Here’s Our $150 Diving Challenge!

Bubbles are not the only ones going up these days. Everything seems to be rising—from everyday commodities to travel and accommodations. So we’ve been wondering, what can we still purchase with the $150 on our wallets? Here’s a list of things we came up with that proves you cannot put a price on fun and adventures!

New Diving Apparel

How about that spicy swimwear you’ve been eyeing for months now, and that hooded diving vest you’ve been dying to have?

Mask and Fins Set

It is the perfect time to get a new set of fine mask and fins! Those you’ve got had been faithful to you since day one: it’s time to give them a rest. We bet our dive store got what you need anyway. Check it out!

Flight to Bali

Yes! Go check your favorite airline for the cheapest offers. We heard diving in Bali is awesome this season! Check with us for an amazing Bali diving trip!

Upgrade to Berjaya Resort

Berjaya’s spacious beachfront and lush forest surroundings plus its traditional village-inspired architecture is a plus when you just want to unwind after a long day of diving in Pulau Tioman. Berjaya Resort also has the finest facilities and friendliest resort staff!

Dive and Travel Insurance

Either you are new to diving, or a diving pro that looks forward to more adventure dives, you need a partner in case the unexpected happens. It is better to breathe underwater knowing you are covered, yes? DiveAssure is a trusted and established brand when it comes to dive and travel insurances. Check them out to see what package suits your diving adventures!


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3 Dive Gears to Hoard this 2018


You have finally completed your personal diving equipment: fins, mask, snorkel, and wetsuit. Now, let’s up our dive gear hoarding game by owning these equipment rather than renting them:

 1. Buoyancy Compensator Device (BC)

You sure want a Buoyancy Compensator Device that can give you more freedom of movement underwater. A BC that holds your tank well while you are in the submerged environment is a great plus. Having a quality and high-performing BC could not be assured when you go for rentals. If you want a BC that fits you well and can give you the perfect buoyancy you want, better research and purchase your own.

3 Dive Gears to Hoard this 2018

 2. Dive Computer

Getting an intuitive dive computer these days is not an option anymore, but rather a necessity. Jurassic dive tables are long gone. If you want to ensure a successful and accurate dive, purchasing a dive computer that suits your diving lifestyle is a huge leap to your diving pursuits.

3 Dive Gears to Hoard this 2018

3. Regulator

Yes, regulators are heavy and relatively pricey -- but if you are someone who dives regularly, it is surely an awesome investment. Having your own regulator will guarantee its good maintenance and performance.

3 Dive Gears to Hoard this 2018

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Renting these 4 diving gears is a crime

Renting these 4 diving gears is a crime

How sure are you that your criminal record is as clean as the diving gears in the rental shop? A lot of divers commit a crime without realizing it and it would be a shame if you’re one of them. Here is the list of 4 admissible pieces of evidence that will lead you to remorse-trip-to-jail once you get to put your fingerprints on them.

1. Mask

Renting your mask is a 3rd-degree felony that you have to pay for by means of torture. You have to take into account that your scuba mask is your window for the world out there in the waters, it would be a serious mistake to use a foggy and leaky one. In case you’re thinking of renting a mask, think twice. Do not be a murderer of a supposed to be wonderful dive. Renting these 4 diving gears is a crime

2. Wetsuit

Imagine finding a whole range of options laid to you in a rental shop then spending 45 minutes trying out different sizes and styles just to end up renting worn-outs. We don’t need a jury to tell you that you have made poor choices in life including this particular one. Renting these 4 diving gears is a crime  

3. Fins

Fish have fins and not legs, if you’re going to barge in their territory, might as well be in stealth mode. Scuba fins are the best accessory to move through the water. You have to look for comfortable and efficient flippers and rental shops are probably not the best place to snoop in your nose. Invest on your fins because it is beyond reasonable doubt that a bad fitting rental one will bring you nothing but guilt. Renting these 4 diving gears is a crime  

4. Dive Computer

If you dive frequently, this accessory is essential for you because nobody enjoys working the dive tables anymore the same as nobody wants to get frustrated learning different models of computer. Investing on this will be a great help for you in the long run because you can closely monitor your depth, time, decompression status, and tank pressure. Renting these 4 diving gears is a crime

Renting these 4 gears is definitely not open for a plea bargain or any negotiations. You are a criminal that deserves to be incarcerated for a lifetime. This is not a threat to ditch rental shops, this is merely a warning to remind you that if in any case, you decide to rent the equipment mentioned above then you are in for the “remorse jail” for the entirety of your dive.

