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Updated April 01, 2007
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Put Your Dive Videos Online
The Amazing Race for Divers
Memorial for Larry Smith, "The World's Greatest Dive Guide."
Have You Volunteered to Dive and Do Reef Research?
Join Undercurrent Online
Coming Up in The April Issue

Put Your Dive Videos Online:  April 01, 2007

There is a new website catering to divers who want to show their dive videos to the world. ScubaVidz, sort of the diver's You Tube, broadcasts videos from pro and amateur underwater cinematographers, categorized by geography ranging from Australia to Utila. The newest videos show footage of Australian fur seals at Jervis Bay and big octopuses in Palancar. You can upload videos from your own computer or personal Web page - make sure they're child-friendly.

The Amazing Race for Divers:  April 01, 2007

While we admit to being skeptical of a brand new diver competition with a heavy fee for entry, we'll at least tell you about "Ultimate Diver Challenge" event in Cozumel, August 16 to 27. Ninety-six teams with 10 divers each will compete for shared prizes of $50,000 cash and the titles of "Ultimate Diver Team" and "The Ultimate Diver." Underwater challenges will test the ability to navigate, search, rescue, and identify. Dive contestants must pay $1,850 in "participation fees" (includes accommodations) for nine nights. See

Memorial for Larry Smith, "The World's Greatest Dive Guide.":  April 01, 2007

A fund for Larry Smith's wife and nine-year-old-daughter has been established, and your contribution would be welcome. Get details on this fund as well as Larry's life and death at

Have You Volunteered to Dive and Do Reef Research?:  April 01, 2007

We're doing a piece on volunteer dive trips organized by non-profit organizations (REEF, Earthwatch, etc.) that use divers to help with research. Let us know if you have taken one recently or intend to by e-mailing

Join Online:  April 01, 2007

Forbes recently named Undercurrent to its "Best of the Web" list. Find out why when you sign up to become a print or online subscriber. Your subscription will begin with the April issue, plus you'll get the 512-page Travelin' Divers Chapbook absolutely free. You'll also be able to read nine years of Undercurrent's back issues and fellow divers' Chapbook reviews online.
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Coming Up in The April Issue  April 01, 2007

  • MV Odyssey in Western Australia's Rowley Shoals
  • Scuba Shack's "no-peeing" rule
  • When dive accidents happen above the surface
  • Reports about a top budget pick in Bonaire, a good California dive boat, Fiji shark sightings, and new liveaboard destinations
  • Ill-fitting wetsuits
  • Hawaii takes a bite out of shark tours
  • The hidden costs of dive travel
  • Two schools of thought about using weight systems
  • How heavy breathers can add 15 minutes to their underwater time
  • Lightening up with travel BCs
  • A humpback whale whacks a snorkeling couple around; alligators as golf hazards; divers who get beaten up by boats; a dive instructor takes on the Maui Sheraton; snorkeling and the bends; and much, much more....

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