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Category: Tech

Modern technology meets old in the depths of a frigid sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th August 2014

Clearance divers of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic), with a little help from their nimble little ROVs, revisit the remains of HMS Breadalbane during the military’s annual arctic readiness exercise – Operation Nunalivut 2014 A dive into the past serves the future. That’s how clearance divers from …

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Gear Stop: Dive gear we like

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 7th August 2014

Atomic Aquatics BladeFins $179 Feel the need for speed? Then these new fins designed specifically for a flutter kick will give you a powerful swimming style that will allow you to move through the water fast, even in strong currents. Designed with sweeping curves and a unique two frame structure …

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InFocus – 5 Photo Gear Snapshots

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th August 2014

Nauticam FIX Neo Prices vary A new line of lights that have an LCD display, removable battery, 100 degree beam angle, interchangeable heads, remote control and sealed recharging. Wowsers. What more could you want? www.fixneo.com Backscatter Macromate Mini $88.95 This well-priced, flip on and off, lens for your GoPro 3 …

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SEALAB I TO CELEBRATE 50th ANNIVERSARY

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th July 2014

Text by Sierra Cardenas History was made in July of 1964, when four U.S. Navy divers successfully lived and worked for 11 days in an underwater habitat called SeaLab I that was submerged in 192 feet (58.5m) of seawater off Bermuda. This man-in-the-sea experiment helped prove the viability of …

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Adventure Wanted

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th June 2014

Only whales and whale sharks need apply Text and Photography by Michael Wood SCUBA diving or snorkeling with any kind of whale or a whale shark remains high on my adventure bucket list, though I had what you might consider a close ‘second’ on the excitement scale with something …

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How to Choose a Video Light

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th June 2014

By Jill Heinerth I have a confession: I have a bit of a light fetish. I can’t seem to stop buying new lights. Headlamps, solar rechargeable, hand-cranked lanterns, cinema lighting, LED key fobs and endless cave diving and video lights. I have them all.  And this doesn’t include the …

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The Science of Sport Diving

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th June 2014

Want to work on a science diving project? Good news. You don’t have to be a scientist. And for you non-divers out there, here’s another good reason to get certified and help Planet Ocean  Text by Evan Kovacs & Chad Smith  The family is out. You alone have dominion …

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Rocks Star Video Images Help Connect the Dots

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th June 2014

On one occasion, Evan Kovac’s imaging lab was filming the features of a lake in Yellowstone in 3D for the National Park Service. With extinct hydrothermal features right next to active methane seeps, and an archaeological component as well, the lake has a lot to offer. During the shoot …

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Divers Study Micronesia Coral

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th June 2014

In the late fall of 2012, researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of Maryland and the University of Hawaii at Manoa joined forces to conduct a month-long integrated study of coral in the Federated States of Micronesia, remote islands in the western Pacific. Three dive teams, each …

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SEAC’s KS01 Sidemount BCD

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th June 2014

Sidemount diving may have been around for while now, but in the last couple of years it seems to have risen in popularity and become a very fashionable way of diving, and not just for cave divers, but open water divers too. The new SEAC KS01 Buoyancy jacket is a …

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EXCLUSIVE – Edge Hog Gear Sidemount BC revealed!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th May 2014

Announced a week ago at the TekDive USA show in Miami, the new Edge / Hog Gear sidemount system created a wee bit of interest to say the least. Little is officially known at this point, but that hasn’t stopped people getting excited at the prospect of a new, …

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AERIS Merges with Oceanic

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th May 2014

American Underwater Products (AUP) announced today the merger of two of their recreational dive companies, AERIS & Oceanic. Each of these companies currently offer similar product lines to the diving industry worldwide. Effective September 1st, 2014, these lines will be combined and sold exclusively under the Oceanic brand. The merger will …

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Nauticam Super Macro Convertor 1

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th May 2014

The Nauticam Super Macro Converter (SMC) is the first underwater macro conversion lens that is fully optimized for in water use.  This unique and innovative lens claims to change the way that underwater macro photography is done. There are three key advantages to this internationally patent pending new optical design: …

