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FirstSpear Friday Focus – Rash Guard

Friday, July 20th, 2018

All new FirstSpear Rash Guards are here!

Constructed from a high performance USA poly/spandex knit designed for a compression fit that dries extremely quick and helps protect skin against the rubbing and abrasion commonly found in a maritime or watersport environment.

Also great for protection against extended exposure to the sun. There is also a low-profile thumbhole to help keep sleeves in place when putting on other equipment or garments.

Available in a long sleeve option as well as a short sleeve coming next week. Order your standard t-shirt size for a compressed fit and consider stepping up 1-2 sizes for a more relaxed fit. 100% Made in the USA.




SCUBAPRO Sunday – Fins Seawing Nova

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Inspired by the original Seawing fin with its radical blade profile, the first Seawing Nova appeared in 2009 and
immediately turned heads with its clean-sheet streamlined design.

This innovative fin caught the attention of designers and engineers worldwide. It won Popular Science magazine’s “Best of What’s New in 2009” award. Then it handily won the ScubaLab Testers Choice award for the best performing new fin of 2010. In 2011 the Seawing Nova won the prestigious, internationally- recognized Red Dot Award for product design, then in 2013, when a full-foot version came out, it won the Testers Choice for the best full-foot fin of the year. And in 2015, after benefitting from a number of upgrades to make a great fin even greater, the improved Seawing Nova won the Testers Choice award for the best fin of the year once again.

Built with a space-age Monprene elastomer that is virtually indestructible. (The Seawing Gorilla includes a special additive to enhance stiffness and increase feedback.) Spotlighting its proprietary G4 (4th Generation) articulated hinge with enlarged Pivot Control notches that enables the entire wing-shaped blade to pivot and generate thrust, the Seawing Nova produces a propulsive snap that can rocket you through open water at top speed or propel you along reefs or in and out of tight spots with total control—all with little to no ankle or leg strain. Pivot Control Technology ensures that the most efficient 45-degree angle of attack is maintained no matter how easy or hard you kick.

The Seawing Nova also excels in low- speed maneuvering, including frog kicks, reverse kicks, and turtle backing. Offers improved handling when making small directional adjustments. This is due in large part to a slight increase in rigidity across the trailing edge of the blade which has ratcheted up responsiveness and thrust at full power, while requiring no increased kicking effort in cruising mode.

The fin features a well-engineered footplate that extends all the way to the back of the heel, maximizing power transmission while minimizing stress on legs and ankles. Co-molded Grip Pads provide efficient non-skid footing on wet surfaces. The fin also features the popular self-adjusting heel strap made of marine-grade bungee. This bungee is highly elastic, resistant to the elements and the soft heel pad with over-sized finger loop is comfortable and simplifies doffing and donning. It can also be fitted with a steel spring strap.


• Seawing Nova Open Heel This high-performance fin delivers the power, acceleration and maneuverability of a blade fin, with the kicking comfort and efficiency of a split fin. Available in five sizes (XS-XL).

Seawing Gorilla Open Heel
While identical in design to the Seawing Nova, the Seawing Gorilla uses a special additive in its compound to provide more stiffness and snap to the blade. This results in more power, speed and control for divers who like a stiffer fin with more feedback in their kicks. The stiffer blade also allows for more effective sculling, frog-kicking and reverse-kicking, making it an excellent choice for tech divers. Available in five sizes (XS-XL) Graphite ( while supplies last) Black is available by special order.


On a traditional paddle fin, during a typical kick stroke, as water flow hits the fin the blade will curve along its length. This means that the blade’s angle of attack, relative to the water flow, is going to be different at different points on the blade. In such a case, the leading edge remains too flat to generate efficient thrust, while the trailing edge flexes too much. Consequently, only the mid- section is actually able to produce efficient thrust.

Downfalls of traditional fins

 The Seawing Nova will always maintain the most efficient angle of attack along the entire length of its blade, because instead of the gradual curve of a traditional blade, the Seawing Nova’s blade stays relatively flat due to the G4 articulated joint that allows the entire blade to pivot (like the tail joint of a whale or dolphin). Also, the blade is longitudinally reinforced by pronounced rails which help prevent curvature (this is supported by the monocoque effect that takes place when the Variable Blade Geometry wing tips arc upwards).

