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Last updated September, 2004

Dangerous BC Inflators
Two Divers in Fiji Lost at Sea
Dive Watches as Collectibles
Diving Science: Essential Physiology for Medicine and Divers
Aussie Mike Ball Back in Business
So, You Want to Live on an Island?

Dangerous BC Inflators August 29, 2004

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 11,600 Oceanic Reliant BC Inflators and AERIS AW3 BC Inflators. The power inflator button can stick, which can cause uncontrolled BC inflation. Both inflators are made by Pelagic Pressure Systems. The differences between the two are cosmetic. Oceanic dealers sold BCs fitted with Reliant inflators from February-June 2004; Aeris dealers sold BCs fitted with AW3 inflators from May-June 2004. Return them to your dealer, call Pelagic toll-free at (888) 854-4960, or e-mail service@oceanicusa.com.

Two Divers in Fiji Lost at Sea August 25, 2004

The American proprietor of Fiji's Crystal Divers, 54-year-old Dan Grenier, disappeared while diving with fellow Aussie diver 27-year-old Danielle Gibbons, and both are presumed dead. His wife, Alisi, was piloting their boat and dropped Dan and the new diver (their kids' school teacher) at a site on Vatu I Ra passage, then dropped other divers 150 yards away on the other side of the reef. They returned, but Dan and his charge didn't. Alisi searched desperately, and when others on shore were finally alerted, they arrived in late afternoon to find 6 foot seas and winds gusting 35-40 mph. They called off the search and returned the next day, with planes and helicopters joining in, but to no avail. Dan, who served both as a military and commercial diver, had been pioneering new sites in Fiji for a decade.

Dive Watches as Collectibles September 1, 2004

Dive watches are one of the few collectibles in the diving business, and a lot of underwater watch watchers watch each other at the Ultimate Dive Watch forum moderated by Undercurrent reader Tyler Yarborough. Here dive watch collectors – or just someone looking for a wearable dive watch – can buy or trade old, new, Russian, German, Swiss watches, you name it. Interesting stuff at http://www.equationoftime.com/forums/diveforum/.

Diving Science: Essential Physiology for Medicine and Divers September 1 , 2004

Here's a superb book – a text, really – for serious students of scuba diving. Two hyperbaric docs – Michael B. Strauss, MD, and Igor V. Aksenov – have combined their talents to write in depth about such topics as adaptation in blood and muscle tissue to improve oxygen carrying and storage, psychological and physiological problems, problems associated with descent and ascent, and much more. While written with the lay reader in mind, there's plenty of science supporting every conceivable topic you'd expect in such a book. This 394-page paperback is available through our book page, where you'll find other books for the diver at the lowest prices anywhere. The profit from purchases through the Undercurrent website is shared to preserve coral reefs.

Aussie Mike Ball Back in Business August 29, 2004

Having sold 2/3 of his company in 1990, effectively giving up control, he recently paid about US$5.1 million to buy out his Japanese partners. The company runs three dive boats, Paradise Sport out of PNG, Super Sport from Cairns, and Spoil Sport based in Townsville. He's deeply concerned about global warming: "We can't bury our heads in the sand on signs that there is significant damage on some reefs. The whole world needs to wake up."

So, You Want to Live on an Island? August 30, 2004

Ever been to Little Cayman? Pirate's Point in particular. Then you might find this little paperback on the ins and outs and anecdotes of Gladys Howard's great little resort a fun read. Written by the Point's own Gay Morse, it's $19.95 at http://www.islandslife.com/.

-- Ben Davison, editor/publisher

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