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SMACO S400, An Alternate Air Source? SMACO S400, An Alternate Air Source?
scubadivingnomad - 3/14/2023 6:36 AM
SMACO S400, Will It Be Your Alternate Air Source? You may be wondering how I came about reviewing the SMACO S400. Life has some interesting twists at times. As the end of the year approached, I started to plan what type of vacation I wanted to take in 2023. One of the trips I decided on was a scuba diving liveaboard. Looking over the conditions of the trip, I saw they allowed solo diving for properly qualified divers. Therefore, I added getting certified as a solo diver to my goals for the year....
Can someone tell me the value of a used wetsuit? Can someone tell me the value of a used wetsuit?
Quickdraw357 - 3/09/2022 9:36 PM
It’s a "Omersub Sporasub REEF CAMU SUIT 1.5MM ONE PIECE Size 6 mens" It was a gift from a co worker and it no longer fits me. Before I try to sell it I would like to know an approximate price to ask. Lol Any information would help. Thanks....
Advice to keep your diving gear in top shape Advice to keep your diving gear in top shape
smilingseahorse - 7/27/2020 4:09 AM
Once you invest in dive gear, you want it to last as long as possible. To do this, a vigilant maintenance ritual is essential! Here are some recommended steps: 1. Rinse it immediately after use This is the first very important step. After a dive, salt or chlorine could leave some harmful residues on your gear. Rinse it in FRESH water as soon as you dismantle your kit to clear the dirt and reduce the risk of corrosion. 2. Dry it properly away from the sun Thoroughly dry out your gear after a day’...
Cressi Scorpion BCD or Hog Pro BCD?
Jay0419 - 4/08/2020 11:32 AM
So, I think I’ve boiled down my first BCD to 2 options, Cressi Scorpion or the Hog Pro. I’m leaning toward HOG but not 100% sure. Factors I’ve been considering is: Price point (about $400 for either) Lift: Scorpion:33.7lbs, HOG:48lbs Max (pocket) weight: Scorpion:20, HOG:30(more with accessory pockets) Ok for cold water diving Ok for travel/warm water diving Anyone have actual experience with either and can recommend one over the other? Thanks!...
IMO 2020: A Step towards the greener future
Thewebsurfer - 6/25/2019 1:47 AM
IMO 2020: A Step towards the greener future The environmental ecosystem is decreasing year by year. The efforts towards environmental changes were necessary for this serious environmental situation to deal with climate change and environmental degradation. It could be seen that marine pollution accounts for a huge number of pollution coming from vessels due to active sea trade activities. The IMO 2020 is a step taken by the International Maritime Organisation to tackle the harmful effects of pol...
The First Drysuit – What to look for when buying a drysuit The First Drysuit – What to look for when buying a drysuit
Kat3rina - 6/08/2019 5:01 PM
What to look for to make sure you get the right drysuit when shopping for your first. Most people who start diving start out in a wetsuit. There are a number of perfectly good reasons for this. First off, most people learn how to dive in the warm seasons, or in areas that offer warm water year-round, making a wetsuit the most logical choice. They’re also cheaper than drysuits and as rental equipment sees a lot of wear and tear, this is an important factor for dive centers. And because they’re mo...
The Magic Wetsuit The Magic Wetsuit
h2oman - 11/24/2017 7:30 PM
So the competition is pretty steep in the fish world....all these animals under the water, eat or be eaten and then you show up, wanting to take home some fillets for some fish tacos or some fresh ceviche. Well move over Mr. Spearo, you’ve got to get in line. I am a fish and everyone is trying to eat me. Sharks, rays, fish bigger than me, dolphins. You are going to have some serious skills if you are going to catch me. I will bolt at the drop of a hat. If I moved to Hawaii to retire I wouldn’t l...
Equalizer Lobster Snare Equalizer Lobster Snare
dmartin - 10/30/2016 11:43 AM
Just purchased the Equalizer Lobster Snare. On the very first dive, the rig broke. Made of very cheap plastic thin wall pipe. Don’t waste your money....
IrDA No longer works with Windows 10
nitroxjim - 10/14/2015 7:58 PM
If you love using your dive computer, you will not be able to transfer your dive logs using the IrDA interface on Windows 10. Windows has dropped the IrDA stack. I am not sure if they will correct this problem. Even the distributors of your IrDA does not have a solution for this. The best option is to uninstall Windows 10 and run a older version....
Divers Check Your Tanks: DOT Urgently Searching For Invalid Hydro Tests
TheMythicalCaveFill - 9/23/2015 7:34 AM
This might be a double post, but it was posted under health & safety and not popping up when looking at all article’s. This is an important issue and need better exposure. "The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is asking for immediate assistance from divers to identify scuba tanks which may have an invalid RIN number (Retesters Identification Number). This number is used to identify hydrostatic testing facilities and appears stamped into...
