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Category: Tech

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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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: EezyCut Trilobite

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2014

Manufacturer: EezyCut Product: Trilobite Recommend Retail Price: $24.95 Website  Cutting devices have seen little change since man first crafted them, but the Trilobite is made specifically for emergency uses, and has a host of applications; rock climbing, kayaking, skydiving, fishing and of course scuba diving. EezyCut have managed to successfully reinvent the …

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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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Dive Tables and Decompression Models

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th November 2013

Dive industry pro Bret Gilliam offers the historical perspective The first research work in decompression physiology was not directed at scuba divers. Records from 1841 show that construction workers working at elevated pressures in either caissons (water-tight boxes inside which workers did construction underwater) or construction tunnels beneath rivers …

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Getting the BIG Picture

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd October 2013

Wall diving in the Cayman Islands is extraordinary, even before you hit the water Text by Peter Golding   There’s a wall dive you won’t want to miss next time you’re in the Caymans. Any vacationer to these islands can enjoy this particular reefscape ascending a double helix staircase …

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Bicentennial Survey a First

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st October 2013

First magnetometer survey of Hamilton and Scourge may reveal new debris field artefacts of the Lake Ontario heritage wrecks Text and Photos by Joseph Frey   Sailing out of Ontario’s historic Port Dalhousie on a glorious late June morning I imagine the treed shoreline of western Lake Ontario looks …

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Civil Disobedience Wreck Diving

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st October 2013

More than a decade ago a group of technical divers made a series of ‘unofficial’ deep dives on the heritage wrecks of Hamilton and Scourge in Lake Ontario. This is their story Text by Scott Stitt   It feels like we’ve been dropping forever. Descending through 150 feet (46m), …

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Light & Motion’s Sola Nightsea reveals a bright new world

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th July 2013

Night diving has to be one the most unique and awe inspiring things a human can experience. The cliche “It’s another world down there” is so for good reason. But what if there was a subsea world invisible to the human eye? Light & Motion have continued to innovate …

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Warp Speed! The aquabionic warp1 fin

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th July 2013

Fins. Not the most exciting piece of dive gear, but definitely one of the most under appreciated. A good pair of fins can make a world of difference to any diver, and the market is some what flooded with options. The warp1 fin from Cetatek is another ‘revolutionary fin’ …

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New DUI website showcases rich history

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th July 2013

San Diego based Diving Unlimited International (DUI) is one of the world’s leaders in the design and manufacturing of drysuits. Established in 1963, long before the internet, DUI have expanded through 400 dealers in North America alone, with all their drysuits being hand made in California. Consistently innovating, DUI …

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Dead set on the Dead Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th July 2013

For the diver who’s done it all, this place is one for the logbook Text by Michel Braunstein Photography by Michel Braunstein & Jacki Soikis    I’ve had the good fortune to dive in many parts of the world. It’s the variety of experiences I’ve enjoyed that keeps my eye …

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Innovation? It’s in the bag

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th June 2013

SCUBA’s very own transformer, the innovative Aeris Jetpack, will change the game for dive travelers navigating airports, airlines, beaches, boats and even the water and the dive itself! Last year’s DEMA show had its share of new products and services. But in that Las Vegas convention centre the size …

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Kickstarter for ocean exploration

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th June 2013

As government funding for exploration dries up, private ventures are beginning to lead the way. But we can’t all get grants from National Geographic, or ask for handouts from Paul Allen. Kickstarter.com is a ‘crowd funding’ website and a fast growing addition to the internet, labelled by Time magazine …

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James Cameron to address Senate on importance of ocean science

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th June 2013

Explorer and Director James Cameron will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 11, with Dr. Susan Avery, president and director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for a series of public events and a Senate hearing. Central to their visit is the display of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, the only human-occupied …

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Underwater Structure: Man made, natural or UFO?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th May 2013

In the current issue of DIVER magazine, Andy Murch travels to Japan’s Yonaguni Island to dive the infamous Yonaguni Ruins. Opinions regarding the ruins are split between those that believe the ruins are natural, those that believe they are man made, and in the video below, those that think …

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Scuba Diving Training Vacations

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th May 2013

If you’re eager to book a summer vacation, or maybe expand your dive knowledge with a new certification, then two upcoming dive training trips could be what you’re looking for. Shipwreck School is run by Canadian wreck expert and author Terry Dwyer. Based on the east coast of Canada, …

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Hatteras Exposed

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2013

Sonar map reveals new details of sunken Civil War-era warship A hundred and fifty years ago in January, the U.S. navy gunboat Hatteras was sunk during a battle with the famous Confederate commerce raider CSS Alabama. It was one of the skirmishes that saw the key southern port of …

