What Our Readers Say About Us
You've heard enough from us,
so let our reader's tell you
Ben, I want to let you know how much I enjoy every one of your issues. Even when I am stuck in Ohio, with kids
in school, bolted to my desk, I look forward to the next issue. It is my time to do what I call cerebral diving.
Keep up the great work. You love what you do -- it shows.
I've just received my third issue of Undercurrent and I compliment you on your fine publication. I must admit
that when I got the initial order form, I was skeptical of your claim of unbiased reporting, yet that is exactly
what I received. THANK YOU. What a breath of fresh air. Keep up the good work. The Chapbook is the one resource
I wouldn't want to do without when planning a trip. I used it for my trip to Cozumel and it alone was worth the
price of my whole subscription.
I want to thank you for your series on "Why Divers Die". I'm an instructor and keep this series. I go
through and read most of these to my students and stress why and how most of these situations could be avoided.
Your magazine is really appreciated in our household and read cover to cover when we receive it. Thanks again
for a great job!
Thanks for the rundown on Cayman dive operators. We just returned from our third trip to GC, but since the others
were on the Aggressor we appreciated your advice. We chose "Dive 'n Stuff" and found them very much
as described: flexible, helpful, knowledgeable. It's nice to hear a dive operator start a conversation with "What
would you like to do?" and follow it with "When would you like to do it?" We couldn't have been
happier with their service.
San Jose, CA
I read the Chapbook before leaving, so anticipated lost luggage on the way to Bonaire -- I packed a full change
of clothes in handbags. ALM lived up to reputation, but delivered bags to lobby the following morning (contact
the airline rep before leaving the airport).
Colorado Springs, CO
How grateful I am to discover you online. Am traveling back to Indonesia next fall, this time to the Tukang
Besis, and was delighted to find your article on the area. You do the industry a valuable service and we are
indebted to you. Thanks.
I read in Undercurrent's June issue the Article "Sea Safaris Owners Convicted." We were one of the
companies who were cheated out of $3,900. I take the opportunity to congratulate Undercurrent for your information
that is so valuable for everyone who is involved in the dive business in one way or another.
D De Diez
We dove Ambergris Caye and were disappointed. The reef was all brown, lacking in the colors I remembered on other
Caribbean dives. Also not as many fish as other places. We went to Turneffe Reef in Miss Gina and all three dives
were great. If we had known the diving was so much better out there we would have stayed on the islands closer
to them, but we had not been subscribing to Undercurrent then (too cheap to pay the price). Now we will always
subscribe to your news-letter. Your Chapbook arrived a month after we returned and after reading others' opinions
about Ambergris Caye dives, I was mad at myself for being so cheap.
Let me compliment you on a fine publication.....it's great to get straight answers and straight reviews of dive
destinations and equipment.
My subscription to Undercurrent has paid off big (again). I spotted your email notice on the SB-103 recall and
figuring that Nikon would shortly be overwhelmed by the program (who wouldn't trade in a used Buick, no charge,
on a new Cadillac?), I shipped my strobe to Nikon the same day. My new SB-105 was soon delivered. Despite Nikon's
best intentions, I expect that those who get the word late faced significant delays. Thanks to you, I will be able
to test my new strobe before my next big trip.
Because of reading your "Grown Up Diving with Aldora Divers" my partner and I booked with them for
our Cozumel trip. We were looking for "grown up" diving and both of us bring a naturalist's interest
in reef ecology. Your rave review may have exaggerated, but I think you were basically right....as usual!
Just checked out your web site and it is everything your loyal subscribers could have hoped for -- easy to read,
easy to navigate, and, thank you, no long waits for pretty but non informative graphics to download. I'm especially
pleased with the index, making it easy to refer to my six or seven years' worth of issues. Indispensable as the
Chapbook is (it sits permanently on my bedside table for nighttime reading and fantasizing), sometimes you want
the long story from someone whose experience can be implicitly trusted.
J Nagy, a loyal subscriber and fan
New York City
Your reports on equipment, locations and experiences are excellent. Turned a few people on to your publication
after passing the latest issue on the Yucatan peninsula to fellow divers. Sixty-eight years old and still blowing
I took a Blackbeard's Cruises in the Bahamas. Having read Undercurrent, I knew what to expect: tight quarters,
your bunk is your closet, no privacy. Don't go if you're shy! Limited fresh water showers. Despite inconveniences,
I loved every minute.
Salt Lake City, UT
Thanks for producing a great product. We enjoy reading Undercurrent and the Chapbooks. Having been subjected
to poor treatment on a dive trip in the past, I think your newsletter is a must for anyone planning a dive trip!
