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Aqualung Consumer Safety Notice - Powerline Inflators

Consumer Safety Notice

Select Powerline Inflators

Aqua Lung is conducting a voluntary product update of select Powerline inflators. Powerline inflators are found on all Aqua Lung Buoyancy Compensators and the Apeks Black Ice Buoyancy Compensator. If you have purchased an Aqua Lung BCD/Apeks Black Ice since January 1, 2015, it will need to be inspected to determine if it meets the specific criteria and requires updating. Aqua Lung is concerned that a failure may occur during a dive, causing the Powerline to continue inflating after the inflation button has been released, increasing the potential of an uncontrolled ascent. While there have been reports of this occurring underwater, there have not been any reported injuries and Aqua Lung believes that a voluntary safety notice is the safe and prudent thing to do.  

http://www.aqualung.com/us/safety-notice-powerline

http://www.aqualung.com/us/safety-notice-powerline

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using their BCs with Powerline inflators with a date code beginning with an H. Bring the BCD to your nearest authorized Aqua Lung Dive Retailer or Dive Center. They will be able to update your Powerline inflator for you. The replacement is made under warranty and you will not incur any charges.  

Consumer Contact - for additional assistance please call (800) 775-3483 or visit
www.aqualung.com and click on the Recall & Safety Notice. 

Aquatic Adventures Ohio Supporting the Aquatic Roundtables Midnight Bash

Here at Aquatic Adventures we put your safety first, and are always looking at ways that we can improve swimmer and scuba safety. In doing so we are happy to support The Aquatic Roundtable of Central Ohio. This past Sunday July, 24th they hosted area lifeguards to a party in celebration of their contributions to the safe operation of swimming programs. 

DIVE Hope 2017 - August 5 10 am - 4 pm

DIVE Hope welcomes you to what has become one of the largest annual fund raiser for the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio BCFOHIO.org. This event has a great treasure hunt, auction and raffle where hunters and winners earn trips to great exotic diving adventures around the world and some of the best dive gear available. 

They will again be sponsored by Aqua Lung America, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan Aqua Lung Dealers, Deep Blue Adventure Travel and many other great supporters of the event. They are taking orders for this year's DIVE HOPE Event TShirt when you pre-Register.

All payments for the event and TShirts will be "at the door" by check or cash due to spotty Wi-Fi in the area.

Click for more information in this PDF Flier

WhiteStar State Park Quarry
901 South Main
Gibsonburg, OH 43431

 

 

Hollis 200LX Regulator Now in Stock!

“Whether it’s a technical diver in a cave at 300 ft or a recreational diver on a reef at 40 ft, we only make our regulators one way: to the highest possible standard. Because lives depend on it.” —Hollis

Hollis newest ¬flagship regulator is the 200LX + DCX Regulator, design by divers for divers. Every feature is designed with high performance and superior manufacturing at every step. The 200LX can be converted from a right-handed hose configuration to a left-handed hose configuration, in a manner of minutes. The valve of the 200LX is “PVD” Industrial Plated. 
PVD is a super-hard coating that is by far the most durable coating available today. Superior quality that will outlast any traditional plating. The Front metal ring, packing nut and inhalation knob are also “PVD” Plated. 


All LX regulators come standard with MiFlex ® hoses and orthodontic mouthpieces with dual color tabs. It comes standard in both YOKE and DIN configuration
Hollis also offers an industry best support which includes, Hollis’s Lifetime Warranty, 2-Year Service Interval and Free Parts for Life. 


•    Pneumatically balanced PVD plated brass valve results in smooth, easy breathing
•    Reversible demand valve, can be converted from right-handed hose configuration to left-handed hose configuration
•    Diver adjustable inhalation knob, allows diver to customize inhalation effort
•    Adjustable Dive/Pre-Dive switch: Large Venturi lever has a soft rubber grip, which makes it easy to locate and use
•    Ergonomic exhaust channels bubbles away from field of view and reduces exhaust effort
•    Improved orthodontic mouthpiece with dual color tabs PVD plated stainless steel metal ring, adjustable knob and Dive/Pre-Dive end cap
•    MiFlex® braided hose
•    Paired with the new DCX 1st stage
•    LIFETIME WARRANTY
•    FREE PARTS FOR LIFE
•    2-Year Service Interval with Inspection
•    MADE IN THE USA 

Available in DIN or Yoke for only $624.95

30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee
Hollis guarantees that at any time during the first 30 days of purchase, your Hollis product fails to meet your expectations, that product may be exchanged by a participating Hollis Authorized Dealer. No questions asked.

