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péntek, 24 január 2014 00:01

The i3 Control System

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The intuitive i3™ will change the way you dive forever. With this innovative technology, a lever helps you control your buoyancy. It's that simple. It's diving made easier — take control of yourself.

 

Features and Specifications

SAFE

i3 ControllerThe i3 (patented) allows you to take control of your diving. Mastering buoyancy control is one of the most difficult skills to learn. The i3 not only makes the skill easier but eliminates potential out-of-control-ascents caused by a diver reaching for the wrong dump valve. The i3 also allows for rapid location and activation of the inflator to establish buoyancy at the surface in case of an emergency.

EASY

The i3 is simple and intuitive. Move the lever up to inflate; down to deflate your jacket.

CONVENIENT

Unlike a traditional inflator at the end of a floppy hose, the i3 never moves. It is stationary at the same location where your left hand normally rests. It is always in the right place at the right time.

Flat E-Valves

RELIABLE

The i3 does not utilize pneumatics or hydraulics to activate the Flat E-Valves. Therefore, there is no possibility of failure due to leaks. Using push-rod technology, as found in aircraft, the design remains simple and robust.

FUN

The i3 is just plain fun to use.

i3 - Buoyancy under control

csütörtök, 23 január 2014 20:02

Recall Notice – SureLock™II Weight Pocket Handles

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Aqua Lung is conducting a voluntary recall of SureLock™II weight pocket handles. SureLock™II is the mechanical weight release system found on most Aqua Lung buoyancy compensators (BCs) beginning in 2009. Aqua Lung is concerned about the rubber handle pulling off of the plastic SureLock™II weight pocket assembly. If this were to occur during a dive, the weight pocket would be left engaged inside the BC. There are no known occurrences of this happening underwater, and there have not been any reported injuries, but Aqua Lung believes that a recall is the safe and prudent thing to do. Aqua Lung has made a revision to the handle assembly that strengthens it. A revised handle is easily recognized by a thickened band of rubber at the base of the handle.

SureLock II Recall

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using their BCs with Sure Lock II weight pockets. Bring the pockets to your nearest authorized Aqua Lung Dive Retailer or Dive Center. They will be able to replace your handles for you while you wait, as changing handles is a quick process. The replacement is made under warranty and you will not incur any charges.

***Please note that handles will be in short supply for the first three weeks.

U.S. (except Hawaii) and Caribbean Dealers - for additional assistance please call us at 888-818-3483 or 760-597-5000 or email us at Ez az e-mail-cím a szpemrobotok elleni védelem alatt áll. Megtekintéséhez engedélyeznie kell a JavaScript használatát..

Hawaii and Micronesia Dealers - for additional information, please call us at 808-485-0100 or email us at Ez az e-mail-cím a szpemrobotok elleni védelem alatt áll. Megtekintéséhez engedélyeznie kell a JavaScript használatát..

csütörtök, 23 január 2014 19:52

CPSC Press Release

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 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Recall

Recall Date: March 21, 2013
Recall Number: 13-146

Aqua Lung Recalls Buoyancy Compensators Due to Drowning Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product, which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of product: Aqua Lung buoyancy compensators with SureLock II weight pocket handles

Hazard:
The rubber handles can detach as divers are trying to remove the weight pockets to rise to the surface in an emergency. This poses a drowning hazard.
Remedy: Replace
Consumer Contact: 
Aqua Lung; toll-free at (855) 355-7170 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.aqualung.com and click on Recall Notice for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 110,000
Description:  This recall involves all Aqua Lung buoyancy compensators with SureLock II rubber handles attached to weight pockets, including the following models: Axiom, Axiom i3, Balance, Black Diamond, Dimension, Libra, Lotus, Pearl, Pearl i3, Pro LT, Pro QD, Pro QDi3 and Zuma buoyancy compensators. The SureLock II handles are gray rubber and measure about 2 inches tall by 4 inches wide. The buoyancy compensator’s model name is embroidered on the inside back pad or the weight pocket’s right lobe. “SureLock” is molded into the back of the weight pocket.
Incidents/Injuries: Aqua Lung is aware of 236 reports of handles detaching from the weight pockets.  There are no reported injuries.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled buoyancy compensators and return the two weight pockets to an authorized Aqua Lung dealer to receive a free inspection and free replacement for recalled weight pocket handles.
Sold at:  Sporting goods and scuba diving stores nationwide from September 2008 through September 2012 for between $460 and $700 for the buoyancy compensator with the weight pockets.
Importer: Aqua Lung America, of Vista, Calif.
Manufactured in: China and Mexico

 

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @OnSafety or by subscribing to CPSC’s free e-mail newsletters.

