Updated July 21, 2008
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Some Apeks ATX and XTX regulators have incorrectly assembled second stages. The diaphragm cover, a black, silver or yellow ring of plastic that sits on top of the main diaphragm, was left out during the second stage assembly process. A missing cover could allow the diaphragm to become displaced, causing a diver to suck in water instead of air. The recall includes all second stages and octopuses purchased before July 2008 that haven't had the authorized annual service. Take yours to an Apeks dealer for a visual inspection. A technician can do a visual inspection through the front cover, but it's better yet to remove the cover to ensure the diaphragm cover is there and in its proper place. For details, contact Apeks at email@example.com.
Aqualung has recalled certain Titan/Conshelf DIN connectors, a threaded handwheel that connects the regulator to the air tank. The problem, according to AquaLung product manager Tom Philipp: "Some dive technicians using too much brawn." The handwheel retainers are weakened during service when they're manually adjusted at torque levels higher than recommended. The recall mostly affects European divers and those who buy European regulators. DIN connectors are sold in Europe while the U.S. uses yoke knobs to tighten regulators. Owners of Titan DIN regulators with a serial number lower than 6062501 or Titan/Conshelf DIN adaptors marked with "300 BAR MAX" can return them to a AquaLung retailer for an upgrade covered under warranty. The correction will be switching out the brass handwheel retainer for a stainless steel one marked "300 BAR MAXI". For details, contact AquaLung at firstname.lastname@example.org , or call 1 760 597-5000.
Seacology, a nonprofit leader in saving coral reefs, is running a liveaboard dive trip to the Red Sea November 10-19. You'll cruise the Southern Red Sea aboard the Royal Evolution, the Red Sea's most luxurious dive boat. One stop on their customized itinerary will be to visit Wadi El Gemal (Valley of the Camels) National Park where Seacology is funding the installation of mooring buoys to protect the reefs. Get more information on this great trip at www.seacology.org and while you're there make a donation to help their many worthwhile projects.
Ben Davison, editor/publisher
Note: Undercurrent is a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization donating funds to help preserve coral reefs. Our travel writers never announce their purpose, are unknown to the destination, and receive no complimentary services or compensation from the dive operators or resort.
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