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September 6, 2005     

NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR DIVERS

Hurricane Disaster Fund: Hopefully, you've already made a significant financial contribution to help those harmed by Hurricane Katrina. If you need an incentive, United, American and other airlines are rewarding contributors with frequent flyer miles. Visit their web sites for information.

Key West Dive Boat Captain Dies: Ralph Chiaro was driving Subtropic Dive Center's 42-foot Island Diver near Garrison Bight on July 29, when he leaned into the hatch for some engine maintenance. His hair became entangled in the engine's machinery, pulling him in and killing him instantly. Chiaro started as a divemaster at Subtropic seven years ago. Divers remember him by his daily announcement "The eagle has landed," as he docked at the end of each day.

Ms. Eddy's Wild Ride: A 40-year-old diver in Lake Michigan had the ride of her life in July, after she vanished in front of her buddies. While diving at 40 feet, Joan Eddy was sucked into an 8-ft. wide water intake pipe for the Consumers Energy power plant. She was pulled half a mile, until she emerged in an open-air canal where plant workers found her. Her trip took seven minutes and the only physical injury was a bloody nose, though we can imagine seven minutes of stark terror. The pipe had no grates nor warning signs. A Consumers Energy's representative said: "Divers need to be aware of the area and avoid the pipe. It is a diver's responsibility to use all due caution whenever they dive, whether it be in a shipwreck or in caves or near an intake for an industrial facility." Yeah, right.

Master Guide for Underwater Digital Photography: At last, the book for digital photographers at all levels. Professional exposure and lighting techniques; available light; dealing with blooming and backscatter; super macro; digital menu control for underwater shots; equipment maintenance. Great how-to information, with scores of photos and diagrams for every underwater digital technique. It's all here in the just-released soft-bound guide by experts Jack and Sue Drafahl. Go to www.undercurrent.org/UCnow/bookpicks.shtml and click on the icon for a Master Guide for Underwater Digital Photography to purchase it at Amazon's best price. All our proceeds for this and any other purchases you make through us will go to coral reef conservation.

Bonaire Ripoff: Undercurrent has reported about continuing theft and robbery on Bonaire, but now the Bonaire Reporter has several reports of people getting cheated at local filling stations. The actions involved "duplicate credit-card billing from the 'auto pump,' being charged more than shown on the pump meter _ the attendant blocks the view of the pump meter, incorrect change being given, and dispute over the denomination of the bill presented after being given incorrect change." Be forewarned, you shore divers with rental vehicles.

Website for Travelers: Www.medicinenet.com provides information on immunizations, medications for maladies such as diarrhea and malaria, antibiotics to carry, and dealing with motion sickness. A section called Travel RX answers such common questions as how to best pack your drugs.

The 2006 Travelin' Diver's Chapbook. It will have more than 424 pages of edited resort and live-aboard reviews by serious divers, and will be sent to all print subscribers. We do not include reports from nonsubscribers, but if you subscribe in the next seven days _ see our special introductory offer at www.undercurrent.org _ you can complete an online trip report at www.undercurrent.org/subscribers/UCnow/sa_rdrrpt.php and we will include your report in the 2006 Chapbook, used by thousands of divers to plan their next trips.

In the last issue, Undercurrent subscribers read about: The MV Shear Water, The Bahamas. Shark diving without the circus . . . Pelagian Alert: inconvenient itinerary change affects prepaid tickets . . . Excellent new interactive Caribbean fish guide . . . Next "best destination in the world?", with reports on Guam, Club Meds that have good diving, Vieques, Indonesia, a private Cozumel guide for cenote excursions, best boats for North Carolina shark diving, and many more destinations . . . New passport rules for the Caribbean . . . Shaking the rust in Cozumel . . . Is digital imaging really photography? ... Scubapro MK20 cracking problem deepens . . . When your checked dive bag disappears: . . . Shark repellent being developed ... Diver saved by an exploding tank . . . Red Sea Live-aboard Sinks . . . British Colombia Dangers . . . and The 'pee factor' in diving: When the urge hits, should you? (read this article on line at www.undercurrent.org).

Note: Our travel writers never announce their purpose, are unknown to the destination, and receive no complimentary services or compensation from the dive operators or resorts.

Ben Davison, editor/publisher
editor@undercurrent.org

  

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July 30, 2005     

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DIVING NEWS

Scuba Club Cozumel: This Cozumel operation is up and running and was never shut down from by Hurricane Emily. We erred in our last email report and apologize. You can contact them at (011-52) 987-872-1133 or at www.scubaclubcozumel.com.