 

Photos:

Photos will display in a slideshow at the top right of the recall.

Photo 1 Caption: Aqua Lung Buoyancy Compensator with weight pockets and handles


Photo 2 Caption:  Recalled weight pocket handle (left), upgraded weight pocket handle with band of thicker rubber. (right)

 

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Box #1 (This box does not change):
CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
Times: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products.

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Media Contact
Please use the phone numbers below for all media requests.
Phone: (301) 504-7908
Spanish: (301) 504-7800
Link Text: View CPSC contacts for specific areas of expertise

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Report an Unsafe Product

We are still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product.

Please Tell Us About Your Experience

In the future, CPSC plans to add automated safety tips and safety resource boxes to all recalls based on the high-level product category that this product falls in. Examples of high-level product categories are Toys, Baby Products, Sports Equipment, etc.

csütörtök, 23 január 2014 19:32

Aqua Lung Supports Human Rights

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Aqua Lung is a leader in the manufacture and distribution of Dive, Snorkel, Paddling and Swim products, dedicated to supporting these respective sports with the finest equipment we can make. We also manufacture products used by the Military sector. We pride ourselves on our commitment to social responsibility, both as an employer and the way we conduct our business.

Our goal is to ensure that human rights are upheld for all workers involved in our supply chain, and that individuals experience safe, fair and non-discriminatory working conditions. A supply chain includes all parts of the process for bringing a product to market, from the raw materials procurement through assembly to the purchase by the customer. Companies doing business internationally have learned that relying on local laws and enforcement is not always enough to achieve specified standards for human rights throughout the supply chain.

csütörtök, 23 január 2014 19:26

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010

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AQUA LUNG AMERICA's response to The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010:

Number 1: Engages in verification of product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery. The disclosure shall specify if the verification was not conducted by a third party.

AQUA LUNG AMERICA systematically reviews, evaluates and addresses human rights issues as part of our commitment to fair labor practices within our supply chain. This specifically includes a review of the risk of human trafficking and slavery.

AQUA LUNG AMERICA is very serious about establishing new vendor relationships. The first priority is to manufacture products by a group owned company. As a result - the employees working at these group owned companies are employed directly by AQUA LUNG AMERICA or one of our affiliated and related Aqua Lung Companies in Europe or Mexico. These are not contractors or sub-contractors and we can certainly guarantee that there is no human trafficking or slavery occurring at any one of our company owned facilities - over which we have total control and which are regularly audited by both us and our parent corporation and have strict compliance with all appropriate local and national regulations in the United States, Europe and Mexico respectively.

We do also purchase products from unrelated companies - the bulk of which have been supplying our company for many years and whom we know very well through regular personal contact, personal visits and also - based on the volume and type of relationship: independent audits

Occasionally, the need for a new supplier is required. When considering a new supplier, AQUA LUNG AMERICA will review the company and its respective country for political stability and port safety, AQUA LUNG AMERICA employee safety and travel, and other factors. At the factory level, AQUA LUNG AMERICA assesses the workforce profile, the manufacturing processes and the associated health and safety risks. Depending on the anticipated volume, third-party monitors may conduct audits. We continue to assess many supplier factories depending on the volume of purchases on a regularly scheduled basis. The audit process involves both announced and unannounced audits; observation and walk-throughs of each factory and related facilities such as dormitories; and interviews of a percentage of the workforce, both on the factory floor and in private interviews outside of factory grounds.

The audit standard employed is suggested and updated by several of our major customers including but not limited to Costco, Wal-Mart and Sears/Kmart and it specifically addresses the prohibition of human trafficking and/or slave labor.

