Jul 24, 2012
A wrongful death suit against DIVE RITE (et al) was filed on July 18th by Terri Skiles, wife of the late world renown underwater photographer and pioneer cave diver Wes Skiles. The suit claims, among other points, that Dive Rite “was aware of serious quality control issues with the O2ptima FX rebreather model that Wes was using at the time of his death.” Further claims include that Dive Rite...
Oct 23, 2010
More Chinese Quality Fade
Yet another case involving corrosion of the Chinese made springs that hold air in a BCD has just been discovered. Chris Richardson of Edge Dive Gear, which sells products under the brands EDGE and HOG (Highly Optimized Gear) is another in the continuing line of dive manufacturers that has been burned by Chinese quality fade*. Chris is “pissed” and and points out that he has...
Apr 6, 2010
We just added a the paragraph below to our article, “The OPV Recall: Illustrates why you should check all you gear today. (click for full article)” The article talks about the Toyota like response of Dive Rite to the problem of corroding springs in the over pressure valves of their wings.
(INSERTED PARAGRAPH) When we asked, “how did it happen,” both companies communicated a vague suspicion that...
Feb 7, 2010
You giant stride from the gate of the dive boat into the mild, but cold swells of the Pacific Northwest’s emerald sea. But unlike other times you don’t bob quickly back to the surface with your OK sign beaming. “What’s up?! I am sinking!” goes through your mind. You have an important first choice – whether or not to panic. No panic and you have a some good options for recovery and more dives....