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Fourth Element release Extreme Interval Layering

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Fourth Element has released the latest in thermal protection for the surface interval. Using technology from their world renowned Arctic undersuits, the new Arctic Hoodie isn’t just any old hoodie.

With a casual style, backed up by outstanding thermal protection and tested in some of the most extreme conditions on the planet, the Arctic Hoodie is technology disguised as everyday clothing. The two-layer construction with the Arctic’s wind resistant outer and high-density fleece inner, create the perfect garment for colder temperatures.

Layer it with a waterproof jacket and the Arctic Hoodie can take you from the street to the dive site without missing a beat, even if that dive site is at the edge of an ice-floe. Machine washable and warm even when wet, this hoodie is ready for anything.

These hoodies are also delivered in fourth element’s new marine-safe, biodegradable and toxin-free packaging. These bags can be recycled or dissolved in water and break down in Carbon Dioxide, water and mineralised biomass.

Available online now by clicking here.

RRP/ MSRP : £149.95  |  €179.90  |  USD $209.90

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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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Divesoft divers develop the World’s First Standards for a Bailout CCR Course

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With the announcement of the World’s First Standards for a Bailout Rebreather Diving Course, the Divesoft Team continues to show themselves at the forefront of scuba tech diving gear worldwide. 

To ensure safety during longer dives, divers need to take extra measures and precautions. For instance, in the case of a catastrophic rebreather failure such as a broken scrubber, divers need to use back-up gas and bailout to an open circuit. This is not ideal, however, considering the number of bottles the diver needs to carry for such emergencies. To prevent this, recently, the consensus has been to use a bailout rebreather instead.    

Jakub Šimánek

It’s not an easy feat using a bailout rebreather which is why Liberty Sidemount Instructor, Matthew Jevon, and Divesoft Factory Trainer, Jakub Šimánek, jumped on the opportunity to develop standards for a bailout rebreather diving course and their work was then adopted and used by TDI (Technical Diving International) for the bailout CCR course. Becoming the first bailout CCR instructors was a great achievement for Matt and Jakub and their efforts haven’t ceased. The pair continues to create instructional materials and improve the course to cater towards future students’ needs ensuring it is as useful as possible. The pilot training is currently in progress and will be available soon. 

Matt Jevon

Matt Jevon is an accomplished diver, a Full Expedition Level Trimix and Cave Instructor on OC and CCR, including Divesoft Liberty Sidemount Instructor. Additionally, he has been accredited as an interdisciplinary sports scientist and sports psychologist; you can visit his Facebook page “Psychological Skills for Diving” here. 

Jakub Šimánek is a long-time Divesoft member (since 2012) who works on the development of diving computers and the CCR Liberty rebreather. He trains students from all over the world and in 2015, cooperated on a 4-year-long project with the Police as a diving instructor trainer, establishing the rebreather qualifications of police officers. 

Find out more about Divesoft at www.divesoft.com.

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  • Flights from Gatwick to Hurghada with 23kgs baggage
  • 7 nights in shared cabin
  • 3 meals a day, soft drinks, red wine with dinner
  • 6 days’ diving, guide, 12ltr tank & weights, Marine Park fees and port departure fees
  • Free Nitrox

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Alternative departure airports available at supplement.

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