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Shipwreck School Graduates its First Class

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2014

World renowned side scan sonar expert, Garry Kozak recently completed the first “Side Scan Sonar Operators Course” for Shipwreck School. The Five participants received 3 days of comprehensive training on the school’s new EdgeTech model 4125 Dual Frequency Side Scan Sonar System. The course consisted of 8 hours of …

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D-Day’s Sunken Secrets

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th May 2014

Documentary airing May 28th 9pm ET/PT on PBS Our new issue’s cover story on the mapping of D-Day wrecks along the Normandy shore is focus of a new PBS documentary airing May 28, with a DVD release set for June 10. D-Day’s Sunken Secrets recalls that historic WWII invasion, and reveals the unseen battlefield …

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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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New Ikelite Vega Video and Photo Light

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th April 2014

Ikelite have been hitting a lot of home runs lately. With some fantastic packages and a great new website to name just two.  Their new Vega has been looming for a while now, but it’s finally available in stores and is well deserving of your attention. The Vega packs a …

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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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Zalinski Less Threatening

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd April 2014

Tonnes of fuel oil were recovered from the aging wreck but the Coast Guard says it will monitor the remote site for leakage Text by Robert Osborne Grenville Channel is the very epitome of west coast beauty. Rugged, heavily forested mountain slopes plunge precipitously into the deep, dark water …

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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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Rare Huron Pottery Found in Laurentians Lake

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

By Jeffrey Gallant   Divers Jean-Louis Courteau and Jacques Lech were exploring a Laurentians lake for an old truck that broke through the ice nearly a century ago when they came across something just a tad older. In fact, their find in November was likely a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. What …

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CHUUK: Adventure on the Thorfinn

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

Our antipodean friends at Sport Diving magazine have just released this rather good five minute film about Chuuk Lagoon. Filmed nearly 70 years after Operation Hailstone laid waste to the Japanese fleet, it features a local captain’s historical retelling. CHUUK: Adventure on the Thorfinn from Sportdiving Magazine on Vimeo. …

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Jurassic Park Below

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

In dark depths rarely visited by scuba divers, subs explore hectares of sponge many storeys high that form British Columbia’s ancient Sea of Glass By Sabine Jessen and Alexandra Barron The Aquarius submersible plummets through the depths, the light fades and darkness surrounds the small white vessel. Through the …

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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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Coming to a reef near you… we hope!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd April 2014

Photographs Courtesy Deep Ocean Technology A patented project by Deep Ocean Technology (DOT), the Water Discus Underwater Hotel is right out of the Jetsons. The futuristic accommodation is remarkable in appearance and design. The basic structure comprises an underwater disc and a topside disc, sized to client specifications, water …

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Pinnacle Black Ice Drysuit and V-Skin Undergarment

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th March 2014

Text By Russell Clark  Scuba diving in the waters of Vancouver, British Columbia can be a chilling adventure. Not only are our waters pretty cold all year round, but the Emerald Seas of the Great White North are also fed by icy waters from snow capped mountains. All in …

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Newly Upgraded Alvin Sub Passes Scientific Sea Trials

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th March 2014

  Scientists gave the rebuilt Alvin submarine two thumbs up after field-testing the nation’s only human-occupied deep-sea research vehicle for the first time after a major $42-million overhaul that dramatically upgraded the sub’s capabilities. “We’ve tested the core functions of the new Alvin, and we believe we have a great new tool for the scientific community,” said …

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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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The Hamilton and Scourge Project: Past, Present and Future

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th February 2014

Text by Michael McAllister and Ian Kerr-Wilson Following publication of Civil Disobedience Wreck Diving in DIVER Volume 38 Number 7 the City of Hamilton expressed interest in outlining its initiatives and future plans for the Hamilton and Scourge historical site in its charge. This post is the FULL City …

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Distinguishing Scuba One from Scuba One

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 24th January 2014

Following distribution of our Gear Guide issue (Volume 39 Issue 1) we were contacted by Scuba One, an Italian manufacturer of scuba goods included in that feature. This European company has the same name as a United States based dive travel operation, which asked if we would help distinguish between the …

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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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