Thursday, August 24, 2006

Undercurrent Online Update


Undercurrent -- Consumer Reporting for the Scuba Diving Community since 1975

Dive News
August 23, 2006

Dive Luggage and Carry on Bags: The August issue of Undercurrent details airline restrictions coming in September that not only limit the weight of each bag a passenger checks, but also the total luggage weight. If you don't abide by the rules you'll be charged a fee. Too much weight and you'll be required to ship the bag (which means you'll miss your flight while you track down an airport shipper - and it will cost a fortune). The latest baggage restrictions, imposed August 11, should not affect divers, however, keep in mind that each country establishes its own rules. In many smaller countries, officious immigration and customs personnel can be haughty and arbitrary. They often order travelers to remove strobes, battery packs, even computers from carry on luggage. Be prepared. For information on US restrictions visit

Underwater Across the English Channel: Seven divers swam the Channel in an underwater relay in early August.They left Dover at 6 a.m. and arrived at Calais, France, 12 hours later. On each leg, the six men and one woman spent about 30 minutes in the sea before they exhausted their air and they handed over their baton - a surface marker buoy - to another team member and surfaced. They used the feat to raise nearly $100,000 for research into the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of testicular, prostate and penile cancer. It's great to see divers raising money for important causes, so ....

Help Save Coral Reefs: Undercurrent has raised more than $7000 to stop poaching and preserve reefs in Belize and Fiji. We need to double that amount, so for every dollar you give -- up to $7000 -- Undercurrent will match it, dollar for dollar. Please give back to the reefs you love by making a tax deducible contribution at Click on "Donate to Save the Reefs," for more information and to contribute. We will send you a receipt acknowledging your tax deductible gift. Send us any foreign currency you have collected, and we'll convert it to dollars. Undercurrent is a registered nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) organization.

So, Where Have You Been Diving? We want your reports for the all new 2007 Chapbook, which will be mailed to all subscribers in December. If you have been diving any time since last September, by all means file your report at . The value of the Chapbook is only as good as the reports we get. Please send yours now. Or, you can email them to me at

Collect Fish in the Bahamas: The New England Aquarium needs divers to join their staff on a fish collecting expedition to Bimini from September 29th through October 8th 2006. They're collecting specimens for their giant ocean tank. The trip is open to beginners and experienced divers, and you'll dive with and learn from Aquarium professionals. The cost is $3,278 for accommodations aboard the R/V Coral Reef II (meals, lodging, cocktails), up to five dives per day, and a rare opportunity to dive in the Aquarium's 200,000 gallon Caribbean reef exhibit. (Since you're volunteering for a nonprofit organization, the costs are tax deductible, says our accountant). Call Sherrie Floyd, Senior Aquarist or Sarah Zibailo, Aquarist at 617-973-5248 or email or

Life Insurance: Many divers tell us that once they reveal they are divers, their life insurance cost skyrockets - or they can't get life insurance at all. Has that happened to you? Please let us know your experience. We'll follow up with insurance companies that take divers and let you know how to keep or get affordable life insurance.

Deeper into Diving: Here's the all new, comprehensive second edition of John Lippman's 1990 classic, the definitive book for serious divers who want to dig deep to understand their sport. Lippman and co author Dr. Simon Mitchell, cover virtually all decompression procedures, computers and their various algorithms) physical and medical aspects of deeper diving, including nitrogen narcosis, carbon dioxide, heat loss, decompression sickness, multi-level diving, and everything you ever cared to know about diving. At $65, it's a serious book for a serious diver's reference library. Click here: to order directly from the publisher. Mention Undercurrent in the comment section and Aqua Quest will donate 15% of your total purchase to our Belize and Fiji Reef Projects.

Dive Master Rip Offs: We've been informed recently of divers who have gotten into financial deals with an offshore dive operation, operator or dive master, only to find their money has disappeared. If this has happened to you or to anyone you know, please send us the details.

Free Chapbooks for Clubs: We have three hundred 2006 chapbooks left, so if you send us your club roster, will ship free you up to 30 books to pass out at your next gathering. Email

Note: Undercurrent is a not-for-profit organization. Our travel writers never announce their purpose, are unknown to the destination, and receive no complimentary services or compensation from the dive operators or resort.

Ben Davison, editor/publisher

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