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GUE compliant fins are stiff bladed rubber types with straps that do not have a break point, i.e without plastic buckles.  Surprisingly there are an increasing number of manufacturers making fins which fall into this category, but this article reviews the 3 most common: XS Scuba (Turtle fins); ScubaPro (Jet fins) and Hollis (F1 fins).

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What do we need in a dive timer? Very little in all honesty. Here I've outline what we need out of a timer, and what options are available.

We don't use computers, so that removes a significant proportion of the clever functionality that other divers might require. I guess that I have five elements in mind when selecting a dive timer:

  • Time Display in Seconds
  • Depth Display in 0.1 metre intervals
  • Large and Clear Display
  • Reliability and Robustness
  • Additional Features

So, let's look at those items in a little more detail.

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As with all parts of the standardised kit configuration, even the five hoses which are used with the twin cylinder set up have standard lengths. This makes life simple as each piece of equipment will reach exactly to the right place on your kit without excess slack, preventing drag in the water or potential entanglement hazards. An added bonus is any hose can be swapped out with one of your team's in the event of a failure being discovered during the equipment match prior to the dive.

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GUE divers use their primary torch as their voice underwater. It is the primary means by which we communicate with our team, particularly in reduced ambient light and/or visibility.

For this reason we rely heavily on the primary torch and consequently it remains one of the most expensive pieces of equipment we must invest in. It is important to understand what requirements the torch must have to fulfill to perform the function for which it is intended prior to purchase. As the torch is used for signalling as well as a light source, the beam should be focusable with adequate brightness and penetration ability for your chosen environment. Beams that are too diffuse may light up the environment superbly however, the ability to attract the attention of your team may be compromised. 

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As a man, looking for a solution to provide underwater comfort breaks is fairly straightforward. However, anatomy leaves the female of the species with a more awkward problem to solve....

Moving from a wetsuit weather diving, into year round UK cold water conditions and dry suit diving, I pretty quickly found myself admiring the boys p-valves with a green tinged envy.

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