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August 22, 2009

November 2009 GUE Conference

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To Whom it Concerns:

Global Underwater Explorers is hosting its annual conference at the Gainesville, Florida Hilton Hotel, on the weekend of November 13th thru the 15th.  GUE is a global organization concerned with water conservation, exploration, and diver training.

We are currently seeking qualified speakers to make presentations at our conference. GUE boasts members in over 50 countries, many are academics who research and study the underwater environment, disseminate information to their respective communities, as well as train divers in all aspects of diving from beginner to expert. Please visit us at www.gue.com.

We invite one of your physicians or medical associates, to speak about local and/or global practice of hyperbarics, or other related topics of interest as they relate to diving.  If more than one person would like to present, that would be fine.

Please advise us at your earliest convenience of your intentions, topic of choice, and any media equipment you may require. I may be reached by responding to this email, or by telephone at 386-454-0820. We thank you very much for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Renee Alderman

Global Underwater Explorers

386-454-0820

August 14, 2009

GREAT LAKES CHAPTER, UHMS, 30th Annual Meeting

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GREAT LAKES CHAPTER
 of the
 Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society
 2009 - 30th Annual Meeting
 Saturday, October 24

Program
     *      Decompression Bubbles and your Immune System
     *      OPP Underwater Search and Rescue Activities
     *      What goes wrong in diving accidents......And how to prevent them
     *      Safe Ascent Profiles for Recreational Divers
     *      AND MUCH MORE……
     *        08:00   Registration & coffee
               08:30 - 16:30 Speakers and lunch (full list of speakers and topics, click here)
              16:30   Decompression Stop - Meet the speakers, refreshments. Tour of TGH hyperbaric Chamber
We have outstanding speakers, interesting topics, our traditional Myths of Diving Panel and opportunities to make new friends in the diving and diving medical community.
Lunch is provided, plus refreshments after the meeting.
Who is this for?
    Recreational and Tech Divers
    Professional Divers
    Dive Masters & Instructors
    Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine Professionals

Location
    Again this year, we are in the same location -- Residence College Hotel - Unity Hall, located at 90 Gerrard St. West.  This is at the corner of Gerrard & Elizabeth Streets, opposite Toronto General Hospital.

Cost
   $65.00 CAD = USD and increases by $15 after September 24
   $50.00 CAD = USD  for students 

For more information and to register, please visit our website at:  

http://www.uhms--glc.org/meeting.html

Sponsors
     Pan-America Hyperbarics, Inc.
     Toronto General Hospital
     Sechrist Industries, Inc
      ACUC
     OUC - Ontario Underwater Council
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Where Diving and Medicine Meet

August 7, 2009

UNDERCURRENT ONLINE UPDATE

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Undercurrent — Consumer Reporting for
the Scuba Diving Community since 1975
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Dive News

August 5, 2009

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Saving Reefs the Painless Way: Do you have a drawer full of foreign currency that you’ve collected abroad and know you’ll never use? Send Undercurrent your bills (no coins) and I will see that they go to reef-saving projects in either Belize or Indonesia. If you contribute $50 or more, I will send you a letter acknowledging your tax-deductible contribution — Undercurrent is a 501(c)(3) organization so contributions are tax deductible. I will exchange the bills at our bank, and all the money will be contributed Send those unwanted bills to Ben Davison, Undercurrent, 3020 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA, 94965. And feel free to include a tax-deductible personal check as well. If divers don’t save the reefs, who will?

Divers And Boats Aren’t Mixing Well in Florida: Even with “diver down” flags in the water, there has been a spate of boats striking divers and snorkelers in Florida waters this year, leading to injuries, amputations and deaths. Ironically, the most recent incidents happened after Governor Charlie Crist issued Dive Flag Awareness Week on June 27-July 3 (that event was initiated by Florida divers after Rob Murphy, 30, lost both legs from a hit-and-run boat while diving near Sandsprit Park on January 10). On July 5, Rudy Perez, 43, and his 15-year-old son, Christian, were snorkeling off Hollywood Beach when a 25-foot speedboat named “Karma” ignored their dive flag and slammed into them, pushing Christian under the boat. The driver only said sorry and took off. Luckily, neither dad nor son was badly injured. On July 18, Charles Sheppard, 60, died after being cut by the propeller of a pontoon boat’s outboard motor. The schoolteacher was snorkeling for scallops off Dixie County’s coastline. On July 30, Norman Williams Jr., 60, suffered fatal head injuries when he was hit by a boat driven by another diver, four miles northeast of Key West. According to a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Williams apparently surfaced “well beyond the 300-foot limit of his boat’s dive flag . . . His air-tank hoses were cut , so we don’t know if he was out of air before then.”

