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March 1997 Vol. 12, No. 3   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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DEMA: BOBS, Yes; No Bubbles, No

Contents of this Issue:
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Bayman Bay Club, Guanaja

Bargain Diving: A Caribbean Sampler

Resorting to Alternatives

Great Whites Winter in Florida

Hot Flash: Substrobe 200

Travel Notes

Looking over the Edge

DEMA: BOBS, Yes; No Bubbles, No

Flotsam & Jetsam


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Once again resorts, live-aboards, travel wholesalers, and equipment manufacturers presented their wares to scuba retailers at the annual Diving Equipment Marketing Association (DEMA) show. What was new this year at Orlando? Not a lot. Atomic Aquatics, a company started by two former Scubapro designers, introduced its titanium regulator. Its ultralight second stage, some innovative design features, and a claim that annual overhauls are no longer necessary make this a reg I'd like to test dive. Suunto was showing its watch-sized Spyder -- a full-function dive computer that doubles as a wrist watch. Bellaqua featured BOB, a kind of 12-volt-battery-powered underwater Moped that scoots you along the reef with your head high and dry inside a clear acrylic dome.

However, the biggest hype of the show was rebreathers. Are we ready for a unit that allows us to rebreathe the same air instead of blowing bubbles? Are manufacturers really producing them? Ready or not, many manufacturers were touting no-bubble technology, so we asked tech-diving guru Michael Menduno to sort it all out for us in next month's issue.

Footnote: Surf Expo, running concurrently next door to DEMA, made the dive industry look conservative -- an adjective that had not crossed my mind before. The late Marjorie Banks, who led the campaign "No Bimbos in Advertising," would have been appalled.

J. Q.

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