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On The Eighth Dive of Christmas, My Buddy Gave to Me...

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Okay so – we couldn't think of anything that fitted day 8 of the Christmas song which is 'eight maids a-milking', except milkfish, which are not especially interesting although they are sometimes mistaken for sharks as they often swim near the surface, and their dorsal and caudal fins do have a certain sharky look about them. Not really sure how to go about milking them, however.

Instead, here are eight stories submitted over the years by some of our readers. The 'It Happened to Me' series has been one of the favourite columns of DIVE magazine over the years, both for the readers and the editorial staff. We have a lot of interesting tales to tell but we can't report on every single one of the millions of dives that take place every year, and there is no substitute for personal experience.

The stories are often hilarious, such as the time somebody found a spider in their mask down at 20m, or more serious, such as when changing conditions caused a buddy team to be swept out to sea. But they are also invaluable experiences from which the authors have learned something about diving. Little mistakes can lead to large problems when you're underwater, and sharing that information may well save somebody's life in the future.

We're always on the lookout for more stories from our readers, so if you think you have something to share, then why not send it over to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We can't promise to publish everything, but if we use it in the print magazine, we'll reward you with a year's free print and digital subscription (as if we haven't given out enough of those already!) and if we use it on our website we'll add you to our DIVE Live app subscriber list, where you can unlock more than 70 back issues of the magazine.

In the meantime, here's some of our favourite 'It Happened to Me' stories from the past few years...

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