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Updated November 10, 2016
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Political Expropriation of Solomon Dive Adventures
Chinese Graffiti
Fishes of the East Indies
Scuba Parents/Grandparents Stocking Stuffer for Beginning Self Readers
For Subscribers Only
A Lesson to Learn
Free For You to Read
Flying After Diving?
Not a Subscriber?
Our New 40-page book – Eight Great Dive Resorts – and One Dog – is yours, at no charge

Political Expropriation of Solomon Dive Adventures  November 10, 2016

Lisa Choquette left Dive Makai and Hawaii’s Big Island years ago to open a tiny dive operation on Marovo Lagoon in the Solomon Islands. She has done a remarkable job, not only with the local people but also with reef appreciation and preservation. But, politics have not been kind. She writes that a family in the village of Chea engaged the aid of Solomon’s Minister of Finance, who ordered them to shut down. “They wish to take over and operate the guest house and dive operation, despite having neither the knowledge nor the skills to do so. This is similar to what happened to us in Peava in 2012. The jealousy and greed of a small group of people ruined us there. The village here is very supportive -- they know what they will lose.” She and her crew are under police protection, are packing up, and hope to resume Solomon Dive Adventures in another village soon.

Chinese Graffiti  November 10, 2016

A member of the Bali (Indonesia) House of Representatives is angry at the diver vandalism on some coral reefs, noting pictures on social media of coral with names and slogans carved with Chinese characters. “The dive guides must remind all their clients before diving into the seas of the need to protect the environment.” Well said!

Fishes of the East Indies  November 10, 2016

The useful app authored by ichthyologists Gerry Allen and Mark Erdmann has been updated to include even more species and improved photographs. While the Coral Triangle is the focus, many species covered live throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific and the app is useful for much of the world’s tropical reef diving. Volumes 1 & 2 are $17.99 each while Volume 3 if free. From the app store or Available for both iPad and Android.

Scuba Parents/Grandparents Stocking Stuffer for Beginning Self Readers  November 10, 2016

Harry Hawksbill Helps his Friends follows Harry along the reefs of Cozumel as he interacts with scuba divers, angel fish and other turtles. Author Paul Mila has used his own photos, his love of Cozumel, and his fine storytelling to have Harry teach kids about reef conservation and to teach angelfish that just because they don't look alike, they are more alike than they realize. Show your kids what you love. Order at $11.95. 48 pages, full color.

For Subscribers Only  November 10, 2016

Undercurrent subscribers can browse thousands of first hand reports other subscribers have filed on their shore-based and liveaboard trips, to get the full-nine-yards on their next destination. Undercurrent’s factual information and honest reviews are the perfect trip insurance for traveling divers.

A Lesson to Learn  November 10, 2016

On the 7th November a 68-year-old diver was miraculously found drifting at the surface more than 17 hours after he was separated from his boat off Queensland’s coast. Subscribers can read the details in the next issue of Undercurrent together with steps you can take to make sure this never happens to you.

Free For You to Read  November 10, 2016

Diver Safety – It’s Not Sexy! and stories from those who’ve been Assigned a Bad Buddy? Two useful articles that will give you a true taste for the full version of Undercurrent every month!

Flying After Diving?  November 10, 2016

Researchers at the Diving Diseases Research Centre Healthcare in the UK conduct on-going research into a broad range of health issues, and in 2016 have turned their attention to flying after diving. Hyperbaric chambers often see and treat divers returning from a diving vacation, and DDRC Healthcare is interested in finding out more about all divers who fly after a dive trip. If you are a diver who travels by air after a dive trip, whether you have suffered DCI (DCS) symptoms or not, they’d like to hear from you and welcome your contribution to their survey before the end of November.

Not a Subscriber?  November 10, 2016

Some of the things you’ll miss in the bumper November/December Issue of Undercurrent: a Luxurious Indonesian Liveaboard with remarkable diving, Diving Safety isn’t Sexy, Tales of Sick Divers and Macho Divemasters, Underwater Statue Parks, Your Horror Stories of Assigned Bad Buddies, an Important Equipment Recall, the Pitfalls of Group Gratuities, Equipment Issues, when Great White Cage Dives go Awry, and much, much more.

Our New 40-page book – Eight Great Dive Resorts – and One Dog – is yours, at no charge  November 10, 2016

with your trial subscription to Undercurrent. I’ve pulled together eight complete first-hand reviews of great resorts – and one dog -- from our best travel reviewers who pay their own way and never disclose their purpose. They tell you the truth about the diving, the fish, the reefs, the food, the beds, and much, much more, so you can pick your next dive destination without worry. Click HERE for details.

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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