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Ikelite TTL Adapter: a Revelation

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2013

By Michel Gilbert & Danielle Alary When we first began taking pictures underwater there was nothing even close to automatic underwater flash photography. To this day, we swear by pool tests, exposure tables…and histograms! Is this about to change? With our ‘manual only’ attitude, we put the Ikelite TTL …

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Feature: The Underwater Realm

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2013

‘Way down below the ocean’, as Donovan sang in his song Atlantis, is the setting for these independent short films now on YouTube   Okay boys and girls, it’s movie time. Put that left brain logic and reason on pause and dive into this provocative possibility: the ancient civilization …

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Ikelite Housing for Panasonic Lumix GH3

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

Panasonic’s GH2 was a gargantuan success with pro videographers. The GH3 has hit the market to rave reviews and will doubt be a huge hit with underwater videographers, be they professional or keen amateurs. Ikelite have just released their GH3 underwater housing…  Product No. 6860.03 MSRP $1,500* Other housings …

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iDive tech

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

As electronic devices become smaller, cheaper and more powerful, their applications can be seen infiltrating all walks of life. We dive into a new, emerging wave of SCUBA technology The first iPhone commercials proudly stated “There’s an App for that.” Indeed, it seems so. More and more diving related …

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The Mark V

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd May 2013

Text by Phil Nuytten The U.S. Navy Mark V diving helmet is the coin of the realm among diving helmet collectors. The Mark V embodies all the mystique of ‘Deep Sea Diving’ in one handsome package and although it is arguably the most mass-produced of all diving helmets, it …

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SeaCure Regulator Mouthpiece

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd March 2013

There’s no shortage of replacement mouthpieces available and most are pretty standard, so why dedicate a web article to one? The idea of SeaCure Custom Mouthpieces is brilliantly simple and one that stands out in a crowded market. It’s a unique take on a familiar product; moldable mouthpieces for …

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DIVER magazine at SHIPWRECK 2013

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd March 2013

The Niagara Divers’ Association will present its 19th annual Shipwrecks Symposium Saturday, April 6, 2013 and DIVER Magazine will be there! A popular event for Ontario and New York State area divers, the event is staged in Welland, Ontario. This one-day symposium on shipwrecks features multimedia presentations and internationally …

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Designing for Women: An industry pro talks shop and shape

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 26th February 2013

DUI President Susan Long offers a perspective on the challenges of dive garment fit from the perspective of a woman and a manufacturer.  Make it smaller and make it pink. Not so long ago that was the fallback position for most manufacturers when designing dive equipment for women.  It …

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The million Euro sQuba car

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2013

A Bond car that flies underwater! Q would be proud. Click here for video The sQuba is an extraordinary concept car, designed by Frank M. Rinderkecht of the Swiss Rinspeed Design Company, and is the world’s first truly submersible car with a diving depth of 33 feet (10m). This …

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Tanks a lot!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2013

Famously, Henry Ford said, “You can have any colour as long as it’s black.” That was then. Thankfully, diving has come a long way from the day when a shop owner would smile and tell you cheerfully, “You can have any tank you want, as long as it is …

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SeaOrbiter Water World Drift Mission

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd January 2013

Getting SeaOrbiter off the drawing board and into the aquatic realm she was conceived to explore would move humankind a step closer to colonizing the oceans By DIVER Staff SeaOrbiter on YouTube The future of inner space exploration is on a course set by outer space science fiction. SeaOrbiter …

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Code name: Habbakuk – ‘Most Secret’

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2012

Text by Susan R. Eaton The Allies had a plan to crush Nazi aggression using gigantic iceberg aircraft carriers built in Canada’s north. Code named Habbakuk, the scheme was eventually torpedoed and the prototype vessel sank in a remote Rocky Mountain lake. Most shipwrecks are frozen in time, but …

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Gold Rush Interrupted

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2012

  By Donnie Reid Before she sank in a storm October 14, 1901, the sternwheeler, A.J. Goddard, was a workhorse ferrying people and cargo along the Yukon River during the Klondike Gold Rush era of the late 1800s. Like many other craft designed to service the huge influx of people …

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Sidemount: For open water divers too!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2012

  By Jill Heinerth Once a technique exclusive to elite cave explorers, sidemount diving today is trending in the ranks of recreational divers. Versatile and comfortable, the rig merges a specially designed wing with a harness and thanks to companies such as Hollis, Dive Rite and Golem Gear, they’re …

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