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Dive Safety Through Education is one of our favourite sayings.  Try some of these quizzes from DAN to see if you can learn something new for your next dive.

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Flights, girls and cash buy Japan whaling votes

From The Sunday Times

THE official from the Republic of Guinea barely batted an eyelid when the English lobbyist made a highly irregular offer over coffee in a Barcelona hotel. She wanted to buy Guinea’s vote at the forthcoming International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting with an aid package.

Rather than protest at this blatant bribery, Ibrahima Sory Sylla, the national director of fisheries for Guinea, got straight on the telephone to his deputy minister. “I spoke to him [the minister] positively about your bargaining,” he reported back over lunch later that day, “time is pressed … for us to make our decision.”

This was not a guarantee of success. The lobbyist had a formidable rival: the fisheries agency of Japan, which for years has been Guinea’s ally on the IWC.

Sylla had already outlined the extent of Japan’s generosity to Guinea in terms of the cash it paid to his minister. He predicted Japan would make a good counter offer.

Such backroom stitch-ups at the IWC have often been rumoured, but they have never before been captured on a video camera. The lobbyist was, in fact, an undercover reporter from the Sunday Times.


Diver Down Update

Overweight and Out of Luck

By Michael Ange

Kyle was short of breath and it seemed as though his rebreather was not functioning properly. He checked his displays; everything seemed fine, but he felt panicky and uncoordinated. Panic began to creep into the edges of his tenuous hold on control. His dive buddies were nearby. He attempted to switch to bail out gas. There was a little more than 100 feet of seawater overhead. Signaling that he needed to ascend, panic truly set in as he began to flail about, struggling to get enough air even though he was now on open circuit. He could see that his buddies were aware of his problem and that they were trying to assist him. Still he was combative and unable to breathe.

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