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Bantin's Blog - Liveaboard Dive Boats

July 18, 2014

Nearly twenty-five years ago, I was a dive-guide on a liveaboard dive boat in the Red Sea. It was then considered to be the doyen of liveaboard dive boats. It was fabulous. Well, I say 'fabulous' only because it was a lot better than some other boats that were available at that time. It was built in 1936 and had seen better days. It had been a Rhine river cruiser and was originally built for speed although its massive Mercedes-Benz engines had long been replaced with Detroit Diesels that were more modest in performance and far more economical. However, it had a very narrow hull that meant it rolled alarmingly in anything but a glassy calm sea and access to...

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Bantin's Blog - Choosing Your First Regulator

July 11, 2014

A regulator is the device that allows you to breathe air from your tank. The modern two-stage scuba-diving regulator valve started off life as a relatively simple item of engineering. Its function is to reduce the pressure of the gas being delivered from the tank through the first-stage to around eight to ten bars more than ambient pressure and then to reduce it further, at the second-stage to match the surrounding water pressure. In this way there is little or virtually no effort to inhalation. It then has to allow the user to exhale away the unused part of that inhaled gas as bubbles into the water. Exhaled air is simply bubbled out into the water. The idea is to...

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