Friday, July 19, 2024

Octopus Pulling System Maker Warns About Cheap Copies That May Endanger Divers


Pascal Berger, maker of the Octopus pulling system, recently put out a statement on Facebook warning that Czech company SOPRAS APNEA was marketing a low-quality copy of his design.

Berger — who previously developed a Noseclip and Lanyard — in October 2018 introduced via the Indiegogo crowdfunding site a new product under his Octopus brand: the Octopus Pulling System.

The way to spot these copies is to note that they don’t have the Octopus logo engraved in the lateral structures, their SOPRAS logo is printed on the aluminum arm and the structure is made from a much cheaper plastic, which might break after some months of use, according to Berger.

Berger says his version uses an extremely strong thermo-polyamide charged with 40% fiberglass and UV protection.

“As the designer of this original product launched 3 years ago on a crowdfunding [campaign], if you spot these copies in any shop/center would be nice to drop me a line at”

Cheaper Version of Pascal Berger's Octopus Pulling System
Cheaper Version of Pascal Berger’s Octopus Pulling System

(Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story misidentified who built the Octopus Pulling System. The story has been corrected and updated.)

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at 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.