Laguna Beach Resort, Utila: If you’re tired of reading trumped-up resort reviews, have a look at this story from one of our anonymous travelers, who paid his own way and reported on his stay at Laguna Beach Resort. After reading his description of Utila diving, you’ll see why our readers can count on us for the unvarnished truth. Read the story for free at Undercurrent.

The Sun Is Setting On This Curacao Dive Resort: Avoid Sunset Waters Resort right now — even its reservations handler is forecasting its demise. Reader Bruce Newman (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) had already placed the 50-percent deposit for a December stay there when he got an e-mail in mid-July from its on-site dive shop, Sunset Divers that read, “Due to the financial difficulties of Sunset Waters and its inability to pay services we’ve provided over the last four months, we have no choice but to close our doors.” Newman e-mailed Sunset Waters’ U.S.-based manager and received an auto-reply that the man no longer is representing Sunset Waters. Then an inquiry to reservations handler Cory Acosta got this response: “Sunset Waters has not been able to honor last week’s reservations. It is just a matter of time before we may be closing our doors until everything is resolved, we will probably close. Please make other travel arrangements.” We contacted Sunset Waters’ corporate owner, Urban Research Investment Corp. in Chicago, but they didn’t return phone calls or e-mails.

Get Every Issue of Undercurrent Online: You can get every issue of Undercurrent online on the first day of every month for a new one-time rate of $34.95 for a year of Online Membership (http://www.undercurrent.org/UCnow/join2010.shtml) Plus, if you sign up in the next 36 hours, I’ll send you for FREE the all new 2010 Travelin’ Divers’ Chapbook, which will come off the press December 1 (for U.S. and Canada subscribers only). At your fingertips, you’ll have: 1,000-plus reader reviews of more than 300 resorts and liveaboards worldwide; what’s the water temps; whether the food is lousy; if the reefs are lush (or dead); how to save money … everything you need to know in planning your trip. Plus, sign up in the next 36 hours and I’ll extend your subscription all the way until October 2010. But you must act now: http://www.undercurrent.org/UCnow/join2010.shtml. [If you previously were an Online Member and want to renew with this offer using your old username and password, you can do that using Coupon Code "c10" - just follow this link (https://www.undercurrent.org/secure/UCnow/OMaccountCenter.php?omcoupon=c10), sign in and renew with this coupon code]

Attack Of The Humboldt Squid: Divers in San Diego report far more sightings of the squid than normal, and that they’re unusually aggressive. Shanda Magill was doing a night dive near La Jolla on July 15, when, “all of a sudden, from behind, I got hit really hard,” she told NBC News. “The Humboldt grabbed my inflator hose, yanked it backwards and pulled me down . . . he gave me a good scare.” University of Rhode Island biologist Brad Seibel is annoyed by media reports about the “aggressive man-eaters.” After diving with Humboldts in the Gulf of California, he says they were frightened of his dive light but curious about other lights, like reflections off his metal gear and a glow-in-the-dark tool, which one squid briefly attacked. “I didn’t get the sense that they saw the entire diver as a food item, but they were definitely going after pieces of our equipment.” For divers in the Humboldt’s territory of Southern California and the Gulf of California, Seibel recommends carrying a backup dive light and being tethered to a boat.

Philippine Dive Ops Threatened With Shutdown: After a female Japanese diver was hit and killed by a speedboat near Punta Engano while diving with Blue World Dive Shop on June 25, a local official warned all dive operators to take more measures to avoid sea accidents or else kiss their businesses good-bye. Lapu-Lapu City Administrator Teodulo Ybanez said several accidents involving foreign divers, like the drowning of two Chinese diving near Olango Island in March, could be traced to their lack of safety measures. If they don’t follow standard operating procedures of placing floating warning signs or buoys in the area where clients are diving, Ybanez will cancel their business permits.