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5 Scuba Diving Mistakes You Should Avoid Now


Remembering these scuba diving mistakes you should avoid during your dives will help you achieve not only safe and successful dives. You also make your every dive purposeful.

1. Lack of Buddy Communication

Although it is now accepted to dive without a diving buddy, it is best if you have one. After all it is still better to have someone to check on your safety. Having solid and clear communications with your scuba diving partner is also one of the ingredients of a successful diving trip. We advice you create rapport with your diving buddy before your dive. Talk about how you can communicate better underwater.

5 Scuba Diving Mistakes You Should Avoid Now

2. Skipping the Perfect Buoyancy Program

Some divers may underestimate a Perfect Buoyancy Specialty Course. Though you think you may have perfected your buoyancy control, it is still great if you freshen your skills by taking an extra Perfect Buoyancy Program. Navigating freely underwater can only be achieved if you have really mastered your buoyancy control.

5 Scuba Diving Mistakes You Should Avoid Now

3. Diving Without a Dive Computer

Diving tables are long, long gone! Get over it, okay? A trustworthy dive computer will not only contribute to a safer dive. It will also make your diving fun, stylish and exciting! Imagine recording and seeing your progress intuitively right on your very wrist.

5 Scuba Diving Mistakes You Should Avoid Now

4. Diving Beyond Training Limit

Diving is a fun and exciting sports -- but equally dangerous. Do not underestimate the ocean’s depths. Diving outside your training limit is lethal. Before thinking of diving deeper, diving into the night or exploring that wreck, make sure you are fully equipped by taking the appropriate specialty program. A lot of diving agencies offer Deep Diving, Night Diving, Wreck Diving and most especially, Perfect Buoyancy specialty courses.

5 Scuba Diving Mistakes You Should Avoid Now

5. Stepping on Coral Reefs

This one is equally important with everything listed above. Stepping on coral reefs is destroying the homes of many fish. That’s why it is so significant to go back to number 2! Never skip mastering your buoyancy control. It will give you more freedom and control over your actions underwater. With mastering your own buoyancy you can stay away from harmful critters as well as veering away from destroying the reefs.

Genuine passion to protect and to prevent the destruction of our oceans is a mark of a true diver. Being a scuba diver also means being the protector of the ocean and everything that lives in it. By keeping these list of things to avoid while diving, you make your every dive not only exhilarating but also purposeful.


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Phase 2 : The Dive-Life Support Equipment – Item No. 2 – Regulators


Gill Divers’ Guide : Buying Your Own Equipment

Head down to Gill Divers, our crew can advise and get you outfitted in no time.

Let’s breakdown Dive Equipments into Two Phases

Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipments (Masks, Snorkels, Fins, Wetsuits)

Phase 2 : The Dive-Life Support Equipment (BCs, Regulators, Dive Computers)

Phase 2 : The Dive-Life Support Equipment

Item No. 2 - Regulators

Poseidon Cyklon


Regulators, at this point, have been perfected. Meaning, most regulators can offer high performance and comfort.

What It Does - It regulates and converts the high-pressure compressed air in your tank to ambient-pressure, so that you’ll be able to breathe the air. It is also used to transfer air to your Buoyancy Compensator.

What to Look For - High Performance and Comfort.

The best ones can deliver high volume of air even at depth or under heavy exertion even at low tank pressures. Some comes with Diver-Controlled Knobs & Switches. Learn the functions of the knobs and what it does.

Look for a comfortable mouldable mouthpiece, and get the correct length for your hoses. You wouldn’t want a hose that is too short or too long.

Price Range - From $195 to $1109

Gillmen Advice - Talk to our dive crew, experienced divers and get their reviews of regulator models. Try as many regulators as you can when you go diving. Rent one if you have to. Do not rush in getting your own regulator, take your time. This is a dive equipment that you shouldn’t rush in buying or buy on impulse!

Most importantly, don't forget to take proper care of your regulators. Wash them after every dive trip. And also, have it properly maintained and send it out for servicing regularly.

Also, having in depth knowledge about your diving equipment is an integral part of becoming a better diver. Take up the Equipment Techniques Speciality, where you will learn how to fit, adjust, maintain and make small repairs to your Dive Equipments.

