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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.


CONTENTS Summer 2016 DEPARTMENTS 66 EAST OF FLORES A NEW HOT SPOT: INDONESIA’S ALOR ARCHIPELAGO Text and photos by Brandon Cole Indonesia’s remote East Nusa Tenggara region offers vibrant local culture and a remarkable diversity of marine life. Dozens of new dive sites lie amid stunning volcanic scenery. ON THE COVER: Flower tree soft corals (Umbellulifera sp.) up to 3 feet tall create an otherworldly forest on Indonesian sand at 100 feet. Brandon Cole took this photo using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II lens in a Seacam housing with Ikelite DS161 strobes (2) and an exposure of 1/125 sec @ f/11, ISO 1600. THIS PAGE: The Benwood was a casualty of World War II. Running without lights at night to avoid detection by U-boats operating off the Florida coast, it collided with another freighter and sank in 25-40 feet of water off Key Largo, Fla. Photo by Stephen Frink 74 AN ISLAND TO OURSELVES: CURAÇAO Text and photos by Andy and Allison Sallmon With wrecks, reefs and uncrowded beaches, Curaçao boasts Caribbean splendor from below the hurricane belt. By boat or by beach, the island offers lovely diving all year round. 80 DEEP IN THE SCIENCE OF DIVING THE NAVY EXPERIMENTAL DIVING UNIT Text by Michael Menduno; photos by Stephen Frink Since its inception in 1927, the U.S. Navy Experimental Diving Unit has been responsible for countless advances in decompression procedures, mixed-gas diving, understanding diving physiology and much more. 86 THE PHYSIOLOGY OF COMPRESSED-GAS DIVING By Simon Mitchell, MB, ChB, Ph.D. Submersion in water and breathing compressed gas cause physiological changes in divers’ bodies. Understanding these changes can lead to safer and more comfortable diving. 6 | SUMMER 2016

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