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Deadman Diving: Not A Dive Agency Product, 09/2018

It's apparently sweeping across Asia, and ostensibly enjoyed by many Chinese tourists. What is it exactly? Some dive centers give untrained tourists an in-ocean experience by putting them in scuba gear, minus the fins, and have dive guides drag them around underwater. A number of readers wrote to Undercurrent concerned about the risk to both the people and the environment. When questioned, the training agencies remained tight-lipped. You can read about it for free here. ...   Read more >>

Problems with Sherwood Avid BCs Still Continue, 09/2018

Undercurrent has drawn attention to concerns about the safety of the design of the Sherwood Avid BC several times before, but we still get reports of the complete failure of the system that attaches the tank to the diver - with dramatic consequences. We warn unsuspecting users once again. You can read-it-for-free here ...   Read more >>

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Coral Divers Report in Curaçao/San Willibrordo
"A Good Find"
filed Sep 23, 2018 by Peter Pinkerton (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 3 reports, Reviewer )
4 stars

We visited Oasis Coral Estate in Curacao in September 2018. It is at the location of the old Habitat. We had a great package through Ma... ... Read more

Octopous Diving Report in St. Maarten
"Nice dives, good viz, sharks"
filed Sep 22, 2018 by Dawn (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 36 reports, Top Contributor )
4 stars

We did this dive from the cruise ship, arranged from home. Our dive master, Mike,was helpful and knowledgeable.I had shoulder surgery a... ... Read more

Best Spot Azores Report in General Travel/Other Locations/Sao Miguel Azores
"Great Atlantic diving with an excellent dive centre"
filed Sep 22, 2018 by Faye Wilde (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 4 reports, Reviewer )
5 stars

This is Atlantic diving so rocky reefs and volcanic rock rather than coral reefs. Plenty to see on the local dives including octopus, g... ... Read more

Porquerolles Plongee Report in General Travel/Other Locations/France, Cte d’Azure
"Diving in a marine park in the French Mediterranean"
filed Sep 21, 2018 by Andrew Falconer (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 31 reports, Top Contributor )
3 stars

As part of a wider trip in Europe, I spent two days on Ille de Porquerolles, which is part of the Port Close National Park, just off th... ... Read more

Galapagos Sky Report in Galapagos Islands
"Amazing Trip"
filed Sep 20, 2018 by Jesse Meyer (Experience: 251-500 dives)
5 stars

This was my second trip to the Galapagos Islands. Due to my long bucket list, and limited time for dive trips I rarely go back to the ... ... Read more

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Undercurrent subscribers can now download the 2018 Chapbook with over 600 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:

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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