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The Nautilus Lifeline Marine Rescue GPS

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On a recent trip to dive the Mexican Revillagigedo Islands with a large group of divers and underwater photographers, we were each asked to attach a Nautilus GPS system to our BCDs. Our guides, aboard Nautilus Belle Amie, gave us a short talk on how the system worked and why they wanted us to wear them. The islands we were diving on were situated hundreds of miles from the mainland and strong currents were possible in this remote area, so they wanted us to be able to send out a distress signal, that would contact all boats in the area, should we get lost and find ourselves unable to see our boat. To me this sounded like a very sensible idea!

Fortunately, we did not find ourselves in a situation where we needed to use it. However, two of our divers did start to think about it, after drifting away from the boat after a dive at El Boiler. The support boat found them quickly and it turned out that the Nautilus system was not needed. But this did get us thinking about all the other dives we have done in remote areas, or areas with strong currents or large waves, and whether this is a device we should be wearing on every dive.

Nautilus’ mission is to “save lives” and the founder, Mike Lever, is clearly passionate about getting this device into the water with as many ocean-going individuals as possible. So far, 38 people have emailed him personally to say the system saved their lives! Their website says:

“We believe that calling for help at sea should be a lot simpler than using a satellite based system that involves uplinks and downlinks, shore operations offices, marine rescue coordination centers, and full emergency responses. We think it should be as simple as calling boats around you for help whether it’s a cool, calm radio call or sending a digital AIS/DSC distress message with your GPS position to boats near and far. With devices that are depth rated and tough enough to drive over with a truck.”

“We do not just dream about this stuff and build it. We live and play in the marine environment. We are scuba divers and sailors; kite-boarders and paddle-boarders; swimmers and surfers. Our team includes commercial fishermen, seasoned ship’s captains, marine engineers, floatplane pilots and recreational boaters. We know firsthand the value of being able to call for help easily and without any fuss. Any time. Anywhere in the world.”

You can watch a short video about the Nautilus Lifeline below:

We have got our hands on the latest Nautilus Lifeline Marine Rescue GPS and will be doing a review of the device for Scubaverse soon.

For more information click 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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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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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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