Introducing iAir - Scuba Tank Air Fills from Home Introducing iAir - Scuba Tank Air Fills from Home
Greg - 4/01/2015 8:36 AM
Are you tired of taking your scuba tanks to your local dive shop for air fills? Introducing iAir by Using our patented, plug and play, USB air pressure can fill any size scuba tank from the convenience of your own home. There are only 3 steps required to fill your tanks: 1. Plug in the device to any USB port on your computer. 2. Connect the high pressure hose to your scuba tank (DIN and Yoke valves are supported). 3. Open a web browser and go to to pay f...
Jon line for divers or only Tech
TorbenLonne - 1/08/2015 1:18 PM
A Jon line if often known from the tech world of diving, but what about you recreational divers? Do you or would you ever use a jon line? Here’s how all divers can benefit from the jon line on a regular drift dive - Jon line for divers or Tech divers...
No more scuba tanks?
Dewayne74 - 10/03/2014 3:39 PM
Buying a Used Scuba Tank or Cylinder (eBay, Craigslist, Garage Sale) Buying a Used Scuba Tank or Cylinder (eBay, Craigslist, Garage Sale)
Greg - 7/15/2014 3:16 PM
When buying a used scuba tank (aka: cylinder or bottle)...whether online from eBay or Craigslist, or from a Garage Sale or Swap Meet/Flea sure to consider the following: Does the air tank need a hydro? Check out the markings on the scuba tank to determine if the most recent hydrostatic pressure test date is within the last 5 years. You are taking a risk in buying a tank that needs hydro. Consider the cost of a hydro inspection ($25-$40) when negotiating the purchase price. Ask the se...
Equipment Review: Aqua Lung Apeks Black Ice BCD
Scubablog - 11/05/2013 12:43 AM
Although it is quite similar to the Axiom in looks, and does share the “Wrapture” harness system. In contrast, the Apeks Black Ice does not focus as much on acoomodating the entry level diver; whereas the Axiom focuses on a wrap-around jacket design. The Apeks Black Ice focuses heavily on versatility, of course not foregoing […] The post Equipment Review: Aqua Lung Apeks Black Ice BCD appeared first on
Top 5 Rated Scuba Fins on The Market
Scubablog - 10/22/2013 1:46 AM
People who have a deep passion for scuba diving know too well the importance of buying the right dive fins. With the right choice of scuba fins, you can kick into the currents with ease and rocket through the water without much strain. It is important to note that there are two types of scuba […] The post Top 5 Rated Scuba Fins on The Market appeared first on
Scuba Equipment Review: Zeagle Ranger BCD
Scubablog - 10/18/2013 1:42 AM
The Zeagle Ranger BCD has been over the years recommended by a multiple of knowledgeable divers. This actually does not come as a surprise considering its incredibly outstanding features and design. The BCD combines high quality heavy duty construction, integrated weight and rear floatation. The shoulder is designed with a super duty Airlock buckle that […] The post Scuba Equipment Review: Zeagle Ranger BCD appeared first on
Dive Professionals Be Aware [Beware!] Part II
Brian_V - 8/29/2013 8:12 AM
Dive Professionals Be Aware [Beware!] Part II So, you’ve been served with a Wrongful Death Lawsuit, what do you do now? [I’m not offering ANY legal advice here, I’m just continuing on with my story and personal experience] Of course the first call you make is to your certification agency, who route you to their legal department, and since they were also named in the suit, you’re all on the same legal team for this case. They notify the insurance company, who investigate the incident to determine...
Hammer & Chisel Set for Scuba Diving Hammer & Chisel Set for Scuba Diving
Greg - 5/10/2013 10:06 AM
I have never seen a hammer/chisel combo for scuba diver’s like this so I thought I’d share. I don’t think I’d ever use one underwater (unless I become a treasure hunter, archaeologist or want to bust my way out of a wreck) but it looks cool and I want one! Here is the description from the manufacture: Since it was introduced in 1992, the Diving Equipment Specialties Hammer & Chisel set has set the standard in its class, with superior features that assure you of years of corrosion-free heavy-duty...
Scubapro regulators, what’s new and a mo’ money special edition! Scubapro regulators, what’s new and a mo’ money special edition!
Badger - 1/28/2013 2:36 PM
Scubapro - They are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year so the kit junkies at Aquanauts had a chance to see the new second stage G260 and very ‘Bling’ facelift Scubapro have given the MK25 and S600 regulator set. I reckon that if Puff Daddy ever started diving I think I have the set for him!! So what else is new with Scubapro regs? I have been a real fan of Scubapro since I first owned my own kit, so I was really pleased to see that the Scubapro second stage regulator range has had a sh...