Posted on April 10th, 2018
A new season means new kit, and what better way to kick things off than with a review of the Boss’s brand new drysuit, the Apeks Fusion KVR1 with Aircore. He’s been diving the original version of this suit for a couple of seasons, but fancied an upgrade to the latest model. It arrived at the shop last week and was wet within 24 hours. So what’s all the hype about?
From the Apeks specification, the patented Twin Layer System suit boasts a ‘protective outer layer ballistic strength para-aramid synthetic fibre skin, and innovative AirCore breathable inner layer’ and ‘Seal Lock Technology (SLT) dry glove attachments system’ to make it one of the most robust but comfortable drysuits on the market. In layman’s terms the suit comes in two parts; the inner skin is the waterproof bit, made of a breathable trim-laminate material that keeps water out but allows vapour to escape, significantly reducing surface overheating. Over the top of this, the outer skin is made of ‘para-aramid’, a Kevlar® material characterised by high strength-to-weight ratio and cut resistance. This provides a flexible but durable shield, preventing wear and tear, and absorbing the majority of snags. The two layers can be quickly separated and joined via zips at the neck, cuffs and ankles, allowing for quicker drying or changing of the inner.
Another big plus are the silicon neck and wrist seals with SLT dry glove attachments. Silicon seals are fast becoming the most popular drysuit seal, being far softer and more forgiving than traditional latex. They cannot be glued directly to the suit and instead require a ring attachment system. However this comes with its own benefits as it allows a ripped or damaged seal to be replaced in minutes by the user, or for a dry glove system to be attached in seconds.
Other great features are the front zip, making it much easier to get on and off independently, large Twin-Zip expandable pockets with D-ring attachments and drainage, ankle zips for easy donning and a suspender system for maximum comfort.
With reinforced mauser taped seams and protective armour at the shoulders, elbows, knees and seat leave, this latest suit from Apeks is specifically designed with rugged wreck and cave diving environments in mind.
And the Boss’s verdict…? ‘I love diving this suit, that’s why I’ve bought two! The outer layer is really robust and even though I snagged my old suit a couple of times, the inner was completely unscathed. The only repair I needed to do on the trilam was a patch that was really easy and quick to do. The silicon seals make all the difference, and I like that the rings are low-profile oval shaped and make for easy switch to dry gloves. The only reason I upgraded is that my original suit no longer fits now that I’ve shed some pounds’
As Cyprus’s Apeks distributor, we have Apeks equipment in stock and can order any Apeks items for immediate delivery (if you pay shipping) or as part of our bi-monthly orders.
Posted on March 12th, 2018
A new season at Dive-In Larnaca means new staff, and in the interests of getting to know each other a bit better we asked few probing questions. Our answers are somewhat surprising…
To begin with we went right back to basics and asked if anyone could remember their first diving experience. Chris F and Sheri both did Try Dives on the Great Barrier Reef, and the Boss jumped off the back of a yacht in the British Virgin Islands. He remembers the visibility being amazing and looking down on white sand in all directions. Marina’s first dive was less exotic but far more relevant, during her Open Water course right here in Cyprus.
|Learning to dive with Dive-In Larnaca|
We then wanted to know what everyone’s most memorable dive was. Straight away Phil highlighted the Zenobia, recalling one of his first dives on her as a qualified Divemaster. We’re so lucky to have one of the best wrecks in the world on our doorstep. Gill then told us about diving the Cenotes in Mexico, and Chris F talked about the Liberty Wreck in Bali. Marina topped us all by describing a dive she did at Koh Bon, Thailand. She was on her safety stop and a manta ray appeared and flipped around her in a big circle before swimming off. Our team really do have some worldwide diving experience.
|Dive-In staff's favourite dives from around the world|
And then a slightly trickier questions. We asked everyone what they enjoy most about working at Dive-In Larnaca? Sheri loves the huge variety of customers, and really enjoys meeting and getting to know them as they pass through the centre. The Boss and Chris F both like the variety of diving. One day we’ll be guiding recreational divers on the wreck, the next it will be DSDs at Green Bay, then we could have a series of high level wreck penetration dives. No two days are the same. Gill pointed out that we are a small team with lots of different skills and responsibilities, so she is learning a lot about all aspects of diving; teaching recreational divers, guiding, learning tech diving skills, gas blending, servicing and maintenance, and so on.
