DEMA SHOW UPDATE – LIVE – Day 2

  • We’ve all read stories of distressed divers who find themselves far away from the dive boat upon ascent.  Today we got "the scoop" from Nautilus Lifeline Marine Radio inventor Captain Michael M. Lever, on this device, available through D.A.N.   Carry the device with you on every dive and never be left alone in the water.  Simply press and hold the "red button" at the top of the device for 3 seconds and a signal transmits to every boat in the region…every tug, every cruise ship, every dive boat.  A distress call is elicited, a strobe light on the device starts blinking, and each boat’s radio will automatically switch to channel 16, alerting the boats as to the whereabouts of the diver.  Currently available for pre-order for $299, the device will be out in March 2011.
  • Talked with Miflex (available from XS Scuba) and heard about a few possibilities they are testing for their flexible Miflex Xtreme-hi hoses, which include a stainless steel braid and a hybrid stainless/nylon braid.  Also, we saw a very cool looking addition to their regular Miflex hoses – a Carbon black hose that looks like carbon fiber.
  • We are interviewing LED experts and developing  a list of questions to ask before purchasing a LED dive light.  Some of the questions so far are:
    • Are the ratings based on the "FL1" standard (ANSI/NEMA-Fl1)?
    • Can they show you a brightness burn curve for that model? If not, you may find out your light is at half power in a half hour.
    • Ask about the warranty. 
  • If buying rechargeable C/D cells, make sure they are heavy. Some mfg put AA cells inside a C/D cover. Look to see that they are 3600 mAh or more.
  • When watching Sea Hunt, we always wondered why all the J-valves point down on Sea Hunt. Actress, Underwater Pioneer and Women Hall of Fame diver Zale Parry, who worked on Sea Hunt, told us, "it was just for consistency on film – they changed actors tanks under water and wanted to make sure that the new tank looked the same."  She jokingly reminded us that it wasn’t uncommon to see Mike Nelson with a single tank one minute and a double tank the next.
  • We looked at the TIZIP, a new technology in water proof zippers for dry suits. We like them. They are on the BARE dry suits.
  • APS Mantaray fins, one of our favorites, has a new mfg for better material consistency. They also have two models: the new model is stiffer and is called the ProTech line.
  • Navimate "GPS for divers" is more than last years piece of cardboard on a wristband.  It looks like a real product now.  They say they are in "internal beta testing" and will move to external beta testing in January 2011.
  • A real luxury live-aboard dive charter is coming to cover the world class dive sites in the Pacific Northwest. The 90 foot, fully renovated, Nautilus Swell will offer seven and ten day trips to two to Browning Pass and Queen Charlotte (BC Canada) for part of the year and Alaska for the rest. Trips will be both diving and terrestrial adventures. The Swell will be in Port Angeles for some work in a few weeks and we hope to have a look and give you a full report.