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MV Fling, Flower Gardens, Texas, 09/2014

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Ah, Texas -- oil wells, armadillos, Tex-Mex food, cowboys and coral reefs. Yes, coral reefs. While there are fine beaches, Texas is not a destination for shore divers. To get to the state's best diving, you must travel 111 miles east/southeast to the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary. And just as great: you get to do seven dives in 27 hours for just $645.....  Read more >

Watch Out for Lionfish Stings, 09/2014

Divers are making enormous efforts to reduce the mass of lionfish in Atlantic and Caribbean waters. But a can-do attitude and gloves can’t prevent lionfish from defending themselves with their painful stings. Here's a report from the director of Cozumel's hyperbaric chamber about which divers are getting stung by lionfish, how and where, and what treatments work best.....  Read more >

The Dangers Above the Surface, 09/2014

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MV Fling, Flower Gardens, Texas: Seven dives in 27 hours for just $645
Ocean Hunter III, Palau: a rival to Raja Ampat for marvelous diving
The Navy's final report on how two of its divers died while training
The Indonesian island that's banning liveaboards from its waters
Act now to save the world's smallest marine mammal from extinction
The dangers above the surface while on a dive trip
Hawaii snorkeler dies in rough waters: should his boat have gone out that day?
A fascinating read about freediving and big-animal behavior underwater
Air Fiji's snafu in the Solomon Islands
Stand up and speak out against fish-mauling divemasters
• and much more

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Wakatobi Dive Resort Report in Indonesia
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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:

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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