WHAT’S NEW: Nautilus Lifeline Marine Rescue GPS (SRP: £195)

Posted by - 18th May 2017

  The original Nautilus Lifeline was a nifty piece of kit, which acted as an emergency GPS device and a VHF radio, so heaven forbid you ended up separated from your dive boat, you could quickly raise the alarm using a variety of methods. The new Nautilus Lifeline Marine Rescue GPS is a dinky little

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WHAT’S NEW: Otter Watersports 30th Anniversary jacket (SRP: £110)

Posted by - 10th May 2017

This special puffer jacket was designed to highlight the fact that Otter is celebrating 30 years in the diving industry. With a sleek, modern look, it boasts an embroidered Otter 30th Anniversary badge, a Stormtech durable water-resistant outer shell, a quilted body with an ultra-soft liner, elasticised cuffs, attached hood, brushed tricot hand-warmer pockets, an

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WHAT’S NEW: Fantasea Line housing – Sony a6500/a6300 (SRP: £1,099)

Posted by - 4th May 2017

Fantasea introduces the stylish and rugged FA6500 housing for the Sony a6500 and a6300 mirrorless cameras. The Fantasea FA6500 housing was designed and manufactured specifically for the Sony a6500 and a6300 cameras. The FA6500 features an ergonomic design with access to all essential camera functions. It offers the highest and most-professional standards of functionality, style

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Huish Outdoors acquires Hollis/Oceanic

Posted by - 2nd May 2017

  Huish Outdoors seemingly inexorable expansion throughout the dive industry has continued, with the news that the company has acquired long-established US brands Oceanic and Hollis from AUP (American Underwater Products), which also owns the Lavacore and Oceanpro brands.   The acquisition of Oceanic and Hollis represents the sixth and seventh such move by Huish

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GEAR GUIDE: Group Test – Regulators from £275-£475

Posted by - 24th April 2017

Regulators – Apeks XTX50 (SRP: £434) Apeks has  been a staple in the armoury of many British divers for over 40 years, and the XTX50 is the UK company’s solid middle-of-the-range unit. It is best described as utilitarian in the looks department, but aside from the rather drab second stage it is well equipped with

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Proposed changes to UK cylinder testing

Posted by - 13th April 2017

  The UK recreational and technical diving industry is continuing to lobby against a forced change to a proposed ISO cylinder testing standard. Rosemary Lunn reports on the situation Historically, the UK cylinder testing regime for scuba cylinders used to be every two years (visual) and every four years (hydraulic). The cylinder is also visually

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DIVE LIKE A PRO: Packing for a dive trip

Posted by - 12th April 2017

  Until someone produces ultra-light dive equipment, packing your gear for a trip away is always going to be a fraught process with ever-increasing baggage fees. Here our panel of industry experts give their hints and advice on this subject. Many of us love to head off to sunnier climes for a spot of tropical

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WHAT’S NEW: Fourth Element OceanPositive Core Collection

Posted by - 31st March 2017

Fourth Element has launched its OceanPositive Core Collection, which incorporates a new rashguard for men and women, and a limited range of classic black swimwear. The mens Hydroskin Black rashguard comes in long-sleeve (£44.95) and short-sleeve (£38.95) variants, and both are designed to wear under a wetsuit or semi-dry suit for comfort, and as a

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WHAT’S NEW: Aqualung Reveal (SRP: £46)

Posted by - 6th March 2017

The Aqualung Reveal’s innovative features make this dive mask the company’s most-comfortable and best-fitting mask. Created after years of research and testing, the Aqualung Reveal is a premium diving mask that delivers ultra-comfort and a perfect fit thanks to both a super-soft, top-quality, crystal-clear silicone and an ergonomic skirt profile. The new buckles, attached directly

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Posted by - 2nd March 2017

VERDICT: The water temperatures of 6 degrees C in the depths of Vivian Quarry were a good test of the top-end regulators in this review, especially as we pushed them to the limit by doing everything you shouldn’t do – rapidly breathing them on land prior to immersion, extended purges topside and underwater, hard breathing underwater

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