Updated October 7, 2008
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Serious Potential Danger with Apeks TX, ATX and XTX Second Stage Regulator Recall
25,000 of these regulators, distributed by Aqualung USA, have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (September 17). The manufacture forgot to include the diaphragm cover, a black, silver or yellow ring of plastic that sits on the main diaphragm. The diaphragm could get dislodged and lead to a diver sucking in water instead of air. The recall includes all second stages and octopuses purchased before July 2008 that have not had the authorized annual service. Take yours to an Apeks dealer for a visual inspection. You can remove the front cover to ensure the diaphragm cover is there and in its proper place. For details, contact Apeks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first evidence coming our way that dive travel is severely affected by the financial crisis comes from Sunsea Cruises in Townsville, Australia. Next weekend they end their scuba/snorkel day cruises to the Great Barrier Reef. General manager Darin McDonald says the trips are no longer viable due to soaring fuel costs and global economic instability. "We've looked at other options of how we can save this business ...but realistically we can't see any other option but to close the doors."
Read our review of CocoView, Honduras, where you can get unlimited diving and a good price. Of course our reviewer paid his own way and traveled anonymously. Click here.
Divers are told to avoid overhead environments for safety purposes, but now they are falling on us. As the U.S. highway infrastructure crumbles, so do its bridges. The east side of Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach, Florida is a popular dive site., but it's now a dangerous one due to large chunks of concrete falling from the bridge. Mark Kosarin, a dive instructor at the Force-E dive shop told WPTV, "I've heard it from more than one diver that pieces of the bridge are actually coming down."
Get them interested in diving and the undersea world with Underseas Encounters, a series of ten books from Scholastic, photographed by David Hall with text by children's book expert Mary Jo Rhodes. Each book is an in-depth chapter on marine life, from crabs to dolphins to sea predators to sea horses They're for ages 9-12 but younger kids can easily follow along. Paperback, 9 x 8 inches, $6.95 each. Order them or any other book at Undercurrent and not only will you get Amazon.com prices, but our profit will go directly to saving coral reefs.
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If you've dived North Carolina wrecks, there's a good chance you went out with George Purifoy, owner of the Olympus Dive Center in Morehead City. Sadly, George, 63, died on September 14, collapsing on board his boat during a dive at the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck site, where he was taking state archeologists to collect artifacts. His son Robert will continue running the dive center.
Dubai is opening the world's biggest aquarium in its Burj Dubai shopping mall on October 30, but it's having problems with its sharks fighting and killing each other. That's not surprising since there's 400 sharks and rays swimming together in a 165-foot tank, but more than ten percent of their sharks have been killed by sand tiger sharks. Mall shoppers walk along a 270-degree see-through tunnel through the tank - at this rate, they'll get ringside seats unless the aquarium takes action.
The Cayman Islands government plans to sink the decommissioned U.S. Navy ship Kittiwake as an artificial reef. Built in 1945, the 2,290-ton submarine rescue ship has been anchored for years among the rusting "Ghost Fleet" in St. Eustis, Virginia. The Kittiwake will head south as early as November, but no announcement yet on where its final resting place will be.
* Pirates Point, Little Cayman, about as good as it gets;
Ben Davison, editor/publisher
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