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Tech Diving: Rebreathers…

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th November 2018

By Steve Lewis So, you’re looking at taking the big step into rebreathers, are you? Let’s chat. It’s okay, your secrets are safe with me. I’ll admit it, I have owned a few rebreathers myself. At last count, there have been twelve. But no worries, I am getting better, …

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Hannes Keller Diving pioneer and Renaissance man

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th November 2018

Text by Hillary Hauser Fifty years ago December a 1,020-foot (311m) dive off Catalina Island, California, changed everything. Hannes Keller’s revolutionary accomplishment accelerated a new age of deep sea diving, but the daring exploration came at a price   On his sixtieth birthday Hannes Keller flew a Russian MIG …

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Shearwater Desktop and Mobile App Support

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th March 2015

Shearwater Research, responsible for the rather excellent technical computers Petrel and Petrel 2, have released a new and improved desktop application cunningly called Shearwater Desktop. Available for both Mac and Windows users, the new software offers an improved user experience, making it easier to implement firmware updates. Firmware is a vital part …

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Gear Guide: Quik Pod

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 19th December 2014

QuikPod From $49.99 A great camera accessory, whether you’re shooting with a dSLR, compact, phone or GoPro, there’s a QuikPod for you. Customize with sturdy tripod legs, a floating lanyard, bluetooth remote shutter, smartphone adapter and more. Good build quality, long lasting and very handy – we have one on every …

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Drink Tank Rum: Support a Delicious Business

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th December 2014

Many DIVER readers would have seen small, yellow scuba tank water bottles infiltrate all corners of the globe. What a lot of people aren’t aware of is that they were originally intended to house every sea lovers favourite tipple, rum. Time to rejoice rum lovers – they soon will. Tank Rum is the …

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Kickstart a new womens dive watch

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd December 2014

Whilst at DEMA this year, we had the pleasure of bumping into Chelsea Welch. Her exciting new Kickstarter campaign is for a women’s dive watch that’s been designed by women divers. Las Vegas based The Abingdon Co. is a boutique watch company for women.  They’ve produced and sold luxurious adventure watches …

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Gear Stop: SeaLife Micro HD, Rolex, SubGear, Atomic Aquatics

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd October 2014

SeaLife Micro HD 16GB $399.95 Micro HD+ 32GB WiFi $499.95 The newest addition to the SeaLife range of user-friendly cameras is the ultra compact Micro HD. Unlike most cameras this is a sealed unit – no openings, no O-rings, no memory card ports and, therefore, no risk of flooding. SeaLife’s trusted ‘piano key’ design makes …

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InFocus: Backpacks, housings and solar power

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th October 2014

Lowepro DryZone 200 US$283.86 ‘A drysuit for your gear’ claims the world’s first waterproof soft-sided camera backpack. TIZIP zipper system, rubber covered sealed seams, adjustable dividers, mesh pockets and a lifetime warranty. www.lowepro.com Ikelite RX100 III housing $550 Sony’s RX100 III is a first rate compact camera that produces …

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EXOSUIT: The Case For One – Atmosphere Diving

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 19th September 2014

First Published in DIVER Volume 38 Issue 5 By Phil Nuytten The problem: A swillion, or so, years ago, we humans were designed (or evolved, or left here by aliens – please substitute your desired flavour) to function best under a fairly rigid set of specifications. These specs include …

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Dive Gear: Now and Then

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th September 2014

Advances in gear design & technology over 60 years may not make diving more fun, but it is much easier. And, a picture’s worth a lot of words, we think! Text by Phil Nuytten  Bouyancy Compensators Bouée Fenzy / Aqua Lung Axiom i3 The French Navy’s Bouée Fenzy, left, was …

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GearStop: A Rebreather, Glacia Legend, GH4 housing and dive shades!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th September 2014

Dive Rite O2ptima Rebreather $8,500 This fully closed circuit, constant P02, electronically-driven rebreather features built-in decompression ability. Dive Rite’s O2ptima is great for overhead environments where immediate surfacing is not always possible, and it will appeal to open water and wreck divers too.  Features include 5-litre total loop volume counter …

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Simple Fix with Vivid-Pix

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th September 2014

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary Tired of making all those adjustments to restore underwater photo contrasts and colours? If so, you’ll be interested in some new software that we tested recently. No one needs to spend more time in front of a computer screen these days and for …

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InFocus: Pelican case, macro lens, Lightroom and beer coolers!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th September 2014

Pelican iM2050GP1 Pelican Storm Case $TBC Tough as a house, watertight, and guaranteed for life. Keep your GoPro and a range of accessories safe and dry with this padded, lightweight hardcase. Optional shoulder strap. www.pelican.com Nauticam Super Macro Converter 1 $480 The first underwater macro conversion lens that is …

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Losing Your Head

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th July 2014

We sincerely hope you don’t, but our intrepid contributor, Stephen Weir, has taken steps just in case, and he’s not alone Text by Stephen Weir If at some point in the future someone who is not my dentist gets up close and personal with me and they see my …

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Simple Sidemount Solutions

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th May 2014

For those new to sidemount, or those still trying to find the right gear configuration, Dive Rite may be able to help. Dive Rite’s new BC Hose Quick Disconnect Adapter is a simple solution to a common routing problem . If the power inflator on your sidemount rig doesn’t sit flat …

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Rebreather Fatalities

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th April 2014

Statistics show that almost always the cause is diver error By Dr. David Sawatzky In the last column I outlined how rebreathers work. There are many brands available and more coming on the market though the basic concepts for all of them are the same.  Rebreathers are complicated. There …

