How to remove the aquabionic universal spring strap from a fin

AQUABIONIC “SPIN TO FIT” UNIVERSAL STAINLESS STEEL SPRING STRAP

The “SPIN TO FIT” buckle system on the aquabionic universal SS spring strap allows precise length adjustment over a broad range, just by rotating the heel pad one way to tighten, and the other to loosen.

The buckles use a “turnbuckle” screw drive to move the ends of the spring in and out of the buckle housing, which means it is not needed to remove the buckles from the fin to make the adjustment.

One buckle is a standard design, which is easy to remove from the fin by rotating the buckle up to 90 degrees and lifting it off. It is replaced by lining up the marks on the buckle with the mark on the fin post, and pressing down. Then rotate the buckle so it points straight back and push until you hear a “click” sound. The buckle is installed.

The other buckle – marked with three raised dots – has a safety clip that cannot be removed without the use of a small tool to pry the clip up, allowing it to rotate to the removal positon. The clip does not need to be removed, only lifted a small distance while rotating the buckle.

To remove this safety clip, rotate the buckle up to about 45 degrees, or you feel it stop. While maintaining slight pressure on the clip, insert a small suitable tool (A small screw driver or the Allen key used for regulator first stage hose plug removal) into the visible hole in the buckle and gently pry up until the buckle rotates to 90 degree to the fin, then lift the buckle off the post.

It is replaced in the same way as the standard buckle, but requires slightly more pressure to press onto to the post and then to push it back into position. You will hear and feel a louder click as it locks into place.

Your fins are now ready to use.

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DEMA 2013 – CETATEK booth #435

CETATEK products inc., of British Columbia, Canada, is set to release the updated 2014 version of the original warp1 fin world-wide by early December 2013. The new version – the aquabionic 1 – will feature several advances to further raise the bar for fin performance. These combine to create an even more comfortable fin with excellent top end power and unparalleled versatility for all kick styles.

The aquabionic 1 comes equipped with a proprietary new stainless steel spring strap system that offers 3” of quick and easy adjustment. It features a no-tools “twist to fit” micro adjustment to provide the diver with the perfect balance of comfort and security against fin loss. The buckles and heel protector are colour matched to the fin for a stunning new look.

The new 2014 model of the aquabionic 1 fin will be available in dive stores around the world by early December.

The revolutionary next generation of warp technology will be on display at DEMA in Orlando this November, for delivery in 2014

The company will also debut at DEMA 2013 the newest evolution of the unique warp (water adapting responsive propulsion) technology, incorporating a hi-tech structural exo-skeleton to activate the physical spreading and cupping function of the design.

The system’s inventor, Jan Ortwig, also President of CETATEK, claims that this next genereation will meet the needs of advanced, professional and military divers for rugged performance, and the exo-skeleton visibly demonstrates their technological leadership in underwater propulsion. This design represents a true leap ahead and will become the standard for the way fins will be built, purchased, and used in the future.

DEMA 2013 – Guardian of the Reef

Simon Morris, CETATEK’s VP Marketing and Sales, is also a bronze sculptor. Best known for the nine foot mermaids placed underwater in Powell River BC and Grand Cayman, he will unveil his latest large statue, the Guardian of the Reef on November 6th at DEMA, before it heads to Grand Cayman’s famous Divetech destination. Once there, it will be on display at the resort until he is installed on the local reef on January 26th, 2014.

Divetech celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014 and will sink the Guardian as an artificial reef and legacy for divers to visit for decades to come. They will promote ocean conservation by donating one dollar from every dive on the Guardian in 2014 towards an educational Ocean Conservation and Awareness program for local
school children with a goal of raising $20,000 the first year towards this cause.

The sculpture is released as a world-wide limited edition of four signed, numbered and dated castings. After this fist casting in the edition is installed in Grand Cayman the remaining three will be available for sinking in other excellent dive destinations around the world. For more info, please visit www.guardianofthereef.com

After you’ve seen the Guardian at the DEMA booth, come to our Booth 435, and talk to Simon about the environment, sculpture, and of course the new aquabionic 1 fins!