Tahoe City, CA
I'm a new subscriber, having just gotten my first two issues as well as my first issue of the Chapbook. The material
is first rate --a good mix of subjects, well presented, and answering my important questions in each piece. My
compliments to everyone there --I promise you I'll be an early renewal as well as good word of mouth with my diving
Great move on the website! Know I will visit often as questions come up at work and my prior issues of Undercurrent
and the Chap Books are at home. Your publications are extremely helpful and beneficial to all divers.
I've just returned from diving with Aldora Divers in Cozumel and they were every bit as good as you recommended,
even better. Dive operation and divemasters could not have been any better, and they must have been listening to
you, all five boats operating when we were there, were equipped with ladders for easy reentry. I've been to Cozumel
many times and this is the best, hands down. What diving is supposed to be about. Thanks for the recommendation,
and keep up the great work.
A quick note of gratitude for your article on El Nino. Most of the competing publications have had articles on
El Nino, but they generally tell you only what El Nino is, which everybody knows, and don't tell you the effects
on diving, which is what everyone wants to know. I'm sure you're getting a lot of grief from the operators down
there, and I wanted to let you know what we relatively informed consumers are desperate for the sort of info that
you provided. There aren't many people who are willing to step up and express an opinion, unpopular though it
might be, and I am personally grateful. Keep up the good work.
You guys are doing a good job and I really enjoy your publication. I swore I would never go back to Grand Cayman
because of the unfair dive restrictions. So I was very interested to hear there was one dive operator on Grand
Cayman that would treat you like an adult. This is the type of information I can use.
Let me thank you for an excellent, objective dive newsletter. I wouldn't plan a dive vacation without consulting
what Undercurrent had to say about the operation.
Huntington Beach, CA.
Excellent observations by Dr. George Burgess ("About those Shark Feeds). It is quite difficult to report
the truth about this "circus" when the shark feeding operators are filling their pockets and so-called
"environmental" dive magazines fill their pages with divers feeding sharks to appease advertisers. Thanks
for allowing Dr. Burgess to express his concern, as well as that of many others.
Love your publication. Use it for good reference for all our trips.
Saxtons River, VT
Been a subscriber for many years. Undercurrent is a fine provider of information that is not biased by advertisement.
The articles provide good and useful information. The product reviews seem to be accurate and to the point. Additionally,
when a "watch out for " pops up in diving be it equipment or an operation related they seem to provide
accurate information for you to decide what you may want to do if the situation may affect you or your plans. It
will stay as a source of information for me as long as it survives.
I've subscribed to Undercurrent for at least the past 15 years so I guess I find it worthwhile. Dive resort reports
are certainly more unbiased than the other mags with advertising. The occasional technical reviews are pretty good.
Condensations of dive accidents for a year are very informative. And I really use the user feed back book that
comes out once a year to check out possible destinations for my next dive trip.
Having read and liked the reviews in the Chapbook, three of us went to the Turneffe Island Lodge. Our high expectations
were met and surpassed! Diving was superb, sea life was plentiful. Dive staff manager assured we got maximum bottom
time by diving multi-levels. Lodge very well run, food delicious.
That hotel on South Bimini still gives me chills. Bed bugs (yes!), no clean water rinse tanks (water is changed
once per week, "when it is really necessary"), sewage goes from the rooms out to the ocean (which is
literally only a few steps from the hotel), the restaurant usually didn't serve ... the cook preferred to go to
town to shop. One day they actually served lunch (nearly inedible), and the next morning, breakfast included a
"special sausage" (the hot dogs from the previous day's lunch). Wish we had received the Chapbook before
the trip! We now tell everyone who is tired of other magazines' perpetual happiness about your excellent publication.
Thanks for your honesty.
Thanks for the great monthly diving guide. We subscribe to 6 other diving magazines, but yours is the one I sit
down with and read cover-to-cover immediately. Excellent, objective evaluation and information.
Great job on the article on Cuba. I am a first generation Cuban-American who was last in Cuba at five yrs old
in 1958. My wife is a travel agent and she and I have learned more from you guys in your publication than all of
the other mags out there ... We really appreciate the fine work you do and will continue to be loyal subscribers.
Grand Rapids, MI
`Our first trip to Cozumel and didn't know what to expect, but used Undercurrent as a research tool. All of the
info was accurate. Aldora is a first class operation and treated us very well. We are planning a return next summer
and certainly will look forward to updates in your newsletter.
Before visiting Plantation Beach Resort on Cayos Cochinos your Undercurrent article was our guidepost, and we
found it to be accurate. Reef-life similar to Cocoview (Roatan south side) but more dive variety, and you have
easy access to the seamounts. Several days the Aggressor or Dancer was diving at sites to which we'd been. Price
comparable to Cocoview if you book direct (10% discount).
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