Nobody could make their mind up when we asked about their favourite part of the Zenobia. The Boss’s view is ‘the rustier the better’, whereas Chris F likes the Lifeboats as that’s where the fish hang out. Sheri recalled her first dive in the Middle Car Deck, and Marina and Phil both like exploring the Upper. Gill enjoys taking customers through the Accommodation. It’s normally their first dive inside and there’s load of interesting stuff to show them.
And finally, we asked the all important question; If you could dive any celebrity, who would it be? Marina would love to dive David Attenborough, and then have a chat with him afterwards, while Chris F thinks taking Donald Trump down to 30m is a good idea! Sheri would love to have taken her Dad diving, and the Boss can’t make his mind up as there are too many people to choose from.
If there are any other burning issues that you need our staff to address, please do get in touch. Alternatively, you could book in for a dive an ask them yourself. See you soon!
Posted on March 3rd, 2018
All is quiet at Dive-In Larnaca! No rails of drying suits; no equipment spread outside the shop; no noisy compressor charging bottles in between dives. But don’t be fooled…. behind the closed shop front we have been hard at work preparing for the start of the coming season, and as of the 1st March we are fully open and ready to welcome our first groups of the year.
You may wonder what there is to keep us occupied over the winter, however just as our working day doesn’t end with the last dive, our season didn’t end when the last customers left in December. We have been hard at work over the past month or so, servicing, inspecting, painting, deep cleaning and scheduling this year’s dive programme.
Not to mention finding time for staff training and a couple of fun dives. We even managed to squeeze in a Christmas party!
So what’s new at Dive-In Larnaca this season? Well, we said ‘Goodbye’ to Alan and Wes at the end of last year, and welcome PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Marina to the team. We’re also excited to be bringing a new brand of torches to Cyprus, after Chris’s successful visit to the Czech Republic in January. Tom and Sheri have invested in some new photography equipment, so keep an eye out for even better shots of us all under water. And after a very busy weekend at the Warsaw Dive Show, we’re all set to welcome new customers and old friends back to the fantastic Zenobia wreck. We can’t wait to get back in the water now that everything behind the scenes is ready to go. So what are you waiting for? Join us, and be a part of what is shaping up to be a fantastic year of diving, training and new adventures at Dive-In Larnaca.
Posted on May 30th, 2017
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Posted on May 2nd, 2017
If you are a certified diver, and you are considering more than one day’s diving while in Cyprus, our discounted multiple dive packages are definitely for you. These packages* offer you excellent value and great savings and include the boat and a guide:
2 dives €84.00
5 dives – 10% discount €190.00
6 dives – 10% discount €225.00
8 dives – 12.5% discount €294.00
10 dives – 15% discount €360.00
So what are you waiting for? Come and join us and explore Zenobia with the experts. Contact Dive-In Larnaca for more details
* based upon Zenobia dives on 12L air tank dives and exclude kit hire.
Posted on April 1st, 2017
Spend the summer becoming a professional PADI Divemaster at Dive-In Larnaca and take the first steps to a career in diving. Whether you are looking for a change in career, a summer in the sun or getting your Divemaster before heading off on your GAP year we can get you there.
Whatever your level of certification (even if you are a complete beginner), we can get you to Divemaster with our unique programme, all courses, materials, accommodation and minimum 60 dives included in the price. Contact us
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Posted on March 16th, 2017
Many of you may not be aware that we have a large, well stocked dive shop at Dive-In Larnaca.
From log books to DSMBs, Dive computers to Regulators,, Rebreathers and Zenobia T-Shirts for the customers who have dived with us…..they make the perfect souvenir of you holiday!
T-shirts range from Xtra Small to Triple Extra Large to accommodate everyone. Here are the prices for some of our stock:
- Zenobia T- Shirts €18.00
- Logbooks – €12.00
- DSMB - €42.00
- Reels from €13.50 to €70.00 depending on brand and length
- Apeks RK3 fins - €120.00
- Shearwater Perdix - €900.00
- Torches various prices depending on model
- Apeks XTX50 with XTX40 Occy - €525.00
We hope you like our dive kit as much as we do! We keep a large amount of stock so please just drop us a line at email@example.com if there is something you are interested in, or visit our Dive Store for details of more items, or come and visit us in Larnaca.