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Gear Stop: Five to Dive

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th April 2014

Five pieces of awesome dive gear, untested but worthy of your dive time Roland St. John Sterling Hammerhead Shark $75 Conservationist, videographer and artist Roland St. John has created this latest lovely piece for his Seaplicity Collection. It’s approximately 2 inches of sterling silver on an optional 2mm Omega chain. One of …

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Gear Stop: Five to Dive

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 25th April 2014

Five pieces of awesome dive gear, untested but worthy of your dive time   Poseidon SE7EN Rebreather $6,895 Developed from the world’s first recreational rebreather, the SE7EN reflects next generation innovation. New hardware and firmware make for a faster and more reliable unit, bluetooth connectivity means easy updates and dive …

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FIX Neo, Everything You Asked for in a Photo and Video Light!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

Nauticam USA have announced their new FIX Neo line of underwater photo and video lights. Neo combines an ultra-modern LCD status display, removable battery, 100 degree beam angle, interchangeable light heads, optional remote controller, and sealed recharging. Whatever a shooter’s ambition, wide-angle, macro, focus light, video or photography, Neo …

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Waterproof Housing for Nikon D3300

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

This new Ikelite housing has been to be one of the best performance-to-dollar purchases in the world. The Ikelite DSLR housing is a seamless blend of functionality, durability and waterproof integrity. TTL Advantage TTL or “Through-The-Lens” flash metering means the camera controls flash duration to properly expose an image. …

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Liquivision bought by Huish

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

Huish Outdoors have announced the acquisition of Liquivision Products Inc., a premier dive computer company located in Vancouver, Canada, who have been featured inside DIVER many times, even on the cover (Liquivision owner and freediver Eric Fattah on the cover of Volume 38 Issue 6). “The addition of the Liquivision …

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BARE announce new tough drysuit HDC Tech Dry

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

BARE have announced their HDC TECH DRY, a durable new drysuit designed for avid recreational, technical and professional divers who require an extra level of protection. “The HDC TECH DRY fills a long-standing need in the market,” explains Tommy Aoki, Brand Manager for BARE. “It’s an exceptionally tough but lightweight …

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SeaLife Flex-Connect

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

SeaLife has released the above video displaying the ease of assembly and universal compatibility of their Sea Dragon Lighting and Flex-Connect mounting system – the fastest way to connect underwater lights and accessories to cameras. The new video is available on the SeaLife YouTube channel along with a host of other videos displaying …

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Nikon COOLPIX L30 Camera Kit

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 7th April 2014

A great way to get started in underwater photography with this compact, easy-to-use system. The Camera Switch effortlessly underwater between colorful 20.1 megapixel stills and high-resolution HD 720p video with a single package. Be ready for anything you come across with the possibility of shooting wide angle, portrait, and …

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Gear Stop: Five to dive

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th March 2014

Five pieces of awesome dive gear, untested but worthy of your dive time Oceanic Omega 3 / FDX-I $699 Side exhausts are making a come back and March 2014 sees the release of this Oceanic first and second stage unit. Effortless breathing thanks to a unique levered pilot valve, plus …

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World’s smallest DSLR makes a splash

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 14th March 2014

Canon calls the EOS Rebel SL1 100D camera “The World’s Smallest and Lightest Digital SLR Camera.” We can believe it, it’s tiny. Pared with a small, fully functioning Ikelite housing with an 8 inch dome, what you get, may just be on the most versatile and practical underwater DSLRs you can …

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Gear Stop: Five to dive

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th March 2014

Five pieces of awesome dive gear, untested but worthy of your dive time Waterproof D6 Lite ISS $1995 Available late Spring 2014, this lightweight version of the popular D7 is ideal for travelers.  Flexible and light trilaminate, comfy FlexBoots and a front entry TZIP. Looks damn cool.  www.waterproof.eu Sherwood amphos $550 …

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Rise of the Recreational Rebreather

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th January 2014

An explorer begets the Explorer, the new Hollis Gear semi-closed unit that just may change and reinvigorate sport diving  Text by Michael Menduno   Kevin Gurr has been passionate about computing and rebreathers since his first rebreather dive in 1987. The prolific 54-year old British explorer, tech instructor and …

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Dive Gear: CO-Pro

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2014

Product: CO-Pro Recommend Retail Price: Single $7.95 Pack $37.50 Website  Carbon Monoxide can be a big killer; odourless, colourless and impossible to detect using just your senses. Adventurous dive travellers may have encountered questionable fill stations in various corners of the globe. Maybe the compressor was situated too close to a …

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Dive Gear: Maxtec Handi+ Oxygen Analyzer

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2014

Manufacturer: Maxtec Product: Handi+ Recommend Retail Price: $225 Website Having an O2 analyzer on hand is an excellent addition to your gear bag. For some, checking your O2 level pre-dive is an essential requirement, for others it can be a great habit to get into. After all, no harm …

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Gear stop: Tech, TUSA, TTL and TAT7

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th July 2012

Poseidon Poseidon Tech Retail TBA The world’s first rebreather with a fully automatic bailout system (redundant back-up rebreather), switches from primary to secondary without missing a breath. A built-in secondary dive computer ensures nothing is lost in the switch. Available beginning November 2012. www.poseidon.com  TAT7 iPhone Scuba Case $84.95 …

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Gear Stop: B.U.D., BC’s and Bags…

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th June 2012

OCEANIC B.U.D. $329.95 This universal backup dive computer with its patented dual algorithm will closely match your primary computer. Clip it on and forget it. But if you need a backup, count on your B.U.D. www.oceanicworldwide.com AERIS Atmos BC $535.95 A rear inflation BC with wrap-around air cell design …

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