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Last updated May 14, 2002

Sherwood Regulator Recall
The Best of Cayman
American Airlines, Bonaire, San Juan
Reason Number 89 to Subscribe to the Undercurrent Newsletter
This Year's Winner of the Dedicated Diver Award
Midway Photos
More Flights for Divers, but Beware

Sherwood Regulator Recall May 14, 2002

14,000 Sherwood Maximus regulators may have a serious problem: the second stage orifices can crack, bend or break, causing a free flow and the inability to deliver air. The first incident was reported in early 2001 by a diver in Japan, who reportedly surfaced safely despite the malfunction. Last fall a California instructor experienced a similar problem in a swimming pool. A Sherwood spokesman told Undercurrent these have been the only in-water incidents reported. However, retailers have returned five other damaged Maximus orifices. The problems occur in regulators manufactured between January 1998 and November 2000. Model: SRB5600, Serial Numbers: K600001 through K611834; Model Number: SRB5600D2, Serial Numbers: DK60000 through DK62000; Model Number: SRB5600CE, Serial Number Range: EK60001 through EK62000. Do not use your regulator until a Sherwood dealer replaces the second stage orifice (at no charge). Further information at 1-800-469-9929 or www.sherwoodscuba.com.

The Best of Cayman May 14, 2002

Grand Cayman's best diving is arguably on the East End and the one dive operation that covers it is Ocean Frontiers. We gave it high marks in our full review in September 2001 issue and our readers continue to laud it. Ocean Frontiers has a fall special for Undercurrent readers ONLY: $899/person, which provides seven nights in a deluxe room at the upscale Reef Resort (www.thereef.com.ky), and five days of unlimited diving with Ocean Frontiers (www.oceanfrontiers.com). You can dive on any or both AM and PM two-tank dive trips, the three-tank Safari, night dives and Stingray City. Nitrox is $7.50/ tank. They require dive computers if you're doing more than two dives per day, which they rent. You'll get a free Dive Staff T-shirt, and they'll let you use a digital underwater camera on one dive and burn the images to CD. The offer is valid September 7 to 15 and September 21 to October 26. Contact Lesley for more info (Mon-Fri, 9-5) at 345 947 0000 or lesley@oceanfrontiers.com. That seems like an awfully good deal to us..

American Airlines, Bonaire, San Juan May 14, 2002

Readers are complaining that in Bonaire, American wants you at the airport three hours before flight time. So, for that 7:00 A.M. flight, you'll be getting up by 3:00 A.M. to get there by 4:00 A.M. That is enough to convince me to go elsewhere. And, divers connecting with American Eagle in San Juan are having all sorts of problems trying to reach their destination or get home. Undercurrent subscriber Arthur F. Graf Jr. (San Antonio, TX), who ended up with an unexpected airport overnight, learned too late that his travel agent, Fly Away, hadn't given him enough time between flights. He says the AA desk told him that at least a two-hour layover was necessary to make it through immigration and customs.

Reason Number 89 to Subscribe to the Undercurrent Newsletter May 14, 2002

Subscriber Gina Wright sent me this email, offering a reason I never thought of. "I think the Chapbook is the best dive info book there is. Whenever our dive group goes anywhere I bring my book, and the captains of the dive boats treat us extra special when we tell them that they came highly recommended by another diver who wrote to Undercurrent." The 2002 Chapbook has more than 1500 dive reviews on its 530 pages and it's yours FREE if you subscribe now. Click here to sign up.

This Year's Winner of the Dedicated Diver Award May 14, 2002

Christine Fiorini wasn't going to let anything stop her from her Cozumel dive trip. She didn't, and it cost her big time. Seems that Fiorini, 33, was a juror on a Cincinnati murder case that had recessed for a long February weekend. But when the trial resumed on Tuesday, Fiorini was missing. The judge issued a warrant for her arrest and put the deliberations on hold. After cruising Palancar's reefs, and presumably downing a margarita or two, she showed up a week late. The irate judge locked her up for contempt of court, saying "You'll have to sit there for seven days with all of the other knuckleheads." Fiorini told the judge that she went to Cozumel hoping that she could change her flights, but when she learned that it would cost her hundreds of dollars, she decided to stay. She figured the jury's alternate could take her place, but didn't know the judge had dismissed the alternate at the start of the deliberations. Fiorini was fined $660 and had to do forty hours of janitorial work in the courthouse once her seven days in jail were up. Now that's a dedicated diver. God love her. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Midway Photos May 14, 2002

If you been underwater off Midway Island and have some ship shape ship shots, a writer wants your images. "I am writing about the doomed fleet at Bikini Atoll during Operation Crossroads in the summer of 1946. My work is entitled Nuclear Nomads of the Pacific. and is intended to be a coffee table-type of book with histories of the ships and lots of photographs. I have no pictures of the sunken ships at Bikini or Kwajalein Atolls." E-mail: Fourcorgis@aol.com.

More Flights for Divers, but Beware May 14, 2002

US Air is expanding its services to destinations favored by divers. It expects to begin flying to both Belize and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, from its Charlotte, NC hub. You can expect low prices to introduce US air service, but get travel insurance. You see, industry analysts have reported that US AIR is flirting with bankruptcy.

-- Ben Davison, editor/publisher

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