Category: Diving Equipment

Anatomy of a Free-Flow

It’s a common sight. A diver is about to enter the water when suddenly his octopus or even his primary second-stage suddenly does an impression of a jet engine at the end of a runway just prior to take-off. The…

Buoyancy Control

It amazes me that I still see divers who do not seem to have managed to master good buoyancy control. Ships float because they displace a greater weight of water than they weigh themselves. That’s because, although they are made…

Mask Musings

It’s always nice to get something new. My favourite old mask had seen better days. Its silicone skirt had yellowed and stiffened with time and probably too much exposure to tropical sunlight, so I got hold of a new one.…

THE MASK FROM HELL

by Lada Simek A long time ago, when I was still teaching chemistry, Rob Weintraub, the owner of New York Scuba showed me a mask that he called ‘the mask from hell’. Neither the original owner, nor he himself, was…

The Knife

My previous underwater camera, trusty companion for 22 years of diving deeper for longer, weighed over 15kg out of the water. In its prime it was coupled to a pair of huge Ikelite 150 strobes with rechargeable battery packs. Its…