Seasonal Guide vol. 2: Regulators

Our Seasonal Guide is back with its second edition! As we started this week off with a regulator checklist, we will continue with the same topic and give you some insight into what’s the best option to include in your seasonal dive gear. Importance of a regulator set can’t be under estimated - it’s simply essential. Without a regulator set there’s no air flow between the tank and your body and if you’re a recreational diver interested in diving at depth and length, being under water withour proper air supply is just impossible.

Without further a due, we present our featured regulator set for 2014 Diving Season - Apeks XTX 200 + XTX 50 Octopus. The Apeks XTX Regulator Set is the flagship of the Apeks regulator range packed full of features in a sleek and stylish package. Balanced for excellence, Nitrox ready to 40% oxygen and perfectly suitable for cold water use. XTX 50 Octo comes with reversible venturi system and Comfo Bite mouthpiece that is attached as standard reducing jaw fatigue and increasing comfort. The XTX 200 Regulator is perfect for divers who demand only the smoothest and most reliable breathe at any depth with any gas.

Checklist: Regulators

This week we focus on regulators and for starters I’ll leave you with a checklist that every smart and responsible diver should have an eye on and is perfectly capable of doing.

Regulator checlist & inspection:

1. Inspect for external corrosion or physical damage to any parts including hoses

2. Inspect the first stage inlet filter for discoloration, particulate matter or any other signs of water intrusion

3. Check each hose connection to see that it is at least hand tight

4. Pressurize the regulator. Depress the purge slightly. If you have to depress it more than a very slight amount before airflow starts, the lever may be improperly adjusted, reducing the working range of the valve and the flow rate of the regulator

5.  Check for air leaks by putting regulator on a tank and with the pressure on, first listen to any leaks, then turn the tank valve off but do not purge the regulator

6. To locate a leak, the definite answer comes by submerging all parts

7. Leave the regulator sit in a pressurized condition for a few minutes. If the second stage begins to free flowing slightly immediately after you stop inhaling from it, it is most likely in need of adjustment or annual service due to improper second stage orifice adjustment or excessive LP seat wear

Hopefully this list provided you with some new insight into regulator check-up or if not, then helped to remind how important it is to do proper inspection of your vital equipment. This is it for today but stay tuned - next edition of our Seasonal Guide will be published in the coming days!

Seasonal Guide vol. 1: Wetsuits

It’s that time of the year again, where divers all around the world start filling their tanks more frequently while also contemplating what to include in their seasonal dive gear. A new BCD? Improved regulator set? More comfortable fins? A wetsuit…?

Whatever the answer might be for you, the fact is that during summer holidays, everyday work stress is put to rest and beautiful dive sites across the globe are being discovered and filled by the likes of You! We are starting our Seasonal Guide to provide information about what to expect from the coming  season, what kind of equipment is best to use, while also presenting exciting diving locations for you to explore.

As you could tell from the title, the first topic we are discussing is related to - wetsuits. Traditional neoprene suits have provided thermal insulation since the 1950s and definetely include in the seasonal essentials list as well. If you are situated in the southern part of the world, a basic 3-5mm wetsuit is generally enough to keep you warm and abrasion free. However, in the northern hemisphere where we are from, the seasonal weather can be quite uncertain, meaning divers should be prepared for different conditions - warm & sunny, cold & windy, cool & cloudy etc. Therefore, we have decided to highlight a type of wetsuit that best fits into the latter conditions while being highly suitable for warm-water diving as well.

Introducing our featured wetsuit for the 2014 Diving Season - Scubapro’s Everflex Hooded Front Zip 7/5mm. A new 100% Everflex 7mm hooded steamer includes all the great features of the classic Everflex and more. The shoulder-to-shoulder front zipper makes it easy to put on and take off
without buddy help. The attached hood and face seal provide extra-ordinary cold water protection while the durable Power Seam Technology strengthens and protects stitching. The Everflex is produced with a new neoprene material which is exclusively used only by Scubapro. X-Foam is the only formula which complies to very strict P.A.H. test requirements. P.A.H. (Polycyclic Aromatic Hyrocarbons) are found in many things including petroleum based products, and can be toxic in certain compounds. We are very delighted to be able to offer this new neoprene blend wetsuit in order to better protect both divers and our seas.

Time to wrap up the first edition of our Seasonal Guide. We hope you found something useful from this and if not, do not despair because the second volume we’ll be made public soon. Meanwhile, enjoy your dives and also have a look here to find some great additions for your seasonal equipment.