TDI Intro to Cave Diving, with Divemaster Timothy Brown

Aquatic Adventures Ohio Divemaster Timothy Brown had the itch, he wanted to dive in caves. This past October 2015 he went down to Central Florida with the Aquatic Adventures Dive Club and completed his TDI Cavern Course and was hooked. Though he liked diving in the Cavern zone, he wanted to see what was beyond and past the light zone. As a Cavern diver you are limited to diving within the light zone, and penetration is limited to the "rule of thirds", or 1/6th if you are using doubles to a maximum depth of 130 feet (TDI Cavern Course Details).

TDI Cave Instructor Bill Oestreich and Rob Mcgann go over the basics of using a guideline in Oct. 2015. 

TDI Cave Instructor Bill Oestreich and Rob Mcgann go over the basics of using a guideline in Oct. 2015. 

Tim Brown receiving some instruction on dive reels from Ryan Parkevich in his TDI Cavern Course, Oct. 2015. 

Tim Brown receiving some instruction on dive reels from Ryan Parkevich in his TDI Cavern Course, Oct. 2015. 

The drive down to Florida isn't that bad when you have a few people to share the driving with. We loaded up Tim's truck with tanks and dive gear and headed off for the thirteen hour drive to Cave Excursions in Live Oak, Florida. There we had rented a trailer for the four days we would be staying. The trip wasn't going to be long, just long enough for Tim to complete his Intro to Cave course and an extra day of fun diving. 

It's always a good day when you pull into Cave Excursions!

It's always a good day when you pull into Cave Excursions!

The adventure begins! For anyone that has driven to Florida knows, Atlanta is your nemesis. You can plan the perfect drive but Atlanta traffic is the worst, and will destroy that well planned drive. 

The adventure begins! For anyone that has driven to Florida knows, Atlanta is your nemesis. You can plan the perfect drive but Atlanta traffic is the worst, and will destroy that well planned drive. 

When we arrived in Florida, we got settled in to the trailer, did a quick gear check to make sure things made it down OK and headed to bed. In the morning we made the quick drive over to Wes Skiles Peacock Springs, which is just five minutes down the road. You gotta love the check in process, $4.00 per car, sign the clipboard, and leave your certification card on your dashboard. We met TDI Cave Instructor Rob McGann aka "Dive with Rob" at 8:00 am and Tim went through the paces of gear check and knowledge review with him. 

TDI Cave Instructor Rob McGann goes over the TDI Intro to Cave course knowledge with Tim. 

TDI Cave Instructor Rob McGann goes over the TDI Intro to Cave course knowledge with Tim. 

Instructor Rob McGann doesn't let you slide by, he expects that you bring your A game. As anyone that has gone through this class knows, gas management is huge, and dissimilar tanks are not your friend. Rob McGann ensured that Tim knew how to do it all, and do it on the fly in the water. To add to it, his dive buddy was using Bar and he was using PSI. Gotta love those Brits! After going through the knowledge review, they hit the water for some fun times!

My dive buddy Brian O'Reilly and Timothy Brown get their gear ready to go. 

My dive buddy Brian O'Reilly and Timothy Brown get their gear ready to go. 

TDI Cave Instructor Rob McGann putting Tim through the paces, "I have double 108's filled to 3000 psi, what is my usable volume for this dive, you have 85's filled to 3600 psi what is your usable volume, who is the limiting factor, and what each of our turn pressure?"

TDI Cave Instructor Rob McGann putting Tim through the paces, "I have double 108's filled to 3000 psi, what is my usable volume for this dive, you have 85's filled to 3600 psi what is your usable volume, who is the limiting factor, and what each of our turn pressure?"

I think this is a required photo when you go to Peacock. 

I think this is a required photo when you go to Peacock. 

We "listened in" during his class, Rob has a way of explaining things that just make it easy to understand. 

We "listened in" during his class, Rob has a way of explaining things that just make it easy to understand. 