The Website To Check Before Diving Overseas: Adventurous divers reading Undercurrent are getting plenty of good diving all over the world, but it is a good idea to check current events in any country before you visit. Read out free article to see the website we recommend going to for that information — more truthful and less sensationalist than any blog or cable-news network. Go to Undercurrent and click on “Is That Overseas Dive Destination Safe to Visit” to get the most recent updates on top dive places like Mexico, Honduras and Indonesia.

PADI’s International Cleanup Day: Project AWARE has scheduled it for September 19, and is asking divers in 100 countries to volunteer to clean up trash, especially plastic bags, in coastal dive sites. All data collected by volunteers will be used in the Ocean Conservancy’s Global Marine Debris Index (it reported 1.4 million plastic bags were collected on Cleanup Day last year). You can also organize your own local cleanup project; Project AWARE gives you the tools to get started and record data. Details are at: https://www.projectaware.org/english/take_action/international_cleanup_day.aspx

Subway Cars Scrapped As Artificial Reefs: There were plenty of articles last year about New Jersey using retired New York City subway cars as artificial reefs along the state’s coast. A year later, that program is being scrapped because the stainless-steel cars are deteriorating too quickly. About 100 cars were submerged, but a survey of 48 cars on the Atlantic City reef found only two remained intact after just seven months in the water. It was estimated they would last 30 years. However, officials don’t report problems with the old Redbird subway cars, used as artificial reefs since 2003. Those cars are made of regular steel.

Key West and the U.S.S. Vandenberg: We’re getting reports from subscribers about what to expect at the former Air Force missile tracker, scuttled in late May near Key West. Allison Scheflow (Hollywood, FL) went with South Point Divers and says, “All the good stuff is at 90 feet or above, and the superstructure is great; there are two radar dishes and more towers. There’s already a mid-sized minnow cloud there and a few small tropicals. The viz was good for Key West diving; 35 feet at times. The biggest problem is that the second tank is on a “reef” and in Key West, the viz there is 10 feet on a good day. South Point Divers will double-dip the Vandenberg when requested.” David Rosen (Chesterfield, MO) did a two-tank dive with Subtropic Dive Center, which charges an extra $25 per person for a mandatory dive guide. “It’s a huge ship so you can only see a small portion on one dive. There was no current at any depth, but I was told there can be a very heavy current.” “Vincent,” who went in mid-July, recommends checking the currents and even the lunar cycle before you dive there. “South Point Divers told me when the current runs strong, the visibility is great but when I dived, the current was greater than three knots and the viz was still lousy. On both days, divers lost gear in the current -a fin here, a mask there, and our second dive on the second day was cancelled. Stopping at Dive Key West the next day, the owners were very open about the dive, saying visibility had been bad there for weeks. They believe it’s related to the phases of the moon and have changed their schedules to avoid a few days before and after a full moon. But the wreck is so new that the various shops are still figuring things out.” Megan Collins, manager of Dive Key West, told Undercurrent that her shop locks out dives for five days during the full moon, two days before and two days after, as the lunar cycle affects tides. “We went out on a four-knot day and it was not pretty — I was wiped out, and the current was moving our engine propeller around.” But Eric Schaaf, owner of South Point Divers, says there’s just no way to predict until boats get to the site. “You can look at wind speed, tide changes and ocean currents, but even then it would more affect the reefs closer in. Predicting visibility or currents a few days before is just as hard as predicting the weather.”

Wait, What’s That Fish?: Know the difference between a frogfish and a toadfish? Can you pick out a scorpionfish from a stonefish? Don’t leave for that Caribbean or Indonesian dive trip without a fish ID book that describes what fish you’re seeing underwater and why it behaves the way it does. We have a selection of books, from anemones to world atlases of coral reefs, that can make you the resident marine biologist on your liveaboard. Go to Undercurrent and click on “Diving Books and Guides.” Then click on “Complete List of Diving Books” at the top of the following page, and check the books listed in the “Marine Identification/Behavior” section at the top left side. Buy any of these great resources through us and you’ll get Amazon.com’s best discounted price. Plus, your purchase will help save the coral reefs — and the marine life residing there.

