Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Dive Alert: Sounding off for Safety

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There is probably no more frightening a scenario for a diver than to find oneself on the surface and the boat is gone. All too often, we read about the tragic consequences of not being seen or heard on the surface.

Dive Alert booth at DEMA Show 2019
Dive Alert booth at DEMA Show 2019

Dive Alert President and Founder Dave Hancock was inspired to create the DiveAlert device because of just such incidents. He wanted to build a device that was loud, immediately usable, and integrated into the diver’s existing gear.

DiveAlert is a specially designed, small, light weight air horn that uses quick-connect / disconnect hose couplings to become an integrated part of your power inflator and buoyancy compensator. Installation is easy and only takes a moment.

DiveAlert uses a small amount of air from your Scuba tank to make a piercingly loud sound. People have been able to hear a DiveAlert one mile away from a diver in need. In conditions where visibility is limited, a DiveAlert can be a life saver.

While Surface Marker Buoys (SMB) are a great tool, they can be easily missed in moderate swells. Low-visibility situations (rain, fog, nightfall) can make it nearly impossible to see a diver on the surface, and whistles just don’t have the range or immediate impactfulness of a compressed air-driven horn. The 130 decibel blast from the DiveAlert can be heard up to a mile away…and it can also be used to signal another diver underwater!

Prices start from US$60 (~54 Euros) for the DiveAlert Surface-only model to $89 (~80 Euros) for the DiveAlert Plus. For more information and to find the right model for your BCD, go to divealert.com.

 

John Griffith
John Griffithhttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Griffith is an avid SCUBA and Freediver based in Southeast Florida, with over 34 years of experience in the recreational, military and commercial dive fields. Retired from military service, John completed Bachelor Degrees in both Business Administration and Journalism, a M.Ed and PhD in Education. John is a driven conservationist and social activist...with a great passion for sharks, cigars, rum and writing. John is an Associate Editor with DeeperBlue.com.

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