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Should Diver Certification Last Forever?, 01/2015

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Instructors and divemasters are required to complete continuing education courses, and show legitimate evidence of diving activity. But the regular "diver" population is not obligated to any such requirements, and can continue diving on their original c-card forever. Basically, once you're in the "club," you're in for life. But is that a good idea in today's reality? Read Bret Gilliam's take on why -- and how -- that outdated concept needs to change....  Read more >


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Caribbean Explorer II: a full dance card in Nevis, Saba, St. Kitts and Statia
The high-tech search for a dead diver in a quarry
Why don't pre-dive checklists and North Carolina mix?
Where -- and when -- to go diving, weather permitting
Should diver certification last forever?
Why judges thumb their noses at some disability-seeking divers
Aging has its limits -- here's how our readers deal with them
More shark-stopping devices on the market, but do they work?
A diver's estate sues for is wrongful death
The latest -- and some not-so-greatest -- new dive offerings at DEMA
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Arenui Report in Indonesia/Raja Ampat
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Overall, this was an excellent trip on a great boat. Rooms were large, clean, comfortable, and well laid out. The boat is laid out a ... ... Read more

Rocio Del Mar Report in Mexico (Western)/Socorros Island
"Excellent Liveaboard to the Socorros"
filed Jan 22, 2015 by Brent Barnes (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 10 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
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Southern Cross Club Report in Cayman Islands/Little Cayman
"Little Cayman - World Class Diving with outstanding service"
filed Jan 21, 2015 by Marie Rose (Experience: 251-500 dives, 3 reports, Reviewer )
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This is a resort that prides itself on service resulting in lots of return divers. The dive location is legendary - loaded with corals,... ... Read more

Indigo Divers/Cayman Cotton Tree Report in Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman
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Editor's Pick of the month

Deep Deep
by James Nestor

My fellow divers, I can't imagine that anyone who has had a chance to slip below the surface and marvel at the life there won't find this a fascinating read. James Nestor, a fine journalist (he has written for Outside, Men's Journal and the New York Times) with a keen eye, has produced the best underwaterfocused book since Shadow Divers a decade ago. It's a fine adventure and a thrilling ride all the way from the surface down to 28,000 feet, and back.

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Trapped Under the Sea Trapped Under the Sea;
One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness

by Neil Swidey

In 1999, hundreds of feet under the ocean, five divers traveled to the end of the new Boston sewer tunnel - devoid of light and air - to complete the construction; one didn't return and another was sentenced to a life of trauma-induced drug addiction and prison. It was a "dry penetration," but commercial divers were selected for the job because they were trained in mixed gas technology and could handle construction in dark and dangerous circumstances. Neil Swidey, a staff writer for the Boston Globe, tells the compelling tale of the harrowing and deadly task, against the backdrop of bravery, corporate greed, political infighting and construction incompetence. A great book for mixed gas divers.

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Read these free articles from past issues:

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
Buddy Dive Shut Down in the Galapagos, 02/14
Divers Who Get Lost at Sea, 02/14
Lionfish: The Caribbean Endgame, 02/14
Travel Tips & Helpful Dive Hints: Part I, 01/14
This Dive Resort is Taking a Stand, 01/14
Husband Sues PADI for Wife's Death from Carbon Monoxide, 01/14
The Fight to Stop Seahorse Photography, 11/2013
Can a Diver with Heart Issues Have an Accidental Death?, 10/2013
I'm Offended by This!, 10/2013
The Disappearing Recompression Chamber, 09/2013
SeaQuest Dive Center, Philippines, 08/2013
Shark Baiting and Feeding, 07/2013
The Skinny on No-See-Ums, 9/07

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