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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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other/Dive into Ambon Report in Indonesia
"Ambon diving"
filed Feb 13, 2019 by Anne Warburton (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 14 reports, Contributor )
3 stars

There are two dive areas from the resort. One is "clear water" which has reef diving and wall diving where we saw the only large fish,... ... Read more


West Side Scuba/Staying at an Airbnb apartment Report in Barbados
"Fun Little Dive"
filed Feb 13, 2019 by Anselmo Lastra (Experience: 51-100 dives)
2 stars

I went out to the nearby set of wrecks in Carlisle Bay. These are all smallish (60') boats, most sunk on purpose. You can easily pene... ... Read more


Sandals Report in Caribbean (General)
"Good"
filed Feb 10, 2019 by Bernard Dubois (Experience: 251-500 dives, 6 reports, Reviewer )
2 stars

This is my 5th report in 2 years. I have over three hundred dives since 1966 and I am 72. I am a Rescue Diver in France since 1968 and ... ... Read more


Papua Diving/Sorido Bay Resort Report in Indonesia/Raja Ampat
"Diver's Dream Resort"
filed Feb 8, 2019 by Valera Sakhnenko (Experience: 101-250 dives)
5 stars

I am afraid that I could not imagine a better dive resort than Sorido Bay Resort (SBR). We learned about Sorido Bay Resort from a F... ... Read more


Aggressor Fleet Report in Maldives
"A first-class liveaboard"
filed Feb 8, 2019 by Jorge J Moré (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 12 reports, Contributor )
5 stars

The Maldives Aggressor performed extremely well in the important categories: the diving, the crew, the meals, and the boat. The weat... ... 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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