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Updated January 18, 2011
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Grand Cayman's New Dive Site
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What You're Missing In This Month's Undercurrent
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Get Our Free Stories:  January 18, 2011

One of the features we offer every month on our website is free articles, available for anyone to view. They represent a good sample of what we write about in our issues, from write-ups of regulators and rebreathers to reviews of Caribbean dive resorts. From the January 2011 issue, read

See a complete listing of our free articles here

Check Out Our Expert Blogs:  January 18, 2011

The smartest and funniest people in the dive industry offer their opinions, stories and advice in frequent blog postings on our website, free for the reading. The latest: Doc Vikingo explains how sleep apnea can affect divers; Bret Gilliam gives his take on potential dive hazards lurking in the deep; and Thomas Goreau of the Coral Reef Alliance explains -- from personal experience, how barracuda attacks on humans are more common than thought. Keep up with our bloggers at /blog

Grand Cayman's New Dive Site:  January 18, 2011

The USS Kittiwake, a decommissioned U.S. Navy ship, was scuttled on January 5 on a sandy bottom off of Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach. The 47-foot-tall ship is at a depth of 62 feet. Nancy Easterbrook of DiveTech dive shop and project manager of the scuttling, told that the Kittiwake leaned a bit toward starboard as it began to sink, but it landed upright on its keel, and it's now open for divers and snorkelers to explore. See this YouTube video of the ship's scuttling

Read Our Collection of Dive Books:  January 18, 2011

We offer the best dive books out there that are must-haves for serious diver's libraries. The latest addition to our roundup - Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific, by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach, is the definitive guide to 1,600 extraordinary reef creatures in Pacific waters. Also order There's a Cockroach in My Regulator, bizarre, brilliant and true tales taken from 30 years of Undercurrent publications. An added bonus: order books on our website and a portion of the profits are donated to preserve coral reefs.

Scuba Caribbean (University Press Florida):  January 18, 2011

Scuba Caribbean (University Press Florida)is an excellent overview of all Caribbean diving (even Cuba) and now the author, Mary Peachin, will give you a special price for an autographed copy if you call 0800-226-3822 ( promotion code DSC10) or email It's only $12 plus shipping. Dealer prices available.

Take Advantage of Subscriber Bonuses:  January 18, 2011

You'll find more free content for divers than anywhere else at Thousands of resort and liveaboard reviews, free access to all Undercurrent issues prior to 2008, and e-mail alerts when the latest blog alerts are up on our website. When you subscribe to Undercurrent (until June for only $18) , you get even more - each 16+ page monthly issue emailed to you every month, access to ALL issues and reader reports, the latest Chapbook, preferred subscriber-only emails, and much more. See articles from a complete free issue here

Undercurrent subscribers also get a preferred version of this monthly email. In addition to the stories above, they're now reading about:

  • Shark-Finning Gang in Costa Rica Roughs Up Gordon Ramsey
  • Should You Postpone That Great Barrier Reef Dive Trip?
  • Belize Bans Fish Trawling
  • What to do with old, good reef photos
  • Experiences with trip insurance

What You're Missing In This Month's Undercurrent:  January 18, 2011

Muck diving and luxury lodging at Indonesia's Gangga Resort . . . how the new itinerary on Caribbean Explorer II affects the diving overall . . . justice finally comes to a shoddy dive shop in Belize . . . do divemasters in U.S. waters fall under Coast Guard regulations? . . why divers should be more concerned about barracuda attacks . . . a review of the largest dive industry trade show, and what new gear to expect . . . and much, much more.

Coming Up In Undercurrent:  January 18, 2011

Travel. . . a British dive shop was fined for its role in a diver's death; why don't we do the same over here? . . . part II of our look at rebreathers and the future of open-circuit regulators . . . the dangers of storing air tanks in your home . . . a lawsuit that shows what dive operation you book through affects your chances in court if problems arise . . . how much you, as Undercurrent subscribers, have done to help the whale sharks of Holbox . . . a not so hot liveaboard trip off the coast of Panama and much, much more.

Ben Davison, editor/publisher
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Note: Undercurrent is a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization donating funds to help preserve coral reefs. Our travel writers never announce their purpose, are unknown to the destination, and receive no complimentary services or compensation from the dive operators or resort.

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