Monthly Archives: October 2014

Underwater Torches 101 : Choosing the Right Kind of Light for your Dive

The Deeper you go, the darker it gets. That’s how it is in scuba diving. But even if you’re diving a shallow reef during the day, there might be instances wherein you’ll wish you had something handy to illuminate a dark patch or crevice during your dive.

An underwater torch (or dive light) is usually handy during these situations. During the last couple of years, underwater torches have undergone many developments that make them better compared to what was available in the past. Torches nowadays often, if not always, use LEDs for its bulbs. LED bulbs are brighter, last longer, and consume less power (giving you more time to use your underwater torch) compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. Batteries for torches have also seen changes- remember when you had to run to the convenience store to buy a couple of alkaline batteries for your portable electric device, only to throw them away after a couple of hours of use, and buy a new set? Most underwater torches nowadays use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which can be charged and recharged hundreds of times.

With the number of models of torches available these days choosing one can be a bit overwhelming for some people, especially those who are looking to get one for the first time. So how do you determine if it’s the right torch for you? Ask yourself this important question first: How do you plan on using it? A compact torch won’t be of much use during a nighttime dive, while a high-power torch would be overkill during a daytime dive. Determining how your underwater torch will be used for most of its life will make it easier to choose between the different available models out there.

If you’re doing some technical diving, you’ll need a torch that’s durable and has a powerful and bright bulb, preferably with a narrow beam angle. For a mix of nighttime and daytime recreational diving, a less powerful torch with a wide beam angle will suffice. For daytime diving, a compact torch that you can easily put into your pocket will be perfect (and it also doubles as a nice, waterproof, everyday flashlight that you can drop in the pool without any worries).

Aquamundo Underwater Torches

Aquamundo has 4 different models of underwater torches which can cover most types of diving, from the recreational daytime dive in shallow reefs, to the more advanced night dives or exploration dives. All these torches use LED bulbs, powered by rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries, encased in light and sturdy aluminum bodies (polycarbonate for the LED-12). They have a depth rating of 100 meters (300 feet), and have been tested to its maximum depth rating in Anilao, Batangas, Philippines. For more information about the Aquamundo Underwater Torches, contact or visit the nearest Aquamundo Dive Shop near you.

Recommended Freediving Equipment

Long before scuba equipment were made, humans have been stepping out of their element and diving into the water by freediving. Ancient people dived without any mechanical apparatus for breathing to harvest food and valuable items. The earliest written record that mentioned the use of freediving could be found in Greece, where the ancient Greeks relied on freedivers to harvest natural sponge, as well as to sabotage enemy ships and dismantle underwater obstacles set up against the Greek navy.

Aquamundo Freediving

With the invention and development of the scuba equipment, freediving has transformed into a recreational activity and a sport, although there are still a number of people who freedive for commercial purposes. One of the main attractions of freediving is its simplicity, relying mainly on the freedivers own ability to hold their breath while diving until they resurface. But whether you’re freediving for recreation, sport, or your livelihood, having the equipment especially made for the job makes freediving more efficient and enjoyable.

Aquamundo Nero and Bianco Masks
With its low profile design, the Aquamundo Nero and Bianco masks are our recommendation for freedivers. Although different face shapes and sizes might mean another mask might have a better fit, starting with the Aquamundo Nero and Bianco masks is a good idea.

Aquamundo Low-Volume Masks

Lalum Long Blade Fins
Especially made for freedivers, the Lalum has long blades that make it more powerful than standard scuba fins, requiring less finning effort, and conserves your energy. These fins also come in 2 stiffness levels (flexible and medium) as well as smaller sizes, making it a good choice even for those who are just starting freediving. The Lalum Long Blade fins also come in two design: in plain black, and camouflage pattern.

Aquamundo Lalum Long-Blade Fins

Aquamundo Neoprene Socks
Aquamundo offers two kinds of neoprene socks that you can use with the Lalum fins; 3mm high-cut, and 5mm low-cut. Both socks are double-glued and blind-stitched, and ensure a comfortable fit, and the 5mm low-cut socks also have ankle strings to help secure it in place.

Aquamundo Neoprene Socks

Lalum Snorkel
Although optional, a snorkel will make freediving easier. It enables you to conserve your energy on the surface while keeping an eye for prey (in cases wherein you’re freediving to fish), or just looking in the water before you take a deep breath and dive. The Aquamundo Lalum snorkel is floatable, so it returns to the surface for easy retrieval in case you lose it during your dive. It’s also made with a soft mouthpiece to provide a comfortable bite, and lessen the chances of jaw fatigue.

Aquamundo Lalum Snorkel

To know more details and availability of Aquamundo’s freediving line of equipment, don’t hesitate to contact or visit the Aquamundo dive shop nearest you. We’ll be more than happy to assist you with your freediving equipment needs.