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Updated June 19, 2012
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Explorer Ventures Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Deals for Divers
Why You Should Subscribe
What You're Missing in This Month's Issue
TSA Travel Tips for Divers
Coming Up in Undercurrent
Why You Might Remove Your Regulator When You Shouldn't
Florida Gets a New Artificial Reef -- the U.S.S. Mohawk
DEMA versus Obama's National Ocean Policy
What Our Subscribers Are Up To

Explorer Ventures Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Deals for Divers:  June 19, 2012

They're offering specials on Caribbean trips and a huge grand prize. For departures between August 25 and September 29, enjoy "2 for $2,500" specials to Saba, St. Kitts and St. Maarten, a savings of $645 per person. Offering up to 5 dives per day, this itinerary also has island tours available. To win the grand prize -- an all-expense-paid trip for 2 to the Northeastern Caribbean -- you must "Like" Explorer Ventures' Facebook page to enter the drawing. See more details at our Special Offers page .

Why You Should Subscribe:  June 19, 2012

Letters from our readers say it all. Regarding our recent stories on the problems with Miflex high-pressure hoses and their eventual recall in the U.S., Joe Puckett (Burbank, CA) wrote us, "Thanks so much for the Miflex high-pressure hose recall reminder. Heading to Cozumel next week and had a Miflex , a gift from my wife, all packed and ready to go. Needless to say, I pulled it from the bag and shipped it to XS Scuba for replacement. (Do you think my wife is trying to tell me something?) Love Undercurrent, keep it up. " You can be another fortunate diver who gets the scoop first in our monthly issues. Subscribe now for $39.95 per year or $4.95 per month. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.

What You're Missing in This Month's Issue:  June 19, 2012

M/V Carpe Diem, Maldives: why it's worth the cost and travel time . . . what's killing Florida's barrel sponges? . . . Francis Ford Coppola's Belize dive resort, and a Cozumel divemaster who needs to be reported . . . how to dive safely in heavy-duty downcurrents . . . protected marine reserves aren't so safe after all . . . what's going on with Palau's hyperbaric chamber . . . South Korea's new dive weapon . . . the reasons why divers run low on gas . . . and much more

TSA Travel Tips for Divers:  June 19, 2012

The TSA has a recent post about traveling through airports with scuba gear. Charlie Foreman, a customer support manager in Mississippi with 5,500 dives under his belt, gave his advice. Some tips: pack expensive gear in your carry-on; ditto with prescription masks; pack your BC in your dive bag, place it in the middle of your suitcase and surround it with your fins for protection. For all of Foreman's suggestions, go to here.

Coming Up in Undercurrent:  June 19, 2012

What goes into your wetsuit, and why it costs what it does . . . a diver's death shows why carbon monoxide poisoning may be more widespread than you think . . coral, shmoral -- new methods the dive industry is using to keep you going underwater . . . why overseas divers need to jump through more hoops for DAN insurance than U.S. divers do . . . and much more. . .

Why You Might Remove Your Regulator When You Shouldn't:  June 19, 2012

In Laurence Gonzalez's book Deep Survival, he talks about the investigation of a series of accidents in which divers were found dead with air in their tanks and perfectly functional regulators. "Only they had pulled the regulators out of their mouths and drowned." Why? Read our article, free at Undercurrent , to see what the researchers figured out.

Florida Gets a New Artificial Reef -- the U.S.S. Mohawk :  June 19, 2012

The 165-foot-long Coast Guard cutter, put into use during WWII, is being prepared for its new life as an artificial reef near Fort Myers Beach for divers to explore. Sometime in the next few weeks, the Mohawk will be sunk to 90 feet at Charlie's Reef, 28 miles west of Redfish Pass. Replica deck guns and lifeboats will be mounted on the ship, and instead of being removed, the engine will be cleaned in place to add interest for divers, who will be able to swim down the smokestack to the engine room on the bottom deck. The Mohawk is the last remaining ship of WWII's Battle of the Atlantic, launching 14 attacks against enemy submarines between August 1942 and April 1945, and it was the last vessel to radio Eisenhower that weather would be clear enough to launch the Normandy invasion.

DEMA versus Obama's National Ocean Policy:  June 19, 2012

What does the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association have in common with ExxonMobil, the National Association of Homebuilders and the National Onion Association? They're joining forces against the Obama Administration's proposed National Ocean Policy because they say it's more harmful than helpful. Which group is right, and which one has divers' best interests at heart? Read our feature free of charge, it's on top of our homepage this month at Undercurrent.

What Our Subscribers Are Up To:  June 19, 2012

Many of them are experts on diving and marine life, and two of our readers just alerted us to new offerings they're making available to the public. John Hoover (Volcano, HI) just released Hawaii Fish ID Pro , an iPad app with more than 300 videos, 900 photos and copious information about Hawaii's 324 types of reef fish. On the opposite side of the U.S., subscriber Herb Segars (Brick, NJ) published Beneath the Garden State: Exploring Aquatic New Jersey. He writes about and photographs the state's fish, sharks, wrecks and artificial reefs, interspersed with his personal accounts of 30 years diving the Jersey Shore. For more information or to order, visit here.

Ben Davison, editor/publisher
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