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We believe this is one of the best innovations in diving in the last few years. The diving harness meet DIR and GUE requirements and is propelling this BC to the top of the list for recreational diving in los Angeles California. It’s called a halcyon Infinity backplate and wing system.

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I’m going scuba diving in Florida next week and was packing my gear, is my wetsuit which is a 2pc bib style I think prolly 6.5mm thick going to be too warm for Florida (Orlando area, springs and maybe Gulf side diving i.e. Venice Beach)? I do get cold easily but I’m more used to Pacific water which is generally colder anyhow, so I’d hate to be too warm.

Also, for Florida diving what’s the alligator diving hazard there for springs?

Nobody can tell you what wetsuit will be best for you, only you know exactly how comfortable you will be at a given water temperature. That said, a 6.5mm farmer john/jacket combo seems like overkill for Florida diving…most people tend to use that level of protection in temps below 60-65 F or so. While I usually recommend that people err on the side of warmth, that sounds like too much for Florida…but again only you are in the position to make that call.

If I were you I would do some research on the water temps where you plan to dive and use your experience with your 6.5mm two-piece at other water temps, then make your decision. Operating blindly, I would think a well-fitting 5mm suit would be enough but only you can say for sure what is right for you.

Good luck!

FYI…I just checked a sea temperature chart and found the Gulf temps in the 85 F range. Many people would view those temperatures as comfortable in no wetsuit (not me!), a 3mm shorty, or a 3mm jumpsuit. The springs may be more in the 75 F range. You might want to consider layering to handle that range of temperatures, use a 3mm in the Gulf and add a 3mm hooded vest in the springs. Or something. 🙂

The deepest a person can dive in scuba gear is about 100-150 feet. The Mariana trench is 35,994 ft. At that depth the pressure of the water is about 1000 time sea level pressure. You would die instantly.

Vintage Dive Gear Demo 2

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Demonstration of vintage gear from the mid 60’s to early 70’s. Shows an Aqua-Lung double hose regulator, twin tanks, Voit duck fins, and other era appropriate equipment. Dive gear like this was used in shows such as Sea Hunt and the James Bond film, Thunderball.

Model: Iara Mandyn
Produced by: Fathom Films

Music: “Scuba Dooba Baby” by The Scuba Men

Special thanks to Jim Steele of Steele’s Discount Scuba in Oakland, CA for lending his gear and expertise.

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Learn how the proper fins can maximize efficiency underwater, especially for the technical diver who expects to be working against flow or strong currents. Dive Rite’s founder, Lamar Hires, gives us some great insight to the EXP Fin.

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