Celebrity divers


Would you venture into salt water if you had hair like the former Queen axeman, Brian May? Well, Brian’s happy to put up with the inevitable ‘drowned poodle’ comparisons as long as he gets to dive regularly. Rumours that a family of clown anenomefish once tried to set up home in his swaying locks have yet to be confirmed.

The Beatles may well have sung about how they wanted to live under the sea, but Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger really has ventured into a few ‘octopus’s gardens’ in his time. Don’t expect to see him under Swanage Pier, but we gather he’s done quite a few dives around the millionaires’ Caribbean hideaway, Mustique.

Pint-sized pop princess Natalie Imbruglia is well-known for banging on about her dives on the Great Barrier Reef, but we think that’s just a crafty way of steering interviewers away from embarrassing questions about her acting in the lamentable Aussie soap, Neighbours.

Rock’s great British divers are the former members of the Stone Roses, who learned to dive in Wales when they were supposed to be recording the album, Second Coming. The album appeared after five years, and the band promptly split up. Several members now have solo careers: whether they dive solo is anyone’s guess.

For the ultimate rock dinosaur diver, look no further than supergroup veteran David Crosby, who garnered his share of ‘walrus’ comparisons even before taking up the sport. Having given up the bewildering smorgsabord of drugs and alcohol that fuelled his performances for more than 30 years, he says that a good narcosis hit is the only way he can get high these days. Phew – rock ‘n’ roll, eh?

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