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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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Undercurrent May Issue

Is COVID-19 Especially Bad News for Divers?, 05/2020

The medical profession is still learning about the Corona-virus but when Dr Frank Hartig of Innsbruck University Clinic suggested the infection might preclude divers from carrying on their sport, diving magazines and online sites went viral. Undercurrent asked other well-informed medics for their opinions too, and the jury is still out. At the moment, we are dependent on different expert opinions and studies will only be available in a year's time. You can Read-it-for-Free here. ...   Read more >>

Australian Wildfires - We Update You on Undercurrent's Fund-raising Appeal, 05/2020

Thanks to the generous support of Undercurrent readers, we raised $52,836 from more than 300 donors to help save Australian wildlife during the horrible December and January fires. ...   Read more >>

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Aggressor Fleet/Cove Resort Report in Micronesia/Palau
"3 RD time in Palau"
filed May 19, 2020 by Thomas Raeth (Experience: 501-1000 dives)
5 stars

Well my third time was great having been here the first time in 2001 then in 2015 and now 2019 The first time i did Yap and Palau Pacif... ... Read more

Ecologic Divers/The Phoenix Resort Report in Belize
"Good service - would recommend"
filed May 2, 2020 by Mark Ahola (Experience: 101-250 dives, 2 reports)
4 stars

I dove 4 days with Ecologic Divers in early January. Their dock was conveniently close to my hotel. (I did dive 1 day at Ramon's as E... ... Read more

Submariner/N/A Report in Philippines/El Nido, Palawan
"Nice operation, but some room for improvement"
filed Apr 22, 2020 by Carol D Cox (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 20 reports, Sr. Contributor )
5 stars

I wasn't planning on diving El Nido, but our group detoured there when our liveaboard to Tubbataha cancelled due to the coronavirus. W... ... Read more

Mermaid Liveaboards Report in Indonesia/Raja Ampat
"Avoid Using Mermaid Liveaboards!"
filed Apr 22, 2020 by Michael Francis (Experience: 251-500 dives, 3 reports, Reviewer )
1 stars

April, 2020 Times of crisis, such as Covid19, have a way of revealing the true character of a company. This was unfortunately the case... ... Read more

Wakatobi Dive Resort Report in Indonesia
"Seventh Time Is Most Magical"
filed Apr 22, 2020 by paul moliken (Experience: 251-500 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
4 stars

I have visited Wakatobi Dive Resort 6 times previously (see a couple reviews I've posted on Undercurrent). There are plenty of reasons ... ... Read more

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Undercurrent subscribers can now download the 2019 Chapbook with over 700 reports on liveaboards/dive resorts worldwide, or have it emailed to you, here. Additionally subscribers can generate their own Mini Chapbooks here -- non-subscribers can also do this here.

Read these free articles from past issues:

Covid-19 and the Dive Travel Industry, 04/20
Too Fat to Dive?, 03/20
A Template for Liveaboard Fire Safety Precautions, 02/20
Harrowing Tales From the Red Sea Aggressor I Fire, 01/20
The Potential for a Liveaboard Fire, 11/19
Fire aboard MV Conception, 10/19
Improving Shooter Skills in the Muck, 09/19
Tipping During a Dive Trip. How Much and to Whom?, 09/19
Some Disappointment on the MV Spirit of Freedom, 08/19
Flying After Diving?, 08/19
Isla Marisol, Glover's Reef, 07/19
Killed by Sharks while Snorkeling with Pigs, 07/19
Prevent an Incident From Becoming a Crisis, 07/19
Surviving deep underwater with nothing to breathe, 06/19
Top tips on getting good photos underwater, 06/19
How to fly for free to your dive destination, 05/19
A snorkeler gets swallowed by a whale, 05/19
Splash in with Splash Inn, Roatan, Honduras, 04/19
Catastrophic regulator failures should be rare, 04/19
Is Your Old Computer Still Safe?, 03/19
Why Divers Die: Part II, 02/19
Traditional Fins are Making a Comeback, 02/19
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

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