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Diving Labels: A great way to identify your gear with ease

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Diving Labels provide a simple and inexpensive way to customize your equipment so that it is easy to identify. Nick and Caroline were recently asked to review them and here is what they thought…

We put Diving Labels to the test, getting our own set made and then trying them out on our equipment whilst diving on a busy RIB in the UK and also on a dive trip overseas.

The first step was to order our personalised set, which turned out to be a very simple online process that even allowed us to add our own logo to the stickers, as well as our company name. Once we confirmed our order, we got an email to show us exactly what our stickers will look like before we went ahead with our order. We went for the 3M reflective stickers with a black background, but there are plenty of other colour choices to select from. Once we had confirmed we were happy with the design, Diving Labels got on with printing them, and having told them our next trip was less than two weeks away, they got them to us with plenty of time to spare.

Have you ever struggled to identify which weight pockets or fins are yours on a dive boat? We have. It is common for dive guides to pile them all together at the end of a dive and if you are using the same make as other divers on the boat, it can be a pain to work out which are yours. We have even had to, on many occasions, open up our weight pockets to see if they have the correct weight and therefore might be ours, whilst getting ready for a dive.

By adding these dive stickers, we could easily and quickly identify our items, and, as they had our name on them, everyone else could tell which were ours too, making the job of the dive guides easier. The same applied to our fins, BCD and regulators. On our most recent trip to the Farne Islands, these stickers made finding our cylinders during our surface interval and gear change far easier.

For underwater camera gear, these stickers are fantastic. We used ours on some of our smaller items of equipment including our Paralenz Dive Cameras, confident now that we will always pick up our own from the camera table. We have also put stickers on our camera suction pump, wet lenses and other small items that are difficult to distinguish from others on the boat and also in the hope that, should we lose one of these items, these stickers would assist in getting expensive equipment back to us safely.

With reflective wording and logos, should you drop smaller bits of gear on a dive (or over the side of a boat), for example, a knife, reel or action camera, then they will not only be easier to find, but also have a much better chance of being returned to you in the future.

Having used them both in the UK and overseas, with our equipment having done over 20 dives with their new stickers attached, we were really pleased to see that the stickers stayed on and look as good as new, with no peeling at the edges, and with no sign of any wear and tear.

Diving Labels are sent with an A4 sheet of 108 stickers of various sizes and shapes to help you fit them onto any piece of equipment. These are not only great for individual scuba divers, but would be really useful for dive centres and clubs who want to ensure their scuba gear and underwater photography and videography equipment ends up back where it belongs.

A personalized sheet of 108 stickers only costs $19.99 (around £15) making these Diving Labels a seriously inexpensive way of identifying your equipment and making it stand out from the crowd. We have plenty left and so will be adding a Diving Label to any new gear that we take underwater on our trips diving here in the UK and around the world.

For more information about Diving Labels visit their website by clicking here.

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Tried & Tested: OrcaTorch D630 Canister Dive Light

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The OrcaTorch D630 is a canister dive light designed for cave diving, wreck diving or similar technical diving activities. The light delivers up to 4,000 lumens, and its angle adjustable cable allows both 90°and 180° rotation between canister and light head. This makes the OrcaTorch D630 suited for both side mount and back mount diving. Its large capacity battery pack provides up to 5 hours at the brightest mode.

Features

  • Uses 5* CREE LEDs, max 4000 lumens
  • 90°~180° angle adjustable cable
  • 7° super focus beam
  • LED indicator offers an instant update of battery status
  • Rechargeable large capacity battery
  • 5 hours long runtime at brightest mode
  • Battery can be used as a power bank
  • Battery charging indicator displays the charging status
  • Easy operation with side titanium alloy button switch
  • Safe lock function
  • Intelligent overheat protection
  • Depth rated up to 150 meters
  • Constructed from aircraft-grade high strength aluminum alloy

Test Conditions

  • Location: Capernwray Quarry, UK
  • Visibility: 6-8m
  • Temperature: 14 degrees C
  • No of Dives: 2

Review

There is plenty to be impressed about with the OrcaTorch D630 Dive Light! On a recent trip to Capernwray I used it both as a light and gave it to my buddy to model for me, so that I could see it in action from both sides. Firstly, and possibly most importantly, it is really easy to use. There is a lock to prevent it being turned on accidentally, and this switch is easy to use even with thick gloves. Once unlocked it is a simple button press to flick through the modes. The dive was a bit green and murky, but this powerful light cut through the less than perfect water conditions really well. It is easy to mount and with the adjustable cable angle it can be put wherever suits you best and still have a good hose route.

I love the fact that at the end of a couple of long dives using this light, I was still able to use the battery to charge my phone! The D630 gives a clear indication of the power left in the battery, so you will never be caught short on a dive.

This is a great light for wreck diving or using on any overhead environment dive. I have not tried it at night, but I can be confident it would be outstanding for this too. It is a tough, rugged, quality dive light with both impressive battery life and light beam.

At £539.95 ($659.95) you are getting a quality light for your money. It is depth rated to 150m and the battery will last for 5 hours – so it is a great dive light to join you on your next adventure.

For more information visit the OrcaTorch website by clicking here.

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Gear Review: W7 Wetsuit from Waterproof (Watch Video)

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In a video shot exclusively for Scubaverse.com, Jeff Goodman reviews the W7 Wetsuit from Waterproof.

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