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Updated January 15, 2018
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Join the New England Aquarium on Its Bahamas Collecting Expedition -- Itís Mostly Tax-Deductible
Get Those Weights Off!
Transmitters for Integrated Computers
Plastic Pollution and Dive Equipment
Eight Great Liveaboards (and One Disaster) plus Eight Great Dive Resorts (and One Dog)
A Royal Blunder!

A Royal Blunder! King Willem-Alexander and Queen MŠxima of the Netherlands

Join the New England Aquarium on Its Bahamas Collecting Expedition -- Itís Mostly Tax-Deductible  January 15, 2018

Looking for a unique experience? How about collecting tropical fish and invertebrates for the New England Aquarium on its March 27 Ė April 4, 2018, expedition to the Bahamas aboard the R/V Coral Reef II? Besides learning about the animals from top marine biologists, youíll make as many as five dives a day (many just for fun), and the $3,800 cost is mostly tax-deductible. Read a 2013 Undercurrent undercover review of the trip here, learn more by visiting, or contact Chris Bauernfeind at 617-973--5248 or

Get Those Weights Off!  January 15, 2018

The death of a trainee diver in Phuket, who fell overboard from the dive boat while still wearing his weight belt, tell us to remind divers to hand up your weights before climbing back onboard your dive boat (or at least shed them as soon as you are onboard). More about that tragic incident in Undercurrentís February issue together with our incognito travel writer is aboard Blue Manta in the Banda Sea. And, did travel insurance companies cough up when these divers needed it? . . . What every diver needs to know about rebreathers . . . Death threats to a marine park ranger . . . Whoís at fault when a tourist gets bent? . . . Dive guides and a captain charged over deaths . . . and much, much more.

Transmitters for Integrated Computers  January 15, 2018

By now we hope you will have had your Suunto transmitter upgraded at no charge but donít forget to insert the newly supplied flow-restrictor before fitting it to your regulator first-stage. You will have the option of two types depending on whether you fit it directly or use a high-pressure hose. If in doubt, ask you dive shop or instructor.

Plastic Pollution and Dive Equipment  January 15, 2018

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. As divers, we witness the results of this terrible state-of-affairs more than most, but are you aware that the diving industry plastic packaging is bad as any industryís? Itís time manufacturers step up to the challenge and limit disposable plastic packaging. Undercurrent has started a campaign to end plastic packaging of dive equipment. You can read-it-for-free here.

Eight Great Liveaboards (and One Disaster) plus Eight Great Dive Resorts (and One Dog)  January 15, 2018

Undercurrent is in its 43rd year of publication, and if you try a membership, Iíll give you get these two 40-page books free. Undercurrent is the ad-free monthly guide for serious divers, with the first-hand resort and liveaboard reviews from our incognito writers who pay their own way, as well as the latest on diver safety, health, equipment problems and much much more. If you join, you can download these free books, then each month you will receive in your inbox our 20-page, advertisement-free, issue. If you donít like it, Iíll refund your payment, yet both books are yours to keep. Sign up here for a $19 seven-month trial subscription and join the more than 10,000 experienced divers who read us regularly.

A Royal Blunder!  January 15, 2018

King Willem-Alexander and Queen MŠxima of the Netherlands took a giant stride into Sabaís waters on a state visit to the hurricane-torn Dutch Caribbean without wearing their masks! Yup, thatís exactly what happened, despite security staff assiduously checking that their air was turned on, nobody checked to see if they had their BCs properly fastened or were wearing their masks before they plunged off the back of their dive boat.

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