AP Diving Vacancy: Product Design Engineer

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Cornish manufacturer AP Diving is looking to a Product Design Engineer to play an integral part in the research, design, development and testing of new high-class diving products and equipment.

Reporting to the Research and Development Manager, the successful candidate will initially find their feet by gaining a complete technical and engineering understanding of the current product range as well as the industry sector including quality and European standard requirements.

For more information, check out the full application on GradCornwall.

Closing date: 8th May 2016

The High Cost of Buying Cheap Diving Gear On-line

amazon-keyboardsA question asked on a scuba diving forum.

Beginner Advice Please

“I am a complete beginner and need to buy the kit.

Any advice on good on-line scuba diving retailers will be much appreciated.

My mate is fairly experienced, so he will be able to help me”.

 

 

Hi there

I am absolutely delighted to hear that you are thinking of buying some diving equipment. It is a researched and documented fact that if you own your own kit, you will go diving more regularly than if you haven’t got anything.

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Two pieces of core scuba diving equipment: a pair of boat fins and a dive mask

I would certainly advocate that as a new diver you get the core kit of mask, boat fins, snorkel, boots, a shortie / basic thermal protection and a timing device.

This is your basic snorkelling equipment which will last you from now until kingdom come, provided you look after it carefully. It also means that when you start / continue learning, you have the basics which will also be fine for pool work and blue water diving.

Once you have your core kit I would suggest that you don’t go on a mad spending spree – yet.

The thing about learning to dive (or any other sport for that matter) is that you don’t know, what you don’t know. This is not a criticism, just a fact of life.

It is terribly easy to peruse the magazines, let your fingers do the walking on the web or post a question on the Forums. And if you are British diver you will probably end up making the decision to buy a certain brand of BCD and regulators. But is it truly the right equipment for the style of diving you are currently doing, and what you aspire to do in the future?

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Attend an equipment manufacturer demo day or ScubaFest to try out new diving equpiment

To get the most out of your equipment you really need to have some in-water time and experience before you buy it. Borrow, hire, steal, beg equipment from fellow divers or your local club or dive centre and try it out. Or attend an equipment manufacturer demo day or the ScubaFests. But please pace yourself.

Try and dive ‘familiar’ diving equipment when you try out one new piece of kit to reduce the stress levels. By getting some in-water time, you will gain a mental and physical reference which enables you to start forming ideas of what equipment you want, and the route you wish to follow.

I am really glad to hear that you have an experienced mate who has taken you under his wing.

The one thing that I would say is that staff in dive centres have exposure to a large range of equipment from a number of manufacturers. They go on product days and launches, they get given the odd sample to play with, and it’s all so that they can understand the product better.

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Dive Centre Owner and Chief Instructor Martin Sampson (in the orange and black suit) with his students on Porth Dafarch, Anglesey, Wales. Martin and Caroline run Anglesey Divers

Dive centre staff are out there using the kit in anger, and diving it on a very regular basis. They should ask you what kind of diving are you doing now, and what do you intend to do in the future, and will advise you accordingly as to what kind of kit will suit you. This means that you will be given good solid equipment advice by someone who is more experienced than your average amateur diver.

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A well stocked dive shop offering a plethora of safety accessories

The beauty about shopping in a LDS (Local Dive Shop), is that you get to feel, touch, try on and look at the equipment for real.

If you ask for help the staff will walk you around the shop and show you the difference between a pool fin, a boat fin, a nature’s wing fin, a spring strap, a traditional fin strap and a quick release strap.

Absolutely nothing can replace the opportunity of feeling, touching, smelling, lifting, finding out just how heavy something is, and trying on new up-to-date equipment. It’s almost a rite of passage for a diver to walk into a dive shop with a pocketful of cash and buy your drysuit / regulator / bcd and thoroughly delight in the frisson, thrill and excitement of that hands-on experience.

Buying on the web is just not the same thing. Pushing a button or two and waiting for a brown box to be delivered is quite pedestrian in comparison.

It should be noted it is not polite to visit a dive centre and benefit from their time, knowledge and counselling to then go and buy the product off the net for the sake of a few pounds. I have seen this happen all too often, and it is little wonder that dive centre staff sometimes end up quite jaded by this behaviour.

