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Undercurrent February Issue

Why Divers Die: Part II, 02/2019

Last month, Undercurrent dug into annual reports from Divers Alert Network (DAN) and the British Sub-Aqua Club that collect dive accidents and fatalities. The basic factors for many of those: being lazy, becoming obese and succumbing to panic. In this article, we'll look at other reasons why divers die, including heading into running boat propellers, being unfamiliar with the dive gear, and a not-that-well-known health hazard that leads to a quick death by drowning. Read it for free here. ...   Read more >>

Traditional Fins are Making a Comeback, 02/2019

Back in the day, all diving fins were made of hard rubber. There was no choice - thermoplastic technology was in its infancy. Their big advantage was that, apart from the fin straps, they seemed to last forever. Then came lightweight technopolymer fins. Read-the rest for free here. ...   Read more >>

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Sea Bees Diving Report in Thailand
"Day trip with Sea Bees Diving"
filed Feb 19, 2019 by Jon Hoffmann (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
2 stars

Sea Bees runs 3 tank full day dive trips out of Phuket. The destinations vary by day of week, and we joined them for 2 dives at Ko Rach... ... Read more

Reef Divers/Cobalt Coast Report in Cayman Islands/grand Cayman
"Small diver friendly resort"
filed Feb 18, 2019 by Richard Jones (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 4 reports, Reviewer )
4 stars

Dive operation is well run and will work with the dive group on desired outcomes. The resort is positioned on the north coast near the ... ... Read more

Blue Marine Diving/Damai Bungalows Report in Indonesia
"Solid diving but a lot of earthquake damage on the reef"
filed Feb 16, 2019 by Eileen J Councill (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 9 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
4 stars

Gili Air is a ghost town at the moment. The earthquake six months ago on Lombok has significantly reduced tourism and it's offseason. T... ... Read more

Oasis Divers/Osprey Report in Turks and Caicos/Grand Turk
"Grand Turk Trip Report Feb 2019"
filed Feb 16, 2019 by Susan Mindock (Experience: 501-1000 dives)
5 stars

Long-time divers (36 years in my case) know that it's not uncommon to re-visit places you initially loved and to be heartbroken to find... ... Read more

Matahari Diving Center Report in Indonesia
"Superb macro diving + USS Liberty"
filed Feb 16, 2019 by Eileen J Dietrich (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 9 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
5 stars

Diving in Tulamben is a treat! The macro critters and photography are bar none, some of the best in the world. The hotel at Matahari is... ... Read more

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Read these free articles from past issues:

What new equipment appeared at the annual Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA) show?, 01/19
Why are divers now getting bitten by sharks in the Red Sea?, 01/19
Sunset House in Grand Cayman, 11/18
Read This Before Plugging In, 11/18
Olympus Dive Center for Sharks and Shipwrecks Galore, 10/18
Even Air Breathing Divers Should Analyse Their Gas, 10/18
Deadman Diving: Not A Dive Agency Product, 09/18
Problems with Sherwood Avid BCs Still Continue, 09/18
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

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