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DIVER MAGAZINE REVIEW – warp speed! The aquabionic warp1 fin

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Fins. Not the most exciting piece of dive gear, but definitely one of the most under appreciated. A good pair of fins can make a world of difference to any diver, and the market is some what flooded with options.

The warp1 fin from CETATEK is another ‘revolutionary fin’ with a ‘unique design’. Yeah, we’ve heard it all before. But how good are they really and is there any noticeable difference?

In short: very, and yes.

The warp1 name doesn’t just suggest speed, it’s also a cunning acronym; “water adapting responsive propulsion”. It’s actually a very fitting description of how this fin differs from the many others on the market.

A Y-frame structure with rigid side struts contain a thin but durable membrane that expands when kicked. This membrane expansion provides noticeable, instantaneous thrust and power. Making for a very versatile and powerful fin, that can be used in many scenarios to great effect. Even the United States Navy have been impressed.

DIVER swam with the fins in the warm waters of Okinawa, and the cold waters of British Columbia, where the fins were designed. We dived in drysuits, loaded with weight, steel tanks, pony bottles and camera gear, and we dived in wetsuits with just a few pounds of lead. We dived in high currents such as the Yonaguni Ruins in Japan, but also at more relaxed sites vacation divers yearn for.

[quote]And the result? CETATEK’s warp1 fins are responsive, powerful, comfortable and look bad ass.[/quote]

The fins are easy to put on, shipping with quick release, adjustable, rubber straps as standard. But with the optional extra of steel spring straps. The foot pockets are comfortable and flexible and fit snuggly around the different types of boots we swam with, and are sold in three different sizes.

The warp1‘s come in four different colours; blue, yellow and red – all with a transparent membrane. Then there’s the fourth option of completely black. What the black pair lacks in high visibility, it more than makes up for in pure sexy awesomeness.

In the water the fins are incredibly lightweight, never feeling too bulky or stiff, but at the same time feeling reassuringly more rigid than a split fin.

[quote]As soon as you kick they respond. A frog kick is a pleasure, propelling you forward with a surprising surge, and even back finning seemed a little easier than normal. The more traditional ‘flutter’ kick, or the more advanced ‘dolphin kick’ is where you can really feel an increase in power, perfect for those crazy drift dives or long surface swims.[/quote]

The technology involved in producing fins, specifically the warp1, is mind boggling in depth. The R&D alone would put some hi-tech computer companies to shame. Yet all of this vanishes as soon as you dive with a pair, and rightly so. As a diver on a relaxing vacation dive, or a tech diver on a mission from God, all you want is a responsive, safe, comfortable and efficient pair of fins. warp1 fins deliver.

When diving Port Hardy, British Columbia you need some kick ass fins. As soon as you roll off the boat and onto the famous Browning Wall, you’re picked up and whisked away by an aggressive current. As a photographer, when you’re zooming past a wall and catch sight of a red Irish lord perched amongst the anemones, you can’t resist a shot. You swim as hard as you can against the current, just to grab that one photo. It may only take a few seconds, but it feels like you’re running a marathon, battling against the ocean’s power. This is where the value of good fins is apparent and every penny you spend becomes 100% worth it.

Swimming against strong current is never an easy task. We found the warp1 fins to be a valuable asset to DIVER’s gear bag, helping us enjoy our dives and maximize swimming efficiency.

Fins can often be an overlooked bit of dive gear. Shop around, find a local dealer that sells or rents the warp1, or purchase direct from the website. You won’t be disappointed.

Warp speed? Make it so.

Snorkel Types – What’s Best For You?

Thousands of years ago, someone discovered that if you cut a short length of hollow reed from the riverbank, you could breathe through it and sneak up on people underwater.

