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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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Under Stress

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2012

  Some divers handle it better than others, but underwater we all deal with it for better or worse Text by Bret Gilliam The following continues a discussion on diving and stress that appears in the current issue of DIVER Magazine, Volume 37 Number 8, now available on newsstands. …

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Light and Motion Sola 800 review

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 1st August 2012

It can be hard to get excited about a light. They are after all, just things that make dark places a little brighter. For some, a dive light is not always an essential piece of gear. For cold water divers, wreck or night divers, they are as essential as …

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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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Rebreather diving: ‘Killing Them Softly’

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th July 2012

Second in series of reports on Rebreather Forum 3 by Michael Menduno. Dr. Andrew Fock, head of hyperbaric medicine at The Albert Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, himself an accomplished rebreather diver, took the RF3 stage Saturday morning with an important and sobering presentation on the risks of rebreather diving, …

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DIVER Interview: KISS Rebreathers

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th July 2012

Kim Mikusch Smith from Canadian KISS Rebreathers talks about safety, accessibility and why you should be interested in rebreather diving. For full article on Rebreathers and the Future of Diving, see DIVER Vol37 Issue 3 or click here. For more information on KISS Rebreathers click here.      

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Rebreather manufacturers

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

Rebreathers are rapidly growing in popularity, below is a list of international manufacturers. If you know one we don’t, send a web link to mail@divermag.com Ambient Pressure CCR 2000 Divematics Draeger ExtendAir HB Technology Innerspace Systems Corp Kiss Rebreathers rEvo rebreathers Silent Diving Steam Machines Titan Dive Gear VR …

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Rebreather History: From Conception to the Modern Era (1680-2012)

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

By Michael Menduno 1680: Giovanni Borelli conceives the closed circuit rebreather. Believed recirculating air through copper tube cooled by seawater would allow impurities to condense. 1726: Stephan Hale developed a device for surviving mine disasters. The helmet contained a flannel liner soaked in sea salt and tartar as a …

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Dive-By-Wire?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

Sixth in series of reports on Rebreather Forum 3 by Michael Menduno. The diving media and interested Rebreather Forum participants were treated to a preview of the lovechild spawned by Poseidon and Dr. Bill Stone, CEO of Stone Aerospace. Called the Poseidon TECH (DIVER Volume 37 Number 4), the …

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PCO2: The Dark Matter of Rebreather Diving

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

Fifth in series of reports on Rebreather Forum 3 by Michael Menduno. Similar to 02 sensing problems discussed in a previous RF3 report posted here, divers must contend with issues concerning PCO2, which has been dubbed the “dark matter of rebreather diving.” High PCO2s (0.03 bar and above) can …

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Engineering The CCR Blues Away

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

Fourth in series of reports on Rebreather Forum 3 by Michael Menduno. In addition to training and creating a culture that reinforces safe rebreather diving practices, experts agree that a number of safety issues might be resolved through better engineering of the equipment itself. Indeed, this is the thinking …

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Creating A Safety Culture

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

Third in series of reports on Rebreather Forum 3 by Michael Menduno. Veteran explorers and educators Jill Heinerth and Terrence Tysell chaired an open discussion on training at the Rebreather Forum, encouraging participants to present views on a host of training related topics. In keeping with the RF3 theme, …

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Improving Rebreather Safety

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2012

First in a series of reports on Rebreather Forum 3 by Michael Menduno. Rebreather Forum 3 staged in Orlando, Florida, saw the convergence of a rebreather diving ‘who’s who’ to discuss and debate this life support system that is hailed as the future of diving by some and anything …

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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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Scubacraft: For the James Bond in all of us

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th June 2012

Scubacraft is one of the world’s most advanced watercraft and the ultimate in dive vehicles. It can power you out to your favourite dive site at a surface speed of 40 knots plus – almost 75kph. Once you’re there, Scubacraft submerges, and you enjoy the exploration ‘flight’ from the …

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The Drysuit You’ve Always Wanted

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th June 2012

This Exosuit is production model 001 and the first in a series of three designs from Nuytco Research of North Vancouver, B.C. From the first ergonomic mock-ups and tests to its unveiling last month, the Exosuit has been in development for a decade. It’s the latest generation atmospheric diving …

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Jiaolong set to establish new Chinese dive record

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th June 2012

With James Cameron’s record breaking solo dive to the Mariana Trench now faded into media obscurity, it is now up to the Chinese to further push interest in ocean exploration and technology. China’s Jiaolong, has arrived at the Mariana Trench for a series of six dives. The Xiang Yang …

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The seas will no longer be safe in the upcoming robot apocalypse

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th June 2012

When robots take over the world where will you be? Until now the water has always been a safe bet. Few robots venture forth into the seas, after all you never saw the Terminator in Speedos. Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed ‘Swumanoid’, a robot that …

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Diving Lake Minnewanka

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th June 2012

Lake Minnewanka has a rich history. There are recorded archaeological sites showing pre-contact occupations that cover an entire 10,000 year period. Artifacts have been found from the early, middle and late pre-contact periods. The Minnewanka site is one of a series of such early sites in the lower Bow …

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NASA NEEMO begins

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th June 2012

The latest deployment of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) has begun with the international crew of aquanauts entering the habitat, Aquarius, yesterday for a twelve day mission. Aquarius, the world’s only undersea laboratory, is located in about 63 feet (20 metres) of water, three and a half miles …

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PADI on rebreathers: Are they safe for recreational divers? Pt1

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th May 2012

The world’s largest dive training agency thinks they are, and they’ve developed courses for the rec and tec diver alike. Here, the agency’s Vice President of Rebreather Technologies, Mark Caney, weighs in on PADI’s new direction, the rise of a new ‘Type-R’ recreational rebreather, and the voice of opposition. …

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