Stay tune for our next post - Phase 2 : The Dive-Life Support Equipments, Item No. 3 - Buoyancy Compensators

Phase 2 : The Dive-Life Support Equipment – Item No. 1 – Dive Computers

Suunto D4i (Front)

Gill Divers' Guide : Buying Your Own Equipment

Head down to Gill Divers, our crew can advise and get you outfitted in no time.

Let’s breakdown Dive Equipments into Two Phases

Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipments (Masks, Snorkels, Fins, Wetsuits)

Phase 2 : The Dive-Life Support Equipment (BCs, Regulators, Dive Computers)

Phase 2 : The Dive-Life Support Equipment

Dive Computers : Suunto D4i NOVO

Item No. 1 - Dive Computers

Dive Computers

With technology getting better and better. Most divers seldom use dive tables to plan their dives, however, Dive Tables is still an invaluable tool for safe diving. Dive computers, however, is an even better tool for the same reason!

What it does? - Dive Computer constantly monitor a diver’s depth and bottom time, and recalculates your no-decompression status and maintains your safe zone while diving. Depending on the model, some have different features. For example, telling you when it’s safe for you to fly.

What to look out for - Get a User-Friendly Dive Computer.

The Dive Computer Display, this is where you can access all the information you need to have a safe dive. Being able to read the the display easily and accurately is vital to your safety.

You should be able to easily read your - Depth, Dive Time and Decompression status

Check for other features/functions of the Dive Computer as well.

Price Range - $300 to $1,300.

Gillmen Advice - Depending on what your diving needs are, if you are Enriched Air Nitrox Certified, or planning to take up that speciality, get a Dive Computer that can be set to Nitrox.

Don’t go diving very often? Then we suggest getting a Dive Computer that you can wear everyday, we do have some dive computers models that can used as an everyday watch, for example, the Suunto D4i and Suunto D6i.

Stay tune for our next post - Phase 2 : The Dive-Life Support Equipments, Item No. 2 - Regulators

Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipment – Item No. 4 – Wetsuits


Gill Divers' Guide : Buying Your Own Equipment

Head down to Gill Divers, our crew can advise and get you outfitted in no time.

Let’s breakdown Dive Equipments into Two Phases

Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipments (Masks, Snorkels, Fins, Wetsuits)

Phase 2 : The Dive-Life Support Equipments (BCs, Regulators, Dive Computers)

Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipments


Item No. 4 - Wetsuits


Wetsuits are usually made of foam neoprene rubber. Wetsuits are used for thermal insulation for water activities where the user is likely to be immersed in water. Scuba Diving!

What it does? - With the cooling effect of water when you go diving, wetsuits insulate your body, keeping your body temperature warm. The thickness of the wetsuit depends on the dive conditions of the dive location.

The insulation properties depend on bubbles of gas enclosed within the wetsuit material, which reduces its ability to conduct heat. The bubbles also give the wetsuit a low density, providing buoyancy in water!

Wetsuits also provide abrasion resistance, they help protect against scrapes or stings.

What to look out for? - Fit and Comfort. Wetsuits should fit nicely, allowing you to move and breathe easily. But not one that is too loose, it defeats the wetsuits’ ability to prevent heat loss. Take note of flexibility of the wetsuit and also, how the stitches are stitched together.

Price Range - From $70 to $650.

Gillmen Advice - Get one that fits you nicely. Do take in consideration of the features of the wetsuits, their insulators, flexibilities and their stitches. We recommend getting wetsuits that are double stitched.

Well, that's pretty much the end of Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipments!

Stay tune for our next post - Phase 2 : The Dive-Life Support Equipments, Item No. 1 - Dive Computers

Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipment – Item No. 3 – Fins

Gilldivers Fins stock

Gill Divers' Guide : Buying Your Own Equipment

Head down to Gill Divers, our crew can advise and get you outfitted in no time.

Let’s breakdown Dive Equipment into Two Phases

Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipments (Masks, Snorkels, Fins, Wetsuits)

Phase 2 : The Dive-Life Support Equipment (BCs, Regulators, Dive Computers)

Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipments

Gill Divers Fins

Item No. 3 - Fins


Fins are made from rubber, plastic or both rubber and plastic. Fins are used to aid movement through the water.

What it does? - Water is 800 times denser than air. With that said, fins are used to aid divers move more efficiently and maneuver underwater. Fins are shaped and designed to provide thrust and power, making it easier to move underwater.

