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Dear Fellow Diver,

Below is your trial issue of Depth-Finder--an e-mail
newsletter for active divers.  If you would like to
receive it each month:

- Reply to this e-mail and write "Subscribe" in the
subject line.

- If you do not wish to receive Depth-Finder, you need
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David Taylor
Executive Editor
Scuba Diving Magazine
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DEPTH-FINDER

The newsletter for active divers published by Scuba
Diving magazine.

November 1, 1999

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

--Savvy Diver Tip: How to Always Surface Near the Boat
--Gear Review: Five Head Warmers
--Energy to Burn on Your Next Dive
--Free Stuff on the Web
--Travel Guide: Curacao
--The Top 10 List: Signs You Need a Refresher Course
--Reader Ratings: Best Fish Life
   Plus...Rate Your Last Dive Vacation!
--Savvy Diver Tip: How to Avoid Cuts, Bites and Stings

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________________________Savvy Diver Tip:
_____How to Always Surface Near the Boat

Keep it simple. Before leaving the anchor line, take a compass
reading and follow a simple path, such as swimming out on one
heading for a certain number of minutes and back on the
reciprocal for the same amount of time.  You'll have a better
chance of finding the line again, and in any event you'll surface
closer to the dive boat.

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____________________________GEAR REVIEW:
______________________Five Head Warmers

Thermal protection for your head is critical because that's
where you lose 40 percent or more of your body heat--the blood
vessels in your scalp do not constrict in cold water, leaving
them vulnerable to rapid cooling. But many divers find the
traditional 5 mm or 7 mm hood too confining. For comfortable
hooded alternatives, go to
http://www.scubadiving.com/gear/hoods/   

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____________________________TRAINING:
________Energy to Burn on Your Next Dive

It's not uncommon to feel so wiped out by the third day of a
dive vacation that you miss dives to take naps and don't really
feel like pulling on that wetsuit again. You'll kick yourself after
you get home. But right now, you'd rather flop into a hammock. 

Where did all your energy go? How can you keep your energy
stores high so you don't miss those dives you paid so much for?
Go to http://www.scubadiving.com/training/medicine/nofatigue/
for tips on maintaining your energy level during your dive trip.

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FREE TRAINING AND SAFETY BOOK!  With your two-issue trial
subscription to Rodale's Scuba Diving--the magazine divers
trust--we'll send you one of the most definitive training and safety
guides ever written: "Dive Like a Pro--200 Tips and Techniques."
FREE. No obligation.  If you choose not to subscribe, the book is
yours to keep.  Go to:
http://www.scubadiving.com/subs/divelikeapro.shtml

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___________________FREE STUFF ON THE WEB

Help us choose a cover for our first issue of the year 2000
and you could win an octopus regulator.  To choose a cover, go
to http://www.scubadiving.com/covertest/janfeb2000/

Sign-up for your FREE personalized Scuba Diving E-MAIL:
yourname at scubadiving.com.  Receive scuba diving tips,
information, and other cool stuff every time you send
and receive mail.  Go to http://www.scubadiving.com

Win a dive vacation for two OR one of six sets of complete gear
by sharing the adventure of scuba diving with friends and family.
To find a participating retailer in your area, go to
http://www.scubadiving.com/experiencetheadventure

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_________________________TRAVEL GUIDE:
_____________________________Curacao

Few destinations are as well-rounded as Curacao. Like its
Netherlands Antilles neighbor Bonaire to the east, the island
offers the freedom of shore diving, where the dive drill is as
simple as pulling the rental car over, suiting up, and wading
in. And like Bonaire, you'll have virgin tracts of reef all to
yourself, overgrown with healthy hard and soft corals,
meaty sponges and loads of medium- to small-sized fish.

For your personal guide to diving one of the Caribbean's most
complete dive destinations, go to
http://www.scubadiving.com/travel/curacao2/

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_________________________THE TOP 10 LIST
______Signs You Need a Refresher Course:
(By the readers of www.scubadiving.com)

10) You ask someone which fin goes on the right foot and which
goes on the left.

9) You think a dive table is what your dive buddies sit around at
Denny's.

8) You ask where the second regulator hose has gone.

7) You see Mike Nelson wearing your gear on a Sea Hunt
re-run.

6) You are certain that the power inflator button on your BC
is to be pressed in order to quickly remove you from perceived
danger.

5) The local hyperbaric chamber technician has memorized your
DAN number.

4) You have signature fins, and the signature is "Lloyd Bridges."

3) You ask "Who is this DAN guy anyway?"

2) When asked for your dive planner, you hand over a bundle of
travel brochures.

1) You think "annual service" means polishing up your brass helmet.

Want more scuba humor? You'll find it in our Top 10 List archives
at: http://www.scubadiving.com/feature/topten/archives.shtml

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THIS FREE BOOK COULD SAVE YOU THOUSANDS!  Scuba gear costs
big bucks.  Thankfully, your gear can last you a long time--if you
take care of it.  "Save Your Gear" is a complete guide to maintaining
your equipment in tip-top shape so that it lasts dive after dive.
Over 250 tips--the insider stuff--will save you costly repair
bills, and could even save your life down below.  "Save Your Gear"
is yours free with your paid subscription to Rodale's Scuba Diving.
Go to http://www.scubadiving.com/subs/saveyourgear.shtml

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_________________READER RATINGS:
_________________________Best Fish Life

In every issue of Scuba Diving magazine, we report our
readers' ratings of dive operators, accommodations and dive
destinations around the world. Below are the results of our survey
of fish life worldwide divided by region: Caribbean/Atlantic,
Indo-Pacific and North America. 

CARIBBEAN/ATLANTIC
Little Cayman: 93.2
Bonaire: 90.5
Cay Sal Banks, Bahamas: 88.2
St. Croix, USVIs: 88.0
Saba: 87.2

IND0-PACIFIC
Palau: 97.6
Egyptian Red Sea: 95.5
Galapagos Islands: 92.3
Fiji: 91.7
Yap, Micronesia: 90.9

NORTH AMERICA
British Columbia, Canada: 85.7
Islamorada, Fla. Keys: 85.3
Morehead City, N.C.: 81.1
Looe Key, Fla. Keys: 80.8
Tavernier, Fla. Keys: 77.3

Your opinion counts, too! Tell us about your last dive vacation,
and rate the destination, dive operator and resort.  Your input
will be included in our Readers' Choice Awards, to be published
in the Jan/Feb 2000 issue of Scuba Diving. Go to
http://www.scubadiving.com/readersrate

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________________________Savvy Diver Tip:
_____How to Avoid Cuts, Bites and Stings

A run-in with a sea urchin, stonefish, jellyfish or coelenterate
can sour even the best dive. The key to avoiding these potential
hazards is a healthy respect for the ocean environment. So:

-Get neutrally buoyant. 
-Keep your hands to yourself. 
-Beware of surge, current or swells that can sweep you into
these problematic denizens of the deep.

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friend?  Go to http://www.scubadiving.com/tellafriend/

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