February 18th, 2013

When it Comes to Dive Gear, Size Really Does Matter!

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One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced as a scuba diver hasn’t been how to clear a flooded mask or how to hover effortlessly in perfect trim, although both of those skills were challenging to learn. The biggest challenge I have found is to find gear that fits.  In fact, my quest for well-fitted dive gear is what ultimately garnered me a job at Dive Rite…I was trying to learn how to sidemount and needed a rig designed for my petite frame. I knew Dive Rite was the only company that had gear designed for all shapes and sizes and if they couldn’t fit me, they would do a custom rig.

I happen to know that I’m not the only diver who is frustrated with gear designed for a 6-foot tall male or has a footprint the size of Sasquatch. The beauty of diving is the effortlessness that comes from being free of gravity. To glide rather than walk, to travel easily with speed, to move with grace and explore! The last thing I want is to take Sasquatch along for the ride.

This brings me to write this shout-out for the Dive Rite NiTek Q dive computer, which I love. The reason I love it? It has a tiny footprint, yet packs all the features required of a 2-gas or mixed-gas computer and displays them on a HUGE screen. Now I have a dive computer that sits upon my arm that I can read and easily scroll through the menus. Other dive computers are so big and heavy that they won’t stay put and flop around my wrist. I find myself constantly repositioning them on the dive, which is annoying and anti-productive.

Ah, thank you, Dive Rite, for once again delivering just what I need!

Kathleen Byars, Marketing Director

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Too BIG!                                      Screen too tiny                         This one is just right!

February 11th, 2013

Advanced Open Water Divers Will Appreciate XT Regulator Performance

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Allison post dive at Ginnie Springs

When we shoot a video for Dive Rite TV, we are not using actors or models.  The stars of Dive Rite TV are all of us that work at Dive Rite or those who are a part of the Dive Rite family.

The recent video for the XT AOW Regulator setup featured Lamar, myself, and my girlfriend Allison.  Off camera, Allison made an interesting comment.  After taking the new XT regulator for a dive, she made the comment of ‘wow, this breathes so much better than any of your other regulators’.  Keep in mind, I don’t have to do much selling to her.  She has her choice of any of my regulators (3100’s and Hurricanes) to use whenever she wants.  Also at some point I was able to convince her to go on a date with me.  I’ve done all the selling and convincing I needed to do well before this video was produced.  When she made this comment, it made me think that if a recreational AOW diver can notice a breathing difference to the point that it brings up an unsolicited comment like this, she can’t be the only one that will have this reaction.

Try it for yourself.  I know you won’t be disappointed.  If you’re diving the XT regulator with a single tank and haven’t tried the hose configuration in the video, I encourage you to give it a try.  You’ll be amazed by how streamlined and comfortable it is on top of how great it breathes.

Mike Engle, Dive Rite Sales Manager

February 4th, 2013

Nomad LT Bluewater Sidemount Rig

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I want to say the Nomad LT is my most favored Nomad for the side mount diving I do. Usually it’s travel and aluminum 80′s or LP 85′s in our backyard springs. For me, if I need anything more, it is most likely a rebreather dive on the O2ptima.

We introduced the Nomad LT Cave last fall because we selfishly had some exploring to do. There are a few holes close to home I wanted to check out that required a close fitting rig without any snag points on the back and the Nomad LT Cave’s positioning of both the inflation and dump valve near the wing base gives divers the ability to easily reach them swimming prone inside caves.

Now we have the Nomad LT Bluewater, a rig more suitable for my travels since the inflation is on top and a dump valve on the bottom just like a standard BCD so now you can dump gas when vertical, ascending on a downline or coming up a wall. I’m taking the Nomad LT Bluewater with me this week to St. Croix, as a matter of fact. Here is a video comparison of the two: Nomad LT Cave & Blue

I tend to specialize my equipment to the mission. What do you like to do?

Lamar