Deep Ideas News

April 17, 2011

A year!

Filed under: New Products — Tags: , , , , , , , — DeepIdeas @ 5:01 pm

Can’t believe its been a year since the last post. We’ve had loads of new stock into the shop and generally just been busy getting on with it.
The newest items into stock are the X-Prop – a one piece propeller system to fit to your existing X-Scooter, giving you 15-22% efficiency gains, Upgrades.

Also, the new LCD BackPac for the GoPro HD Hero is now in stock. this allows you to frame your shots and view the playback of the video.

A new site has been set up to show the videos taken on our travels.

Other than that, we have some accessories from Kent Tooling available, a wide range of p-valves and the revised OSTC 2n arriving soon!

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March 28, 2010

Books Galore!!

Filed under: New Products — Tags: , , , , , , , — DeepIdeas @ 7:23 pm

Three new books coming into stock and available to pre-order. Jill Heinerths: Digital Underwater Photography, Jill Heinerths: The Essentials of Cave Diving and Dr Mel Clarks: CCR Cave “Almost Simplified”. All are due in stock in the next few weeks.

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February 11, 2010

New Stock In..

Filed under: New Products — Tags: , , , , — DeepIdeas @ 4:50 pm

Well, we’ve been busy revamping the shop to make it a bit easier to navigate. We also have some new Light Monkey primary lights in stock, as well as the Agir Habrok 55lb wing. The new line of Baselayers is slowing reaching us, so its now available in black for the boys and navy for the girls.

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December 29, 2009

Mexico Cave Diving Trip Nov 09

Filed under: Dive Trips, Mexico Cave Diving — Tags: , , , , , — DeepIdeas @ 9:05 pm

Cenote Map

I met up with my buddy Mel in Mexico to head out diving the cenotes in Mexico. I’m a regular visitor to Mexico and have done a few of the cenotes before as a cavern diver – so now it was time to see the caves. We were both diving rebreathers.

The first day didn’t start well. We had to spend the first part of the morning driving to Cancun an hour away to pick up a forgotten item at the car hire place. Once we arrived back in Playa Del Carmen (our base for the trip) we discovered that the car was rapidly overheating! We then spent the next hour waiting for a replacement car to turn up. We had started with a small car and the replacement one was just a bit smaller..

Feeling tired and pretty stressed by the time we were ready to go at the first cenote, we decided to keep it short and simple so we did a few short cavern dives around Chac Mool to check the kit out. Back to the hotel, shower, beer and bed.

Tuesday we were up at 5:30am prepping kit (Mel doesn’t do lie-ins). We got gas fills and then went out to TajMahal Cenote to meet some fellow cave divers. The weather had been a bit wet, so the area was covered in mosquitoes that were biting every inch of bare skin. I think I averaged about 15 mossie bites a day even when wearing bug spray.

TajMaha Cenote

First dive was to the Chinese Garden and second dive was to the Waterfall (although we didn’t quite get that far). The cenote was beautiful, covered in fragile white rock formations but parts of it were halocline hell! In some sections there was a halocline that went from about a foot from the ceiling to about a foot from the floor. The first diver in had great visibility, but the following diver (me) could see nothing but blur. The halocline did settle very quickly though, so on the way back out the visibility was restored for the first diver out.

TajMaha Cenote

Next day we went to Nococh Chen. I hadn’t heard of this cenote before as it seems it is mostly used for snorkelling tours. It takes about 20mins to drive down the long, bumpy road (in a small car with zero ground clearance) but finally you reach a wonderful open cenote, with decking, kitting up benches, hammocks – it’s a very nice place to go. A relatively short swim brings you to Heavens Gate. This is a big open room with floor to ceiling Stalagtites/Stalagmites.

Nococh Cenote

Nococh Cenote

Thursday, we had the pleasure of going to Jailhouse cenote. Unfortunately for me, this turned out to be a very bad day…

The cenote essentially looks like a muddy puddle, surrounded by swarms of mosquitoes. Once you get on the line, you go through a narrow restriction with no visibility. Once past this restriction, the cenote opens up and is absolutely amazing… apparently…

I had problems with my cylinder valve, which meant I had to abort dive 1 before hitting the water. I decided to head into town to try and get it fixed while the others were diving, or see if I could find something to use for a second dive. I was unsuccessful on both counts. On the way back to the cenote, as I was about to turn into the road a Collectivo bus decided to take the front wing of my car off! I won’t bore you with the details, but I spent 4 hours stood on the side of the road dealing with the insurance companies, hire car company etc while my friends went diving. We had another replacement hire car from the company, which was even smaller than the previous one..