Currently AQUA LUNG AMERICA does not audit or monitor factories producing raw goods for AQUA LUNG AMERICA merchant vendors. These products are predominantly raw goods in the form of raw plastics and glass and are mostly supplied by world renowned chemical companies.

It is AQUA LUNG America's expectation that every vendor who supplies AQUA LUNG AMERICA will monitor their own sourcing processes to ensure that they meet or exceed the standards established for them directly by AQUA LUNG AMERICA.

 

Number 2: Conducts audits of suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with company standards for trafficking and slavery in supply chains. The disclosure shall specify if the verification was not an independent, unannounced audit.

Currently, AQUA LUNG AMERICA audits a percentage of our large volume supplier's sites per year. AQUA LUNG AMERICA may select third-party service providers that utilize progressive methods for detecting noncompliance with appropriate documented Codes of Conduct (depending on the audit request source). While some audits are announced, AQUA LUNG AMERICA conducts unannounced audits as well. When a supplier is asked to remediate a violation of the specific Code of Conduct, possible unannounced or announced audits enable AQUA LUNG AMERICA to confirm if remediation has occurred. We are in the process of reviewing our audit tools to help auditors investigate potential incidences of human trafficking. We may strengthen the sections on recruitment, the use of labor intermediaries (agents or brokers) and on investigating the practice of human trafficking.

 

Number 3: Requires direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into the product comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business.

AQUA LUNG AMERICA recognizes the importance of protecting the human rights of workers who produce the raw materials for our products - specifically as it relates to slavery and human trafficking. We are focusing on two efforts:

  • Developing measurement tools to uphold human rights throughout the supply chain, including the raw materials phase
  • Providing clear guidance to our suppliers on applicable human rights standards

AQUA LUNG AMERICA is working to develop an approach which drills down into our supply chain, tracking a product from the raw materials stage from the perspective of material content a well as social compliance.

AQUA LUNG AMERICA specifies that manufacturing partners must associate with suppliers that comply with legal requirements in any country in which their business is conducted. Vendors must maintain current sufficiently detailed records to substantiate their compliance with applicable regulations. These documents must be made available to AQUA LUNG AMERICA employees or anyone acting on behalf of AQUA LUNG AMERICA on request. Such documents should include: (i) Personnel files on each employee reflecting proof of age; (ii) Working hours and payroll records by employee; (iii) Local health and safety evaluations; (iv) Employee grievances and suggestions and employer responses; (v) Documentation of exemption from local law; (vi) Payroll records; (vii) Terms and conditions of employment.

 

Number 4: Maintains internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meet company standards regarding slavery and trafficking.

AQUA LUNG AMERICA has a process in place in the event that we identify a potential violation of human rights. We have used our process to work with suppliers to remedy potential fair labor violations.

AQUA LUNG AMERICA considers fair labor practices an important part of human rights. AQUA LUNG America's approach to fair labor violations focuses on working with suppliers to remedy the violations, uphold workers' rights and improve the overall workplace environment.

In the event of a potential violation, AQUA LUNG AMERICA promptly addresses the issue with the supplier and sets expectations for how the situation is to be addressed, based on internationally recognized best practices and standards for fair labor compliance. Any potential violation is reported to the appropriate business line manager.

We then conduct unannounced or announced audits to confirm that the supplier has addressed and remedied the potential violation. If a supplier does not correct the violations, we are prepared to end the relationship with that supplier. AQUA LUNG AMERICA understands and appreciates the importance of eradicating slavery and human trafficking.

Internal accountability
AQUA LUNG AMERICA senior management team has direct involvement and accountability in supporting our commitment to human rights. In addition, the respective business line manager reviews the results of every supplier audit conducted by AQUA LUNG AMERICA.

 

Number 5: Provides company employees and management who have direct responsibility for supply chain management with training on human trafficking and slavery, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chains of products.

Our Materials and Product Development teams and the Director of Operations have or will receive training on human trafficking and slavery issues. AQUA LUNG AMERICA will establish a training program on human trafficking and slavery issues for a broader audience. We will provide training for other company employees and management who have direct responsibility for our international supply chain.