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I am not saying ‘never buy from the internet’

If you buy via the web you might get a more competitive price. This is because all you are paying for is for someone to take a piece of kit off a shelf, put it into a box and post it to you. There is rarely counselling and advice, and no cup of tea.

There is no substitute to having an experienced professional standing next to you, seeing how the kit fits and knowing how it will perform in the water.

When you buy in a LDS you gain education, information and benefit from the shop’s experience.

It is worth noting that your LDS doesn’t necessarily need to be your nearest dive centre. My nearest dive centre is a is 12 minutes / 5 miles away. The one I use is 51 minutes / 28 miles away because of their great servicing, advice and gas blending. And your LDS will be ‘the one’ where you get good service, advice, mentoring and they actively go diving.

Buying on the web appears to be a great, short term gain, but you will definitely lose long term.

Now more than ever you need to support your LDS. (LDS equipment sales are one revenue source that helps to pay for rates, electricity, insurance, salaries, etc). Around the turn / start of the year I was hearing every week about yet another dive retail centre closing their doors and I know of another two dive centres that have gone down in the last 8 weeks. The blood letting continues.

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We can’t buy air or gas fills online

The price you will be charged in-store is a fair one because it’s the suggested retail price. Remember diving is effectively a luxury sport where you want life support equipment that will always perform efficiently in a harsh environment. You need it to work properly and that costs real money to research, develop, test and manufacture.

By demanding cheaper equipment you will get just that. There have been comments on the Forums about cheap weight belts falling to bits, cheap clips and knives rusting up, cheap reels jamming and tangling, and I am aware of a couple of lovely masks that are sadly now just plain nasty.

These two low profile masks fitted 95% of all faces, looked great and were a sensible price. Unfortunately because the public kept on demanding cheaper masks, production was switched to another factory, and now these products are inferior and sales have dropped right off. The silicone used is horribly hard and the frames crack. By demanding cheaper kit the product has been destroyed. Everyone loses.

It is worth pointing out that I am also not saying ‘never buy from the internet’. That is just plain daft. We are very time poor these days, and when you know precisely what you need, and that it will fit you perfectly, buying on-line is a useful, timely solution. But as a new diver, or a diver upgrading key pieces of equipment, you really benefit from buying your equipment in store because of the personal hands on service you will receive. And you leave with something that properly fits you.

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Do we really want to return to 100 mile round trips to get diving cylinders filled?

Whatever your position on internet sales, if they become all that we have got left, along with some very large regional centres, then not only you, but everyone will lose out.

So if you end up spending a tad more now on kit at your local dive centre, it should mean that in the future we all won’t be doing 100 mile round trips to get cylinder fills and regulators serviced which is better for our pockets and kinder to the environment. And the great thing is that we will be well looked after by like-minded kit monster professionals who still get huge thrill out of playing with shiny toys.

Good luck with your diving, I hope this helps.

Christian McDonald Is ‘Honorary Underwater Instructor’

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Christian McDonald received his award on 23rd April 2016

It has just been announced that Scripps Scientific Diving Officer Christian McDonald has been named an honorary Underwater Instructor by the Los Angeles County Underwater Unit.

He received this honour at the program’s annual awards dinner on 23rd April 2016 for his contributions supporting their Underwater Instructor Certification Course.

The program is the world’s oldest public safety program. It was developed in 1954 by LA County lifeguards participating in the then newly developed SIO scientific diving course. During the 62 year period over 1,100 underwater instructors have been certified.

Christian joins only 7 other persons, including SIO DSO emeritus James Stewart and SIO graduate Dr. Wheeler J. North, as honorary instructors for the county of Los Angeles. Congratulations Christian.

SOURCE: The Scripps Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

 

#TBT – “Make A Meaningful Difference” says PADI’s Drew Richardson

The ‘Beneath The Sea‘ show celebrated a major birthday earlier this month.

Beneath The Sea Show, 40th anniversary, Scuba diving show, Armand Zigahn, Chris Sasso, Robert Ricke, JoAnn Zigahn, Robert Schrager, Maria Hults, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Women Divers Hall of FameThis USA based scuba diving event was founded in 1976, making this the 40th year Beneath The Sea has recognised divers who have made significant and lasting contributions in the fields of the arts, education, environment, service and science.