Now there are hundreds of models of snorkels on the market with so many gadgets and features it’s hard to make sense of it and choose what’s best for you. Just like with fins, it depends on what you are going to use it for. There are several main categories of snorkel users but there are a  few fundamental things to look for in a snorkel no matter what the end use. First, make sure it has a reasonable bore diameter. One that is too thin or too long can cause CO2 build up, reduce your stamina, make you dizzy, and give you a headache, none of which are fun. Then make sure that the mouthpiece is comfortable and will not exert pressure and give you sores from rubbing. Nearly all snorkels on the market today have a water purge valve at the lowest point on the mouthpiece, to make clearing the snorkel as easy as possible.

“Snorkelers” – probably the largest single group worldwide. They float around on the surface, looking down at the reef, and are usually the least experienced of the all the users. They may never have had any exposure to a dive shop, or had any lessons, and have a relatively low skill and comfort level. Snorkelers love the many styles of “Dry Top” snorkels, as they are almost completely dry, meaning they don’t allow waves splashing over the top of the snorkel to get into the tube. Water down the tube causes the novice to sputter and cough when they inhale it, which is never any fun. The down side to a completely dry snorkel is (Basic physics from your first dive class…) when you actually start to dive down, and reach any depth at all; the dry snorkel’s pressure imbalance because it is sealed at one end, will try to extrude your tongue into the mouthpiece. Not comfortable.

“Free divers” – very often much more skilled than snorkelers, and also may be certified SCUBA  divers taking a break, free divers don’t just float at the surface. They make repeated dives to the depths that the dry top becomes a nuisance, but they still don’t really want a lot of waves coming down the tube. This is where the “Semi-Dry” or “Splash Proof” snorkel top comes in handy. They are designed to deflect most of the water that comes along, and helps prevent those nasty surprises. It is important to keep in mind that any design that resists water flow can also create more air resistance and increase the work of breathing through the snorkel, possibly adding some CO2 build up.

“Scuba Divers” – Many divers today feel that a bulky snorkel dangling off their mask strap throughout the dive is a distraction they can live without, and like the simplest snorkel they can find. Some even are soft enough to roll up and store in a BC pocket, only to be pulled out and attached to the mask in case of emergencies, such as surfacing a long way from the boat or shore, with not enough air remaining to return on SCUBA. These often have no dry or semi dry top treatments at all, but the simplicity makes them compact, foolproof, and there when they are needed. Full circle back to the hollow reed…..

Clearing Your Snorkel

OK, there’s water in your snorkel. Now what?

First, if you are a new snorkeler and didn’t leave the surface, it’s most likely a wave broke over the top of the snorkel, and poured down the tube, or you ducked your head down a little too low, and you probably aren’t expecting it. The first way to avoid that is to EXPECT it to happen, and know what to do.

Even if you have exhaled normally, most snorkels have a pretty small volume, and most of them also have a purge valve in the bottom end, so it really doesn’t take much to blow them clear. At the first hint that water has come down the tube, give a short hard last of air into the mouthpiece. This will almost certainly clear it so you can inhale safely again right away. It’s really a good idea – especially if you have never had any professional instruction – to just stand in chest high water, lean over, take a breath, and duck your head down so the snorkel top is below surface level, and let it fill. (You’ll hear it gurgling in). Lift your head a bit, and then blast it clear. Do this again and again until you are comfortable, and then lie on the surface and repeat. It’s actually very easy.

If you are coming up from a breath hold dive, you probably really want that first breath. In this case, tip your head back a bit – it’s always a good idea not surface fast without seeing what’s overhead – and when just a few feet below the surface, start exhaling a small amount of air into the snorkel. This will displace most of the water in the snorkel. As you break the surface, a short final blast will completely clear the snorkel, and it will be ready for that first inhalation. This works well with snorkels equipped with a purge or without.

Back to Basics – Rinse Your Gear!

A few weeks ago we talked about how the difference between renting gear and buying it can improve your early diving experiences. If you are renting now, you already know that most dive shops that rent gear have a “Bring it back clean” policy and will often add a surcharge if you take rented gear back salty or dirty. They do this because they know that salt and dirt left on gear is not good for it, and shortens its life.

