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360 Observe: handheld mirror for action sports

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The 360 Observe is a small convex mirror worn around the wrist or hand, enabling divers to effortlessly maintain eye contact with other divers, their equipment and surroundings.

Uses for the 360 Observe:

  • Dive guides to keep an eye on a group
  • Instructor to watch a student
  • Bubble-check valves or rebreathers for leaks or faults
  • See in confined spaces and overhead environments – wrecks and caves
  • Looking at wildlife, eg underneath wreckage or on a reef
  • As a signal mirror on the surface
  • When swimming backwards, for example towards a boat

The 360 Observe can also be used in other sports, such as skiing, cycling, watersports, and many more.

Features

The 360 Observe is a small circular convex mirror mounted in a plastic surround. The surround is attached to an elastic webbing strap which can be adjusted to fit on a gloved hand, around a wrist or clipped on to a BCD, if preferred. The mirror measures 50mm across.

The elastic can be customised with a brand name of your choice, subject to minimum bulk order restrictions. A bungee cord version is also available. Contact Diving Distribution for more details on custom options.

Benefits

Underwater vision is always restricted – wearing a mask narrows a diver’s field of view; the water may have poor visibility; the environment could be lacking any ambient light, for example inside a wreck or cave system, or in deep water. The 360 Observe is an essential addition to any diver’s kitbag; this convex mirror is worn on the wrist or back of the hand, allowing the wearer to simply raise and angle it for quick all-round vision.

Dive guides can easily see a group of divers without needing to turn round. Instructors can watch a student perform skills, and even make eye contact through the mirror to reassure them. Technical divers can use the 360 Observe to do a bubble check on hard to see valves, or check a piece of equipment attached to the side or behind is where it should be and performing correctly.

On ascent, the mirror can be positioned to look up without the diver needing to roll over. At the surface, the mirror is ideal for swimming backwards towards a buoy or a boat. In an emergency it can be used to signal a rescue vessel.

The 360 Observe is now available from UK dealers, priced £19.95 RRP.

For more information or UK and Ireland sales, contact Diving Distribution by emailing info@divingdistribution.com

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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!

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This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – www.ndiver.com – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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Jeff chats to… Richard Corner from Mares about swimwear products (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman chats to Richard Corner, UK Watersports Category Manager for Mares, about swimwear products and the purchase of Zoggs swimwear.

Part three in a series of four videos.

Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.


For more information, visit www.mares.com, www.head.com/en-GB/sports/swimming and www.zoggs.com

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