Gannet Dive Co., the specialized spearfishing and competitive freediving equipment manufacturer based in San Diego, California is showcasing some very cool new products for 2017 at DEMA Show 2016.

Garo Hachigian, the CEO and chief designer, puts great thought and detail into ever single one of the pieces his company makes, saying:

“If I don’t like it, I am not going to make it.”

It’s actually a very simple statement but one that means quite a lot coming from someone who is not only an unparalleled spearfisherman and waterman, but also an aesthete and a purveyor of the finest quality products which have all been field-tested and honed by his own hands. Gannet products also come with a lifetime guarantee, a true testament to the integrity of their design.

Swivel line for floats and spear guns
Swivel line for floats and spear guns

Garo is extremely proud of his ‘made in the USA’ line and he should be, with DEMA attendees commenting on how his booth is not only the most visually stunning but on the excellence of the quality of the various products he makes.

While visiting the Gannet Dive Co. booth we heard from Malena Sharkey of Chesapeake Bay Diving in Virginia comment on a new item in Gannet’s freedive training line — a bottom plate partnered with a compression nut and buoyant 60m polyolefin rope.

“It’s lightweight, it’s packable and I don’t have to spend time trying to figure out how to make one, which I couldn’t anyway — not with the expert craftsmanship of Gannet.”

Whether instructing classes or training for depth, Gannet’s dive line comes complete with permanent (and water-proof) AIDA-required markings every five meters — which provides a safety, consistency and reliability that is not typically met elsewhere.

Competitive freedivers Lena Balta and Nick Fazah check out the new bottom plate and line...Candy cane included!
Competitive freedivers Lena Balta and Nick Fazah check out the new bottom plate and line…Candy cane included!

Other new offerings include a series of blue water spearfishing floats which come in a range of effective buoyancy PSI’s depending on the size of the pelagic fish you may be hunting. The range includes 100 lbs (45kg), 75 lbs (34kg) and 50 lbs (27kg) to help you bring home a great big Tuna, Mahi or Jack.

Blue-water floats for every size of pelagic fish -- this one is a 150 pounder.
Blue-water floats for every size of pelagic fish — this is a 75 pounder, with a braided ‘kelp float’ next to it

Black and yellow braided ‘Kelp floats’ are designed to keep divers from being entangled in what can sometimes prove to be tricky: Macrocystis pyrifera, otherwise known as giant kelp. Made from neoprene, the thin tubular float is encased with a mono-filament woven mesh. Hachigian said:

“What I am really excited about is something that is still in the works! So stay tuned for what may be the world’s most perfect lanyard.”

We will be waiting, and since we are freedivers, we will be holding our breath.

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