stickers crowding the back of the vehicle is a dive flag - on the right side of the rear window. I managed to locate it on the stamp too, but it was not easy to see it properly, as the rectangular flag is slightly distorted.

24 September 2012

Luxembourg 2012 Scuba diving

For their 2012 edition of "Fun & Liberty" issue, the Luxembourg Post Office released on 25 September 2012, two stamps on the theme high up in the air and down underwater - paragliding and scuba diving. The scuba diving stamp shows the view of an ascending scuba diver from the seabed.
The stamp comes in sheetlets of 5, where the sheetlet selvage is decorated with the same scenery.

20 September 2012

Australia 2012 Road Trip - The Great Barrier Reef

Released on 18 September 2012, the Road Trip issue comprises 5 stamps, the one that features "The Great Barrier Reef" has a set of mask and snorkel at the bottom left corner of the design. The same set of stamps is reprised in a miniature sheet, and the 3 60-cent stamps, that include the Great Barrier Reef one, are available as self-adhesives in a stamp booklet.

25 August 2012

As part of the WWF Conservation Stamp Collection, Niue released on 5 September 2012, a set of stamps celebrating the giant sea fans. These fans can grow up to spans of 2 metres, and can be found from depths of 10 metres down to 50 metres. Neither the stamps, nor the accompanying souvenir sheet, contain any designs related to scuba diving, however, the first day cancellation for this issue features a scuba diver, to reflect a major tourist experience in Niue.

22 July 2012

Ireland 2012 350th Anniversary of the formulation of Boyle's Law.

The An Post of Ireland released a stamp on 5 July 2012 celebrating the 350th anniversary of the formulation of Boyle's Law, a law so very important to understand in scuba diving. The stamp shows a portrait of Robert Boyle (1627-1691) on the left, with his famous formula together with an illustrative graph on the right. Boyle’s Law, first published in 1662, states that for an enclosed volume of gas the pressure varies inversely with the volume while the temperature is kept constant.

17 June 2012

A Tiki Tour of New Zealand #2

The New Zealand Post issued on 4 July 2012 a beautiful sheetlet for the second of the Tiki Tour series. And the stamp located right in the centre of the sheet features a scuba diver, calling the tourists' attention to the great dive spots located in the Abel Tasman region, along the northern coast of the south island. The sheet is broken up into 3 parts to make a set of 3 FDCs.

09 June 2012

Brazil 2012 Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

As host of the Rio +20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Brazil issued on 1 June a souvenir sheet, a postcard, and a sheetlet of 24 stamps, shown above, to mark the event. The last stamp on the sheetlet, at the bottom right corner, probably depicting eco-tourism, features a scuba diver facing off a whale.

31 May 2012

Congo 2012 Jules Verne & 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Democratic Republic of Congo supposedly released an issue about Jules Verne on 1st April 2012. The theme for his work - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - appears on 2 of the 4 stamps in the set, only one shows a man in a hardhat suit walking underwater. The 4 stamps are also found together in a souvenir sheet, and on individual small souvenir sheets.

28 May 2012

Ivory Coast 2012 Jacques Yves Cousteau

Ivory Coast is supposed to have released this souvenir sheet in 2012 on the theme of marine fauna and oceanographers, containing a triangular stamp featuring Jacques Yves Cousteau and the Hector's dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori); certainly a strange choice of marine mammal, as this dolphin is found only in New Zealand waters, 2 oceans away from the ivorian waters. The sheet selvage shows an underwater scene filled with corals, reef fishes, a turtle and other tropical marine fauna.

16 May 2012

Marshall Islands 2012 Robert Boyle

Marshall Islands issued on 23 April 2012, a sheetlet of 16 45-cent stamps on the theme of Great Scientists of the World, and there we find Sir Robert Boyle (1627-1691) who gave us Boyle's Law that is so important for scuba divers.

14 May 2012

Uruguay 2012 The A Flag

The Uruguay Post Office released on 9 February 2012, the first stamp of the new definitives illustrating sign language, each one showing a hand sign for a letter of the alphabet, as well as the flag representing the letter. So this first definitive stamp shows the A flag that is used by scuba divers as a dive flag, to warn boat pilots that divers are underwater around the area, and to be careful.

20 April 2012

Guinea 2010 100th Anniversary of Birth of Jacques Cousteau

The Republic of Guinea issued 2 souvenir sheets on 12 July 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth Jacques-Yves Cousteau, inventor of SCUBA. The stamps in the first souvenir sheet also feature Émile Gagnan, co-inventor of SCUBA, and Jean-Michel Cousteau, the eldest son.

16 April 2012

Tokelau 2012 Snorkelers

Tokelau released a new set of definitive stamps with scenic theme on 11 April 2012. The 40-cent stamp features 3 snorkelers probably doing spearfishing, as one of them is shown standing up in water with a sling contraption for launching spears in his right hand.

29 January 2012

Uganda 2010 Boy Scouts of America - Aquatic Activities

This stamp features aquatic activities as one of the adventurous undertakings of the boy scouts of America. The stamp is one of the 3 found in a souvenir sheet released for Uganda in 2010 to celebrate the centenary scouting. The stamp features the silhouette of a skin diver.