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January 12, 2010

Undercurrent Online Update, January 11, 2010

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January 11, 2010

Cozumel Lionfish Tournament with Blue Magic Scuba: Since mid-summer, lionfish seem to have proliferated on Cozumel’s reefs, and Blue Magic Scuba has decided to do something to control a fish that threatens to decimate other marine life. From February 1 through June 15, Blue Magic is sponsoring a Lionfish Tournament and awarding prizes for such accomplishments as the most killed and the largest. You spot the lionfish, the divemaster catches it and the more lionfish caught, the more chances you have to win. Prizes include free diving at Blue Magic Scuba, a $500 gift certificate for gear at the local dive shop of your choice, and a four-night stay at the Fiesta Americana, which also includes diving. To get all the details, go here and click on the Lionfish tournament link in the lower left, or get the latest update here. For more information or to book, call Blue Magic toll-free at 866-712-6161 or e-mail

Don’t Use The Cressi Ellipse Black MC5 Regulator: Turns out you might have less air in your tank than you think. A recall issued by Cressi says, “Partial obstruction of the high-pressure port can produce an inaccurate reading on the pressure gauge, resulting in a slow descent of the BC needle in the pressure gauge. The inaccurate reading on the gauge poses a drowning hazard to divers.” About 200 regulators have been recalled, in the wake of Cressi-Sub USA receiving three reports of inaccurate pressure readings. “Cressi MC5″ and “Cressi Black” are printed on the faulty regulators. If you have one, return it to a Cressi-authorized dive shop for a free repair, or call 800-338-9243.

And Stop Using Your Dive Rite Wings BCD: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of 16,000 Dive Rite Wings because the overpressure valve springs could rust and fail, allowing the BCD to leak and posing a drowning hazard. The affected models include the Travel, Venture, Rec, Trek, Classic, Nomad and Super Wings, and were sold in red, blue or black. Faulty springs were used on wings that have an opaque white or blue-tinted bladder and welded in flanges. Wings with a black bladder are not affected. Only the Dive Rite wings that have a serial number ranging from 42,000 through 72,000 and were sold from June 2006 to October 2008 are included in this recall. If you have one of them, return it to an authorized distributor or call Dive Rite at (800) 495-1046.

Are Bonaire Reefs on the Decline?: Subscribers Blue McRight and Warren Wagner (Los Angeles, CA) say yes and that island authorities are not doing enough to protect them. As proof, they sent us this YouTube video
( created by Bonaire-based environmentalist Sean Paton. The eight-minute film investigates the safety of Bonaire’s groundwater and how the government’s lax sewage treatment standards are threatening not only the reefs but the human residents of the island.

Should You Take Your Cell Phone Diving?: Is it worth carrying your cell phone on you in case you come to the surface far from the dive boat? I have my opinions about that but also checked with Verizon, The Coast Guard and other divers about the general consensus. Read what everyone said, for free, in our January 2010 article: “Taking Your Cell Phone Diving: Dumb Idea or Good Safety Tool?” Just go to Undercurrent and click on the article link at the top of the page.

Diving Indonesia’s Raja Ampat, by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock: Here’s a definitive guide book on what the authors call “the greatest repository of tropical marine life on earth.” And anyone who has dived it knows they speak the truth. This 146-page book is filled with descriptions of mind-blowing dive sites, along with good descriptions of the area, the people and what you need to know to dive there. And the photos of unusual critters will knock your socks off. Whether or not you think you’ll ever get to Raja Ampat, you should own this book just to nurture your dreams. Order it now by going to Undercurrent and clicking on a photo of the cover, and our profits will go directly to tropical reef conservation.

Undercurrent’s 2010 Travelin Diver’s Chapbook: 480 pages of candid resort and liveaboard reviews just published. There are only a few left, so you must order now. Click here for details: (former Online Members can go here and select renew).

Save a Shark, Buy a Billboard in China: Subscriber Jamie Pollack (New York, NY) works for the group Shark Savers and told us about her organization’s newest effort to keep shark fins out of soup bowls. It’s partnering with WildAid for a multimedia campaign in China and asking divers to help fund their efforts. For a tax-deductible $100, you can fund a “Say No to Shark Fin soup” bus-stop billboard featuring basketball star Yao Ming that will be placed in a high-traffic area of Beijing or Shanghai for a year. WildAid had 200 billboards in Beijing last year and says that of the people they surveyed who remembered the billboards, 82 percent said they would stop or reduce their eating of shark-fin soup. For details and donation information, go here: .