What to look out for? - Comfort. When trying on fins, look for a snug fit, one that doesn't pinch your toes. If you can't wiggle your toes, then the fin is too small for you. Next, lift up your leg, move your feet up, down, left & right. Ensures your fin doesn’t shake and remains snugged.

Efficiency. Different fins have different efficiency, propulsion, power and thrust. They’re determined by their size, stiffness and design.

Price Range - $75 to $300

Gillmen Advice - Get fins that you’re comfortable with, in terms of weight and material, depending if your legs are negatively or positively buoyant. Pick a fin that suits your kicking style underwater.

Good fins will enhance your enjoyment of diving.

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Stay tune for our next post - Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipments, Item No. 4 - Wetsuits

Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipment – Item No. 2 – Snorkel

Gill Divers' Guide : Buying Your Own Equipment

Head down to Gill Divers, our crew can advise and get you outfitted in no time.

Let’s breakdown Dive Equipment into Two Phases

Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipments (Masks, Snorkels, Fins, Wetsuits)

Phase 2 : The Dive-Life Support Equipment (BCs, Regulators, Dive Computers)

Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipment


Item No. 2 - Snorkel


Seems simple right? Just a curved tube that that you use to breathe when you put your face down in the water on the surface. Look at Gill Divers’ snorkel display and you'll see there are a few snorkel options and features that you can choose from.

What it does? - To conserve air in your tank, Scuba Divers use a snorkel when they’re on the water surface

What to look out for? - Most importantly, Comfort. You would definitely want a mouthpiece that feels good when you put them on, and one that allows you to breathe dry air easily. You should also check how the snorkels are to be attached to your mask strap.  Look for a durable, yet simple and easy-to-operate attachment.

Price Range - From $18 to $50.

Gillmen Advice - Get a snorkel that has a flexible tube, and also one that has a purge valve function. It makes blowing out water a lot easier.

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OceanReef Aria Snorkelling Mask


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Stay tune for our next post - Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipments, Item No. 3 - Fins

Thinking Of Buying Your Own Dive Equipment, But Still Unsure What To Get First?

Gul Vader

Gill Divers' Guide : Buying Your Own Equipment

Head down to Gill Divers, our crew can advise and get you outfitted in no time.

Let’s breakdown the Dive Equipments into 2 Phases

Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipments (Masks, Snorkels, Fins, Wetsuits)

Phase 2 : The Dive-Life Support Equipments (BCs, Regulators, Dive Computers)

The Basic Dive Equipments


Item No. 1 - Mask


  • A mask is very personal diving equipment that may fit on you and not necessarily on another. It’s the only equipment that allows you to view the magical wonders underwater. A comfortably fitted mask is therefore the most important consideration. With proper care, a dive mask can last you for many dives and many years.

What it does?

  • A Diving Mask creates an air space between the tempered glass and your face, allowing your eyes to focus underwater and also, the nose pocket allows you to equalize the air pressure as you go deeper.

What to look out for?

  • A mask that's a good fit and also, one that is comfortable.

Four-Step Plan for Mask Fits

  1. Get your hair and straps out of the way and place the mask over your face (without the strap over your head). The skirting should rest evenly without any gaps.
  2.  Inhale through your nose, creating a vacuum.
  3. Holding your breath - Look up, Look down, Look Left, Look Right. Ensure the mask doesn’t fall off and stays in place. Listen for any sounds that might indicate air leaking into the mask.
  4. Lastly, Place the mask over your face and check if you are able to fully squeeze your nose. This is very important, if you can't fully squeeze your nose, you can't equalize your ears underwater.

Masks that passes this Four-Step Plan, is considered a potential keeper and ones that you should buy. You’ll probably find a few masks that fits you and from there, you can narrow them down to further details and features such as Design, Color and Functions.

Gull Vader

Price Range

  • From $35 to $200.

Gillmen Advice

  • Clear-Skirting Masks let more light in and most new divers prefer clear skirting masks.

Contact us for more detailed information

Stay tune for our next post - Phase 1 : The Basic Dive Equipments, Item No. 2 - Snorkels

Top 5 Reasons Why Owning a Personal Mask is Important




Top 5 Reasons Why Owning a Personal Mask is Important

Does the phrase “We highly recommend you to purchase you own mask before your dive trip” sounds familiar? Here’s the Top 5 Reasons why owning a Personal Mask should be in the top of your list when it comes to purchasing diving equipment!


