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What Has the EU Done for American Divers?

when it comes to dive gear, plenty!

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At a time when Britain is heading for Brexit, that may sound like a strange question. Bear with me. When I began my career as Technical Editor of Diver Magazine (UK) more than three decades ago, I immediately made a lot of enemies in the trade. Regardless, using and reviewing diving equipment was great fun. You see, a lot of gear, quite frankly, did not measure up. So, I ensured that I always had total equipment redundancy on test dives, which usually meant carrying two independent tanks on my back and an arm full of computers.

It never much bothered me to carry a spare mask, and BCs are so low-tech, they could usually be accommodated even if sometimes it was tricky to get the air out of them during an ascent. I remember having a couple of desperate failures that gave me a scare, like the Buddy Trimix wing that split when I fully inflated it at the surface. I managed to grab the ladder of the boat before I plunged into the abyss....

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