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Bantin's Blog - Do You Need A Drysuit?

October 24, 2014

  My wife has gone for a short holiday to Iceland. While she is there, she plans to make a dive or two in a famous lake. Sounds chilly, doesn’t it? She went at the same time last year to dive in the equally cold waters of British Columbia. She had a great time. Cold water diving can be a great experience but not if you are uncomfortable. She dives in a drysuit and before she went to Iceland I sorted out two pairs of woolly socks, some Merino wool thermal underwear and a warm undersuit for her to wear. Warm mitts and a warm hood augmented these insulating garments. Wearing a drysuit with the right insulation in cold waters...

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Bantin's Blog - Breathing

October 17, 2014

The big question that every new diver wants answered is about how long the air in the tank will last. It all depends on how much there is to begin with, how deep it is going to be breathed at, and how much the diver is going to breathe it.The first two parts to this are easily identified. You can read on the shoulder of the tank its fixed volume and you can read from the pressure gauge how much it has been filled. Multiply one by the other. A 10 litre tank filled to 200 bar has 2000 litres of air in it. A 15 litre cylinder filled to 230 bar has 3450 litres of air.It is best...

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