Special Travel Offers: We’ve got special offers to hunt lionfish in Cozumel, organize your own dive safari in Bali, and get a reduced rate on the Manthiri in the Maldives. Click here for more information: . Check back periodically since more new offers will be appearing soon.

Just Wear Your BCD on Board the Plane: In the December issue, I recommended buying a travel vest to hold your carry-on items and beat airline luggage weight restrictions. But reader Harvey Cohen (Middlefield, NJ) has a cheaper idea: Just put on your BCD over your shirt, wear it onto the plane, then stow it in the overhead bin. What does the TSA think about this? Read about it by clicking on our free link “Skip the Travel Vest” at Undercurrent.

Ben Davison, editor/publisher
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January 8, 2010

Final Chapter of Queen Conch Short Story Online

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Complete story now online!

You can now read all four chapters of the online short story Queen Conch online at Share this link with your friends and let them know about this unique opportunity.

If you’re interested in reading the four, free dive adventure short stories that came before Queen Conch, visit Eric’s website at If you like these stories, check out the three dive adventure novels Cayman Cowboys, Flooding Hollywood and Guardian’s Keep.


Eric Douglas
Author of Cayman Cowboys, Flooding Hollywood, Scuba Diving Safety and now Guardian’s Keep

Lessons for Life columnist for Scuba Diving Magazine.

January 6, 2010

Diving Medicine for Scuba Divers Available Free on the Internet

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Dr. Carl Edmonds is a Diving Medicine expert in Australia and co-author of a widely read and highly regarded textbook on the subject. He and his co-authors have updated their book and are offering it free on the Internet. The following is an email which we received about this:

“This text is the 2010 edition (3rd English edition) of Diving Medicine for Scuba Divers. Its previous editions have been mainly restricted to the Indo-Pacific region (in English, Japanese and Korean) for almost 2 decades. Because the previous edition is out of print and there still seems to be a need for this expanded publication, it is now made available free to any and all divers on the Internet.  Under these conditions, the original authors, plus John Pennefather, have agreed that the text be made available without royalties and without imposing copyright.

The book deals mainly with diving problems, their causes, first-aid and prevention. It does not deal with complex medical treatments.

Diving authors and editors may extract whatever they wish, for their articles. It may be used commercially on condition that there is acknowledgement of the source, with our web address promulgated so that clients can access the complete and related data.

The Internet book is intended to be relevant to:

· Injured (and non-injured) divers, who may download any or all chapters relevant to them.

· Instructors and diving paramedics, who may need the whole text, as they cannot predict which part will be relevant to their diving trainees and patients.·

Non-diving physicians will be introduced to this subject and it may inspire them to seek more information. It tells them how to do so. Administrators who run diving medical courses can make the book available to the students for pre-course reading.

· Diving physicians, who will be able to download specific chapters to give to their diver patients, to understand and prevent recurrences of the illnesses they are treating

Web address for free copy of text

Also, if you think it appropriate, please add our link to your organisations web site.

Thanks,                                                                                               January 2010

Carl Edmonds

January 4, 2010

Chapter 3 of Queen Conch is now online!

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For those of you following along at home, or just hoping to beat the winter chill, Chapter 3 of the short story Queen Conch is now online.

If you missed the first four stories in this series, check them out on my website at:

Happy 2010!


Eric Douglas
Author of Cayman Cowboys, Flooding Hollywood, Scuba Diving Safety and Guardian’s Keep

Lessons for Life columnist for Scuba Diving Magazine

NAUI Hall of Honor Award to Dr. Jolie Bookspan

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The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) has inducted Dr. Jolie Bookspan to the Hall of Honor.

The  award is for her long career of outstanding contributions to educating divers and diving leaders as a scuba instructor and diving scientist, for her diving medical seminars and conferences, work on scuba and hyperbaric committees to develop safer scuba training methods, and positively representing the sport of diving.

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