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Molesting Dive Instructor Sees It as "Just Playing" with Female Divers, 05/2015

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In the '80s, I reported on two incidents of divemasters groping and harassing their female clients, with little or no action taken by the dive business owner. Thankfully, times have changed. Denial and inaction are no longer the outcome as you'll see in this story about a woman diver in India who wrote in a blog about a divemaster who molested her underwater....  Read more >

How Any Diver Can Negotiate Group Dive Discounts, 05/2015

Undercurrent subscriber Jim Willoughby doesn't do dive travel planning for a living, he just gets a group of his diver friends together and handles the bookings, negotiating discounts with dive resorts and liveaboards. "Joe Diver can negotiate," he says. "It depends on the size of your group, and the flexibility of the resort. But if I am bringing 10 divers, I often either pay for eight of them, or negotiate a 20 percent discount." Read our story to see how any Joe Diver can negotiate great dive group discounts.....  Read more >


Subscribers can download the current issueFrom the May issue, Subscribers and Members can download the entire issue or individual articles
and read about:

A road trip through Panama: three dive stops and great surface intervals in between
Typhoon Masak wrecks Truk liveaboards
A Raja Ampat liveaboard bargain, trouble at a top Cozumel dive shop, a bad critter-handling policy in Kauai
Are stress tests and defibrilators really helpful for older divers?
The truth about the dive hood, your head and heat loss
How to turn a dream dive trip into reality, and reduce the stressful travel
And how any diver can negotiate great group dive discounts
Petit Mustique Diving Lodge: ultimately, the joke was on Ben Davison
A molesting dive instructor says he was "just playing" with women divers
Leonardo DiCaprio's plans for a new eco-resort on Belize's barrier reef
• and much more

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Matava Eco Adventure Resort Report in Fiji and Tuvalu/Kandavu Island
"Matava is a very special place"
filed May 25, 2015 by George Constantino (Experience: 251-500 dives, 10 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
4 stars

As others have reported, Matava is an “Eco Adventure Resort” and an acceptable mix of Fijian laid back, organic, and ecologically ... ... Read more

Volivoli Resort - Ra Divers Report in Fiji and Tuvalu/Viti Levu - Northeast Coast
"Volivoli Resort - Owned/operated by a family that does diving right"
filed May 25, 2015 by George Constantino (Experience: 251-500 dives, 10 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
5 stars

We stayed at Volivoli 4 nights and dove with Ra Divers, their on-site dive operation, three days. Volivoli is a family owned and opera... ... Read more

Wananavu Diving Resort Report in Fiji and Tuvalu/Viti Levu - Wananavu
"We stayed at Wananavu for 2 days and wished we had stayed longer"
filed May 25, 2015 by George Constantino (Experience: 251-500 dives, 10 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
3 stars

We stayed at Wananavu for 3 nights and dove with them for two days. The resort has a nice Fijian feel and the staff was friendly, grac... ... Read more

Scuba Coiba Report in Panama
"Coiba--great diving"
filed May 23, 2015 by Terry H Anderson (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 16 reports, Contributor )
5 stars

I went to Coiba on a liveaboard 15 years ago, so I was leery that the diving had degenerated--It had not! Scuba Coiba is an ... ... Read more

Cayman Aggressor IV Report in Cayman Islands
"Could have been better!"
filed May 21, 2015 by Chris Colacci (Experience: 251-500 dives)
3 stars

The Aggressor fleet is supposed to be the top of the line.For the most part it is.The boat and the diving are great.The food was excell... ... 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, the former CEO of Divers Alert Network and Eric Douglas, its former 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.

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Read these free articles from past issues:

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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