When you have invested more than a few dollars in your own gear, it’s even more important to rinse it as soon as possible after the dive. Watch the experienced camera users, and the better charter boats – they immediately immerse their gear in a freshwater dunk tank before they even take it apart.

Salt water is pretty corrosive stuff, but DRIED salt is both corrosive and abrasive. Dried salt crystals embedded in any fabric part of your gear – wetsuits, drysuits, BCs and webbing – can cause unseen damage, make your gear look old before its time, and cost you money.

At the very least give all the gear a good hosing down with fresh water and hang to dry, hopefully in a cool dark place. (UV is no friend of dive gear either…)  Make sure the dust cap is back on the first stage of your reg, and then leave it in a tub of freshwater for at least the same time at it was in salt – especially if the salt water has dried, because you are back to those salt crystals, and you have to dissolve them.

There are many articles on the net about specifics of rinsing individual pieces of gear, but most of it is common sense. Remember that hot soapy water will wash just about any lubricant off gear, so keep it away from O rings etc. Read the manufacturer’s advice about how to get oil or creosote off your suit – solvent based cleaners can be death to neoprene.

Lastly, one of the most important reasons to always rinse your gear and store it well, is that it gives you an opportunity to inspect every piece for loss or damage BEFORE you are on the back on the beach or boat for your next dive and discover you are short a glove, or you have blown an O ring, or that mask strap has finally torn in half. Most divers carry a “save a dive kit”, but it’s been my experience when you are in a hurry and something is broken or missing, it’s always the ONE thing you don’t have a spare for.

Having your gear rinsed, dried, inspected and put away properly means you are ALWAYS ready for that last minute or unexpected opportunity to go diving, fully confident that everything is present and working, and you won’t have that embarrassing moment when everyone else is ready to jump in and one small lost or broken item ruins your day.

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Diver Profile: Brian Pallock

Diving since: 1989
Total number of dives: 1500+
Favourite Quotes:
“Fact isn’t just the flavour of the day or someone’s opinion based on their limited experience…” – BP
“Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.” – Horace Man
Website: www.divesource.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DiveSource

CERTIFICATIONS

NAUI Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Dive Master

Instructor Ratings: NAUI OWSI, PADI MSDT, SDI OWSI, TDI Advanced Nitrox and Deco Procedures,
as well as multiple Instructor specialties from DAN, PADI and SDI

NACD and IANTD Full Cave Certified , Trimix

DIVING LOCATIONS

Canada –  Ontario & the Great Lakes, Nova Scotia, PEI; USA – Cape Ann, Florida (Keys and Caves),Bonne Terre;  Belize; Mexico – Mayan Caves & Cozumel, Aruba, Curacao and all over the Bahamas

BRIAN’S STORY

Brian grew up as a farm boy helping his family grow apples and vegetables for their farm market. His interest in diving began in his youth when he spent hours snorkeling at his parent’s cottage or simply jumping in the water while out fishing with his Mom and Dad to see what there was under the waves. Television specials from National Geographic and Jacques Cousteau fueled this curiosity and he became certified as an open water diver in 1989, following formal schooling in Mechanical Engineering and adult training.

Following his diving certification he pursued the sport with a passion becoming active in the local Ontario diving scene, helping to run several dive clubs, including the Dolfin Divers, Great Lakes Scuba Club and the Durham Divers and he continues to be a strong supporter and sponsor of local dive clubs and the role they play in mentoring new divers.

In 1996 Brian opened Dive Source Scuba in Whitby – Ontario, later moving to Oshawa in 2004 where it has grown to become one of the premier shops in the Province of Ontario. Dive Source is a full service PADI Five Star Dive Centre which teaches hundreds of divers annually and employs a staff of over 30 dive professionals and store staff and acts as an anchor for the dive community in Durham Region and the GTA (Greater Toronto Area).

Supported by his family and a talented and friendly staff, Dive Source continue to bring innovation and passion to the sport of scuba diving with Brian at the helm. When not diving Brian enjoys golf, fishing, writing, photography and the outdoors which ties in well to his role as scuba diving adviser and occasional guest on the FishnCanada Television show.

