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Last updated March 12, 2001

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Thirty Days of Fame
Galapagos Trip
Atomic Recall
Wakatobi Made Easy
Cozumel on the Cheap
Going abroad?
Information, Please
The Funnies

Thirty Days of Fame March 12 , 2001

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is once again soliciting photos from amateur photographers for their 2002 calendar. You need to get your shot from a marine park or other protected coral reefs where people are taking action to protect reefs. If your photo is selected to represent a month, you'll get 25 copies of what is arguably the most widely circulated underwater calendar anywhere. For more information visit or contact CORAL at 510 848-0110.

Galapagos Trip March 12 , 2001

Undercurrent subscriber David Leonard puts together great trips with all profit going to child abuse organizations. He reports that his Star Dive Foundation has contributed $60,000 to help kids in trouble. Right now he's got two spots left on his Galapagos trip, May 13-26. Details at

Atomic Recall March 12 , 2001

The possibility of a failing first stage spring has prompted regulator manufacturer Atomic Aquatics to announce a voluntary recall of all models. Atomic President Dean Garraffa, told Undercurrent that although there had been no reported incidents of in water failure or diver injury, three regulators undergoing routine servicing were discovered to have cracked springs. The company contacted the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission for advice in launching the recall, which covers about 3,500 T1, B1 & Z1 regulators manufactured between May 11, 1999 and October 27, 1999 and 10-27-99, and carrying serial numbers A07751-A11276. Owners may determine the serial number of their regulator by removing the mouthpiece. The number is prominently displayed on the top of the second stage body where the piece attaches. Regulators falling within the recall range may be returned to the nearest dealer for free replacement of the spring. Alternatively, the owner may call Atomic at 1-888-270-8595 to arrange for factory servicing. Jeff Allen, a senior technician at Atomic, told Undercurrent that the company will cover shipping charges in both directions. He additionally indicated that they are currently running turn-around times of 1-3 days.

Wakatobi Made Easy March 12 , 2001

Indonesia's Wakatobi Resort has some of the most incredible diving on this planet. Problem is, it takes a day and a half to get there from Bali -- all this, after a day in the air from the U.S. However, the little island is opening an airstrip in June, cutting the journey to only a few hours on a charter flight from Bali. Wakatobi is an eleven-room dive resort with a world class house reef.

Cozumel on the Cheap March 12 , 2001

Here's a good deal. Six nights in Cozumel's Days Inn Villa and airfare from Atlanta for $549, until April 15. Call Aeromexico Vacations 800 245-8585 or

Going abroad? March 12 , 2001

This translator has about every diving term you need in several languages:

Information, Please March 12 , 2001

A writer, Roy Decker, needs your help. " I have run across the mention of the finding of a Carthaginian shipwreck, on the coast (or off) of Honduras, about 1972. The wreck was found by divers, who found amphorae that are ancient Carthaginian (the country of Hannibal fame). It is not the wreck off Rio de Janeiro, which is 3rd century Mauritanian (Roman period). I am working on a book on ancient Carthaginian explorers, and would very much appreciate any help. I would be happy to credit the source (or to keep anonymous) and would be very much in your debt for any information. Reply to:

The Funnies March 12 , 2001

And, from writer Michael Menduno comes this bit of humor:

Reaching the end of a job interview, the manager of a dive store asked a young newly certified scuba instructor what kind of a salary he was looking for.

"In the neighborhood of $140,000 a year, depending on the benefits package, he said."

"Well, what would you say to a package of 5-weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years...say, a red Corvette?"

"Wow! Are you kidding?"

"Yeah, but you started it."

-- Ben Davison, publisher

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