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Flotsam & Jetsam

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Smart Divers Sign Up for This Program. Before he left for a Red Sea liveaboard trip last month, Undercurrent reader George Constantino (Anchorage, AK) signed up with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service offered by the U.S. State Department to let Americans traveling abroad inform the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate about details of their trip. The benefits: You get info from the embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, and it can contact you in case of an emergency, whether a natural disaster there or a family emergency back home. "It was comforting to know what was happening in the country before we arrived, and that someone in the State Department knew our travel itinerary," says Constantine. And with more civil strife in global headlines these days, it's wise for travelin' divers to let U.S authorities know where they're headed overseas. Sign up for STEP at

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