AQUA LUNG AMERICA is committed to the process of upholding human rights as we conduct every aspect of our business. We will update this document to reflect our progress in preventing and addressing potential human rights violations in our supply chain, particularly in the areas of slavery and human trafficking.

csütörtök, 23 január 2014 19:17

Privacy and Cookies Policy

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This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices and usage conditions for aqualung.com. This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

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We share aggregated demographic information with our partners. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

From time-to-time our site requests information via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site. Ez az e-mail-cím a szpemrobotok elleni védelem alatt áll. Megtekintéséhez engedélyeznie kell a JavaScript használatát.

This web site contains links to other websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

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If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via telephone at 760-597-5000 or via email at Ez az e-mail-cím a szpemrobotok elleni védelem alatt áll. Megtekintéséhez engedélyeznie kell a JavaScript használatát.

csütörtök, 23 január 2014 18:24

Garanciális feltételek

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Az Aqualung gyári garancia az Európai Úniós szabály szerint 1 illetve néhány termék esetén 2 év.

csütörtök, 23 január 2014 00:40

BC Size and Lift Chart

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The figures in this guide are approximate, NOT absolute.

Model

Size

Height

Weight

Waist Range

Over the Shoulder

Total Weight

Releasable Weight

Lift in Pounds

Lift in Newtons

Black Ice SM/MD 5'4" - 5'11" 145 - 210 33 - 53* 38" - 48" 42/19 32 52 230
  ML/LG 5'9" - 6'3" 175 - 235 37 - 57* 42" - 52" 42/19 32 52 230
  XL/XXL 6'0" - 6'7" 195 - 275 41 - 61* 42" - 52" 42/19 32 52 230
Soul i3 XXS 4’8-5’4 90-125 26-38 32-38 30/13.5 20/9 22 100
  XS/SM 5’2-5’7 110-145 30-42 33-39 30/13.5 20/9 28 120
  MD 5’5-5’10 140-165 33-45 35-41 30/13.5 20/9 32 140
  ML 5’10-6’0+ 160-190 38-50 35-41 30/13.5 20/9 42 180
Axiom i3 XS 5'-5'5 100-125 30-42 33-41 30/13.5 20/9 31 130
  S 5'2-5'7 120-155 30-42 37-45 30/13.5 20/9 31 130
  M 5'7-5'10 150-165 33-45 40-48 30/13.5 20/9 36 160
  ML 5'10-6'0 160-190 35-47 42-50 30/13.5 20/9 41 180
  L 6'0-6'2 180-210 38-50 44-52 40/18 30/13.5 44 190
  XL 6'2-6'5 195-240 41-53 46-54 40/18 30/13.5 47 200
  XXL 6'2-6'5 230-270 44-56 46-54 40/18 30/13.5 54 230
Axiom XS 5-5’5 100-125 30-42 33-41 30/13.5 20/9 27 120
  S 5’2-5’7 120-155 30-42 37-45 30/13.5 20/9 27 120
  M 5’7-5’10 150-165 33-45 40-48 30/13.5 20/9 35 150
  ML 5’10-6’0 160-190 35-47 42-50 30/13.5 20/9 38 160
  L 6’0-6’2 180-210 38-50 44-52 40/18 30/13.5 39 170
  XL 6’2-6’5 195-240 41-53 46-54 40/18 30/13.5 43 190
  XXL 6’2-6’5 230-270 44-56 46-54 40/18 30/13.5 48 210
Dimension i3 S 5’2-5’7 120-155 30-42 37-45 30/13.5 20/9 35 150
  M 5’7-5’10 150-165 33-45 40-48 30/13.5 20/9 50 220
  ML 5’10-6’0 160-190 35-47 42-50 30/13.5 20/9 50 220
  L 6’0-6’2 180-210 38-50 44-52 30/13.5 20/9 50 220
  XL 6’2-6’5 195-240 41-53 46-54 30/13.5 20/9 50 220
Lotus i3 XS/SM 5’2-5’7 110-145 30-42 33-41 30/13.5 20/9 35 150
  M 5’5-5’10 140-165 33-45 35-43 30/13.5 20/9 40 170
  ML 5’10-6’0+ 160-190 38-50 35-43 30/13.5 20/9 40 170
Zuma XXS/XS 4’8-5’5 90-125 26-43 32-44 20/9 20/9 22 90
  SM/M 5’2-5’10 120-165 28-45 36-48 20/9 20/9 22 90
  ML/L 5’10- 6’2 160-210 33-50 39-51 20/9 20/9 34 150
  XL/XXL 6’2-6’5 195-270 39-56 42-54 20/9 20/9 34 150
Pro HD & LT XS 5’0-5’5” 100-125 25-37 32-38 30/13.5 20/9 24 100
  S 5’2”-5’7” 120-155 27-42 34-40 30/13.5 20/9 27 120
  M 5’7”-5’10” 150-165 30-45 39-45 30/13.5 20/9 29 120
  ML 5’10”-6’0” 160-190 32-47 41-47 30/13.5 20/9 33 140
  L 6’0”-6’2” 180-210 35-50 43-49 42/19 32/14.5 44 190
  XL 6’2”-6’5” 195-240 37-52 45-51 42/19 32/14.5 55 240
Pearl XS 4’8-5’5 90-125 28-36 30-35 20/9 20/9 23 100
  S 5’2-5’7 120-145 30-38 33-38 26/12 20/9 28 120
  M 5’5-5’10 135-160 33-41 35-40 30/13.5 20/9 32 140
  ML 5’7-6’0+ 155-180 36-44 37-42 30/13.5 20/9 37 160
  L 5’7-6’0+ 175-210 42-50 38-43 30/13.5 20/9 44 190
Balance S 5’2-5’7 120-155 28-42 37-43 30/13.5 20/9 30 120
  M 5’7-5’10 150-165 32-46 40-46 30/13.5 20/9 40 170
  ML 5’10-6’0 160-190 33-47 42-48 30/13.5 20/9 40 170
  L 6’0-6’2 180-210 35-49 44-50 30/13.5 20/9 40 170
  XL 6’2-6’5 195-240 37-51 46-52 30/13.5 20/9 50 220
Libra S 5’2-5’7 110-145 28-42 34-40 30/13.5 20/9 30 120
  M 5’5-5’10 140-165 32-46 36-42 30/13.5 20/9 40 170
  ML 5’10-6’0+ 160-190 33-47 36-42 30/13.5 20/9 40 170
Wave XXS - - 24-36 25-31 20/9 *20/9 18 80
  XS 5’0-5’5 100-125 25-37 32-38 20/9 *20/9 25 110
  S 5’3-5’7 120-155 27-42 34-40 20/9 *20/9 29 120
  M 5’5-5’10 150-175 30-45 39-45 20/9 *20/9 33 140
  L 5’9-6’3 185-200 35-50 41-47 20/9 *20/9 38 160
  XL 6’2-6’5 195-240 37-52 45-51 20/9 *20/9 44 190