Ask him about swimming with only one fin :)

Ask him about swimming with only one fin :)

Certified!!!!!

Certified!!!!!

After two days of training Timothy Brown passed his TDI Intro to Cave course!!! Now it was on to a fun dive. The next day we were heading over to Madison Blue Springs to dive in a new system. None of us had ever been over there and had heard some awesome things about it.

Rob McGann took us on a dive in Madison, and that place is awesome!!!! I cannot wait to go back, we have plans to complete our Full Cave course in October, and we are going to do some dives at Madison. If you are interested in doing a Cavern course, Intro to Cave or Full Cave course let me know. We are heading back down in October and have a house rented, you are more than welcome to come! Just send me an email at lstiverson@aaoscuba.com if you are interested, and I can cover the details with you. Check out the video below, its just a short clip of some of the diving that we did. 

Aquatic Adventures Dive Club installs M.A.S.T Wreck Buoys

This past weekend a couple members of the Aquatic Adventures Dive Club volunteered to install a few mooring balls on the two wreck of F.H. Prince and the City of Concord on Lake Erie. 

John Toth and Timothy Brown are preparing the mooring balls for deployment. 

John Toth and Timothy Brown are preparing the mooring balls for deployment. 

MAST, the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team is a nonprofit avocational group dedicated to the documentation of Ohio’s underwater historic resources. Formed in March of 2000, MAST is composed of volunteer individuals who support and participate in research, documentation, underwater archaeological surveys, and educational workshops (www.ohiomast.org).

At the beginning of every season, volunteers for M.A.S.T. go out and install mooring balls on the most popular wrecks in the western basin of Lake Erie. This year we were able to get them in earlier than ever before. In all there are a total of around twelve buoys that get placed. We were tasked with placing the buoys on the F. H Prince and the City of Concord. 

We met up at at Ala Carte Cafe in Port Clinton at 8:00 am to plan the dives for the day and then headed off to the dock to prepare the mooring balls and our gear. 

Captain and Diver Tim Brown is preparing The Penrose a 24' with a 225 outboard. 

Captain and Diver Tim Brown is preparing The Penrose a 24' with a 225 outboard. 

The F.H. Prince gets two mooring balls, one is placed at the back side of the wreck where the engine shaft is just six feet from the surface.  

The F.H. Prince gets two mooring balls, one is placed at the back side of the wreck where the engine shaft is just six feet from the surface.  

It took about an hour to get out to the wreck of the City of Concord, it is located south east of Kelly's Island and about five miles off the shore. When we arrived this wind was only blowing at about five miles an hour and we had excellent conditions. We were just going off of GPS coordinates to find the location, which turned out to be right on the spot. When we arrived at the site we dropped a buoy with a line at the location that we would use to start a search pattern if we couldn't find the wreck. 

Nice calm waters at the City of Concord. 

Nice calm waters at the City of Concord. 

We geared up and back rolled off the boat and headed down the wreck. We had about three to eight feet of visibility. To our amazement we dropped right the edge of the wreck, and in fact the line that leads to the concrete anchor for the mooring ball was right in front of us. After we located the chain I shot a lift bag up to Tim on the surface and he attached the line with the mooring ball on it. We pulled the line down and attached it to the chain on the concrete block. It was a short dive at 26 minutes at 46' with a bottom temperature of 45 degrees. 

Here John Tuth and I are working to get the mooring line attached. Visibility wasn't the best at this site, especially with us stirring it up. 

Here John Tuth and I are working to get the mooring line attached. Visibility wasn't the best at this site, especially with us stirring it up. 

Here is the installed mooring ball, any boat can now hook up to the float and make an easy dive on the wreck. You do have to exercise some caution as fisherman like to use the wrecks as hot spots, so expect fishing line on the wreck and lines. 

Here is the installed mooring ball, any boat can now hook up to the float and make an easy dive on the wreck. You do have to exercise some caution as fisherman like to use the wrecks as hot spots, so expect fishing line on the wreck and lines. 

After successfully installing the mooring ball on the City of Concord we head to the east side of Kelly's Island to install the two remaining mooring balls on the F.H. Prince. It is a rather shallow wreck in sixteen feet of water. 

