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The basic regulator design patented by Cousteau and Gagnan over 60 years ago still works extremely well to this day, even with the advent of balanced pistons, downstream valves, and extra low pressure ports. However, today’s dive gear manufacturers also use much better materials for moving parts and casings than regulators of the past, making the topic of servicing a grey area.   Still, you will be hard-pressed to find an industry voice that doesn’t recommend annual maintenance. In many cases, this comes down to the equipment’s warranties and a matter of precaution. To keep your dive gear under warranty, equipment manufacturers typically require that the equipment is inspected and serviced annually.   According to Dave Farrar, owner of Gypsy…
The basic regulator design patented by Cousteau and Gagnan over 60 years ago still works extremely well to this day, even with the advent of balanced pistons, downstream valves, and extra low pressure ports. However, today’s dive gear manufacturers also use much better materials for moving parts and casings than regulators of the past, making the topic of servicing a grey area.   Still, you will be hard-pressed to find an industry voice that doesn’t recommend annual maintenance. In many cases, this comes down to the equipment’s warranties and a matter of precaution. To keep your dive gear under warranty, equipment manufacturers typically require that the equipment is inspected and serviced annually.   According to Dave Farrar, owner of Gypsy…
When we become divers we go through different stages in our diving adventure. We start off scared/excited (nervous-cited) of what lies ahead of us. We focus on breathing, clearing our masks, skills that are thrown at us and passing exams, assessments, etc. Then we relax for a while and start enjoying the actual diving. We go on to deeper dives, perhaps boat diving, and start to notice the marine life around us.  Seeing a moray eel or an octopus for the first time is an enormous event, and when we become further experienced, additionally relaxed and more observant, we start to notice more and more of what is going on around us. As divers we are very privileged; we see…
As you may know throughout the year our staff Travel, Travel, Travel….multiple overseas & interstate dive trips mean our gear is flown, transferred and thrown on to many an airport baggage cart. Due to the varying condition of hired dive gear in different countries we do opt to travel with our own, and for some of us an adapted version modified to suit our travel location (Travel Gear blog post coming soon). Take it from us, a sturdy gear bag will help you organise, protect and carry your dive gear to the busiest port or most remote of island locations. For travelling divers bag weight both empty and full is a big consideration, and the right bag can assist you in travelling without…
The most common question in our store at the moment (other than how can I learn to dive?) is what is the water temperature?? For more than 10 years we have lived by the seasons and tracked the air and water temperatures, seasonally we see some divers continuing their diving throughout our cooler months to enjoy some amazing visibility and nice peaceful dive sites. It is also common for some divers to hibernate once the temps drop below 16c, holiday in tropical destinations during the middle of the year and jump back in local waters for a refresher dive at the start of Spring. Statistically we see divers that learn to dive throughout the Winter can be more likely to…