*Optional

Measurement Instructions

Waist size in Women's waist size is always measured just above the pelvic bone. This same measurement applies for BC fitting.

Over The Shoulder (OTS) measurement is taken by placing the measuring tape across either the right or left shoulder and reading the distance between the top of the waist line on the back to the top of the waist line in the front. Again, for this measurement in men the waistline is taken to be at the height of the belly button. When fitting the customer in his/her respective waist size and OTS range, inquire what thickness of wetsuit the BC is most likely to be worn with. Calculate about a 2” allowance for the waist measurements for thick, cold water suits.

csütörtök, 23 január 2014 00:10

Care and Maintenance

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The most complete Care and Maintenance information for Regulators, Buoyancy Compensators, and Dive Computers is located in the Owner's Manual of your respective product. These are available for downloading from our Technical Library or by clicking on the direct links below:

Buoyancy Compensator Owner's Manual
Regulator Owner's Manual
Dive Computer Owner's Manuals

The following Care and Maintenance information is provided for products that do not have a specific owner's manual and is intended as a general guide for basic care and maintenance of your Scuba Equipment.
Wetsuits | Masks | Fins

Wetsuit Care and Maintenance


Materials:
There are several different types of materials used in wetsuits to achieve specific functions. It is helpful to better understand each of these materials in order to properly care for them.

