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Ambergris, the Red Sea, Raja Ampat

bad briefings, free flowing regulators, overflowing toilets

from the September, 2017 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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From time to time, we use a few reports to help illustrate diving issues to call into account dive operations that aren't measuring up (as well as report on those that do). Here are a few of the latest.

Ambergris Rental Gear and Reefs: Divers are increasingly renting gear to reduce the bags we carry and to avoid airlines' baggage charges, so many operators now offer top-of-the-line stuff -- and they should, for our safety. But, Linda I. Teichman (Oakland, CA) had problems with the gear rented from Amigos del Mar on Ambergris Caye in Belize. Her first rental regulator free-flowed, then the second stuck. "Both dives I had to switch to the spare. All the gear looked quite tired and worn." As was the diving. She adds that "We dove Tackle Box and San Pedro Canyon. The dives were disappointing . . . There were hardly any fish on either of the dives. We saw plenty of friendly nurse sharks, there was plenty of coral, fans, plumes, sponges, even a couple of reef sharks and tiger grouper . . . but the clouds of reef fish I was expecting were nowhere." Clouds of reef fish on Ambergris Caye dives? Well, those days are long gone, and now exist only in the imagination of good scuba ad-copy writers and Photoshoppers....

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