Captain/Diver Tim Brown spotted the wreck of the F.H. Prince. 

Captain/Diver Tim Brown spotted the wreck of the F.H. Prince. 

When we arrived at the site we were surprised to see that most of the wreck was actually visible from the surface and we could see all of the down line as well. So we knew that visibility had to be greater than sixteen feet. John and I geared up and back rolled in again and after the last dive this was pretty amazing, twenty to thirty feet of visibility and five degrees warmer at 50 degrees. 

Here is Landen Stiverson and John Toth just off the eastern shore of Kelly's Island. 

Here is Landen Stiverson and John Toth just off the eastern shore of Kelly's Island. 

Landen Stiverson, foaming at the mouth ready to dive! This is what happens when you put defog in your mask, don't rinse it, put it on then try to drink out of a Gatorade bottle. 

Landen Stiverson, foaming at the mouth ready to dive! This is what happens when you put defog in your mask, don't rinse it, put it on then try to drink out of a Gatorade bottle. 

John Toth ready to back roll in. 

John Toth ready to back roll in. 

Visibility was so much better on the F.H. Prince we easily made our way to the engine shaft and installed the chain for the mooring ball, then headed back to pick up the mooring ball from Tim on the boat. 

Here we are attaching the chain that the mooring ball attaches to. 

Here we are attaching the chain that the mooring ball attaches to. 

After we secured the buoy on the chain, we then headed west to the concrete anchor off the bow of the wreck.

John Toth heading towards the bow searching for the concrete anchor. 

John Toth heading towards the bow searching for the concrete anchor. 

Here is the massive concrete anchor, with the line that goes to the wreck, which makes it easier to find in lower visibility. 

Here is the massive concrete anchor, with the line that goes to the wreck, which makes it easier to find in lower visibility. 

After we installed the main mooring ball, we spent another twenty to thirty minutes just checking out the wreck. It was a nice dive with a max depth of 16' for 46 minutes with the water at 50 degrees. This would be a great wreck to start off on if you have never dove in Lake Erie before, it was shallow, warm, and not to far from port. 

If you are interested in volunteering with M.A.S.T., they hold training once a year in the spring that you can participate in. Once you are certified you can participate int he M.A.S.T. dives they hold during the summer months. Aquatic Adventures Ohio also offers a wreck diving class that would get you prepared for diving on these wrecks. Check out their schedule of classes for more details. 

 

 

 

Aquatic Adventures Ohio is now a Suunto Level 1 Service Center!

Aquatic Adventures Ohio is proud to announce that we are now a Suunto Level 1 Service Center! This means that you no longer have to wait weeks to get your battery changed, we can now accomplish this in house.

Our service technicians have gone through factory training, and we have installed the latest in diagnostic equipment to enable them to perform these services for you. Along with the battery changes, we can also complete function tests to ensure that your Suunto dive computer is working as is should. 

 

Presidents Day Wetsuit Sale!

PRESIDENTS DAY WETSUIT SALE

Buy any wetsuit and receive a
Scubapro Eco or Tilos rashguard FREE!

The AquaFlex Jumpsuit line was developed for bodies in motion and comes in three different thicknesses (3mm, 5mm, 7mm). The suits are made with AquaFlex neoprene, the greatest wetsuit innovation to come along in many years. AquaFlex neoprene has three times the stretch of standard neoprene, which makes the suits easy to get on and off and conform to your body shape. By using the AquaFlex neoprene, Aqua Lung has been able to eliminate the need for ankle or wrist zippers due to the minimal restriction when donning or doffing your suit. This keeps the diver warmer, as zippers are one of the largest sources of water exchange and heat loss.

This promotion will run from February 13th to Feburary 15th, applies to only Aqualung Aquaflex, or Hydroflex wetsuits. Valid on new purchases only, no other discounts apply. See store for details. 


Don't Miss Pictures with Santa, This Saturday, December 12th 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Santa will be stopping by the dive shop this Saturday at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm where he will be available to take pictures underwater! There will be no charge for this event, and we will email you copies of the pictures. Adults and kids of all ages welcome! No reservations needed, if you have any questions just give us a call at (614) 545-3483 or email us at training@aaoscuba.com

 

Scubapro, Standing Behind Their Product!

