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Made Your Deposit ...
February 12 , 2001
In this issue of Undercurrent, we have a significant
story on what happens if you cancel a trip and a dive resort doesn't
return your deposit. Or, in a situation that can cost you even more,
what happens when you get there and you don't find the place to your
liking. We cite cases, with resort names, that aren't very encouraging.
But one thing is for sure. You have heck of a lot better chance getting
refunds you're entitled to if you have a reputable travel agency between
you and a resort. Dive operations do a lot of business with dive travel
agencies and can't afford to alienate them or their customers. One agency
we at Undercurrent have used successfully several times is Island Dreams,
in Houston Texas. They've always been efficient and helpful and their
staff knows the resorts they represent. In fact, just a few months ago
I was at a resort and met one of their staff who was sent there for
a few days, she said, so she could experience the resort and diving
first hand, so she could describe it clearly and accurately to potential
customers. Those are the kinds of agents I like. Owner Ken Knezick,
an avid diver himself, sends out a newsletter to email subscribers with
deals he is offering. Island Dreams, Inc.(800) 346-6116 or (713) 973-9300,
No more jellyfish stings
February 12 , 2001
As we reported previously, after ten years of research,
Israeli scientists have come up with a lotion to protect against the
stings of most jellyfish, anemones and corals. In tests, each volunteer
touched a stinging jellyfish with a hand protected by the SafeSea lotion
and with an unprotected hand. For all volunteers, the hand protected
by SafeSea had no pain or skin irritation, whereas the unprotected hand
developed pain and rash. Said to be effective against most jellyfish,
sea lice, sea nettles, coral, and anemones it is has been combined with
a sunblock and can be purchased by visiting their website, http://www.nidaria.com
I informed the company, by the way, that
Saturday the order form on the web was down, but they assured me Sunday
it would soon be up and working. If you have problems, keep trying.
new mosquito repellent? February 12 ,
Reader JoAnn Kobus (Surfside, Ca) "I heard mosquitos
hate 'Bounce', the strips you put in the dryer to take away static cling.
You put them in your pocket, pants cuff or pin on your clothing and
mosquitoes stay away. I tried them while enjoying cocktails at sunset
in Playa Del Carmen. I sprayed myself with DEET but the mosquitos landed
anyway. I put Bounce strips by my feet and another one on my tank top.
They buzzed around like crazy but never landed. I haven't been bitten
in over a year.'
forget February 12 , 2001
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BC's, fully loaded February
12 , 2001
Our man at the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association
(DEMA) show this year noted one unique product, the Mares Human Underwater
Breathing life support system. It comes with a regulator, octopus, and
inflator integrated into a specially made jacket-style BC, so that all
the hoses are laced through interior restraining channels to keep them
from snagging or dragging. The 'business end' of each device protrudes
from its own special compartment for easy access. When ready to go,
the diver simply attaches the HUB's first stage to a tank and straps
on the jacket. The BC, regulators, inflator, etc. lists at $1795.
Slip in a disc February
12 , 2001
Ever wonder what to do with the dozens of CD ROMs you
get in the mail asking you to subscribe to an Internet provider? A reader
suggests slipping one into your BC pocket because the shiny surface
can make an emergency signal mirror. They are small, light, and strong
and might come in handy if your dive boat heads north and you head south
in a stiff current.
Biting the hand that feeds
February 12 , 2001
People who are fighting fish feeding in Florida argue
that if you feed fish they'll turn on you. A British chef learned that
in December when he was attacked by sharks at a British pub 60 miles
from the ocean. He gave Miami, a black-tipped reef shark, a treat of
prawns in the 3,000-gallon tank in the pub's restaurant. When Miami
and two other sharks got a whiff, they charged and in seconds, the chef
said, "the water was churning like a scene in 'Jaws'. Miami was hanging
off my finger, and I was howling." At the hospital, they logged in Smith
as a victim of a "shark attack," then released him he got six stitches.
Since the sharks' arrival at the pub, the manager said, "seafood sales
have gone up 40 percent."