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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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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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Avalon II Report in Cuba/Jardine de la Reina
"Avalon II: Americans No; Others Maybe"
filed Sep 18, 2018 by NEAL LANGERMAN (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 7 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
5 stars

Submitted by Sharron Sussman and Neal Langerman The bottom line is the diving is fantastic, but the associated hassles, especially f... ... Read more

Aldora Divers Report in Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Isla Mujeres
"Amazing Whale Shark experience"
filed Sep 18, 2018 by Cynthia Cook Boling (Experience: 251-500 dives, 9 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
5 stars

As most would already know, the whale shark experience is not a scuba diving experience - strictly snorkel BUT certainly worthy of a re... ... Read more

Divi Flamingo Report in Bonaire
"First trip to Bonaire"
filed Sep 18, 2018 by jeffrey (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 4 reports, Reviewer )
4 stars

This was our first trip to Bonaire, we loved the Island as it is simple and not over built. Very clean, you would be hard pressed to f... ... Read more

Similian Diving Safaris Report in Thailand/Similians
"Great boat and crew, fierce dive conditions"
filed Sep 17, 2018 by James Wasser (Experience: 251-500 dives)
4 stars

I chose to go with Similian Diving Safaris after much research and communication with the staff in Thailand via email and Facebook. The... ... Read more

Nautilus Explorer Report in Mexico (Western)/Guadalupe Island
"Awesome Great White Shark Encounter"
filed Sep 17, 2018 by Michael J. Millet (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 72 reports, Top Contributor )
5 stars

In early September, I flew down to San Diego from Oakland and met the White Shark Express ( a very comfortable motor coach) at the Best... ... 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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