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Aquatica announce AD810 housing for the Nikon D810 camera




The Aquatica Team has announced it is working on the Aquatica AD810 housing design for Nikon D810.

The AD810 will incorporate a multitude of refinements, including access to the highly programmable Fn and DOF preview buttons.

The housing features an internal flash up/flash down capability, a quick access ISO lever actuated by your thumb, access holes of different size are incorporated in the design and are ready to accept various accessories such as Aquatica’s own remote trigger, external monitors, newly introduced Surveyor vacuum monitoring system, or other third party accessories.

Aquatica offers a comprehensive selection of easily interchangeable strobe connectors. The 20076-NK comes equipped with two classic 5 pins Nikonos connectors, and the the 20076-KT is supplied with the rugged 5 pins Ikelite connector. Both versions accept the currently available TTL converter. Taking advantage of the fibre optic S-TTL is also possible with the 20076-OPT, which includes the connectivity for either the Sea & Sea or Inon type strobes. Lastly the 20076-HYB offers both a classic 5 pins Nikonos and one optical connector, which gives the housing a choice in strobes selection. As is the case with Aquatica’s current DSLR line up, their bulkheads can be replaced in the field without the need for specialized tools.

The AD810 housing camera tray smoothly and precisely positions the camera in the housing and easily disengages by a simple push on a tab. It’s easy to remove the camera from the back while keeping a lens and zoom gear attached.

Aquatica The AF-L/AE-L & AF-ON buttons are accessed with a combined lever and rotating collar that prevents ambient pressure from pushing it back towards the housing. The menus buttons are angled to provide better access to your left hand thumb. The AD810 uses the 4xxxx generation lens gears system with a smaller housing pinion gear and a larger lens gear. This offers a smoother action while zooming in a video sequence.

The AD810 housing’s lightness should not be misinterpreted as a weakness. This housing still has the same standard 90m/300ft depth rating and can still be upgraded to a 130m/425ft depth rating. Its knurled knobs and oversized controls mean easy operation no matter what the situation is. Anyone familiar with the Canadian climate knows that being built there also means that all of Aquatica’s housings are born and bred in one of the World’s most rugged diving environments.

The AD810 retains Aquatica’s molded grips, which are lightweight, sturdy, and are made of one piece; therefore, they cannot come unglued, fall apart or corrode. Both grips have mounting holes which accept the mounting bracket of Aquatica’s TLC system and for the other most current strobes and lighting arms out on the market. An extra mounting point for a focus/video light or other accessories is on top and another three additional mounting points are provided under the housing for various brackets, support or tripods.

Aquatica housings are supplied with the manufacturer’s own Galileo type eyepiece. This high quality and coated optical finder gives a bright and full view of the view finder. The optional Aqua View Finder, available in straight 180 and 45 degrees versions, install in a matter of minutes without special tools. The enlarged and enhanced image provided by the Aqua View Finder provides the photographer with tack-sharp corner to corner viewing of the camera view finder for composing and critical focusing.

The Aquatica AD810 will retail at $3,529.00 USD.

For more information and availability, contact your dealer or Aquatica at

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Deptherapy returns to its Roots – Part 1



Over the next seven days, join Richard Cullen from Deptherapy as we publish a Blog about the charity’s recent expedition to Roots Red Sea, El Quseir, Egypt.

Deptherapy made the very brave decision to book an expedition to our home in Egypt as soon as Roots Red Sea received their certificate from the Egyptian Authorities that the camp and dive centre was COVID secure. Roots is one of very few resorts to receive a certificate from the Egyptian Government.

We arrived in Roots the day after they re-opened.

Getting together an expedition was a major task. Very few Approved Medical Examiners’ of Divers or Dive Referees are conducting consultations at the moment. Availability of beneficiaries and the requirement to quarantine on return from Egypt affected the number of beneficiaries available.

There was also a requirement to pass a COVID PCR virus test within 72 hours of travelling.

We had decided on a small expedition and on the day of travel we had six flying to Egypt.  Unfortunately, Chris Middleton had to drop out the day before we travelled after emergency wisdom tooth surgery.

Our group comprised of Richard Cullen, Michael Hawley, Tom Oates, Tom Swarbrick, Keiron Bradbury and Corey Goodson.  Keiron was undertaking his RAID Master Rescue Course and, as it turned out, Corey was undertaking the RAID Open Water 20 course.

A deserted Gatwick Airport at 0900 on 10 October

Our outbound flight was before midday on Saturday 10 October and I must admit we were all shocked at how deserted was.  Checking in with easyJet took minutes and when we boarded the plane, we found it less than half full.

Corey is a paraplegic since a car accident two years ago while he was training prior to joining the Royal Anglian Regiment.  Corey has no sensation below the waist and is unable to use his legs.  The cabin crew on our flight were quite amazed to see the two Toms and Michael lift him from his wheelchair and place him in his seat for the flight.

Mask protocols were strictly observed by the team, the flight was uneventful, and the easyJet Cabin Crew superb. We also took a digital thermometer to check temperatures prior to flying.

Corey having a pre-flight temperature check

Hurghada Airport was very quiet and we moved through Immigration and collected our baggage in very quick time.

Two things to note:  If you are travelling to Hurghada you need to complete a COVID declaration for the Egyptian Authorities. If not, you have to fill out the rather lengthy form when you arrive.  You can undertake a COVID test on arrival at Hurghada Airport but the queues are long.  It costs much less than the tests we had done in the UK – BUT – you are required to be quarantined at your hotel until the test result comes through.  This means two days with no access to resort facilities.  If the test comes back as positive you have at least two weeks being confined to your room.

COVID guidelines

Transport to Roots was, as ever, on hand and we were soon at the camp and being briefed about the COVID arrangements.  A lot of work has been put in place to make Roots COVID compliant – and all at considerable expense.

None of the usual hugs with the Roots team and you have your temperature checked every morning and every time you return from the dive centre.  Your dive kit is sterilised every night ready for the next day’s diving.

Sterilised Dive Kit

We all felt very COVID secure.

Check back for tomorrow’s Blog and our first day diving…

Find out more about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education at

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And the winner of our TUSA Paragon S Mask competition is…



We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who entered our competition to win a TUSA Paragon S Mask from our good friends at CPS Partnership!

As usual, lots of you entered… but there can, of course, be only one winner!

And that winner is…

  • Lee Evans from the UK.

Congratulations Lee – your prize will be on its way to you soon!

Not a winner this time? Don’t worry – there are plenty of other competitions running on right now. To see what other awesome prizes you could be in with a chance of winning, click here!

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