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Since 1975, Undercurrent, a nonprofit organization, has published a monthly, subscription-only, ad-free newsletter, with travel reviews -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- by undercover correspondents, the latest on safety, accidents, and divers deaths (what divers must do to dive safely), equipment issues and problems, and features on tipping protocol ... ensuring ocean rescue ... dive insurance shortcomings ... liability lawsuits ... using that safety sausage properly ... problems with online booking agents ... which resorts and liveaboards fail our standards . . . .everything a serious traveling diver needs to know.

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What new equipment appeared at the annual Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA) show? , 01/2019

Jacques Cousteau's divers made do with mask, fins, a regulator and a tank or two, but today's divers add stuff to make it a better experience. We went to Las Vegas last November to find out what's coming and present a commentary on the most interesting stuff likely to be seen in a dive store near you this coming year. You can read it for free here. ...   Read more >>

Why are divers now getting bitten by sharks in the Red Sea?, 01/2019

In recent months there has been a spate of bites of unsuspecting divers, some very serious, by ocean-roving oceanic white-tip sharks. They used to be the most common large predator on Planet Earth. Not so now. It's been a thrill for divers to encounter them and the off-shore dive sites Egypt's Red Sea are a popular for that reason. There were few reports of scuba divers at risk of attack, but not so now. Why is it happening? You can read our thoughts for free here. ...   Read more >>

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Extra Divers/Temple Point Report in Africa/Kenya
"Indian Ocean Paradise"
filed Jan 10, 2019 by Michael Joest (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 29 reports, Sr. Contributor )
5 stars

In the 1970 and 80 Kenya was among the top ten dive destinations for dive travel agencies and divers. It however dropped off the screen... ... Read more

Ocean Encounters Diving/Lions Dive Report in Curaçao/Ocean Encounters
"Curacao (in Dec again)"
filed Jan 6, 2019 by Lee R Wahler (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 2 reports)
3 stars

My long-time dive buddy and I went back to Curacao again. We got a good package deal from a travel broker/rep. He provided shuttle bus... ... Read more

Carpe Vita Report in Maldives
"Still pretty good diving"
filed Jan 6, 2019 by heejae cho (Experience: 251-500 dives)
4 stars

This is the second time we went diving with Carpe Vita through Explorer Ventures. Five years ago, we visited in August and were impress... ... Read more

Goby Divers/N/A Report in Curaçao
"great boat diving in Curacao"
filed Jan 4, 2019 by BC Houchens (Experience: 501-1000 dives)
3 stars

Curacao has some nice diving (ratings above relative to the Caribbean), and admittedly most is accessible by shore. But for those who ... ... Read more

Aggressor Fleet/N/A Report in Cayman Islands/All three islands
"Busy week in the Caymans"
filed Jan 2, 2019 by Craig A Wood (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 24 reports, Sr. Contributor )
4 stars

I have been to Grand Cayman 10 times, Little Cayman twice, and Cayman Brac once. When I found myself with a bonus week available for di... ... Read more

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Read these free articles from past issues:

Sunset House in Grand Cayman, 11/2018
Read This Before Plugging In, 11/2018
Olympus Dive Center for Sharks and Shipwrecks Galore, 10/2018
Even Air Breathing Divers Should Analyse Their Gas, 10/2018
Deadman Diving: Not A Dive Agency Product, 09/2018
Problems with Sherwood Avid BCs Still Continue, 09/2018
Extreme Courage -- and a Good Nose,
cave divers' amazing rescue of the Wild Boar soccer team, 08/18

Plastic Packaging And The Diving Industry, 07/18
Undercurrent Gets An Award, 07/18
Tulsa Diver Bent In Cozumel Gets An Insurance Shock, 07/18
MV Belize Aggressor III, Belize, 06/18
Unvarnished Truth Can Hurt But It's Still the Truth, 06/18
Oxygen Analyzers - What's New?, 06/18
“Me Too” in the Diving Industry, 05/18
Sending Your Sausage Safely, 04/18
Diving in Lembeh Can Be Infectious!, 04/18
Did Your Travel Insurance Cough Up When You Needed It?, 03/18
The Chinchorro Banks, Alor, Belize and Roatan, 02/18
Get Your Weights Off First, 02/18
Catastrophe at Cocos Island, 01/18
How Often Should You Have Your Regulator Serviced?, 01/18
Plastic is Suffocating the Ocean, 01/18
Hey divers, don't eat the reef fish, 11/17
Will your liveaboard's insurance cover your loss?, 11/17
Okeanos Aggressor II, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, 10/17
Diving in Freezing Water? U.S. Navy Tests Flunk Some Regulators, 10/17

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