Seven dive computers compared

We picked seven of the most popular computers that retail for under £250 (one is just over £250), and took them for a couple of days' diving off Land's End to find out. All of them performed remarkably well....

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Navy diver reaches 2000 feet

Developed by OceanWorks International from Vancouver, British Columbia, the Hardsuit 2000 was designed to withstand underwater pressure at 2,000 feet. Current models have only been able to go down as far as 1,200 feet. “The suit worked incredibly,” said...

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Jellyfish sting timed at 700ns

The sting of a jellyfish has been shown to be one of the fastest processes in the whole of biology. Using a super-fast camera technique German researchers have found it can fire off in just 700 nanoseconds. Via The Register...

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Advanced Open Water courses - are they worth it?

Although it is quite possible to do deeper and more advance level dives as one gets more experience in diving without taking another course, it is much more ideal to introduce yourself to more difficult dives with an instructor. Deep...

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PADI Scuba Diver course comes under fire

Anyone familiar with the diving industry is aware that PADI, the US-based diver certification agency, is often criticized for introducing programs based more on marketing objectives than educational ones. Some of that criticism is justified; much of it is nothing...

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Pre-dive checklist tips

Scuba diving is full of opportunities for embarrassment, as perhaps you've noticed. Does your diving protocol include sometimes stepping off the boat without weights?Mine too. You'd think we might learn eventually to run down a checklist of all the gear...

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Scub-Alert underwater horn

The Scub-Alert is an underwater horn that uses tiny pulses of air – delivered via your inflator hose – to rapidly vibrate a steel disk. When that disk vibrates, it generates a loud "quacking" sound. In this way, the Scub-Alert...

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New Zealand diver survives 3 day in ocean

A former New Zealand navy diver left adrift at sea for three days survived by eating crayfish and sea slugs after he became separated from friends while diving near an island off the country's coast. Via Reuters...

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Titanium regulators and nitrox safety issue?

My local store has just told me that it has been determined within the last year that titanium regs are bad to use with all mixes of nitrox. He claims that the titanium is a fire hazard and that most...

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Advantages of trimix for recreational diving?

I just finished up my gas blender class today and the instructor mentioned something about a recreational trimix class offered through naui. Didn't get a chance to go into it further with the instructor due to time, so I was...

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Innovative new dive ropes light up the scuba diving industry

"The Glow Rope and Cleat assembly allows for the number one factor SAFETY for our divers," stated, Deb Savageau, CEO of Fire Forks Unlimited, N.D. "If a diver loses his or her diving buddy they can count on our illuminating...

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New Weapon Designed to Zap Scuba Divers

If you are scuba diving, be sure not to swim anywhere near any ship or installation that has been protected by the Raytheon Corporation's new "swimmer denial" system. Otherwise you will very quickly feel extremely sick and probably drown.Raytheon's underwater...

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Diver Survives Great White Attack

This morning, Australian media is reporting another shark attack. It seems that Brian Williams was diving with a small group about two miles off Perth. Apparently, Williams was separated from the other divers in his group, when he was attacked...

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Asthma and Diving

About the age of seven, I developed a pretty bad chesty cough which my GP diagnosed as asthma. He gave me an inhaler and told me to see a specialist. The first specialist I saw continued to treat me for...

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Sydney: Shark Dive Extreme

Alright mate! Time to play a little game called shark bait (sorry it rhymed) and go for a swim with some of the waters most feared creatures. This activity requires no experience and will put you face to face...

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Surfer Punches Shark

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to, yes, another edition of man punches shark and gets away. This is a quick story, but one that should fill surfers and divers out there with a sense of possibility: possibility that you could...

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Scuba Diving Air and its Effects on Decompression

Firstly, an intro into what happens when we go scuba diving underwater. As you know air is made up of 20.9% or .209 Oxygen and 79.1% or .791 nitrogen there or thereabouts. As we go deeper these numbers or...

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Asian diving fishermen suffer for their living

They may have moved on from hosepipe air supply to proper scuba gear, but diving fishermen in Southeast Asia still suffer decompression illness, having missed out on dive theory training....

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A Freediver's Christmas Bleg

Freediving is the art of putting things off: like breathing. Procrastination being genetic, and a social selection factor as well, you, your family and all your friends have put everything off until now. Nico saves the day with in-season...

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New Call for British cave scuba diving safety

An article from the Yorkshire post covers the inquest of British Cave scuba diver Colin Pryer, who sadly died scuba diving in caves near Horton In Ribblesdale in March 2005. After hearing statements from Colin’s partner and Brian Schofield,...

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Another Kiwi rescued after scuba diving accident

MOTITI ISLAND, New Zealand (5 Dec 2005) — Two students are today in Auckland’s Devonport Naval Hospital undergoing decompression treatment after a near-fatal scuba diving accident off the Bay of Plenty coast. The two marine studies students suffered the...

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BSAC expert lost on deep rebreather dive

Penny Glover, one of the British Sub-Aqua Club's most highly qualified instructors and divers, is feared lost together with her diving buddy after failing to surface from a dive in the South of France. According to French media, Glover...

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Japanese diver found drifting out to sea by New Zealand rescue vessel

A chance encounter with a police rescue boat saved a young Japanese diver as she drifted out to sea during a weekend scuba trip that went wrong off the coast of the New Zealand capital, Wellington. Yuki Fujita, 28,...

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