Benefits of Owning Your Own Gear

I often think of the difference between men and women on the approach to buying and renting, when my friends and now my kids and their friends get married. I have never known a groom who went out and bought a tux to wear for three hours, and have never seen a bride in a rented gown. (Not saying it doesn’t happen; just have never seen it myself.)

It’s partly a practical choice, and partly an emotional one. Go to a tool rental shop and you’ll find all kinds of great and handy devices that you may only ever need ONCE for one job and that job pretty much can’t be done without it. You know you will pay about ten percent of the value of the tool, but you are pretty sure you won’t use it nine more times in the next ten years, so it makes sense to rent.

Now, with dive gear, to become a scuba diver you have to take a fairly expensive course, and invest your valuable time to get certified to enjoy our great sport. It’s probably not something you did on a whim, you thought about it for a long time, or a friend has got you interested, but the point is you made a commitment. The dive industry has known for years that the dropout rate of divers who invest in their own gear is lower than those who don’t. Who wants to wear a wetsuit that 500 others have worn before you, or have a regulator in your mouth under the same circumstances?

Dive gear is a life support system that is your gateway to one of the most exciting experiences on the planet. When you are 100 feet underwater having a great time, it can be hard to imagine that you are a fifty cent part away from being exposed to an environment that is as hostile to the human body as outer space.

When you own your own gear, you spend the time to get every piece of it adjusted and configured EXACTLY the way you like it. It becomes like an old friend; an old pair of slippers that just slide on easily every time. There are no surprises, and your task loading on the dive prep is much lower – especially if you are on a boat full of divers you don’t know, and some piece of unfamiliar rental gear starts giving you grief.

In cold water, it’s really hard to enjoy the beauty when your rented dry suit leaks, or wetsuit is just not keeping you warm. For the travelling diver, in the face of recent massive airline restrictions and fees, most manufacturers have introduced high quality lightweight gear. I recently flew halfway around the world to dive in Australia. I took every piece of my own gear, except for weights.

I geared up in a couple of minutes, everything fit, I knew where it all was and how it worked, and the second I hit the water I forgot about and enjoyed my dives. If you want to truly enjoy diving and stay in for the long haul, go buy some gear….

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Diver Profile: Denise Quesnel

Hometown: Vancouver
Age: 27
Diving since: 2011
Total number of dives: 35

DIVING LOCATIONS

According to my dive log, various spots in Utila, Honduras and Playas del Coco, Costa Rica are most frequented. A quarter of my dives have taken place in British Columbia, which is where I live, but I don’t really have one frequented spot. There is no one convenient spot, and I always feel compelled to explore new sites before returning to an already visited one.

DENISE’S STORY

Q.When and why did you start diving?

I said for many years that I had no interest in diving. I think its because I was in denial, I knew once I tried it I would be hooked and it would be game over for me. I took the plunge before I left for my wedding in Belize. I wanted to be able to dive there because many people reported Belize to be among the most incredible and eclectic dive sites in the world. I got my PADI certification in Vancouver, since I wanted to be able to drysuit dive in the waters at home as much as possible. I love the water, and I am completely fascinated by what is beneath it. I started recording photos and video of my dives as soon as I felt competent underwater, and I now almost always take my stereoscopic 3D camera down with me. It really brings the dives back to life when I review the 3D footage afterwards, and non-divers really enjoy it too.

Q.What was your most exciting dive experience?

My most memorable experience was off the shore of Kona, Hawaii on a night dive. On this particular dive you bring lights down with you and chill out on the bottom, and before long plankton are drawn to the light, which in turn brings oceanic manta rays. Being that close to the mantas and seeing them emerge like massive gentle monsters from the dark was a completely captivating experience. They come within inches of you; I brought my 3D camera system on that dive and have some great moments from it. Any dive for me is amazing if I can find some little creatures too- I like to go on the hunt for them. A good dive for me will feel easy and natural; I can only really go a month between dives before getting the itch to get back in the water again.

Happy diving everybody!