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    THIS WEEK (Feb. 26 - Mar. 5) AT REEF SEEKERS DIVE CO.   
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 MALDIVES TRIP REPORT     MALDIVES PIX & SLIDESHOW

ISTANBUL TRIP REPORT       ISTANBUL PIX & SLIDESHOW


2017 FOREIGN TRIP SCHEDULE

(Reef Seekers position statement on a 2017 Cuba trip)

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DIRECTIONS TO BOATS and VETERANS PARK (REDONDO)

REEF SEEKERS REPAIR DEPARTMENT 
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Want to travel??? Upcoming 2017 vacation trips:

March 17-25 - Bonaire [ LIMITED TO 12 DIVERS - CAN STILL SQUEEZE YOU IN ]
June 10-17 - Isla Mujeres (early in the Whale Shark Season)
 July 7-19 - Yap Immersion #1 (special 13-day trip featuring all that Yap has to offer) LIMITED TO 12 DIVERS - 6 SPOTS LEFT ]
 July 21-August 2 - Yap Immersion #2 (week #2 - same sked as above) LIMITED TO 12 DIVERS - 6 SPOTS LEFT ]
 September 1-6 - Great White Sharks of Guadalupe on the Nautilus Belle Amie WE'VE ONLY GOT 6 SPOTS - ONLY 1 OFFICIAL SPOT LEFT ]
 November 2-12 - Fiji (SW area near Suva) on the Fiji AggressorSOLD OUT!!! ]

GET MORE INFO ON ALL OF OUR VACATION TRIPS HERE
: www.reefseekers.com/foreign_trips.html

Upcoming local dives & classes:

 DIVE - Wed., 3/1 - Squid night dive at Redondo (6PM - FREE!!)
 FREE DAY - Sat., 3/11 - Diver's Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach (9AM-6PM - FREE ADMISSION WITH C-CARD)
 CLASS - Wed., 3/15 - Photo Workshop (7PM in Westwood - $25)

To sign up for any of these dives, either call us at 310/652-4990 or e-mail us at kenkurtis@aol.com

And the winner isn't . . .

OMG!!!! - I've never hosted the Oscars (much as I would have liked to) but I have hosted other awards shows and live TV shows or live events where you're announcing things that you HAVE to get right. Your biggest fear is somehow announcing the wrong name. I will be VERY interested to hear how this went wrong. My guess is that someone's going to lose their job over this or will be given a chance to "retire". I certainly don't blame Warren Beatty or Faye Dunaway. I've watched this back a couple of times now and you see a puzzled look on Warren's face when he pulls the card out. Then he looks inside the envelope. Everyone laughs because they think he's doing a bit. Then he looks at the card again with a puzzled look. He says, "And the Oscar goes to . . ." And then he stops. And you see him show the card to Faye. I think he's showing it to her as if to say, "There's something wrong here. Look at this." But you hear her say good-naturedly under her breath, "Oh Warren, you're impossible. La La Land!!!!" Now you've got to figure the two Price-Waterhouse-Coopers people who are backstage and who are the only two that already know who the winners are immediately say, "That's not right." But it's about almost two minutes after the wrong name is read that you see a stage manager in headsets come on and take the card from the "winning" producer's hand. During the misplaced thank yous, you can also see people glancing offstage as if there's some commotion going on there. Emma Stone has apparently said through her press people that she held on to her winning card (along with her Oscar) so it wasn't as if her card went back out again. There's a screen grab from the ABC News Twitter feed that shows the envelope Beatty's holding and you can see that it says "Actress in a Leading Role." Ooops. (Did the Russians hack the Oscars too????) It'll be interesting to hear how this all plays out and what really happened. First Fake News, now Fake Winners.


NO FAKE WINNERS AT THE AVALON UNDERWATER CLEANUP - Thanks goodness we got it all correct on Saturday in Avalon. We didn't announce any wrong winners for the Trash Awards, the Jon Hardy Award, the Golden Flipper, or the Ken Kurtis Silver-Tongued Devil Award. Whew!!!! Congrats to Cleanup Chair Jill Boivin and her crew for a job well done. We had about 400 divers and 100 additional volunteers participating this year. LOTS of stuff being brought up including a lot of larger items (at least the Green Pier) than in years past. The largest thing I saw was a shopping cart brought up by Lowell Smith. The weather was fabulous (albeit a little chilly early in the morning), the ride over was fairly smooth, and a lovely time was had by all. I've got some shots of the Cleanup on my SmugMug page. If there's a shot of you, right-click on the full image and you should be able to download a printable copy: https://kenkurtis.smugmug.com/Avalon-Underwater-Cleanup/Avalon-Underwater-Cleanup-2017/. The favorite thing I saw all day was this little fold-up portable warmer/rain-shelter one of the diver's wives brought (which I had to try for myself):
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TWO WORDS THAT BEGIN WITH THE LETTER "F": "FIJI" AND "FULL" - I'm pleased to say that our November trip on the Fiji Aggressor is now sold out. Of course, we've still got other great trips that we can take you on this year which include Bonaire in two weeks, Isla Mujeres in June, Yap (choose from two different weeks) in July, and Isla Guadalupe in September. See what works, give us a call or send an e-mail, and let's get you diving!!!!

SQUID THIS WEDNESDAY - That may qualify as "fake dive news" since I can't guarantee the squid will be there but that doesn't mean we can't go looking for them. We've got a squid dive scheduled for this Wednesday evening at Vets Park. Meet around 6PM and then well do a single-tank dive. The new moon (aka no moon visible) is today and usually we get some pretty good action a few days after the new moon. So you never know unless you go look. There doesn't appear to be any building surf this week and Vets looked fairly flat today so fingers crossed for good conditions. If you're interested, get in touch.

SOBERING THOUGHT OF THE DAY - I was talking with one of our divers the other week who relayed how valuable his DAN insurance policy was for what would seem to be a non-dive related problem. He was diving in the Indo-Pacific and most likely got some little cut on a coral or something like that. No big deal and it probably happens to just about everyone on every trip and nothing comes of it. However, in his case it somehow turned into a staph infection. Although these can be fairly mild, some are known as MRSA (basically they're resistant to antibiotics) and this may have been what he picked up. The outcome of all of this is that he spent 18 days being hospitalized and is still somewhat weak but recovering. The good news is that he has medical insurance. But the bad news is that it wasn't going to cover everything and his total bill before insurance was $750,000. (That is not a typo: three quarters of a MILLION dollars.) This is where DAN comes in because, as a secondary insurer, they picked up a lot of what his primary insurance didn't cover. So while he's having to pay a little bit, he's not having to file for bankruptcy because a small cut got infected. So bear in mind that your DAN insurance policy can be very valuable to you when traveling, even if you're not on a diving vacation. I think the main caveat is that the injury has to occur at least 50 miles away from your home. But it bears remembering that's it's an inexpensive insurance arsenal you can have at your disposal. If you don't already have DAN insurance, you should join DAN and get signed up today (http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/insurance/).

And that'll do it for now. Have a great week, and maybe you'll join us for squid Wednesday evening.

- Ken

Ken Kurtis
Owner & NAUI Instructor #5936
Reef Seekers Dive Co.


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