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Scuba Diving March 2020

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a labor of love

MARY FRANCES EMMONS joined Sport Diver in 2009 and Scuba Diving in 2012, serving as features, senior and deputy editor. A diver since 2006, she was named editor-in-chief in 2018. Five hundred sixty-nine dives, executed across Florida; the Bahamas; Bonaire; Catalina Island, California; the Galapagos Islands; Hawaii; the Red Sea; and Mexico’s Socorro Island. (And that’s just the sexy spots.) Last year, ScubaLab’s test-team divers hauled 1,400 pounds of gear from boat to beach to springs and back—we know because we shipped 121 tested products home to their manufacturers afterward—to generate the data that underpins the ScubaLab gear reviews you rely on. It’s a labor of love: ScubaLab is the only independent, head-to-head testing agency in dive, and we are darn proud of it. The point of all of this—besides the chance…

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it’s magic

DREW RICHARDSON, ED.D., president and CEO of PADI, has logged more than 6,000 dives worldwide and received many industry awards, including 1992 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year. Like every technology, dive gear changes, evolving with minor and major innovations and improvements. Today we dive in kit that’s more refined and offers more than just 10 years ago. With this in mind, this issue of Scuba Diving previews some of the newest, most popular and most interesting scuba equipment available—which, as a PADI Club member, I’m sure interests you. If you’re serious about diving, it’s important to stay familiar with dive technology, whether keeping up with the latest and greatest, choosing something new or (probably) a bit of both. Dive gear differs from many other technologies in how we relate to it. Famed…

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safety first

There’s a rising prevalence of battery-powered devices being used in diving situations: smartphones, underwater propulsion vehicles, computers, cameras, strobes, drones and other personal equipment. Following recent boating-related tragedies, the National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard have recommended that owners, operators and masters of passenger vessels consider limiting the unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries and extensive use of power strips and extension cords due to an increased risk of fire.1 Boat fires can be especially violent, progress rapidly, create a significant amount of toxic smoke, and be deadly for those aboard asleep, unaware or with limited escape options. While this document cannot cover every eventuality, PADI and the dive community would like to remind divers (and all boaters) of important safety recommendations for preventing and being prepared for an onboard…

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scubalab’s 2019 gear of the year

AQUA LUNG TITAN Now in its third generation, this new Titan sports a sleeker, soft-covered look with the same steady, easy-breathing performance that the Titan has long been known for. $399; aqualung.com UNDERWATER KINETICS HANGAIR HANGER With a built-in electric fan, the HangAir will completely dry a flooded drysuit overnight—right down to the toes of fleece boots—and also works on wetsuits, skins and coats. $69.90; uwkdive.com AKONA COLLAPSIBLE MESH BACKPACK This tough backpack easily handles everything you’ll need for a day of boat diving, is comfortable to carry, and collapses to almost nothing when not in use. $98; akona.com CRESSI NEON Simple, intuitive operation; an easy-to-read, high-contrast display; and its comfortable, stylish design in a truly watch-size package made the Neon a standout among wrist computers. $399.95; cressi.com SUUNTO D5 The air-integrated D5’s three-button operation is so intuitive you can navigate…

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accessories

CHOOSING DIVE ACCESSORIES While ScubaLab tests a wide variety of accessories from dive lights and knives to mesh bags and safety gear, each test is aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of key aspects of specific types of gear, so divers can in turn evaluate what works for them. For example, dive knives are rated for their effectiveness cutting a variety of lines that divers might encounter; resistance to corrosion is gauged by soaking them in salt water. Dive luggage such as large roller bags and carry-ons are packed with the items testers typically take on trips that involve air travel, while mesh boat bags are packed with the gear testers normally need for a day of diving. Bags are rated for effectiveness of design, size/shape, protection of packed items, capacity, ruggedness, special features,…

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bags

1] AKONA CHELAN LIGHT ROLLER BAG This roller bag is large enough—and light enough—to handle everything you’ll need and still meet air travel weight restrictions. Weighing just 8 pounds, it’s 31 inches tall with versatile exterior pockets that maximize internal storage and a removable protective regulator pouch on the front. Durable fabric, smooth-rolling wheels and heavy-duty zippers are made to last. $200 | akona.com 2] AKONA GEORGIAN MESH ROLLER BACKPACK This versatile roller backpack offers a convenient geartoting solution whether you’re on a boat, dock or navigating a parking lot. The adjustable web tow handle and roller wheels make it easy to pull when loaded, while the backpack straps help navigate steps or stairs. Made of reinforced mesh with generous 14-by-15-by-29-inch dimensions, it folds to fit even on a crowded boat. $115 | akona.com 3] AKONA…