A Video of our dives in the Cenote - Chikin Ha.
Thanks to A La Ventura diving films for the making of this video and to all the 'models' (Students, Oakham School Staff and Parents and Dive Rutland Club Members)
Apeks have released an exciting new regulator with some understated benefits. The XL4 is a small and fairly light weight regulator but still cold water rated. Designed for technical divers who would have multiple stages the 2nd stage is light weight and simple to reduce jaw fatigue and the DB4 1st stage is a modified DS4 with feature from the MTX-R.
Tested to EN250A the XL4 had to be able to supply air at 50m at 2°C including an octo and has a light breathe of just 0.9J/l at 1°C. Over balanced diaphragm design means it will actually be able to deliver more gas at depth than it would at the surface.
Weighing in at a tiny 905g (DIN version), the XL4 is their lightest ever cold-water regulator. Light on weight doesn’t mean light on features though. This compact regulator includes Apek's latest cold-water innovation, an over-moulded first stage endcap that reduces ice build-up around the first stage. This technology greatly reduces the risk of a free flow in low temperatures. Cold water performance is further improved by heat exchangers on the first and second stage.
Ideal for technical divers looking to reduce the weight of their setup, the XL4 can also be used as a neat and compact regulator for stage cylinders, perfect for the technical exploration diver with a large amount of equipment.
The XL4 is a high-performance option for divers serious about weight savings.
The Apeks XL4 is a compact lightweight regulator suitable for diving in all environments including cold water locations. Its design and low weight help reduce jaw fatigue on long dives. The XL4 also makes an ideal stage regulator, perfect for the technical exploration diver with a large amount of equipment. The XL4 is a high performance option for those technical divers serious about weight savings.
Features and Benefits
Is this a Regulator For Me?
While the XL4 was originally designed for technical divers it will be great for any diver due to it's simple design and function and its performance in any environment. The 1st stage has all the features you need for a single, twin or stage cylinder setup unless you want to dive with a SPG and transmitter on a single as it only has one high pressure port.
The second stage has a light but solid feel to it with a strong purge button with a positive feel to it. The only adjustment you have is a Venturi lever but many don't use breathing adjustment after the first couple dives.
Bottom line if you're a British diver who dives at home but also wants to travel occasionally or a travelling diver who wants to dive in the UK occasionally the XL4 will be a great regulator for you.
XL4 Stage 3 £479.00
XL4 Stage 4 £540.00
Last night (Thursday) was one of the heaviest rain storms yet. Thunder and lightening accompanied by sheet rain left a few rooms flooded and a restaurant closed. Several members of the team left early to travel to the mainland to visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza. The site is one of the seven wonders of the world and a must see if you are in the area.
Some of the students went into the local town to buy presents and others toured the island, whilst the remainder relaxed by the pool soaking up the sunshine. Some of the students enthusiastically joined in all the games and activities that were put on by the hotel, which included volleyball, water polo, water aerobics, chess, table tennis, etc. The water aerobics was harder work than I thought it would be!
The trip has been every bit as successful as previous years diving trips, which is no small part due to the behaviour and enthusiasm of pupils and parents who got along with each other extremely well. The planing for next year has already started - see you all then.
We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all of the students who completed PADI qualifications this week (over 20), including PADI Open Water, PADI Advanced Open Water, Drift Diver Speciality and dSMB Speciality to name a few.
There has been plenty of laughs and some thought provoking conversations during the trip, but we have decided to sign off with the 'riddle of the week'.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 5 duck sized horses??
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