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Alert Diver is the dive industry’s leading publication. Featuring DAN’s core content of dive safety, research, education and medical information, each issue is a must-read reference, archived and shared by passionate scuba enthusiasts. In addition, Alert Diver showcases fascinating dive destinations and marine environmental topics through images from the world’s greatest underwater photographers and stories from the most experienced and eloquent dive journalists in the business.


FROM THE SAFETY STOP LETTERS FROM MEMBERS COURAGE I loved reading Cody Unser’s article in the summer edition of Alert Diver (Member to Member). As a volunteer diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., it has been my privilege to dive with Cody on several occasions. Each year the aquarium presents the Festival of Human Abilities, which brings together at the aquarium individuals with all sorts of challenges, and Cody and her team have participated in the event. When you consider the courage it takes to dive in deep water without the total use of every physical attribute, Cody’s achievements are even more impressive. The opportunity to dive with Cody has been humbling and rewarding. Thank you for helping tell her story. — Andy Marias, via email FOND MEMORIES Typically, everything stops for me when Alert Diver arrives, and the Summer 2016 edition was no exception. I particularly enjoyed the piece on Kurt Amsler, which brought back many good memories. When he arrived at UNEXSO, in Freeport, Bahamas, I had been on staff there for a year or so, after a decade in the British navy. As it was soon apparent that he was just as broke as me, l let him share my living quarters: the dive club’s broom and wash bucket closet. There was just enough room for another cot. It was a great couple of years diving and socializing with this talented guy, and, as your interview records, he had a wonderfully developed underwater eye. Thank you for introducing this remarkable underwater MARLA BROSE/ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL photographic pioneer to today’s diving community. — Dick Clarke, Columbia, S.C. OUR MARINE ENVIRONMENT Kudos to Stephen Frink for advancing the idea that divers need to be doing more to promote ocean conservation. Mentioning David Doubilet’s concept that every day is World Oceans Day is right on point. Raising awareness and encouraging divers to examine how everyday choices affect the oceans should be a part of the diving curriculum. After all, the dive industry would not exist if it weren’t for the wondrous resources found beneath the sea. Every diver today should be familiar with how plastics, overfishing, bycatch, land-based pollutants and fossil fuels affect our marine ecosystems. Stephen, David and other longtime observers of the marine environment are well suited to describe the changes and trends they have seen over the years. — Steve Mussman, Lawrenceville, Ga. I appreciated Stephen Frink’s comments about plastic straws and cups in the recent Alert Diver. It is a shame that it’s cheaper for bars to give out one plastic cup after another than to wash and reuse glassware. I actually have my 16 | FALL 2016

BRANDON COLE own “islandy still glass” that I take out in its own little carrier pouch to try to fight this plastic plague confronting our world. A few nights ago I saw a documentary called Plastic in Paradise — shameful and shocking. Several years ago there was a big movement in the Key West bar scene to shift to a corn-based biodegradable drink cup identified by a green stripe. Apparently it raised the price of drinks a few pennies and was soon abandoned. Sad! — Jim Hoefling, Key Largo, Fla. PRETTY PICTURES, WISE WORDS Alert Diver has risen to a level above all the other magazines that were ever published for this industry. The outstanding photography by WRITE US Tell us what’s on your mind by writing us at: MAIL Alert Diver, 6 West Colony Place, Durham, NC 27705 ONLINE Send email to: All letters included in this column are subject to editing for length and content. a diverse group of professionals is my primary interest, but the articles by DAN ® staff certainly have great appeal to both the professional diver as well as the novice. We educate our students about all the benefits of being a DAN member. As we say, “Don’t go diving without it!” Just keep this fantastic magazine coming with the quality and information we have grown to enjoy. — Chaz Kafer, via Facebook REMEMBERING THE DORIA I so enjoyed your article on the Andrea Doria. I sailed on it the trip before it sank, and my family knew a family on the voyage when it sank; all were well. I was five at the time of my sailing, so I do not remember it, but I have two memorabilia from the ship. My parents bought me an Andrea Doria doll in a sailor suit, and my father won the skeet-shooting contest, garnering a trophy. — Michele Cribley, via email As always, I enjoyed the latest issue of Alert Diver. I wanted to mention a couple of things related to Michael Menduno’s article, “Remembering the Andrea Doria.” First, there were casualties when the ship sank; 46 people lost their lives, including San Francisco publishing magnate Ferdinand Thieriot and his wife, Frances. Next, one of the photos in the article was taken in the early 1970s during Chris DeLucchi and Don Rodocker’s weeklong saturation dive on the wreck with dive industry icons Jack McKenney of Skin Diver magazine and Bob Hollis of Oceanic. The chamber that they dubbed “Mother” was purchased after their expedition by Dacor Corporation and used at its Chicago location for testing regulators and other equipment for more than 25 years. AD — Ron Pavelka, via email Includes 7 night stay and at least 10 boat dives ANSE COCHON Ti Kaye Resort & Spa / Island Divers Breakfast Daily • Free WiFi Use of Kayaks $1,717pp/dbl GROS INLET Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort / Eastern Caribbean Divers Free WiFi $1,415 pp/dbl MARIGOT BAY Marigot Beach Club and Dive Resort / Dive Fair Helen Free WiFi $1,124 pp/dbl SOUFRIERE Anse Chastanet / Scuba St. Lucia 12 Boat Dives • All Meals Use of Non-motorized Watersports $2,399 pp/dbl 800-328-2288 Rates include roundtrip transfers, hotel taxes and service charges, based on double occupancy and subject to standard terms and conditions. Validity dates, inclusions and book by dates vary by property. Blackout dates, holiday surcharges and other restrictions may apply. CSOT#2111993-40 • WSOT#603254369 • FSOT#38781 Photo Courtesy Anse Chastanet ALERTDIVER.COM | 17