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Updated February 17, 2018
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Wow! What Happened to WAOW?
Free-to-Read in Undercurrent this Month
Sex Discrimination? Me Too?
Eight Great Liveaboards (and One Disaster) plus Eight Great Dive Resorts (and One Dog)
Shark Charities Thank President Trump!
Are You Struggling to Read Your Computer?
Plastic Pollution
When Your Liveaboard Is a No-Show

WAOW liveaboard caught fire

Wow! What Happened to WAOW?  February 17, 2018

The diving world was shocked to hear that, on the last night of January, one of the most luxurious and therefore expensive liveaboards, WAOW, had caught fire and sunk in the West Papua, Indonesia. Some of the guests who had disembarked that evening only heard about it when theyd made the long haul home. It dragged anchor during a storm. When the crew attempted to start the engines, an electrical fire took hold, spreading rapidly. No one was hurt.

Free-to-Read in Undercurrent this Month  February 17, 2018

Undercurrent subscribers can publish on our website reports of their dive trips featuring both what's good and what's bad about their experiences. This month we feature some of latest comments including details of journeys to the Chinchorro Banks in Mexico, Alor in Indonesia, Belize and Roatan, and how cut-rate trips leave those that book early and pay full price steaming. This month Undercurrent tells the sad tale of a new diver who failed to take off his weight belt on a dive boat and drowned when he fell overboard when the boat was rocked by a wave. These stories are free-to-read at

Sex Discrimination? Me Too?  February 17, 2018

In recent issues, weve published reports from female subscribers about their treatment by dive guides on liveaboards and resort dive boats. They seem to be the result of a macho male attitude, not only in developing countries but also from men who should know better. Are you a female diver who has experienced unfortunate attitudes while abroad or even when diving at home? Worse than that, have you experienced outright sexual harassment when diving? Wed like to hear about it. Write to

Eight Great Liveaboards (and One Disaster) plus Eight Great Dive Resorts (and One Dog)  February 17, 2018

Undercurrent is in its 43rd year of publication, and if you try a membership, Ill 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 dont like it, Ill 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.

Shark Charities Thank President Trump!  February 17, 2018

Market Watch reports that Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society have been flooded with donations after it was revealed that Stormy Daniels, the alleged paramour of Donald Trump, claimed that Trump had told her, I would never donate to any charity that helps sharks. I hope all the sharks die. Captain Paul Watson said Sea Shepherd had received quite a few donations from benefactors who specifically mentioned Trumps comments.

Are You Struggling to Read Your Computer?  February 17, 2018

There may be plenty of masks available for people who need minus-strength lens correction, but there are only a few manufacturers that have spotted the potential of the gray dollar, and these include TUSA with its CEOS mask and Scubapro with the Zoom EVO. Both can easily be fitted with off-the-peg plus-strength lenses in store at minimal cost. You dont see sharply very far underwater thanks to the turbidity, so concentrate on the close-up performance, although you may have to lift your mask at the surface to spot your dive boat!

Plastic Pollution  February 17, 2018

The world has suddenly woken up to the problem of plastic in the ocean but were you aware that diving equipment manufacturers are partly culpable? Its not the snorkel you may accidentally drop but the disposable plastic bag it came in. This is a picture of a typical stock of fins in a dive store. Dont write to us; write to the manufacturer of your favorite brand.

When Your Liveaboard Is a No-Show  February 17, 2018

A Chicago diver made a twenty hour journey for a trip aboard the Oman Aggressor, only to learn when she arrived, that the trip was cancelled because there were not enough divers. What compensation should she receive? Read her story and vote here.

Ben Davison, editor/publisher
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