When making a large purchase, such a dry suit or a dive computer, you hope that if something where wrong due to manufacture defect they would stand behind it. In 2014 I purchased a Scubapro Evertec drysuit, and I had put it through it's paces. Cleaning the polar bear exhibit at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, completing my TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression class.

As I was getting my gear prepped for the TDI Intro to Cave course in Florida in a couple of weeks, I noticed I was starting to get wet. We all know that this happens from time to time in a drysuit. Upon inspection it appeared to have an issue with the glue and seams, my first reaction was to grab the aqua seal and go to town. I fortunately called Scubapro and explained the situation and my time frame, we are leaving in two weeks. Scuapbro said I would need  to send it back for them to take a look at it. Nervously I packed my drysuit up and sent it off via two-day air. As soon as it was delivered I called to let them know that it was there. The Scubapro Service department immediately went down to shipping and opened up the box. Now, I was not expecting what happened next, I thought that they would try to repair it. They sent out a replacement, not only a replacement but the new Scubapro Evertect LT. Now that is standing behind your product!

They were even nice enough to cut off my Si Tech ring system, and Trigon Relief Valve from my old suit and send it back to me so I could put it in the new suit. 

Now I have a new Scubapro Evertec LT suit and I am ready to go for my trip to Florida! 

I will definitely be putting the suit through it's paces in Florida as I begin my training into cave diving and will update this page with how it held up. 

Landen Stiverson
Assistant Manager/Instructor
LStiverson@AAOscuba.com

Aqua Lung Drywear

Aqua Lung Fusion Sizzling Summer Sale! Consumers purchasing Aqua Lung Fusion One or Essence from a participating authorized Aqua Lung dealer* will receive a big discount!

FUSION ONE & ESSENCE SIZZLING PRICE

$699.99
(Reg MSRP $1,249.99)

Fusion ONE and ESSENCE offer Fusion DryCORE technology and it takes warmth, flexibility, and comfort to a whole new level.

PLUS 25% OFF
ON ALL FRONT ENTRY FUSION MODELS

Take advantage of this great offer from August 1st until October 31st, 2015 and treat your favorite diver, or yourself, to a new Aqua Lung Drywear this summer.

*Offer valid in the US at participating dealers on purchases made from August 1st until October 31st, 2015, while supplies last

 

Apeks Fusion KVR1 Sizzling Summer Price: $2,399.99 Retail: $3,199.99

Apeks Fusion KVR1
Sizzling Summer Price: $2,399.99
Retail: $3,199.99

Fusion Fit Sizzling Summer Price: $1,687.49 Retail: $2,249.99

Fusion Fit
Sizzling Summer Price: $1,687.49

Retail: $2,249.99

Fusion Sport Sizzling Summer Price: $1.199.99 Retail: $1,599.99

Fusion Sport
Sizzling Summer Price: $1.199.99

Retail: $1,599.99

Fusion Essence Sizzling Summer Price: $699.99 Retail: $1,249.99

Fusion Essence
Sizzling Summer Price: $699.99

Retail: $1,249.99

Fusion Bullet Sizzling Summer Price: $1,687.49 Retail: $2,249.99

Fusion Bullet
Sizzling Summer Price: $1,687.49

Retail: $2,249.99

Fusion Tech Sizzling Summer Price: $1,349.99 Retail: $1,799.99

Fusion Tech
Sizzling Summer Price: $1,349.99

Retail: $1,799.99

Fusion One Sizzling Summer Price: $699.99 Retail: $1,249.99

Fusion One
Sizzling Summer Price: $699.99
Retail: $1,249.99

Dive into Summer with Suunto

Dive into summer with Suunto and Aqua Lung! Complete your dive kit with any Suunto Vyper Air or D6i computer and receive the wireless tank pressure transmitter for FREE!


The Suunto Wireless tank pressure transmitter gives you current tank pressure and remaining air time with just a glance at your wrist. Before your dive, simply pair the transmitter with your dive computer, the transmitter’s green LED light lets you know that it’s on and sending data, and you’re good to go!

Take advantage of this great offer from now until August 31st, 2015 and treat your favorite diver, or yourself, to a new Suunto dive computer this summer.

*Offer valid in the US at participating dealers on purchases made from now until August 31st, 2015, while supplies last.