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The Biggest Dive Lawsuit Payout to Date, 07/2015

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The biggest lawsuit payout to date: Seems like settlements for dive-related lawsuits are getting bigger. We recently reported on the $7.8 million settlement for professional underwater photographer Michael Prickett, who was bent on a shoot in Rangiroa. It was the largest to date, but that has now been surpassed by a $12 million settlement for a father and son who suffered severe head injuries when struck by a dive boat propellers on a Florida Keys dive in 2011. ....  Read more >


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Nautilus Explorer, Mexico: big animals but little value
Putting a camera on a shark? "Not a brilliant idea"
Why we recommend avoiding new liveaboards for at least a month
Belize, Bonaire, Florida and a Cozumel dive shop with a great refund policy
The biggest dive lawsuit payout to date: a father and son get $12 million
A dive shop must pay $103,000 for a diver killed by its boat propeller
Starving underwater photographers: Part II -- how the pros are changing up their careers
What amateur photographers need to know about photo contests and contracts
How to master the "breathe slower, dive deeper" approach
A better heart-check tool than a stress test?
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Mike Ball Spoilsport Report in Australia/GBR - Coral Sea
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El Mar Diving Center, Mesa Az./Hacienda Tetakawi Hotel Report in Mexico (Western)/San Carlos
"San Carlos, Mexico with El Mar Divers"
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Islamorada Dive Center/Creekside Inn Report in The Continental USA/Florida Keys
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Reef Divers/Little Cayman Beach Resort Report in Cayman Islands/Little Cayman
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Spineless Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life
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In Spineless, acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton captures “the haute couture of marine life" -- nudibranchs, jellies, octopuses and sea nymphs, to name but a few of the creatures whose spectacular bodies defy description. The 150-plus images were obtained by special photographic techniques developed by Middleton to best capture these fragile -- and often tiny -- creatures on camera. She not only makes us aware of the stark reality about why we are losing so many of these animals to environmental destruction, but also why it matters. Serious divers with an eye for the spineless creatures of the seas will find the photos astonishing and the discussions enlightening.

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Aqua Safari and Living Underwater, Cozumel, 06/15
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How Any Diver Can Negotiate Group Dive Discounts, 05/15
A Tragedy of Dive Errors, 04/15
Petit Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 04/15
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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