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Snorkels: Love 'em or Hate 'em?, 06/2016

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The snorkel: Such an innocuous item of equipment. It's a length of pipe that allows you to breathe at the surface without raising your head above the water. So why do snorkels cause so much discussion about their use among scuba divers? Some say snorkels are for snorkeling period, while others would not go scuba diving without one attached to their mask. Undercurrent subscribers have disparate opinions on the matter. We look into it. ....  Read more >


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Andaman Islands - The Last of the Untouched Ocean?
Fifty-Nine Missing Fish Species
Great Boat, Great Food, but Degraded Reefs
What Happened to Palau's Jellyfish?
Sexism in the Diving Industry
A $25 Million Lawsuit
Tiger Shark News
All About a Bag
Salt and Vinegar
A Galápagos Meltdown
Animals Snatching Cameras
Ethics in Macro Photography
Reader Report Power
Snorkels for Scuba: Love or Hate?
Sports Divers Discover 4th Century Treasures
• and much more

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Cayman Aggressor IV Report in Cayman Islands
"Cayman Aggressor...By FAR, the best!"
filed Jun 21, 2016 by Ronald JOhnson (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 3 reports, Reviewer )
5 stars

An earlier reviewer posted some great photos of the ship and the area. ... Read more

Captain Don's Habitat Report in Bonaire
"Captain Don's Habitat"
filed Jun 17, 2016 by Frank Hall (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 13 reports, Contributor )
4 stars

We've been coming to Bonaire for over 20 years. Needless to say, there have been many changes. Bonaire diving is still good. But, if y... ... Read more

Belize Pro Dive/Banyan Bay Villas Report in Belize/Ambergris Caye
"Best for newer divers"
filed Jun 17, 2016 by Sheleigh A Harding (Experience: 251-500 dives)
3 stars

Great spot for new divers. A little frustrating for experienced divers. The diving is "by the clock" so plan on ascending with a lot o... ... Read more

Reef Divers/Little Cayman Beach Resort Report in Cayman Islands/N/A
"Back to Little Cayman"
filed Jun 16, 2016 by Richard E. Troop (Experience: 251-500 dives)
3 stars

We last dived Little Cayman in 1997; one of our first dive resorts. Since then, a lot of the coral isn't there, and the diversity and q... ... Read more

Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II Report in Turks and Caicos
"Great as always"
filed Jun 16, 2016 by Ken Giffen (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 10 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
3 stars

A repeat visit for us (6th?) and we had another great week of easy diving. There were only 9 divers (space for 20) so the boat was n... ... Read more

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Editor's Pick of the month

Underwater Photography Masterclass Underwater Photography Masterclass
by Alex Mustard

Some of these gurus are self-styled and not necessarily very good, but marine biologist, underwater photographer Alex Mustard is the modern master of what he does, and willingly reveals to others, by way of escorted photo-safaris, how he does it. Instead of producing just a coffee table book of pictures, he is more didactic in his approach, disguising his superb photos in this book as demonstrations of how to do it, or as inspiration to others to have a go themselves. It's a master class and it's stuffed with information.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
another John Chatterton Adventure by Robert Kurson

The last time we read about diver John Chatterton, he was the dedicated, perhaps obsessed, wreck diver searching for the secrets of the German submarine U-869, sunk off the coast of New Jersey. Robert Kurson recounted that adventure in his 2005 New York Times bestseller, Shadow Divers. Chatterton became an instant diving celebrity, soon co-hosting, with fellow diver Richie Kohler, History Channel's Deep Sea Detectives. But, Chatterton set off for more adventure, chronicled in Kurson's new book.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.

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Fish & Fins, Palau Aggressor, Micronesia, 05/2016
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
XTC Dive Center, Xcalak, Mexico, 11/15
Barracuda Slaughter at McCauley Memorial, 10/15
Rest in Peace, Gladys Howard, 10/15
Palau Siren Grounds and Floods, 09/15
Get the Most from Your GoPro, 08/15
The Biggest Dive Lawsuit Payout to Date, 07/15
Aqua Safari and Living Underwater, Cozumel, 06/15
Molesting Dive Instructor Sees It as "Just Playing" with Female Divers, 05/15
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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