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NEW at Boot 2019 – Diving Equipment



Amazing new innovations at BOOT 2019

The Boot show in Dusseldorf, Germany was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and as usual it had a huge array of scuba diving equipment on display. I was only visiting for a couple of days but took the chance to grab some information on some of the new kit on offer in 2019. Here is a brief round up of what I found….


Mares were celebrating their 70th anniversary at Boot and their most exciting new product had to be the Horizon Rebreather – launched at the show. There was huge interest in this new Semi-Closed Rebreather, with queues forming just to see it.

Mares also had a host of other new equipment on show on their huge stand in the middle of the exhibition – from new wetsuits, redesigned bags, computers, regs, BCDs and more…here are just a few:

Flexa Z Therm 7mm semi-dry wetsuit

Chroma Mask: with easy to change lenses

New Mares Bag Range: lighter & more eco-friendly

Magellan: Travel Wing

There was a huge array of new Mares regulators on display

New action camera Video Tray, including 2 EOS 10RW lights

For more information about new diving equipment from Mares visit their website by clicking here.


SCUBAPRO launched the amazing new Galileo Hud heads up display diving computer at this years Boot show. This tiny and light computer clips onto any mask and gives the diver a heads up display of the information needed. You have to see it to believe it!

Also new on their stand were…

Go Sport Fins: a super tough open heel fin

Synergy Mask: made for smaller faces and comes with the comfort strap

For more information about new diving equipment from Scubapro visit their website by clicking here.

Aqualung & Apeks

Aqualung & Apeks also had a host of new dive gear to show their dealers & customer. I met up with Dean Martin who talked me through what to expect in 2019….

Also new from Aqualung / Apeks…

Rogue BCD: New White Colour

1200C Dive Computer: connects via bluetooth to Diverlog + App

Fast Lock: A new innovative way to secure your BCD

Plazma Mask: Aqualung’s first frameless mask comes in 6 colours, the black mask comes with amber lenses

Apeks VX1 Mask: Pure Clear and UV CUT lens. Comes with hard box and both neo and silicone straps

For more information about new diving equipment from Aqualung visit their website by clicking here. For more information about new diving equipment from Apeks visit their website by clicking here.

Huish Outdoors

Huish had their extensive range of diving gear on display from manufacturers Bare, Hollis, Atomic Aquatics, Oceanic and more on display at Boot. I met up with Justin who said that after a tough 2018 Huish were back on track for 2019, fully operational and raring to go! The Hollis Prism rebreather caught the eye; previously available around the world, but now also in the EU coming soon!

Also on their stand…

Hollis Prism Rebreather from the front

Hollis Katana 2

Bare ATX Drysuit

For more information about new diving equipment from Huish Outdoors visit their website by clicking here.


Anything to do with man’s best friend catches my eye, and so this display from Cressi made me smile!

For more information about new diving equipment from Cressi visit their website by clicking here.

Fourth Element

I also have to give Fourth Element a mention for their dedication to protecting the marine environment. They are the leading light in the scuba world when it comes to creating innovative new products made from recycled nylon from ghost nets and to reducing plastic packaging. Keep up the great work!

For more information about Ocean Positive and Mission 2020 from Fourth Element visit their website by clicking here.

There was so much on offer at the Boot show it would be impossible for me to have covered it all. There were scooters and technical equipment that I did not get time to look at. The show is also full of travel and training stands. You can see what was new in the world of underwater photo & video 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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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)



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! 

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Fourth Element release Extreme Interval Layering



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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