Win A Diving Week for Two in Honduras: Here's a no brainer. Simply visit www.scubaduba.com, click on the homepage contest icon, and you can enter a drawing for an all-inclusive 8-day diving trip for two to Anthony's Key in Roatan, air included. It's an interesting website by the way, so do a little surfing while you're there for good information and bargains.

July 27, 2005     

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DIVING NEWS

Cozumel Diving Little Affected by Emily: Hurricane Emily spared the Cayman Islands major damage, but slammed into Cozumel early in the morning on July 18. Aldora Divers reported damage to beach resorts at Playa Mia (formerly Playa Sol), San Francisco Beach, and Nachi-Cocom. as for the reefs, reports to Undercurrent suggest little reef damage and not much silting, though some shallow snorkel sites like Dzul Ha suffered significant damage. The Iberostar is temporarily closed.

New Scuba Flicks: Look for two from Hollywood in the next two months. In The Cave, a rescue team is sent into the world's largest underground system to try to find the spelunkers who first explored it, but they're hunted by monsters living down deep, maybe somebody from PADI selling rescue diver certifications. See the trailer at www.sonypictures.com/movies/thecave... Into the Blue tells the story of four friends diving for treasure off the coast of Florida who uncover drugs aboard a downed airplane, one treasure Mel Fisher missed. View the trailer at www.sonypictures.com/movies/intotheblue/site.

Death of a Great Divemaster: The well-liked British expat, Kevin Traynor, an instructor and boat captain at Sunset Waters in Curacao, died in a 1-car accident on the island in early July. Undercurrent subscriber Ed "Spyder" Mills has created a tribute for him at www.spydertrips.com/kevin.html.

Has your Velcro let you down? We've received reports of Velcro closures failing on integrated weight pouches, tank straps, and elsewhere and we want to know just how widespread this problem is. If you've had problems with Velcro closures on BCDs or other equipment, please tell us when and where the problem occurred, the brand and model of gear, and how many dives it had on it. Also, let us know whether you returned the item to your dealer, and what sort of satisfaction you got (if any). Include your name and hometown and email BenDavison@aol.com.

Chapbooks for your Dive Club: We have a lot of 2005 Chapbooks on hand, so if you would like to distribute them at your next dive club meeting, let me know and we'll ship them to you, no charge, until we run out. Only hitch: you need to email me a roster and snail mail addresses of your club members, so we can send them information about Undercurrent. PS: Anyone who sends us a dive club roster or a very long list of buddies, gets a six-month sub extension. Send to BenDavison@aol.com (We're a nonprofit organization and getting new subscribers any other way is too costly.)

Speigel Grove: When that 510 ft. ship was sunk off Key Largo as an artificial reef, the Florida diving community went bonkers because it inadvertently landed on its side. Well, now it's upright, thanks to powerful current from Hurricane Dennis, which flipped it right-side up. It's open for divers, but many Florida dive operators don't measure up to the standards of Undercurrent readers, so check the Chapbooks or, go on line if you're an OnLine member, before you select one.

Tougher to Dive Bonaire: Air Jamaica's Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday flights have been suspended. Continental will have a redeye on Friday nights from Houston, beginning November, and American Eagle will be picking up some slack, but keep in mind it's notorious for not getting luggage on the same flights as its passengers... and it's tougher to dive Bonaire. Oil terminal security guards are actively enforcing a ban on diving the Windjammer wreck.

Bay Island aggressor: It's been yanked from the fleet and Aggressor chief Wayne Hasson tells us that a new Utila aggressor will be in service in October, built along the line of new Aggressor boats with a more upscale "yachty" ambiance.

In the July Issue of Undercurrent, subscribers read about: staying on land in Yap, on the least expensive live-aboard in Palau, Micronesia; a good, safe operator on Cozumel; Thumbs down: DeSoto Divers of Florida; two Thai live-aboards sink; taking a Caribbean cruise? How to organize the diving; grounding of the T&C aggressor; is digital imaging photography? Bret Gilliam and Chris Newbert speak up; is your regulator first stage up to the job? Some aren't; Managing mal de mer... eel takes off diver's finger... Red Sea diving rules dropped... a personal locator beacon saves divers adrift... Parrotfish species now extinct due to spearfishermen... and a tragic diver death at CocoView – a favorite staff member and a tourist.

Note: Our travel writers never announce their purpose, are unknown to the destination, and receive no complimentary services or compensation from the dive operators or resorts.

Ben Davison, editor/publisher
editor@undercurrent.org


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