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Welcome to Dive Gear Reviews, a comprehensive guide to scuba diving equipment. Scuba diving is an expensive pursuit, so looking up reviews for a particular article of equipment is a wise precaution before investing any hard-earned money in it. However, consumer reviews may or may not be written by an experienced diver, and magazine reviews could be suspect due to the advertising ties of the publication in question. Dive Gear Reviews provides cross-referenced reviews assembled by an expert, making it possible to see at a glance what multiple sources said about a particular piece of scuba equipment. If one magazine loved a scuba regulator or a dive computer, but the consumers hated it, that information will be found here.

Category Archives: Book and Film Reviews

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July

Diving Bali: The Underwater Jewel of Southeast Asia Book Review

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The total bill for a dive vacation in Bali will run in the four digits, even on a backpacker’s budget, so why not go with a clear idea of what to expect by purchasing a dive guide. Some prefer to go by the seat of their pants, but books of this type stimulate and excite […]

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June

Dive Movie Review: Dark Tide

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In Dark Tide, Halle Berry plays a shark expert in South Africa’s False Bay, one who makes a habit of free-diving with great whites in open water. One expedition with her business partner and her underwater photographer husband, played by Olivier Martinez, goes horribly wrong, and her partner is attacked and eaten by a great […]

07
April

Dive Book Review: Dark Descent by Kevin F. McMurray

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Dark Descent is the second major wreck diving tale from Kevin McMurray, author of Deep Descent, one of the better books about the heyday of diving on the fabled Andrea Dorea. This book is focused on the Empress of Ireland, a liner wreck in the St. Lawrence, and little known outside of Canada and hardcore […]

10
May

Dive Book Review: Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda

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Many or most of the dive masters you meet in Southeast Asia, the Red Sea, Central America and the Caribbean are made up of a rollicking caste of backpackers earning a living and saving for their next big push or folks who have dropped out from more “respectable” careers for a line of work that […]

01
March

Dive Movie Review: The Deep (1977)

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For divers of the “Generation X” set and older, The Deep might very well have been the movie that first inspired your interest in scuba diving. Shown constantly on cable through the 1980s, virtually every American and Canadian between their late 30s and late 40s has seen what is arguably the best dive film every […]

08
February

Dive Book Review: Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific

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The popular book Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific, is now available in a wide variety of electronic formats, making it perfect for traveling divers. Books take up space and weight in a luggage allowance that is already pushed to the limits by dive gear, but most people take a laptop, tablet or smart phone […]

14
January

Dive Movie Review: “Sanctum”

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Last year’s big dive movie was Sanctum, and on paper it was a very promising film. If the idea of a 3D movie about a cave divers struggling to overcome disaster and survive wasn’t hot enough, the involvement of James Cameron’s film tech should clinch the deal. Alas, Sanctum promised a lot and made only […]

14
September

Dive Book Review: “Stars Beneath the Sea: The Pioneers of Diving” by Trevor Norton

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Stars Beneath the Series is a collection of profiles, with each chapter devoted to an inventor, biologist, archaeologist or adventurer who in one way or another contributed to the development of diving. Some of these personalities date to before the invention of practical air compressors, such as Belgian Henri Milne Edwards and his mid-19th Century […]

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August

Dive Book Review: “Deep Descent” by Kevin F. McMurray

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Deep Descent is a book aimed squarely at divers eager to read more about the glory days of diving the liner Andrea Dorea, and as such it presents the reader with a mixed bag. This starts with the format of the book, which is half memoir and half journalistic. As Kevin McMurray himself admits in […]

11
August

Dive Book Review: “Submerged” by Daniel Lenihan

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When Robert Kurson’s Shadow Divers was published, it became hit even outside the dive community with its thrilling tale of death-defying adventure and obsession under the sea. A handful of books have been published since then, each attempting to cash in on the popular interest in divers risking their lives, Mount Everest-style. Most of them […]