The civil turmoil is ending, and the governments of Australia and
New Zealand have said that it's safe for their citizens to travel to
the Solomons, thanks to intervention by the Australian
Here is the "bible" of diving medicine, for 30 years the
primary publication used by physicians and researchers in underwater
medicine. This fifth edition, published last year, is the first in a
decade. Featuring 30 chapters by doctors and other scientists, this
779-page book focuses on the physiological basis of safe diving, the
pathogenesis of diving illnesses, and the clinical diagnosis and management
of related disorders. Diving methods, pressure effects, decompression,
and long-term effects receive particular attention, but ventilation,
thermal considerations, drowning, accident investigation, and diving
equipment are also discussed. Edited by Alf Brubakk and Tom Neuman,
the book has 45 international experts contributing. The
If you have dive equipment insurance and ever made a claim, please let me know your experience (BenDavison@aol.com). We're researching a story on it.
If you're visiting Maui and want to avoid those $100+, two-tank boat dives, then rent tanks and shore dive. Reader Leo Dioguardi (Apollo Beach, FL) rented tanks from Maui Dreams Dive Co. in Kihei and said: "We found the beach dives great, turtles on every dive, some approached us rather than the other way around. We found several frogfish, lots of eels, and some interesting lava formations. Maui beach diving, I think, even has Bonaire beat." Most shops will give you a map or at least directions to good sites.
By now every serious diver has seen this marvelous movie. Aside from a very cute story, the fish mechanics and biology were simply stunning. To learn more about how it was done, visit www.nature.com. And, if you don't own a copy of Nemo, you can order the DVD for $17.99 through the Undercurrent website, and a healthy cut will go to support the Coral Reef Alliance. You can also find on our website the newest version of Paul Humann's Critter, Coral, and Fish ID series and excellent books on identifying the animals of the Pacific and Indian oceans.
There are some important rules regarding exercise and exertion before, during, and after diving. The latest scoop is in the March issue of Undercurrent. Read the article online.
The U.S. Postal Service has issued a beautiful set of 37-cent stamps, picturing everything from lion fish to cleaner wrasses. You can buy them online.
-- Ben Davison, editor/publisher
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