Perhaps the best single reference book ever published for divers…the 2009 Diving Almanac is now available

The 2009 edition of the Diving Almanac & Book of Records (, edited by Jeffrey Gallant, is now published and available.  Considered as ‘perhaps the best single reference book ever published for divers’ and ‘the definitive general reference book on diving’ by the diving media, this is the only almanac on the diving world packed with hard-to-find information from around the globe.  With 15 chapters covering subjects from military diving, to freediving, oceanography and equipment, the 750 page third edition also contains nearly 500 diving records and 600 Who’s Who of the Diving World.

New features for the 2009 Edition include the Dive Business Directory (The ‘Yellow Pages’ of Diving), a rewritten Photo/Video Chapter by Dr Alex Mustard, a new chapter on Cave Diving by cave explorer/instructor Martin Robson, and a 100 page Year in Review (September 2007 to December 2008). 

If you’re looking for a unique published resource about the Diving World, the 2009 Diving Almanac & Book of Records has so many facts and data for everything diving, and is recommended for anyone with an interest in diving, even someone just a bit curious about it.  And for trivia junkies, this book is a gold mine.

To order your copy of this one-of-a-kind publication for only US$42 (approx €33/£29), simply log onto to benefit from free postage and pack.

The amazing value-for-money CNSE – DUI’s best kept suit secret

You’ve seen other divers wearing them, diving them and enjoying them, but you’ve never had the budget to dive a DUI.  Now it’s time to stop dreaming.  For less than £900 you too can dive the suit of your dreams, for the CNSE is an amazing value-for-money neoprene dry suit. 

Hand built to Diving Unlimited International’s exacting standards, and backed by their Seven Year Guarantee to First Owner, the CNSE is popular with divers and professionals alike, because the hyper-compressed neoprene with a heavy-duty nylon laminate lining guards against abrasion. This makes the CNSE (Compressed Neoprene, Shoulder Entry) a high quality, hard working, hard wearing, flexible suit. 

But please don’t take our word for it.  Come and visit us at the NEC at DIVE 2009 (the  Birmingham Dive Show) on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October.  We'll be on Stand 1360 so come and discover for yourself why DUI dry suits are considered by those who dive them, the very best dry suit in the World.

Custom Divers revolutionary ‘Seeker’ D-SMB gets you picked up quicker

“It can be quite a scary thought (when you are sitting beneath a Delayed Surface Marker Buoy decompressing) wondering if the boat has seen you, or if you are adrift on your lonesome”, stated Alex Vassallo, Custom Divers CEO. “On a long deco your imagination can play horrible games with you. I tend to keep mine occupied by thinking of things that will make diving safer, and this was where the Custom Divers Seeker radar detectable D-SMB was conceived. I wanted to be assured that the boat had seen my D-SMB, so the solution was to make it radar detectable. Basically, the Seeker is a traditional D-SMB which contains a conductive material shaped to receive and send back radar signals. It sounds simple but the Seeker took over three years of research, development and testing until we were truly satisfied we had a full patent pending product that will revolutionise diver safety.

During the development phase it was tested every time I went diving, and over a number of months we were getting good results but I felt it was not enough. I wanted to improve the detectable distance of the Seeker. With further modifications to the design and materials the Seeker was then re-tested by various Skippers on the English South Coast to verify its performance on their radar, and thanks guys for all your support. After several evolvements one Skipper phoned to say “this model is brilliant”! and so we felt it was appropriate to run broader and more extensive tests and at this stage we involved the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboats Institution) and Her Majesty’s Coastguard. I am delighted to confirm that the Seeker D-SMB showed up on boat radars from 1.5 miles away and from 2 miles on helicopters. The tests were conducted in British seas, over a long period of time in various conditions and included a simulated pitch black/fog search. The Skipper would navigate purely using the radar (with a watcher looking out of the windscreen to check he didn’t run into anything) and on each occasion the boats/helicopters located the buoy with ease, ending up within a few feet from the Seeker. From the Skipper/Rescue Services point of view the great thing about the Seeker radar detectable D-SMB is that because it is fully compatible with every radar system there is no need for any additional kit.

For the diver, a key feature of the Seeker is that it has a four-way fill option. Having seen many a diver forget to fill their D-SMB crack bottle I wanted to come up with a number of filling solutions. Firstly, it can be easily orally inflated, by blowing into a tube. Alternatively we have fitted a non-locking nipple fitting to the oral tube that connects to a low pressure inflator hose. Then there is the system that a number of divers already use, which is cracking a small air cylinder to fill the D-SMB. (The diver needs to replace the Seeker’s blanking plug with a DIN or A Clamp Pillar Adaptor before an AP Valves 0.1 litre, 232 bar bottle is attached). Finally, the diver can fill the Seeker D-SMB in the traditional manner by purging a second stage into the bottom of the buoy.

“So now just knowing that the Skipper can see my blob has given me great peace of mind on long hangs”, stated Vassallo, “and it’s great knowing we’ve helped divers improve their safety”. If you want to be safe in the knowledge your Skipper can easily see your Delayed Surface Marker Buoy, log onto for more information and technical specifications on the Seeker radar detectable Delayed Surface Marker Buoy.

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