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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.

The Aquamundo Sport Dive Watch

With its experience in water sports, especially scuba diving, Aquamundo has produced many products for both local and foreign divers looking for tough, practical, and competitively-priced diving equipment. This year, Aquamundo will be expanding the range of products that it will be offering to its customers with the addition of the Aquamundo Sport Dive Watch.

Aquamundo Sport Dive Watch

Aquamundo Sport Dive Watch

The Aquamundo Sport Dive Watch was made to meet the stringent requirements of the diver. Rated to be waterproof up to 300 Meters (1,000 feet), this watch will go to great depths with you. Everything that makes it tick is enclosed in durable, marine-grade stainless steel to keep it highly resistant against corrosion from exposure to sea water. The expandable band and clasp is made of the same material. The timepiece’s face is covered with sapphire glass, making it resilient against scratches.

But even with its tough features, the Aquamundo Sport Dive Watch is at home on land as much as it is in the water. With its classic design, powered by reliable automatic movement, the Aquamundo Sport Dive Watch will always be ready to face the rigors of diving and accompany you in your everyday engagements.


  • 30ATM / 300 Meters (1,000 Feet) Professional waterproof technology
  • 316 Stainless steel casing, band, and clasp
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire glass crystal
  • Nh35A Automatic movement


  • Magnified date indicator at 3 o’clock position
  • Luminous hands and hour markers
  • Rotary Bezel

The Aquamundo Sport Dive Watch, now available from Aquamundo Sports. For more information, contact info@aquamundosports.com

3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Side Mount Scuba Diving

“Side Mount” (sometimes written “sidemount”) is a scuba equipment configuration that has been steadily growing in popularity among divers in recent years. Instead of the usual configuration wherein your cylinder is propped behind your back, side mounts, as the name implies, place your cylinders to your sides.

A scuba diver using the side mount configuration

Side Mounts used to be confined among cave divers, but with recent advances in scuba technology and equipment materials, other types of divers have been adopting the side-mounted configuration as well, and there are some pretty good reasons for that.

  1. Better control
  2. An advantage to using a side-mounted configuration is improved streamlining. Cave divers used this advantage to gain access to areas with restrictions and proceed diving without much disturbance to their underwater environment. For other types of diving, such as open water diving, using side mounts can decrease drag and provide you with better buoyancy control and enhanced response with each kick, even with challenging currents.

  3. Improved safety and comfort
  4. Perhaps some of the main advantages to using a side mount configuration lie in the improvements to safety and comfort. With your cylinder to your side, you’ll have better visual and physical access to your cylinder valve and first stage regulator, which makes it easier to spot and solve trouble while you’re in the water. Being more visually aware of your cylinders and having them tucked in a more protected position underneath your arm, you also lessen the risk of damaging your valve and first-stage regulator while diving.

    Being in a side mount frees your back from the bulk of a traditionally mounted cylinder, which enables you to flex your spine and, in the case of smaller divers, move your head more freely. Your improved profile underwater also enables you to use your fins more efficiently by lessening drag, making you spend less energy to move around, and therefore consume less air.

    With side mounts, you also have the option to mount your cylinders while in the water, which is a relief if you find entering with a cylinder to your back cumbersome, or if you have a condition which makes it difficult to do so. But if you’re used to doing a back roll or giant stride for your entry, they’re still possible even if you’re on side mounts.

  5. A side mount provides you with room to grow and develop your diving skills
  6. When the itch for more advanced dives (such as wreck diving) bites you, rest assured that you already have a capable system with you. What’s left for you is to get the proper training and certification for the dive.

Aquamundo offers side mount certified divers the Aquamundo Side Mount System. Made of high-quality materials and featuring a flexible design, Aquamundo’s Side Mount System comes complete with everything you need in a side mount configuration. Aquamundo’s Side Mount System has been tried and tested by renowned Technical Diving instructor Andy Davis, and recommended for both recreational and technical divers alike.

Aquamundo Sidemount System

For more information about the Aquamundo Side Mount System, don’t hesitate to contact us at Aquamundo Sports.

Panglao Island Scuba Diving and the International Dive Fiesta

The International Dive Fiesta will be held in Panglao Island tomorrow and it’s going to be a big event where divers can check out the latest gear, talk with fellow dive enthusiasts, and watch or participate in special diving events. For those who haven’t been to the place yet, or plan on doing so in the future, here’s a primer on Panglao Island and why it figures prominently within local dive groups and communities.

Panglao Island is a small island located southwest of the island of Bohol. It has a population of more than 68,000 people, and most of them rely on tourism for their livelihood. The terrain is hilly, and one of its interesting geological features includes the Hinagdanan cave, a limestone cave which houses rock formations and a lagoon. Another prominent feature of Panglao are its beaches and dive sites. With white coral sand and clear blue waters, Panglao Island has been a favorite among divers and simple beach-goers alike.

Rich Marine Life
Panglao Island boasts of its diverse marine life, and it is no empty claim. In a study, more species of mollusks were found within a 15,000 hectare area of Panglao, compared to the 300 million hectares of study area in the Mediterranean. Due to the rich biodiversity of its marine life, it has attracted the attention of conservationists and recreational divers alike.

There are a number of beautiful dive sites within the area of Panglao Island. These include Napaling, Doljo Point, Kalipayan, the Habagat Wreck, and the Balicasag Dive Sites, to name a few. Panglao Island’s dive sites offer different kinds of diving experiences, with dive depth for the different dive sites ranging between 3 meters to 60 meters. A multitude of marine life can be spotted within these dive sites like lion fish, white tip sharks, moray eels, sea snakes, and a whole lot more, often with colorful corals as their backdrop.

International Dive Fiesta
Panglao, in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Tourism, will be hosting this year’s International Dive Fiesta. A lot of activities have been prepared for divers from all over the country and abroad, and Aquamundo will be a part of the festivities. Aquamundo will be holding a Technical Repair Seminar, and is inviting everyone to join. The International Dive Fiesta will be held at the Alona Central Parking Area, and will take place from June 12 – 15, 2014. See you there!

Aquamundo International Dive Fiesta Panglao