Included in the 2016 ‘Diver Of The Year’ Class was Dr Drew Richardson for Service. Drew is PADI Worldwide’s President & CEO.

Here is Drew’s acceptance speech.

“Thank you. I’m honored and humbled to receive this recognition as there are so many other more worthy recipients out in the world.

I’m passionate about diving and I’ve dedicated most of my life to it – to improving dive training to help make divers confident, competent and comfortable underwater.

Many of you may not know this, but I lost my brother in a diving accident when I was eighteen. My brothers and I were all experienced watermen- competitive swimmers, water polo players, lifeguards and divers. In large part, his passing was a catalyst in my decision to dedicate my life to diving education and exploration and contributing to helping make it safer for all who choose to try it.

I owe this honor to the many people who have worked with me over the years to make diving more than diving. To make it about changing lives.

As I see it, when we bring people into diving, going underwater is just the start. We’re not just in the dive business, we’re in the life transformation business.

Think about all of the amazing leaders who, through diving, change lives every day. A lot of these folks are in this room right now.

Look at the women recognized here tonight in the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. Cody Unser, you are a shining light and a rock star! Congratulations on this recognition. You open new doors every day for those who may have long thought them shut.

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Dr Dawn Kernagis

And, Dawn Kernagis, well done to you, as well. Your contributions in diving physiology, research and exploration in diving are for the betterment of all divers.

Margo Peyton isn’t here tonight, but she’s inspiring the next generation to become divers and join the ranks of dive professionals, leaders and ocean advocates. All of the Women Diver Hall of Fame members are all special and remarkable in their own right as leaders and role models. They change lives every day.

And then there’s my fellow Diver of the Year and Diving Pioneer award recipients. Wayne [Hasson], congratulations to you on receiving the 2016 Diving Pioneer award – this award is well deserved.

Fabien Cousteau, congratulations to you, as well, and thank you for carrying on your family’s legacy.

Richard [Lutz], congratulations and thank you for sharing the impact and importance of a perceived alien world with millions, influencing them to care.

Wendy [Benchley], thank you for standing up for shark protection to ensure future generations will have the opportunity to experience these majestic creatures.

And, to my friend, Bill Ziefle, thank you for standing up for diver safety through the efforts of DAN to ensure there’s help divers when they need it the most.

And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the Beneath the Sea steering committee . . . Zig and JoAnne, Bob and Maria — along with all of the show volunteers who have humbly supported and served the dive community for 40 years. Their efforts have changed hundreds of thousands of lives over the years and provided new opportunity to our diving youth. They are the lighting rod in bringing us all together as a community. Thank you.

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Dr Drew Richardson

As divers, this is what we do. Through many ways, means and methods, we change lives. Some of us change lives in big ways, and others in small ways. But, it’s all significant.

I am honored to be among you all.

When I think about the future, I think about the ways we can inspire the global family of divers to stand together to pay it forward. To care about something much larger than ourselves, this includes adaptive scuba and also about as a community paying it forward by about turning around to the next person in line and helping them along on their journey.

This includes ocean conservation, underwater cultural heritage and preservation, and defending and protecting our ocean. While, as individuals, we all touch lives for the better, together we can make a meaningful difference.

There’s no group better positioned to accomplish these things than divers.

Success depends upon you – and every diver around the world – taking action. Let’s work together to unite a global force of divers to drive forward as agents to change. Let’s join together to take care of this gift that takes care of all of us. Now that’s life transforming.

I never get tired of seeing the PADI family change lives with diving. While this is reward enough, I deeply appreciate this recognition of my contributions to the industry and sport. I will use it to help inspire other to change lives and band together to save our oceans.

Thank you.”

Extreme Adventures in the UK @ The Great Northern Dive Show

Here in Britain, there is genuine exploration on our doorstep.

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Hyundai Ambassador Andy Torbet, planning his next Brit adventure

 

And Andy Torbet, former soldier, and now professional action man, knows where you can find real adventure.

From glorious towering cliffs to our stormy seas, and ever downwards, deep underground, Andy has been exploring.

