Wruck Diving in the Philippines

When Ben Davison first approached me about writing a blog for Undercurrent my first thought was “Great, I can write a puff piece about my organization, Seacology, for my favorite dive magazine.”  But then I channeled the voice of my friend and fellow blogger Bret Giliam saying “Duane, first write about an interesting dive adventure … Read more

No Contest

We have taken a long break from blogging because we’re putting together an updated version of the Raja Ampat dive guide we produced for Conservation International.  The new book will encompass all the of the Bird’s Head Seascape, so it’s larger and more time consuming to write and illustrate.  But we were interested to read … Read more

A Dog’s Tale… Wagging Goodbye

Everyone is aware of the terrible tragedy that took place in Japan with a 9.0 earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami wave that obliterated entire areas of their country’s northeast coastal areas and has killed estimate 20,000 persons thus far. By a unique series of circumstances, I found myself directly in the path of the … Read more

So You Want to Climb Mt. Everest?

Many divers who emerge from initial diving certification programs with an “open water” certification choose not to pursue further formal training, going forward by acquiring practical experience though their diving activities. Often, this works well since practical “real life” experience arguably is just as relevant in producing a qualified diver. At least, in warm water, … Read more

A Blueprint for Sustainable Reefs

Anyone who has dived for a few years has noticed that the reef at their favorite locations seem to be degrading. Although typically the resorts will deny this, saying it is just increased familiarity, it is unfortunately true. We typically dive in the same location yearly, and we have photographs of the same coral formation … Read more