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Updated January 22, 2023

Diver Lost to a Down Current in Cozumel
No Hyperbaric Chamber in the Solomons
The Most Dangerous Thing You Meet Is a Boat
Bob Hollis Passes
It's Unique Among Diving Media
Indonesia's Adultery Law is not Intended for You
Guadalupe Closed For Good
This Month in Undercurrent
Before Diving, Children Need Medical Exams
Boom! There Goes the Aquarium
Diving Close to Home
Are You a New Diver Rushing Out to Buy a Camera?

Diver Lost to a Down Current in Cozumel.   January 22, 2023

A North American recreational diver went missing at Santa Rosa Reef, at the southern end of Cozumel, on January 16, when apparently caught by a down current while he was near the surface. Navy personnel began a search for the missing diver after being notified of his failure to resurface and the crew’s failure in locating him underwater. A search alert has been extended to local fishermen in Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum. More information in the following issue of Undercurrent.

No Hyperbaric Chamber in the Solomons.   January 22, 2023

Because of damage caused by a recent earthquake, the Solomon Islands’ recompression chamber is out of commission. Because the nearest hyperbaric facilities are 1300 miles away in Brisbane, Australia, you’d better be carrying emergency medical evacuation insurance. More about diving insurance and medical evacuation in the next issue of Undercurrent.

The Most Dangerous Thing You Meet Is a Boat.  January 22, 2023

In early January, a surfacing diver at Los Cabos, Mexico, was hit by a passing boat at popular Pelicanos Beach, one of many spots frequented by divers. Though he has a severe head injury, it is not life-threatening. Undercurrent has recently reported on several similar accidents, which seem to be increasing in popular diving areas where pleasure boats run.

Bob Hollis Passes.   January 22, 2023

A pioneering diver, Hollis dived the sunken wreck of the Andrea Doria more times than anyone on the wreck; in 1981, he was the underwater photographer for the nationally aired movie. Hollis founded Oceanic Worldwide, Aeris, and Pelagic Pressure Systems after he opened the Anchor Shack dive shop in Hayward, California, in 1966, and began developing underwater camera housing, strobes, and hand lights. He even opened a diving resort in Papua New Guinea -- Tawali on Milne Bay. Bob Hollis passed away on January 4 in Salt Lake City (UT), aged 85 years.

It's Unique Among Diving Media.  January 22, 2023

Undercurrent is only answerable to its subscribers because it carries no advertising and has no industry clients to appease. It tells it like it is. Subscribers get 10 issues of the newsletter every year, together with a mid-month email update about diving issues, and in December, the 600-page e-book, the Travelin' Diver's Chapbook. And, you have access to more than 10,000 readers' independent reports of resorts and liveaboards, made from their personal experience, on the Undercurrent website. I am offering you a seven-month trial subscription for just $19.95. And I'll send you a FREE download of the 40-page e-books Eight Great Liveaboards (and One Disaster) and Eight Great Dive Resorts (and One Dog). If you want your money back at any time during this period, you'll get it, a promise I've kept since we started publishing in 1975. Click Here.

Indonesia's Adultery Law is not Intended for You.  January 22, 2023

Indonesia recently introduced a law making it illegal for couples who were not married to share sleeping accommodations. But before you cancel that trip with your lover, be aware that this law won't apply to foreigners. The intention is to allow an Indonesian to take legal action against an unfaithful spouse and requires a formal complaint from an immediate family member. Despite what you might read in the sensational press, romantic trips to Bali are still feasible.

Guadalupe Closed For Good.   January 22, 2023

Despite the optimism of Mike Lever of Nautilus (Undercurrent September 22), it looks like great white shark diving at Guadalupe Island, Mexico, is done. All tourism, including liveaboard diving, has been banned, and film and television crews will be prohibited. Unfortunately, the new management plan has no provisions for protecting the 400-plus great white sharks known to frequent the area. More about this in the February issue of Undercurrent.

This Month in Undercurrent:   January 22, 2023

Wakatobi -- luxury in Sulawesi, Indonesia . . . Another Georgia dive instructor found guilty . . . Decaying WWII wrecks threaten coral reefs . . . Easy diving with Divi Flamingo Beach hotel, Bonaire . . . Don't let Bonaire's easy diving fool you . . . Is the Apple watch and dive app the future of dive management? . . . You don't have to hide your keys in the bushes . . . Malta dive accident ruled an involuntary homicide . . . Any diver can get bent -- so get insured . . . Avatars' actors' amazing breath-holding skills . . . Conception deaths spark new owner liability law . . . Conception iPhone video tells a terrible story . . . The Socorro Aggressor fails the test . . . and much, much more.

Before Diving, Children Need Medical Exams.   January 22, 2023

The Dutch Society of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine strongly advises a diving medical examination for all children who would like to take up diving and points out the self-declaration medical form used by many diving organizations is designed for adults to answer and inappropriate for children. Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine Volume 50 No. 4 December 2020

Boom! There Goes the Aquarium.   January 22, 2023

On December 16, a 265,000-gallon aquarium, home to 1,500 Caribbean and Indo-Pacific tropical fish, burst in the lobby of Berlin’s Radisson Blu hotel, flooding the hotel and nearby streets. The AquaDom was 46 feet high, the largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium in the world. Two people were injured by flying glass shards, and only a few fish survived at the bottom of the ruptured tank.

Diving Close to Home.   January 22, 2023

Two teachers, Rich Cochrane and Henry Sadler from St. Petersburg, FL, recently found a 10,000-year-old ice-age mastodon jawbone with several teeth and a pair of tusks while diving in local private waters of Pinellas County, Florida. As evidence that great discoveries wait for local freshwater divers anywhere, Sadler and Cochrane are confident they’ll find more fossils there.

Are You a New Diver Rushing Out to Buy a Camera?   January 22, 2023

We suggest it would be better to master your buoyancy control first. We've seen too many underwater photographers thoughtlessly damaging the underwater environment. It is now frowned upon even to kneel on the sand, thanks to the knowledge of creatures that live below it. Good buoyancy control is not hard to master using variable lung volumes, but you must practice.

Ben Davison, editor/publisher


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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