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Catastrophe at Cocos Island, 01/2018
Late last year, an American woman died after a fatal encounter with a tiger shark while diving at Cocos Island, "The Island of the Sharks". The dive guide with her was seriously injured. It was a catastrophe and the first such event recorded at that popular but remote off-shore diving destination. Undercurrent has collated all the known facts at this time together with some informed opinion. You can read-it-for-free here. ...   Read more >>

How Often Should You Have Your Regulator Serviced?, 01/2018
Recently manufactured regulators haven't changed but many of their recommended service intervals have. We asked the top technical people at the major manufacturers for up-to-date information and it's free for you to read here. ...   Read more >>

Plastic is Suffocating the Ocean, 01/2018
We are all aware that our oceans are getting polluted with plastic waste. The world produces more than 300 million tons of plastic every year, and that, plus all the plastic ever produced still remains on our planet in one form or another. It's reckoned that there'll soon be a greater tonnage of plastic in the oceans than live fish. For example, a plastic bottle can take 450 years to biodegrade. As divers, we witness the results of this terrible state-of-affairs more than most, but are you aware that the diving industry is culpable as much as any other? It's time manufacturers were ready to step up to the challenge. Undercurrent has started a campaign to end plastic packaging of dive equipment. You can read-it-for-free here. ...   Read more >>

Editor's Pick of the month

Tropical Ice, Kindle versionTropical Ice

Written by Undercurrent's publisher Ben Davison (writing as KL Smith) and set in Belize, Tropical Ice is a story of shark-finning and reef-raping, murder and politics, on an industrial scale, with plenty of diving. You'll sense a creature's eyes on a night dive, feel the sandpaper skin of a shark on your bare back, and taste the sweat dripping off your eyebrows as you push through the underbrush on Snapper Caye.

It all takes place at Cap'n Jack's Rum Caye Dive Resort, where Jack's trying to save his failing resort with shark-feeding dives, until a body turns up in the damnedest place. You'll flip pages through surprising twists and turns that keep you glued to the text, all the way to the surprising events at the end. I sure didn't see them coming.

Tropical Ice is available online from Amazon in paperback ($14.97) or Kindle ($7.99), and in bookstores.

You can order a signed copy for $18 (proceeds go to reef conservation).

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WAOW Charters Report in Indonesia/Raja Ampat - the 4 kings
"Raja Ampat on the Waow does NOT disappoint"
filed Jan 19, 2018 by Holly Bent (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 4 reports, Reviewer )
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After 15 previous liveaboard experiences and history of working in the industry, WAOW is the best boat we (my husband and I) have been... ... Read more

Captain Don's Habitat Report in Bonaire
"Bonaire Captain Don's Habitat. Less than Expected and Fading"
filed Jan 19, 2018 by David B Cain (Experience: Over 1000 dives)
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My third and last trip to Bonaire. My most recent trip before January 2018 was June 2010. What a fall from prominence. Arrived mid aft... ... Read more

Amigos Del Mar/Mayan Princess Report in Belize/San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
"Amigos Del Mar, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize"
filed Jan 15, 2018 by Joan DeHaeseleer (Experience: 251-500 dives)
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I hadn't been diving since 2009. They made me take a refresher. This is not a complaint, I was glad to do it. I got a one on one dive w... ... Read more

Badladz Divers Report in Philippines
"Puerto Galera and Badladz Dive Resort"
filed Jan 15, 2018 by Robert L Short (Experience: 101-250 dives, 10 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
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Dived Puerto Galera last year about the same time but only got in one dive before being blown out of the water by a typhoon. Thought I... ... Read more

Go West Diving Report in Curaçao/west end
"Diving the West End of Curacao"
filed Jan 15, 2018 by Paul Fitzpatrick (Experience: 251-500 dives, 3 reports, Reviewer )
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This was our second trip to Curacao with Go West Diving/All West Apartments. They are located at the west end of the island, about a on... ... Read more

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Read these free articles from past issues:

Hey divers, don't eat the reef fish, 11/17
Will your liveaboard's insurance cover your loss?, 11/17
Okeanos Aggressor II, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, 10/17
Diving in Freezing Water? U.S. Navy Tests Flunk Some Regulators, 10/17
Enraptured or Anxious? - You're Narked, 09/17
Keep Goliath Groupers for Divers, 09/17
A Hidden Killer in Our Midst, 08/17
Tropical Ice, in paperback, 08/17
Those Internet-Based Dive Travel Websites, 07/17
Why Don't Some Divers Drop Weights in an Emergency?, 06/17
Fire Aboard a Red Sea Liveaboard, 06/17
Aldora Divers, Cozumel, Mexico, 05/17
The Pros and Cons of Shark-Feeding Dives, 04/17
Papua Explorers, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, 03/17
Would You Opt For In-Water Recompression?, 02/17
Eight-Hour Ordeal for Shark Attack Victim, Craig DeWit, 02/17
Would You Opt For In-Water Recompression?, 01/17
Diver Safety - It's Not Sexy!, 11/16
Assigned a Bad Buddy?, 11/16
Two Groups of Divers Lost Within a Week, 10/16
Find Yourself in Deep Trouble?, 09/16
Scuba, the Sport of Grandparents!, 08/16
The Failure to Understand Your Computer, 08/16
Your Dive Travel Agent and Frequent Flyer Miles, 08/16
Flotsam & Jetsam, 07/16
A Tragically Glamorous Underwater Shoot, 07/16
Snorkels: Love 'em or Hate 'em?, 06/16
Fish & Fins, Palau Aggressor, Micronesia, 05/16
Want to Dive Cuba? How Americans Do It, 04/16
That Deep Stop Option on Your Computer, 04/16
A Death Attributed to Rental Gear, 03/16
Travel Agent or the Internet? Part I, 02/16
The Shortcomings of Winged BCs, 01/16
Class Action on Faulty Suunto Computers Continues, 01/16
The Skinny on No-See-Ums, 9/07

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