Gannett Dive Company Keeps Innovating

Gannett Dive Company showcased its spearfishing floats at Blue Wild
Gannett Dive Company showcased its spearfishing floats at Blue Wild

Gannett Dive Company showcased its latest wares at this past weekend’s Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with an emphasis on the company’s spearfishing floats.

Company co-owner Garo Hachigian talked to DeeperBlue.com about the three new, updated floats that ranged in effective buoyancy from 50 pounds/22.7 kilos (retailing for US$375) to 75 pounds/34 kilos ($385) and 100 pounds/45 kilos ($395).

Hachigian also talked about the new $495 inflatable coastal float, designed specifically for the coastal hunter-gatherer. It’s got a really big mesh catch pocket with a reinforced jacket if you’re hunting for spiny lobsters; exterior webbing for fins and other gear; as well as a shoulder strap to carry from car to shore.

You can even use it as a basic boogie board, according to Hachigian:

“When I use this in San Diego, I’ll jump in the water with it, I’ll put my fins on, kick out past the surf, I’ll do my diving and then I’ll ride it back in.”

Hachigian also showed off his company’s new Snake Float, designed specifically for kelp. Clip it to the back of your float line, and it has enough buoyancy to keep your float line and all the terminal tackle that’s on your float line up, but it slides through the kelp without snagging. And then when you shoot your fish it goes down and marks the shot. He added:

“It turns out that a lot of the guys in the Bahamas that pole spear that don’t need the floatation use this as well on the back of their poles.”

Gannett Dive Company will be coming out with a new, signature line of spearguns in the next few months, so stay tuned. For more info on the company’s products, check out their website at gannetdive.com.

John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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