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Blue Orb to distribute Analox in the UK and Ireland




Blue-Orb-Distribution-Logo-01Analox Sensor Technology (AST) has announced that Blue Orb Distribution has been awarded distribution for their sport diving analysers for the UK and Ireland.

Analox provides niche and custom gas detection solutions to several industries, including sport and commercial diving, beverage and hospitality, laboratories, oil and gas and medical markets. With over 325 years of collective, specialist electronics and software engineering expertise,  they have cemented their reputation as world leaders in the manufacture of gas sensors, detectors and alarms, monitoring a range of gases including carbon dioxide, oxygen, carbon monoxide and helium

Blue Orb already distribute a comprehensive range of diving equipment throughout the UK and Ireland, from everyday products like hoses, cylinders and torches, through specialist areas such as camera equipment and lighting, to higher end equipment such as backplates, wings and dive computers. Analox’s range of products can be better supported through the expanded retail network which Blue Orb has already established.

The deal with Blue Orb will come into effect immediately and the products they will distribute on behalf of Analox includes their popular O2EII Pro nitrox analyser and their reliable trimix analyser. The ATA Pro. Customers will also be able to purchase cells and accessories for associated products in the range.

Simon Lunt, Director of Sales and Marketing for Analox Sensor Technology, said: “By consolidating our distribution networks we hope to provide a more competitive choice to customers. We’ve worked with Brett from Blue Orb for a number of years and are pleased to be continuing this relationship.”

Brett Thorpe, Director, Blue Orb Distribution, added: “We are pleased to work with Analox as they demonstrate the key attributes we look for in a brand, which are product innovation, reliability, range and reputation. Being awarded distribution of their products, throughout the UK and Ireland, is a welcome addition to our full range of diving equipment that we already supply through our established retail networks.”

Retailers with supply queries can contact Blue Orb by emailing or by calling 0333 444 0104. Divers wishing to find a dealer can visit


Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy



According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!



As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on

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