Updated October 15, 2007
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Problems with Oceanic VT3 Computers’ Buddy Pressure Check
When a dive buddy swims out of signal range at four feet, the computer user doing a pressure check should see the message “Not Available,” but in some units the previous pressure value is still displayed on the screen. To eliminate the problem, Oceanic is offering a free software upgrade to all VT3 owners. Those units with serial number 3826 and above have already been programmed with the proper software. Download instructions (in a Zip file) are at: www.oceanicworldwide.com .
The latest book from industry veteran and Undercurrent contributor Bret Gilliam is “Diving Pioneers & Innovators”, insightful interviews with 20 people who helped make diving what it is today. It's like relaxing on the back of a dive boat while listening to a fellow diver tell tales, except they come from MVPs who have changed diving forever. Notables include now-deceased “Jaws” author Peter Benchley; Oceanic founder Bob Hollis; The History Channel's featured wreck diver John Chatterton; shark-diving pioneers Ron and Valerie Taylor; and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stan Waterman. Besides great anecdotes and details of diving's history, “Diving Pioneers & Innovators” is filled with full-color photographs. The price is $60, plus $10 shipping and handling. California residents, add $5.10 sales tax. Order on our Web site Undercurrent , or call us at (800) 326-1896. Our profits go to protect coral reefs.
With your American Express card you can get great baggage protection and trip delay insurance for as little as $7. Undercurrent subscriber James Knieling of Las Vegas said, “I really needed it for my Palau dive trip because Continental trashed all three of my bags and has jerked me around with a policy that basically states, ‘We might pay you something after you wait for 90-plus days.’ AMEX paid me for three NEW bags within 14 days of receiving my claim.” American Express offers “Global Shield” comprehensive coverage, or you can purchase separately airflight insurance, baggage protection, medical, trip delay, or trip cancellation/interruption insurance. Details are at www.GlobalTravelShield.com.
Should you use one strobe or two? What’s the best way to turn a fish into your photo subject? Read our free article in this month’s issue by going to Undercurrent. It has advice from famous underwater photographers Cathy Church, David Doubilet and Martin Edge about their best techniques and favorite places to dive. If you subscribe now, you’ll get advice from Brian Skerry, Norbert Wu, and Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock in the January issue of Undercurrent.
Two Toronto divers reported missing were found a week later, stuck in a water intake system near a hydro generating station above Niagara Falls. The two men were diving with their local dive club, and got separated near the junction of the Welland and Niagara Rivers. One diver was discovered near the intake valve, the other was discovered when the water level was lowered to recover the first body.
We are considering taking selective advertising on our Web site, but we need to hear your comments. Print publishing is economically difficult and subscription-only income doesn’t allow us much leeway. However, if we permit dive operations to purchase links, the small fee will be inconsequential and whether someone signs up or cancels because they don’t like what we say would have no material impact. We would permit travel agents and select dive businesses (but not equipment manufacturers) to purchase small ads. While the income would put us in solid economic shape, it would be a diversion from 32 years of policy. While I can assure you the money will have no effect on editorial policy, some will see it as an apparent conflict of interest, though our Web site has no new content – it’s only reader reports and what we publish in our newsletter and e-mails. May I have your view on whether we should accept limited advertising? Email me at email@example.com
Between dives at Sueno del Mar, Undercurrent reader and dentist Bill Edell (Lake Oswego, OR) volunteered his services at La Clinica Esperanza, a new hospital run by nurse and missionary Peggy Strange that gives low-cost and free healthcare to Roatan residents. “I recommend dentists, hygienists, doctors and nurses who enjoy great diving and want a rewarding experience consider volunteering. Take your dive gear, favorite instruments and perhaps some supplies to donate, you will have a truly rewarding vacation.” More info at: www.missionroatan.org
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