On a traditional paddle fin, the harder you kick, the more the blade bends. That means a soft fin will achieve the ideal 45-degree angle when it’s kicked gently, but will over-bend and lose thrust when it’s kicked hard. Stiffer fins, on the other hand, achieve that ideal 45-degree angle when kicked hard but remain too flat to be efficient when kicked gently. Consequently, both types require the diver to compromise his or her kicking style to get any efficiency out of the fin.

Inconsistent Angle of attack


Soft fin  / Soft Kick    Soft fin / Hard kick       Hard Fin/ Soft kick

On the Seawing Nova, by creating a fixed angle of attack, the special G4 hinge also allows the blade to flex easily to that ideal 45-degree angle, but prevents it from flexing further as kicking strength increases. Therefore, the angle of attack is close to the optimal 45 degrees at all times, regardless of kicking strength. Kicking easy or kicking hard, the Seawing Nova lets you always maintain the optimum angle of attack for maximum performance.

On a traditional paddle fin, that non-productive or “dead” section where foot pocket and blade meet creates a lot of drag without generating any thrust.

On the Seawing Nova, engineers eliminated this section, creating a “Clean Water Blade” where water flows cleanly onto the working section of the blade, reducing drag and increasing thrust.

The ‘dead’ section between the foot pocket and the blade of a traditional fin generates drag but not thrust. We removed it! This means that water is free to flow cleanly onto the working section of the blade. Drag is reduced and thrust is increased. Seawing Nova’s also except the SCUBAPRO fin keeper. The Keeper is design to maintain your fins when not in use. They can be clipped to your wrist for climbing or OTB. They can also be attached to your plate carrier or H-Gear.


MATBOCK Skins, SCUBAPRO has been working with MATBOCK to develop Skins for SCUBAPRO fins that will help you adapt your fins to every environment. Perfect for Over the Beach or River and Stream crossing. The patent Pending MATBOCK Skins are a multi-layer adhesive/ fabric laminate designed to give the user the ability to camouflage any surface desired. The Skins are waterproof and oil resistant, can be reused mutable times. Skins are designed and laser cut specifically for the following fins, Seawing Nova’s, Gorilla and SCUBAPRO Jet fins.

Something Is Coming From SCUBAPRO

Friday, July 13th, 2018

S&S Precision Shop Show – Watershed OTB 75 Backpack, Transit Duffel & WIP Sneak Peak

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

All three new products are manufactured from Watershed’s proprietary Kryptothane material which has been RF welded for waterproofness. Additionally, for these new bags, Watershed is using YKK’s Aquaseal Zipper which is polymer rather than metal. The advantage here is that these require less maintenance. Finally, all three bags incorporate an oral inflation / purge valve.

OTB 75 Backpack


Developed in conjunction with Mystery Ranch, the OTB 75 Backpack is a completely new system consisting of a hydrophobic version of the MR NICE Frame, a Watershed 75 liter pack, mesh wet bag for fins, and MR Daypack Lid.




-Laser cut PALS, inside and out
-46” YKK Aquaseal Zipper
-Zipper lockout
-Compression straps

Transit Duffel


This 2700 cu in bag can be used for Swim or Transit thanks to the reinforced lug handle and D-rings for carry or mount in a zodiac.



-24” YKK Aquaseal Zipper
-Internal zippered mesh pocket



Waterproof Individual Pouch fits IFAK, NODs and other similar sized items.



-Laser cut PALS
-Comes with PALS straps
-12” YKK Aquaseal Zipper


S&S Precision Shop Show – OTB Boots RIB Sandal and Abyss III Preview

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018


The RIB Sandal is a true boat shoe. Modeled on a rigid inflatable boat, it’s actually a recovery sandal, with its thick cushion sole and slide styling.


This is the third iteration of the shoe that launched OTB boots. Harking back to the brand’s roots of Over The Beach, the Abyss III features a sticky climbing rubber sole and rand, heel notch for fins, and knit construction upper.




Junglelites deliver 1 August.




Sunday, July 8th, 2018

This is the first installment in a series that will run every Sunday. SCUBAPRO Sundays will focus on Dive Gear, Diving, Combat Swimming, Technical Diving, and Lessons Learned from all types of diving.

The history of SCUBAPRO

Over 50 years ago, SCUBAPRO was created with the idea that diving should be an adventure in fun. SCUBAPRO was founded in 1963 by two very innovative and entrepreneurial adventurers, Gustav Dalla Valle and Dick Bonin.  They have since become known as real pioneers in diving. Their vision and commitment to quality gear is a constant reference for everyone working at SCUBAPRO.