Friday, Saturday and Sunday we went to Ponderosa, Grand Cenote and Dos Ojos.

These are pretty popular cenotes and are often full of swimmers, snorkellers, cavern tours and cave divers so it can get pretty busy. Grand Cenote is a nice place to go and it has changed a little since I was last there. They now have a sheltered section with tables and chairs and a map of the Sac Aktun system on the wall which makes it a great place for lessons or planning dives.

The cenotes in Mexico are great places to go and see. I want to do more dives there, so I will probably be heading back some time next year.

- Always take bug spray!
- Take a cave guide. If you don’t know where you are going, get a guide. Some suggestions: Protec in Playa, Speleotech in Tulum.
- Don’t carry money or cards in your car unless necessary, and certainly don’t leave them in the car when you are diving.
- It really does help if you can speak Spanish.

- Girls, unless you’ve mastered some peeing into a cup technique, then consider a system. I like this one SheWeeGo – I use it more for on the surface than I do for diving but it is a necessity at mosquito ridden cenotes. This could also work..SheWee

- Expect the unexpected
- Assume there are no road rules
- Check before you make any turn that there isn’t anything coming on *either* side of you
- Hazard lights mean “I’m going to do something” – don’t try and guess what you think they are going to do. It really could be anything.
- If you get stopped by the police for “speeding” or anything like that, you don’t have to pay the “fine”. If you have committed a genuine offence, then they will issue you with a ticket. Anything else is just trying to get money from you.

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December 19, 2009

Gallery Updated, now on Flickr

Filed under: Website Updates — DeepIdeas @ 10:33 pm

The Gallery page has been updated to give a better view of the images we have. These are images of the equipment we sell, dive trips and other pics Gallery. They are also on our Flickr page Deep Ideas Flickr page

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December 10, 2009

Added to the shop: Spools, p-valve and harness

Filed under: New Products — Tags: , , , , , , — DeepIdeas @ 8:17 pm

Now in the online shop – Light Monkey spools in 30m and 45m versions, balanced p-valves and backplate harnesses with hardware.
Spools and P-valve
Backplate Harness

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Added to the shop: Bulbs, Goodman Handle

Filed under: New Products — Tags: , , , , , — DeepIdeas @ 7:01 pm

Now listed in the shop, replacement Brightstar bulbs for Light Monkey and some Salvo Primary HiDs. 10W, 18W, 21W, 24W and 35W. Also, the new all aluminium Goodman handle which will fit Light Monkey and Salvo lights.
Light Accessories

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Light Monkey Lights, Spares and Accessories now in stock!

Filed under: New Products — Tags: , , , , , — DeepIdeas @ 4:24 pm

We are pleased to announce that Deep Ideas Ltd and Light Monkey (FL, USA), have teamed up to bring their range of high performance dive lights to the UK.

Deep Ideas are stocking 10W and 21 HiD primary lights in addition to back ups lights, spares and accessories.

We are carrying the most commonly requested spares which are also compatible with most Salvo light, but if you require a part that you cannot find on our website then drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do to help.

For more information see the main site and the online store.

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December 4, 2009

CCR Simplified Back In Stock

Filed under: New Products — DeepIdeas @ 9:56 am

CCR Simplified by DR Mel Clark is back in stock and shipping.

See store for details.

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November 30, 2009

OSTC MKII Dive Computer: Now Shipping

Filed under: New Products, OSTC Updates — Tags: , — DeepIdeas @ 12:09 pm

We are delighted to announce that the OSTC MKII Dive Computer is now in stock and shipping.

On sale for £620 the MKII ships pre-loaded with 1.50GA S/W and comes complete with a hard carry case and USB cable.

In addition to the S/W features of the successful OSTC 1, the OSTC MKII boasts a full colour 2.4″ oLED screen, a user replaceable & rechargeable Li-ion battery, fully potted internals to give it a 140m depth rating.  Note that the MKII does *not* support o2 cell reading or online deco information.  If you require such functionality the Dr-5 is on its way…

For more information see the main website or to place your order visit: OSTC MkII

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