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Bad Divemasters, Shark Scares . . .

and why you shouldn’t bring “dirty” dollars overseas

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Our Latest Chapbook Is Out. The 2016 Travelin' Divers' Chapbook, nearly 700 pages, was sent to you last month for downloading, and it's even available in print for $15 ( $21 for non-subscribers). To order, go to

It's an amalgam of amazing and informative reports -- my deep thanks to everyone who submitted a report -- but here are a few items one might miss, and a few themes worth mentioning.

Are You a Single Diver Looking for a Buddy? John Dale Kennedy (Springfield, IL) went to Bonaire with a group of 32 like-minded folks. " is for divers who don't want to dive alone but whose partner doesn't dive. Great group of mostly experienced divers, so plenty of opportunity to buddy up accordingly." (

Unprofessional Divemasters. For many divers, carrying the proper weight on the first dive is tricky, especially if they have been out of the water a long time or are wearing different equipment. So it's the divemaster's job to ensure that a diver is properly weighted, but not like this divemaster at the Island Seas Resort in Freeport, Bahamas. Ronald Presutti (Saint Clairsville, OH) was there in November and reports, "The divemaster asked my wife if her wetsuit was new, which she acknowledged. Then he asked how much weight she would need. If he had read our registration forms, he would have known that we knew exactly how much weight was needed -- 12 pounds. But since she was a female with a new wetsuit, when he thought we weren't looking, he slipped two pounds of weight into her BC pocket. I'm still furious with such a dangerous and unprofessional act." Overall, Presutti had a good week, but noted, "When diving Shark Alley, the divemaster poked a shark that had gotten close with his knife. They weren't bothering anyone or being aggressive; I think he just wanted to see the reaction from our group. Mine was just an eye roll."...

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