  • Neoprene - Neoprene is the base material that virtually all wetsuits are made of. Neoprene is a type of rubber foam and is typically laminated with other materials depending on the desired function of the material.
  • Standard Nylon - A standard nylon outer lining is very durable against normal wear and tear. Normal care must be taken to prevent snagging, abrasion, and cuts.
  • Skin material - "skin" material may be used either inside our outside of your wetsuit and often around the wrists, ankles, and neck area. This material has a rubber like appearance either being smooth or textured, and is commonly referred to as "skin-in" or "skin-out". "Skin" neoprene material is typically used in areas where a water tight seal is desired or a benefit can be derived from it's water shedding properties. Some additional care is needed to prevent cutting, or abrasion of this material. Sharp fingernails may cut this material if care is not taken.
  • Thermo-skin - This material may be used inside of your wetsuit. Thermo-skin material has a silver-colored smooth skin type surface. This material has beneficial heat reflective properties and also provides a sealing surface similar to standard "skin" materials. Some additional care is needed to prevent cutting, or abrasion of this material. Sharp fingernails may cut this material if care is not taken.
  • X-Flex or Iso-Flex Neoprene - X-Flex and Iso-Flex neoprene are special materials designed specifically to have a much higher rate of stretch than conventional materials. Due primarily to the looser nit needed to achieve this high degree of stretch; these materials may be more prone to snagging. Velcro may also cause some light snagging and pilling of the material. Some additional care is needed to prevent excessive abrasion or snagging.

Care before the dive:

  1. With any of the skin surfaces including Thermo-skin, care should be taken when donning the wetsuit to not snag the interior skin surfaces with a fingernail or toenail as this material can be cut. Avoid placing your wetsuit on or near any hot surfaces.

Care During the Dive:

  1. The exterior surface of your wetsuit is designed to withstand the normal wear and tear you might encounter during a normal dive. Abrasion against sharp rocks or other sharp objects can cut or puncture the exterior nylon surface so reasonable care should be taken to avoid these situations. Small cuts or tears can be easily repaired with wetsuit glue. Ask your dive professional for assistance.

Care After the Dive:

  1. When removing your wetsuit, first unzip all the zippers completely. Then remove one section at a time taking care to avoid puncturing any of skin surface panels with a fingernail.

Wetsuit Cleaning:

  1. Salt water and especially chlorine can "dry out" the neoprene material. When neoprene material "dries out" it looses it's flexibility. To ensure the wetsuit material retains it's flexibility for a extended period of time, it is important to thoroughly soak and rinse the wetsuit.
  2. Soak the wetsuit in a tub of warm fresh water (not over 120°F) for at least 15-20 minutes.
  3. After soaking, thoroughly hose off the wetsuit with fresh water
  4. Place the suit on a thick hanger with all the zippers open to ensure maximum air circulation and complete drying.

Wetsuit Storage:

  1. Wetsuit material can develop a permanent crease if left folded for a extended period of time. It is best to store your wetsuit laying flat. If that is not possible, you can store your suit on a hanger. Use as thick a hanger as possible to better support the weight of the suit. The thicker the suit, the heavier, and therefore the thicker your hanger should be. There are several after-market hangers available designed specifically for this purpose.
  2. Store in a cool, dry and protected place out of direct sunlight.
  3. Do not store your wetsuit in garage if the garage is used to park a vehicle. The exhaust emissions from the vehicle can over time deteriorate the neoprene.

Wetsuit Zipper Care and Maintenance:

  1. Zippers are designed to be pulled closed or open in a straight line. Try to avoid pulling on the zipper pulls at an excessive angle to their intended path of travel. It is best to ask your dive buddy for zipper assistance in either opening or closing the back-zipper of a one piece back-zipped jumpsuit.

Chemicals/Solvents:

  1. Avoid any contact with oil, gasoline, aerosols, or chemical solvents.
  2. Do not expose any part to aerosol spray, as some aerosol propellants attack or degrade rubber and plastic materials.
  3. Do not use any type of alcohol, solvent or petroleum based substances to clean or lubricate any part.
  4. Do not store your equipment near any oil, gasoline, chemicals, or solvents.