What Do You Tell The Dive Op About About Your Health History?: When it comes time to complete the medical part of the dive shop’s liability waiver, do you tell all? Or do you keep quiet about your past heart problems, high blood pressure, current medications, etc.? We want to get your comments about whether you believe it’s essential to tell the dive operation everything about your medical history, even if that means restricted or no diving — or if it’s okay to reveal only what you want to, because you know better than the dive shop staff about your fitness to dive. We’ll use them in our story weighing both sides of this issue and if you wish to remain anonymous we’ll keep your name out of it. Email me at PublisherBenD@undercurrent.org

Where have you been diving?: If you are a subscriber to Undercurrent, we need your trip report for the 2010 Travelin’ Diver’s Chapbook, which will be mailed to all subscribers on December 1. It will have more than 1,000 reviews of nearly 300 resorts and liveaboards — but only if you subscribe and submit your report now. You can do so online by going to Undercurrent and clicking on “File a Report” in the middle left box about Reader Reports.

Read The Entire August Issue Online: Subscribe now and read about: Laguna Beach Resort, Utila: how did our writer’s dive trip compared to so-so Reader Reports? . . . details about the crocodile attack on a diver in Raja Ampat . . . hidden travel charges when it comes to time to pay the dive shop . . . an undiscovered gem of Caribbean diving . . . do underwater camera flashes and strobes disturb the wildlife? . . . the best website to check for crime, safety and travel conditions of any overseas dive destination . . . how to recycle your old dive gear . . . should you breathe oxygen before a dive? . . . your responsibility as a diver to marine life, and how you can easily honor it . . . and much more.

Ben Davison, editor/publisher
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August 6, 2009

Divers Alert Network Releases 2008 SCUBA Diving Accident and Fatality Report

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Divers Alert Network has just released its 2008 Annual
SCUBA Diving Accident and Fatality Report

DURHAM, NC – The Divers Alert Network Annual SCUBA Diving Report is one of the most anticipated and trusted publications in the dive industry. Provided yearly, the diving industry uses it as an educational resource for diving safety.

Once again, the DAN Research team has compiled its findings from data gathered from incident reports and information shared through the Project Dive Exploration (PDE) initiative. The DAN Annual Diving Report – 2008 Edition examines contributing factors in SCUBA dive accident and fatality cases in an effort to understand those factors and improve dive safety.

The report is available at no charge to everyone interested in reading it; it can be downloaded from the DAN website at Divers Alert Network 2009 Report

The Divers Alert Network website is located at www.DiversAlertNetwork.org.

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SOS Hyperlite Releases Lighter Portable Hyperbaric Chamber

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According to a press released received from SOS Hyperlite, the new portable hyperbaric chamber is a vital life saving piece of equipment to treat pressure related illnesses such as decompression sickness. This equipment is designed for advanced and technical diving, for emergency response units and especially for use in remote locations.

The unit has now benefited from a major upgrade that incorporates innovative braiding technology. The expertise has been developed in a Joint Venture with RFD Beaufort Ltd., leaders in the field of inflatable life saving technology.

The 2009 model is one third lighter, more durable and packs into one case rather than two. it is fully operational within 10 minutes, and the patient can be treated on-site, or be transferred under pressure during treatment to a nearby medical center, depending upon circumstances.

The new unit continues to be built to internationally recognized medical device standards and remains the only non-metallic folding pressure vessel with such approvals. It is widely in use by the US military and Coast Guard and by other military, emergency services and dive teams in many countries around the world.

For further information please contact Paul Selby on +44 (0) 845 263 8155 or by email to paul@hyperlite.co.uk.

soshyperlite

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Diving Without a Buddy Results in Death

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A 20-year-old San Francisco Bay Area man has died while scuba diving in Lake Shasta.

Shasta County authorities say a dive team recovered the body of Jeremiah Murray of Dublin around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Sheriff’s deputies began a search around noon for Murray after friends on a nearby houseboat reported he had failed to return to the surface. Murray was diving alone in the lake.

Murray was part of a church group visiting Lake Shasta from Dublin, a community east of San Francisco.

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