Andy Torbet, technical diver, Extreme Adventures, Hyundai Ambassador, Santa Fe, Fourth Element, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Great Northern Dive Show, scuba diving, snorkelling, EUROTEKThis Saturday – 23rd April – Andy is talking about his underwater antics at the Great Northern Dive Show at 11.15am.

Just what was it like to get stuck in the Cave of Skulls? Or complete the ultimate entry to Blowholes? And then of course there is glorious mud and Bog Snorkelling.

Andy will also be on hand afterwards to sign copies of his new book, ‘Extreme Adventures‘.

Tickets for the Great Northern Dive Show are on sale here, or you can buy a ticket on the door at Event City, Manchester, M41 7TB.

Do You Know a ‘Tech’ And / Or ‘CCR’ Friendly Dive Charter?

CCR expedition leader Pete Mesley is currently doing some research for a presentation he is going to be giving later on this year. And he needs some advice.

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Stage cylinders ready for use during Divetech’s Inner Space, Image Credit: Rosemary E Lunn


“What dive charter companies out there are TRUE supporters of technical diving? By this I mean that they don’t just say that they are ‘tech’ or ‘CCR’ friendly. They really provide the products, services and support needed by this market.”

Here is the criteria:

  • The company states whether the customer wanting to do a tech dive needs to buy a sole charter, or a customer can walk in and go for a tech dive
  • The company has tech gear for hire – twin / double manifolded cylinders, rigged stage tanks, sorb, etc
  • The company pumps helium, oxygen, etc and can boost fills
  • The staff are fully capable of supporting tech divers, ie providing guiding services

If you know a dive company who can offer at least two out of the four criteria listed above, please email Pete Mesley.

He would really appreciate your feedback and input on this.

 

Award Winning Diving Stars Speaking In Chicago Today

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Jill Heinerth and Neal Pollock during the 2016 Bell Island Expedition – Photo Credit : Steve Lewis

Two explorers and a diving doctor are headlining ‘Our World Underwater’ in Chicago this weekend.

You can find Jill Heinerth, Richie Kohler and Dr Neal Pollock at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont.

Jill and Neal have just flown in from Newfoundland – they were part of a team exploring and surveying the Bell Island Mine – and are pictured here in Conception Bay South.

They are going to be talking on subjects close to their heart.

Jill is speaking about the science of cave diving and giving advice on rebreather diving, whilst Neal will be discussing managing decompression stress and concerns of the aging diver. You can find the talk schedule here.

Dive Rite, Lamar Hires, Jared Hires, Our World Underwater Chicago, Transpac, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba divingIn between talks visitors have the opportunity of perusing the very latest in scuba diving equipment. Whether you are looking for your first snorkel or first rebreather, you should be able to find it here.

If you are considering more adventurous diving it is worth checking out Dive Rite. This company extensively designs and tests their gear by taking it real life diving. In reality it means that you benefit from equipment that fits properly and is capable of supporting the dives you want to do.

Did you know that several rebreather divers use a Transpac harness underneath their unit because it is so comfortable and hard wearing? And that many divers are diving Dive Rite products that are 10 – 20 years old because they are durable and so well made?

Last Olympian, Our World Underwater Chicago, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Richie Kohler, Rebreather Forum 3, O'Three Drysuits, scuba diving, wreck divingDive Rite equipment would not be out of place being dived on *HMHS Britannic.

Britannic is **RMS Titanic’s bigger sister, and she also sunk. But why did she sink?

Britannic was being built in Belfast when Titanic sunk early on the 15th April 1912. Titanic’s catastrophic loss was such a shock to her shipbuilder – Harland & Wolff – that the engineers redesigned the mighty Britannic so that she would not share the same fate as her sister. But she sank twice as quickly as Titanic. How was that possible?

A man with some answers is wreck explorer and deep sea detective Richie Kohler. Richie is going to be talking about ‘A Decade of Exploration on HMHS Britannic’. And, if you are lucky, you might even be able to get your paws on a copy of his latest book, ‘The Last Olympian’. Why not get it signed!

*   HMHS = His / Her Majesty’s Hospital Ship
** RMS = Royal Mail Ship (sometimes Steam-ship or Steamer)

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