We will be happy to help you.
Posted on July 21st, 2016
By Wes Clayton PADI MSDT
After single tank recreational diving for the past 10 years, I thought it was time to take the plunge into twinset, and where better to do it that at Dive-In Larnaca?
After setting up my equipment the night before I was ready to go on the day.
Sitting on the boat with a bit of anxiety I made the necessary checks and rolled in. Doing a bubble check at 6m Chris and I were ready to go.
First impression of the twinset was that the maneuverability was very different and will take some getting used to but it was fun to practice swimming through some of the archways and windows in the wreck with a different profile.
The ascent also posed a new challenge doing a swap to the stage then using the wing to do a gradual free ascent in the blue to improve my buoyancy in the new rig.
Back on shore I had a debrief with Chris who gave me lots of positive feedback and said my trim was good for the first time on twins.
All in all it was a great experience and I am now looking forward to starting my first Technical course.
Posted on July 16th, 2016
Posted on July 6th, 2016
An interesting article written by by Josh Stevenson at Master Divers:
Throughout the history of diving, decompression limits have been calculated using standard No Decompression Limit (NDL) Tables, the first of which were developed in 1908 by John Haldane after several experiments exposing goats to pressure. Since then, tables have been re-developed and re-defined to provide a model for safety limits within diving based on depth and time. There are several different variations based on different decompression research, however recreationally we typically use the quite conservative Recreational Dive Planner (RDP).
NDL Tables act as a mathematical model to predict how much nitrogen our bodies will absorb during a dive based on maximum depth and bottom time. Providing we stay within the parameters of the table, do not approach the limits and follow the rules such as maximum ascent rates, we can theoretically avoid decompression complications whilst diving. However, with technological advances introducing dive computers into mainstream diving, is it still important to use dive tables?
One negative of dive tables is that their NDL limits are based on a square dive profile, assuming we will be descending to our maximum depth at the beginning of the dive and remain at that depth for our planned bottom time. This actually limits our dive time as in reality we rarely stay at our deepest depth for an entire dive, but instead step up throughout the dive to reduce the effects of pressure and extend our useable air. It is possible to plan multi-level dives using dive tables, however this can sometimes be complex to calculate and it still means you are left with a fixed dive plan with strict depths and times. Computers on the other hand periodically calculate your current time and depth throughout a dive and therefore calculate a real-time NDL based on your actual dive. This benefits divers by extending out NDL times by crediting a diver for ascending to a shallower depth at lower pressure, but will also penalise and alert a diver who is approaching their NDL limits.These constant updates allow for more flexible, yet also more controlled and safer diving.
The most basic dive computers will calculate real-time NDL limits based on time and depth, which will then be used to plan surface intervals and future dive limits per individual diver. However more advanced models can also calculate EANx dive limits and oxygen exposure, multiple gases and gas switching adding extra safety to technical diving. Some models even have digital compasses and wireless transmitters calculating real-time air consumption. Not all of these features are necessary on every dive, but each provides a real-time safety parameter that NDL tables cannot.
Due to their benefits, dive computer use has now become so engrained in modern diving that certification organisations such as PADI no longer require instructors to teach NDL tables as part of the Open Water course. But does that mean they are obsolete, or shouldn't be taught? No. Understanding dive tables and NDL limits is a vital part of understanding dive theory, dive planning and diving safety. Without the knowledge and comprehension of decompression theory and NDL limits it is difficult to understand or respect what a dive computer is telling you. Understanding what a dive computer shows is important, but so is understanding why. These principles can be taught without tables, or by demonstrations shown on computers, but the best way to illustrate the functionality of NDL limits is through learning how to use original dive tables.
That is why we will always go through the effort of teaching dive tables to make sure our students fully inderstand how decompression effects diving and how to dive safely within the NDL's. We'd still always recommend diving with computers for the added benefits and safety which current tech and future developments provide, just make sure you understand teh theory and if ever you are without a computer, revert back to the tables. Dive tables will also never run out of batteries!