  1. Costs Friendly

Let’s say the cost of renting a mask per day is about SGD $3 to $5 depending where you choose to dive at. Over the year, on average a diver goes out for 2 - 3 dive trips be in nearby your country or overseas. Amounting the cost to be about SGD $6 to $15 a year. Not that expensive right? Well, let’s say you remain this commitment for about 3 to 5 years before life gets too busy for you to commitment additional time for dive trips. This will amount to about $18 to $75 over that 3 to 5 years.

A mask has a typical lifespan of about 4 - 8 years, if it’s averagely maintained, and even more if it’s very well maintained. The price of an average mask would be between SGD $20 - $45, maybe more for a “higher tiered” mask. Breaking not into per year, it will probably cost you only about $11.25 a year. Which is pretty reasonable!

  1. Your Personality

Individuality and uniqueness is something most people strive for, being recognised as one-of-a-kind or just not the average joe. Renting a mask would obstruct your path towards uniqueness and kinds of put you into the average joe category. Purchasing your own mask allows you to select a mask that fits your style and personality, putting emphasis on YOU!

  1. Hygiene

Most dive shops have masks which are more-or-less equivalent to their volume of customers, this means the masks are being used frequently by many people. Not implying that these dive shops do not wash their masks but think about this, how comfortable are you putting on clothes which a shop rents that has 100 customers a month?

  1. Safety and Comfort

Although ranked 4th in this post, but do not think lightly of this point. As we all know, mask comes in different molds, and one mask may not fit all faces perfectly, causing minor leaks or discomfort around the nose bridge area. This has huge implications on you and your experience as a diver. Intruding into your personal space when it comes to enjoying the ocean or giving you unnecessary problems when you are descending or just minding your own business underwater. A personal mask, handpicked by you will ensure that the mask suits your face shape (provided you take the trying seriously!), reducing potential problems and frees up you attention to focus on enjoying rather than anticipating problems.

  1. Ownership

Ever thought what makes you wake up every morning wanting to wear your watch or utilising something you bought? Apart from your desire to own them at the start, it is also probably because you have the “since I bought it, might as well use it” mindset. Likewise, missing the ocean but always felt that it is hard to push yourself to take the step and sign up for a dive trip? Looking at your mask, sitting lonely in the corner of your cupboard will make you get up and say LET’S GO DIVING!

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The Seac X -5M is an absolute bargain in terms of comfort and efficiency.  The compact and functional breather  has high performance, and is a darling when trying to pack for travelling due to the high-flex braided hose.  The regulator is also Nitrox compatible up to the recreational limits of 40%.


First stage

The position of the first-stage port provides for kink-free routing of hoses.  Being a balanced piston, it delivers excellent performance with sturdy reliability.

Materials: Shiny chrome-plated brass

HP outlets: 2

LP outlets: 4

Second stage

Balanced membrane regulator.  The second stage is lightweight, providing for less jaw fatigue.  However, it does not compromise on performance.  Good airflow allowing for comfortable breathing.  A membrane block safety system guarantees perfect functioning and stability at all phases.  The second stage lever also has an asymmetric design to allow for maximum opening of the valve and deep water performance.

Materials: Ultralight technopolymers


Among other key factors, keeping warm is one of the top secrets to keeping your dives more enjoyable.

Ever felt that no matter how much you wear, you still feel cold to the core when you’re diving? Once you stop moving, the cold seeps in through the thick pancake layers of neoprene, past your skin and into your bones.  Yeap, I know how that feels.  There are better lasting (and more hygienic) ways to keeping warm other than constantly having to pee in your wetsuit- that by the way, is a myth, and only leaves you feeling even colder afterward.

First up, there could be something wrong with your wetsuit? Maybe it is the wrong size and doesn’t trap water enough.  Maybe it is the wrong thickness.  Maybe everything was right, until you realise that the wetsuit if 10 years old, or that you forgot to zip up- it does happen.  Wetsuits and seals do wear out, and it is definitely worth it to invest in a good one and have them replaced every couple of years.  Getting cold during a dive is dangerous, it increases your risk to DCS, and hypothermia.  Most importantly, it takes the fun out of diving!  How the wetsuit works is providing a layer of insulation between your body and the water, hence reducing the rate of heat loss via direct contact.  That is only possible due to the neoprene bubbles, which wear out over time.