The face of diving has changed dramatically since we came on the scene. It has evolved from an activity for the physical elite to a worldwide recreation enjoyed by men and women of all ages. And we at SCUBAPRO are proud of our leadership in this evolution: developing innovative products that have advanced the safety, reliability, and ease of use of today’s diving equipment.

Some product highlights:

• In 1963 SCUBAPRO created the Mark 2. So simple and reliable that it is still used today.

• The revolutionary Visionaire combined a full-face mask with a second stage.  The faceplate became the regulator diaphragm.

• The SCUBAPRO Jet Fin was introduced in 1965 and revolutionized the way divers swam. Almost 50 years later, it is still used by military and technical divers.

Original still made today in the USA and Jet fin with spring heel
• The Mark 5 was launched in 1966 and was the first high-performance piston first stage.  It was also the first to have a swiveling turret, still used on MK25 today.

• 1969 SCUBAPRO released the 109, first adjustable second stage allowing the diver to fine tune the inhalation effort to the requirements of the dive.

• Before 1978, divers used a horse collar BC, then SCUBAPRO engineers combined two of these, creating the Stabilizing Jacket, the first modern buoyancy compensator.

• SCUBAPRO invented the AIR2 in 1979, a smart concept that integrated the BC inflator with a second stage.

• In 1986, SCUBAPRO invented a radical new blade profile, optimized for efficiency:  the Seawing fin

• The G250 brought together the most advanced technology and materials in a second stage that, combined with the Mark 10, became the benchmark for all balanced regulators.

• The original Aladin dive computer and its successive models have been sold by the hundreds of thousands since its conception in 1987, simplifying decompression for all types of divers.

• The Frameless was the first mask to use the lens as its structural support, which significantly increased the field of vision for divers.  Twenty-one years later, it is still the first choice of military and technical divers.

• Air X was the first dive computer to measure tank pressure with a radio transmitter instead of a hose and to calculate Remaining Bottom Time.

• The Twin Jet fin was the first SCUBAPRO  “split fin,” modeled after the flippers of marine mammals.  This design delivered power with minimal effort.

• Based on scientific research and thousands of dives, Smart computers’ algorithm was the first to incorporate micro-bubble suppression.

• Galileo revolutionized dive computers in 2007, with hybrid air-oil filling, dot-matrix display and a maximum operating depth of 330 meters or 1080 feet.

• It’s also the first to have used the diver’s heart rate to estimate the workload.

• The Seawing Nova, successor to the 1986 Seawings, introduced a new streamlined blade design with a high-tech flexible joint.

SeaWing Nova Gorillas
From its inception, SCUBAPRO has been a different kind of company. Even before our first product was made, we had a policy of professionalism.  From the very beginning, SCUBAPRO developed this ‘professional’ business model selling only to full service dive stores that could provide technical assistance and professional diving advice to ensure that our products were being used safely. We refused to sell to catalogues or sports stores that didn’t have divers on the premises.

The SCUBAPRO strategy worked because dive shops that became SCUBAPRO dealers developed quickly, thanks to their reputation as professional shops and ability to create demand by teaching new divers. What was a daring idea in 1960 is commonplace today. The SCUBAPRO tradition of carefully selecting only professional and full-service partners to carry our products, and advise on their use, has built diver’s trust in our brand. Thanks to our vast network of exceptional dealers you can find our products and reliable servicing anywhere in the world.

As we salute our forerunners, today’s team rededicates itself to carrying on the SCUBAPRO tradition. Because we are more than products; SCUBAPRO is people. Our engineering and testing teams are the pride of the company and set the standard for the industry. The last 50 years have seen SCUBAPRO continue a unique position of leadership in the diving industry. Professionals and demanding sport divers select our gear because they know they can depend on it in the harshest environments.


SCUBA PRO To Exhibit At SOF Select

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Crye Precision Adds Maritime Series Carrier And Pouches To Website

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Crye Precision just updated their website with the Maritime Series which consists of the Maritime JPC 2.0 (Swimmer Cut), Pouches and accessories. 

The biggest difference is that the items feature mesh construction for drainage in a maritime environment. 

It’s also important to note that the Maritime Series is made-to-order and not part of their standard stocking system. That means a minimum lead time of 12 weeks.