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Equipment Care Course

Last weekend I was on a 1.5 day Equipment Care course taught by Mitch Horn of BSAC NZ. The course was intended to go through the following topics: Features of SCUBA diving equipment Maintenance and servicing Fault-finding and rectification What … Continue reading

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Hong Kong – Mandarin Divers’ Quarry Bay Store

For many years Mandarin Divers were located in Wong Chuk Hang, conveniently round the corner from where South China Diving Club used to meet every Thursday evening. Unfortunately they closed that outlet last year. But now they’re back, although this … Continue reading

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Personal Submarine – only USD 2M

Thanks to Nick for sending this over. Gizmag have an article about a personal two-man submarine that is apparently capable of descending to 1,000 feet.  It is powered by a bank of batteries that can apparently provide up to 6 … Continue reading

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Recall Notices

Here’s a couple of recall notices. Thanks to Nick for pointing them out. First, OMS BCs sold between May 2006 and Aug 2008. There is a risk of the seal ring cracking. Secondly, Mares Nemo Air Dive Computers sold between … Continue reading

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OMS Power Inflator

I have a borrowed OMS twin tank wing, whose power inflator was sticking open, so that when I pressed the button to inflate the wing, it would continue pushing air into the bag even after I’d stopped. The only way … Continue reading

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Equipment Maintenance Workshop

Seven of us were round at SCDC‘s Diving Officer’s place on Saturday for an Equipment Maintenance workshop. After depositing my entrance fee (a sixpack) in the fridge, I took a look at their dining room table. The last time I’d … Continue reading

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Tusa RS670 regulator recall

Tusa are recalling some RS670 regulators sold between May and September 2009 because of loosening of the BLC plug on the first stage. This can apparently cause a high pressure leak leading to an unstable intermediate pressure. Approximately 60 first … Continue reading

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Results of BCD Survey

You can see the results of Super STAR Network’s survey on BCDs by going to their website. It showed that 50% of respondents had had a problem with their BCD, 42% rarely and 8% occasionally. The most common problems are … Continue reading

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Recall on Cressi Ellipse Black MC5 Regulators

More recall news, this time from Cressi, who are recalling Cressi Ellipse Black MC5 regulators distributed between March and August 2009. The problem is related to the high pressure port being partially blocked which can lead to an inaccurate reading … Continue reading

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Recall for Dive Rite BCDs

After Halcyon’s problems with Over Pressure Valves last year, this time it’s the turn of Dive Rite.  The following quotation is taken from their website: The Over Pressurization Valve (OPV) springs found on Dive Rite wings manufactured between June 2006 … Continue reading

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Recall for some Halcyon over pressure valves

Halcyon is recalling certain Eclipse, Evolve, Explorer, Pioneer and CCR35 buoyancy compensator’s (BCDs) manufactured between January, 2006 and September, 2008. In addition, selected Halcyon inflatable devices (Lift Bags, SMBs, DAMs, Surf Shuttles and Diver Lift rafts) may also be affected. … Continue reading

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Mares Nemo Air Quick Connector recall

This from Mares: Please be informed that we have discovered a quality issue on the O-ring assembled on the Nemo Air Quick Connector. Under certain circumstances the O-ring can fail and consequently Nemo Air may start leaking through the Quick … Continue reading

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