Mask Care and Maintenance


Care Before the Dive:

  1. During the manufacturing process, a thin film of silicone will develop on the glass lens. This film of silicone will cause rapid fogging that is resistant to conventional anti-fog measures. It is important to remove this film of silicone from the lens prior to your first dive. To remove the film you will need to scrub the lens inside and out with a mild abrasive. A paste toothpaste is ideal but a liquid scrub will also work. Rub the cleanser into the lens with your fingers several times and then rinse clean thoroughly.
  2. Mask fogging is a normal occurrence, even after the film of silicone has been removed. Normal fogging can be easily prevented with after market anti-fog agents or saliva. Rub onto the lens and then rinse. Your dive will now be fog free!
  3. Some after after-market anti-fog agents contain formaldehyde, alcohol, or other substances that may damage the plastic materials used in your mask. If unsure, avoid prolonged exposure of the anti-fog agent with the plastic parts of your mask.

Care During the Dive:

  1. When entering the water either from a boat or a beach, place a hand over the lens of your dive mask and hold it securely in place. This will help ensure your mask stays in place during entry and will help deflect any direct impact of water on the lens caused by the jump into the water or any approaching waves.
  2. A typical dive staging area is a dangerous place for dive masks. Care should be taken to not leave your mask in a location where it might be exposed to dropping weight belts or tanks.
  3. It is best to avoid putting your mask on your forehead at any time during the dive. Several factors can cause the mask on your forehead to be dislodged and subsequently lost. If you want to temporarily remove the mask from your face, place the mask around your neck.

Care After the Dive:

  1. Soak in warm fresh water (not over 120°F) to dissolve salt crystals.
  2. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and towel dry before final storage.

Storage:

  1. Store in a cool, dry and protected place out of direct sunlight.
  2. Store separated from other dive gear as the black pigmentation of other equipment may discolor the clear silicone skirt of your mask.

Chemicals/Solvents:

  1. Avoid any contact with alcohol, oil, gasoline, aerosols, or chemical solvents.
  2. Do not expose any part to aerosol spray, as some aerosol propellants attack or degrade rubber and plastic materials.
  3. Do not use any type of alcohol, solvent or petroleum based substances to clean or lubricate any part.
  4. Do not store your equipment near any oil, gasoline, chemicals, or solvents.

Fin Care and Maintenance


Care Before and During the Dive

  1. Avoid standing your fins on the tips of the blades for any extended period of time.
  2. Avoid hot temperatures and hot surfaces as these can damage the fin.
  3. Avoid placing the fins in a car trunk on hot days as the temperatures inside car trunks can exceed the temperature tolerances of the fin and the blades may distort.

Care After the Dive:

  1. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and towel dry before final storage.

Storage:

  1. Store in a cool, dry and protected place out of direct sunlight.

Chemicals/Solvents:

  1. Avoid any contact with alcohol, oil, gasoline, aerosols, or chemical solvents.
  2. Do not expose any part to aerosol spray, as some aerosol propellants attack or degrade rubber and plastic materials.
  3. Do not use any type of alcohol, solvent or petroleum based substances to clean or lubricate any part.
    Do not store your equipment near any oil, gasoline, chemicals, or solvents.
szerda, 22 január 2014 23:06

Care and Maintenance - Fin

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The following Care and Maintenance information is provided for products that do not have a specific owner's manual and is intended as a general guide for basic care and maintenance of your Scuba Equipment.

Fin Care and Maintenance


Care Before and During the Dive

  1. Avoid standing your fins on the tips of the blades for any extended period of time.
  2. Avoid hot temperatures and hot surfaces as these can damage the fin.
  3. Avoid placing the fins in a car trunk on hot days as the temperatures inside car trunks can exceed the temperature tolerances of the fin and the blades may distort.

Care After the Dive:

  1. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and towel dry before final storage.

Storage:

  1. Store in a cool, dry and protected place out of direct sunlight.

Chemicals/Solvents:

  1. Avoid any contact with alcohol, oil, gasoline, aerosols, or chemical solvents.
  2. Do not expose any part to aerosol spray, as some aerosol propellants attack or degrade rubber and plastic materials.
  3. Do not use any type of alcohol, solvent or petroleum based substances to clean or lubricate any part. Do not store your equipment near any oil, gasoline, chemicals, or solvents.
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