Another piece of equipment, that’s ugly yet incredibly useful- THE HOOD.  Your head loses 20-40% of the heat, and keeping your head warm keeps the rest of the body warm.  This is real, not just an urban legend.  Even when blood flow is restricted to the rest of the body when you’re cold, the blood flow to the brain still functions at full capacity to keep you alive.  Blood flows, heat follows- yeah, you get the point.  Just as how blood flows to your head all the time, whilst in diving, it also flows to your legs.  Your legs are the ones driving you around, propelling you forward kick after kick.  Covering your legs would help you feel much warmer than covering any other part of the body (other than your head of course).

Another advice would be to always start your dive warm. Its always better to start the dive a little too warm than a little too cool.  So, instead of squandering that body heat whilst on the dive boat, start preserving it.  A little like charging your heat battery before the dive.  If its windy where you dive, a nice little trick is to drape on a raincoat to block it all off.

If you know you get cold easy, don’t go to the deep waters for the sake of diving deep!  Obviously don’t give up on deep diving altogether, some of the best sites/wrecks in the world are past 30m.  However, a reef looks pretty much the same at 15m and 30m, in fact you probably see more when you’re shallower.  It keeps you warm, and you gain more dive time, win-win.  Don’t go deep diving just so you can tell people that you’ve been to 40m- it doesn’t impress anyone if its accompanied by your purple fingers and frozen body.

Ultimately, everyone is different.  One can dive in a rashguard and feel fine, another might freeze even with a 3mm full wetsuit.  Take some time to figure out how cold you get in different waters, and never over-estimate yourself!  Once you manage to stay warm, its one more item off your mind, and you can concentrate on the 5 million other things when diving.


The Seac P-synchro is a perfect combination of reliability and simplicity in a piston regulator.  Tests conducted by RINA- the Italian certification board as confirmed excellent performance with low exertion.  The regulator is also Nitrox compatible to 40%.

First stage

The first stage features a balanced piston, with excellent performance with sturdy reliability.

Materials: Shiny chrome plated brass

HP outlets: 1
LP outlets: 4.

Second stage

The membrane block safety system in the second stage also ensures perfect functioning and stability during all phases.  The second stage lever has an asymmetric design that allows maximum opening of the valve and improves deep water performance.  The oval-shaped design also allows a greater surface to facilitate the exhaling phase.

Materials: Ultralight technopolymers



SEAC Icaro 2000

The lightweight version of the timeless ICARO, the ICARO 2000 was created to satisfy divers looking for a functional and adaptable BCD, as well as one that is extremely resistant to abrasion and tears. The ICARO 2000 possesses many of the same features found in our ICARO, including an aluminum back plate and double bladder. The well known freedom of movement ( giving it a spacewalker sort of look) and light weight design are embellished by SEAC proprietary features like the the Quick Adjusting System. To make diving with one of the world’s best BCDs even better, be sure to accessorise your unit with authentic SEAC items.


– Outer bladder material: Cordura 1000 D coated in PU

– Inner bladder material: Polyurethane

– Dump valve: 3 (shoulder, inflator,lower back) with pull commands

– D-rings: 6 – 2 in (50mm) aluminium rings

– Dry weight: 4.4 lbs (2500 g)

One of the great things of adopting a wing configuration, is that you will have all of the lift on the rear and on or around your body. The ICARO 2000 is such a BCD where all of the lift capacity is in the “air bag” on your back. That airbag is designed as a double bladder, the outer bladder is coated 1000D Cordura material and the inner bladder is polyurethane. The lift capacity of this BCD is 18 kilograms, which for normal diving with a thicker wetsuit or drysuit is sufficient. 

For comfort, the back plate is provided with a soft padding, which we believe, has been applied in all of the right places. The straps are adjustable even during operation, and this allows for a great degree of comfort and flexibility. Besides a cummerbund, there is also a breast and a crotch strap to keep the BCD securely in place while diving.

The BCD is furnished with six aluminium D-rings that are distributed in different places on the wing. This makes for adequate customisation capacity for accessories. It also comes with dump valves which are designed to be handled easily.

The standard version of the BCD comes without integrated weight pockets. The set weighs just over 2 pounds – which is why this BCD is great for travel.

All in all, the ICARO 2000 is an ideal travel companion, offers great comfort, flexibility and durability for rugged recreational use.

The ICARO 2000 is retailing for $1,029.00.


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