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Gear Review: SurfEars



Even as a kid I suffered from ear infections, but once I became a diver this seemed a problem that would be something I just had to put up with. Having tried all manner of potions and taken advice from plenty of divers, last year I suffered 2 perforated ear drums from particularly nasty infections. I had to see a specialist and his advice….”you need to stop diving”. I was shocked and tried to explain that diving was how I made my living, but he was unmoved and told me that I was risking permanent damage and ultimately loss of my hearing.

After some further discussions, he offered the suggestion “wear ear plugs” and I tried to explain that this was not possible as I needed to equalize the air space to avoiding causing serious damage. I came home from the hospital dejected. Luckily a diving friend phoned that afternoon and put me in touch with the team behind SurfEars.

They very kindly sent me a set of their ear plugs designed for surfers, assuring me that they were safe to dive in. They let air and sound in, but keep water at bay. I have to say that it seemed to good to be true! The ear plugs arrived in a neat case and had different sizes to enable the perfect fit. As they are very comfortable to wear, and you can still hear perfectly with them in, I could wear them on boat rides and protect my ears from cold winds too.

But…the big (and somewhat scary) test was to dive with them in. I waited for a nice easy going and shallow dive to test them out and to my surprise the ear plugs made it easier to equalize. After a couple of minutes I completely forgot they were in and I allowed myself to continue on a very pleasant dive.

I have used them for a couple of dive trips now and have not suffered from any infections or soreness of my ears – this is a major improvement from the previous diving trips! I even clip the handy pod to my BCD so that I do not forget to bring them along. They are now a permanent addition to my dive gear.

For more information visit the SurfEars 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

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Gear Review: SeaLife SportDiver housing for iPhone (Watch Video)



In a video shot exclusively for, Jeff Goodman reviews the SeaLife SportDiver housing for Apple’s iPhone, used with the Sea Dragon 2500 Light.

For more information about Sealife Underwater Cameras visit the website by clicking here

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Divers Ready: Garmin Descent Mk2, Mk2i and T1 Transmitter Review (Watch Video)



The best dive computer for 2020…? Garmin Descent Mk2 Mk2i and T1 Transmitter Review is finally here at Divers Ready! We’re back with a review of the most hotly anticipated Dive Computer of the year… The Garmin Descent Mk2…

Here are the chapters:

  • 00:15 Intro and BROLL Underwater
  • 05:50 9 Things I love about the Garmin Mk2i
  • 13:01 How does the Garmin Descent Mk2i compare to the Shearwater Teric?
  • 16:26 What I didn’t care for about the Garmin Descent Mk2i
  • 21:55 The 9th thing I love about this dive computer!
  • 24:59 Enter to win a Garmin Descent Mk2

To enter for your chances to win a Garmin Descent Mk2 Dive Computer:

  1. Subscribe to our channel, if you haven’t already:
  2. 2. Comment on this video as to what the Garmin Descent would do for your diving.
  3. Formally enter the contest here (maximum 20 entries per person):

Thanks again to Garmin for their help in making this video and thank you for making a product that recognizes that scuba divers enjoy a full and busy life above AND below water! I hope you enjoyed this video.

As always… D.S.D.O James

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