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A Hidden Killer in Our Midst, 08/2017
There's a Hidden Killer in Our Midst and breathlessness is the clue. Too often, it's been reported in the past of divers that have mysteriously drowned while still having plenty of air in their tanks. Diving medics have been investigating and come up with a cause for these previously puzzling deaths. ...   Read more >>

Tropical Ice, in paperback, 08/2017
"Perhaps the best scuba thriller ever." That's the judgement of fellow author Homer Hickam, writing about K.L.Smith's Tropical Ice. Find out how to get a taste for it by accessing the first chapter of this exciting new novel, also now in paperback. ...   Read more >>

Editor's Pick of the month

Muck Diving Muck Diving
by Nigel Marsh

Muck diving has become a global phenomenon. The critter identification guide has become almost as essential at dive resorts and on dive boats as the compressor that fills our tanks. Worthy as most of these invertebrate ID guides are, they can be something of a dry read and not set aside for bedside reading. That's not something one would say of Muck Diving - a Diver's Guide to the Wonderful World of Critters by Nigel Marsh.

Muck Diving is more than an identification guide. The author explores different muck environments, the history of muck diving, simple yet successful diving and photo techniques and the indispensability of a good local guide.

The second part of the book provides information about most of the critters you are likely to encounter, while the third part deals with the best places to find them. It's a great read -- 352 pages packed with pictures and information, and enclosed in a water-repellent cover! Finally, the book includes a comprehensive list of dive operations specializing in muck diving. It costs $19.99 through Amazon.

Click here to buy it at Amazon via our website -- our profits go to save the reefs.

Tropical Ice Tropical Ice
by Ben Davison (KL Smith)

Written by Undercurrent's publisher Ben Davison (writing as KL Smith) and set in Belize, Tropical Ice is a story of shark-finning and reef-raping, murder and politics, on an industrial scale, with plenty of diving. You'll sense a creature's eyes on a night dive, feel the sandpaper skin of a shark on your bare back, and taste the sweat dripping off your eyebrows as you push through the underbrush on Snapper Caye.

It all takes place at Cap'n Jack's Rum Caye Dive Resort, where Jack's trying to save his failing resort with shark-feeding dives, until a body turns up in the damnedest place. You'll flip pages through surprising twists and turns that keep you glued to the text, all the way to the surprising events at the end. I sure didn't see them coming.

Tropical Ice is available online from Amazon in paperback ($13) or Kindle, and in bookstores. You can order a signed copy for $19 (proceeds go to reef conservation).

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Reef Divers/Cobalt Coast Report in Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman
"Reef Divers Valet Service not for Everyone"
filed Aug 16, 2017 by David Bader (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 18 reports, Contributor )
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This was our third time to Cobalt Coast but the first time since Reef Divers took over the dive operation. The new hotel owners are do... ... Read more

Ocean Explorers Dive Center/Calisto Villa Report in St. Maarten
"And Now For Somethng Different..."
filed Aug 14, 2017 by Michael Traylor (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 13 reports, Contributor )
4 stars

We spent over a week diving w/ Ocean Explorers-two AM dives beginning at 8 or 11 AM. No night dive due to the weather mentioned below.... ... Read more

Living Underwater/Fiesta Americana Report in Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan
"Living Underwater still top notch"
filed Aug 14, 2017 by Daniel Spitzer MD (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 9 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
5 stars

Been to Cozumel many times over the past several decades; the reefs seem to have stabilized, though fewer fish (both large and small) t... ... Read more

mauna lani sea adventures Report in Hawaii/Kona area
"nice but far."
filed Aug 14, 2017 by Bob Cottle (Experience: 251-500 dives)
3 stars

Stayed at Fairmont Orchid and the dive shop was in hotel next door(about a 10 minute ride in the hotel's shuttle). small boat (a six p... ... Read more

Ocean Encounters Diving/]Sunscape Resort Report in Curaçao
"Corals as good or better than Bonaire!"
filed Aug 12, 2017 by Ronald Bailey (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 12 reports, Contributor )
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Was told that corals and fish were not up to Bonaire standards. That might have been true 30 years ago. I was pleasantly surprised that... ... Read more

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Read these free articles from past issues:

Those Internet-Based Dive Travel Websites, 07/17
Why Don't Some Divers Drop Weights in an Emergency?, 06/17
Fire Aboard a Red Sea Liveaboard, 06/17
Aldora Divers, Cozumel, Mexico, 05/17
The Pros and Cons of Shark-Feeding Dives, 04/17
Papua Explorers, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, 03/17
Would You Opt For In-Water Recompression?, 02/17
Eight-Hour Ordeal for Shark Attack Victim, Craig DeWit, 02/17
Would You Opt For In-Water Recompression?, 01/17
Diver Safety - It's Not Sexy!, 11/16
Assigned a Bad Buddy?, 11/16
Two Groups of Divers Lost Within a Week, 10/16
Find Yourself in Deep Trouble?, 09/16
Scuba, the Sport of Grandparents!, 08/16
The Failure to Understand Your Computer, 08/16
Your Dive Travel Agent and Frequent Flyer Miles, 08/16
Flotsam & Jetsam, 07/16
A Tragically Glamorous Underwater Shoot, 07/16
Snorkels: Love 'em or Hate 'em?, 06/16
Fish & Fins, Palau Aggressor, Micronesia, 05/16
Want to Dive Cuba? How Americans Do It, 04/16
That Deep Stop Option on Your Computer, 04/16
A Death Attributed to Rental Gear, 03/16
Travel Agent or the Internet? Part I, 02/16
The Shortcomings of Winged BCs, 01/16
Class Action on Faulty Suunto Computers Continues, 01/16
The Skinny on No-See-Ums, 9/07

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