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A Tragedy of Dive Errors, 04/2015

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When dive industry professionals gather to create a quality film, you would think they'd know how to do it well, and do it safe, right? But in this case, there was a total lack of common sense in the planning for a dive film to be made in French Polynesia, and that led to a gasp-inducingly inept dive -- as well as what could be the largest payout ever to settle a dive-injury-related lawsuit....  Read more >

Ben Davison Special Report

Petit Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 04/2015

A New Unique New Destination:
Petit Mustique Dive Lodge - from mola molas in the great Orinoco offshore current to miniature seahorses and infant octopus in an undived private marine reserve  Read more >


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Magic Resort and Atlantis Dumaguete, Philippines: incredible sea life at affordable prices
A former KKK leader's dive resort in Belize, an Aruba dive shop's faulty rental gear
The best way for divers to avoid hypothermia
What's to become of Jacques Cousteau's Calypso?
A study shows that many dive computers aren't as conservative as they claim
Two good reads for reducing your dive risks
How do you handle a bully on a dive boat?
The regulator-ripping diver is sentenced in underwater attack in Hawaii
How a major case of the bends in Rangiroa led to a $7.8 million payout
• and much more

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Seasport Divers Report in Hawaii
"Octopus harassment"
filed Apr 17, 2015 by Don Gensler (Experience: 251-500 dives, 2 reports)
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My teen boy and I dove Seasport one day only in Kauai late March, 2015. They're located in Kapaa (equipt and reservations only) and at... ... Read more

Papua Paradise Eco Resort Report in Indonesia/Raja Ampat
"Gets better and better"
filed Apr 16, 2015 by Sue Hutchings (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 2 reports)
5 stars

After discovering this resort three years ago we have been back several times. It has just about everything we want in a dive resort. T... ... Read more

Nautilus Explorer Report in Mexico (Western)/Revillagigedos Islands
"Revillagigedos Islands on the Nautilus Explorer"
filed Apr 15, 2015 by Carol D Cox (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 13 reports, Contributor )
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Photos (work may still be under progress): My group of 8 booked a trip 2 years in advan... ... Read more

Mango Creek Lodge Report in Honduras/Roatan
"Concierge Diving"
filed Apr 15, 2015 by Susan K Foster (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
4 stars

Mango Creek Lodge consists of 6 cabanas built over the water. They are roomy and comfortable but not luxurious. The lodge excels at c... ... Read more

Aldora Divers/Villa Aldora Report in Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan
"New experience"
filed Apr 13, 2015 by John E. Keith (Experience: 251-500 dives, 16 reports, Contributor )
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I have written about Aldora Divers and Villa Aldora several times; we have stayed/dived with them every year for the past 5 years and a... ... Read more

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Editor's Pick of the month

Cover Your Butt: Two Must-Have Dive Safety Books

You've no doubt read the many stories we've written about divers who found themselves in dangerous situations underwater and were faced with life/death choices. Some knew how to get out of their snarls safely, but far too many did not. Two books on dive safety are must-reads for anyone who takes diving seriously.

Staying Alive Staying Alive
by Steve Lewis

In Staying Alive, Steve Lewis revisits the survival guidelines originally proposed by legendary cave diver Sheck Exley, and illustrates them in eight chapters: attitude, knowledge, training, gas supply, gas mix, exposure, equipment and operations. If you're a technical diver or want to try it, Lewis has detailed information about gas supply, gas toxicity and operations. Any type of diver will benefit from his advice about gear. It's a good book to review at leisure when you want to think about how to do it right the next time you dive.

Scuba Diving Safety Scuba Diving Safety
by Dan Orr, Eric Douglas

Scuba Diving Safety by Dan Orr, CEO of Divers Alert Network and Eric Douglas, its director of training, is more a book for divers to know how to take care of other divers who've gotten into trouble. This is definitely a good book for a dive operator or trip leader, but sport divers planning trips with their buddy will get a lot of good advice on surface rescue techniques, resuscitation, and diving first-aid.

A smart diver understands just how independent and alone he is. If you're keen on self-preservation, these two books belong in your diving library. You can purchase them both from the Books section on our website.

Other Book Picks

Read these free articles from past issues:

What's a Heated Vest, and Should You Buy One?, 03/15
Dead Diver's Wife Sues a Shadow Diver Star, 03/15
Turning Oil Rigs into Diveable Reefs, 02/15
Should Diver Certification Last Forever?, 01/15
Are You Too Old to Dive?, 11/14
Wakatobi Dive Resort, Indonesia, 10/14
What to Do with Camera Batteries on Flights, 10/14
MV Fling, Flower Gardens, Texas, 09/14
Watch Out for Lionfish Stings, 09/14
The Dangers Above the Surface, 09/14
Drop the Dive Travel Weight: Part II, 08/14
Other Dive Travel Groups, 07/14
Drop the Dive Travel Weight: Part I, 07/14
An Underwater Attack Makes World Headlines, 06/14
Anatomy of a Free Flow, 06/14
Are Some Male Divers Too "Helpful?", 05/14
Sea Hunter, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, 04/14
Tax-Deductible Cocos Dive Trips, and Others Around the World, 04/14
The Decline of Dive Training: Part II, 04/14
Choose Your Dive Boat Wisely, 03/14
The Skinny on No-See-Ums, 9/07

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