Last month I was asked to attend a servicing course so that Dive Rutlnd would be able to service Hollis, Oceanic, and Atomic regulators in house. This was my first face to face course as a member of the Dive Rutland service teams and I was a little nervous when I arrived.
This was a two day servicing and equipment seminar so I had no idea what to expect! I was quickly put to ease and made very welcome by Justin Hanning our host.
The course started with a small meet and greet and a traditional cuppa, where we were introduced to the directors of Atomic Aquatics via Skype before being given a brief introduction to the company, its history, plans for the future, and of course some very nice products.
One of the products Justin focused on was the Xcel wetsuit, an eco-friendly brand made with a bamboo lining
The pandora multitool something that should be in every save a dive kit, and we have them in stock at Dive Rutland and there was a blog recently on the tool, go check it out.
Then for cold water enthusiasts a scuba heat exchange from Atomic Aquatics . This Atomic Scuba Heat System is the first on the market of its kind that warms the air you breathe on a dive. The Heat System increases the comfort level on dives in cold water by helping maintain your core body temperature, allowing you to extend your time underwater. I am not 100% sold on it but willing to give it a trial.
The whole purpose of my attendance was to learn about servicing the regulators that fall under the Huish Outdoor brand. On day one we learned about the Atomic and Zeagle regulators and on the second day focused on Oceanic & Hollis.
I have been servicing Apeks regulators and was surprised that there was not much difference in the equipment, but as the saying goes “you cannot re-invent the wheel” but you can improve it. With a few clever changes in materials used, and some out of the box thinking Hollis and Atomic have produced some quality products.
Their regulators have a lifetime warranty and a service period of 2 years or 300 dives with annual inspection. Service kits are free which helps to keep maintenance costs down on these regulators.
Justin delivered very informative presentations on all products and of course the regulators and shared his time amongst the group perfectly. My servicing partner was an absolute gentleman with lots of experience giving me many pointers and tips; a massive thank you to Karl of Stoney Cove service department
All in all a very enjoyable two days learning the subtle difference between the products, the tools to make servicing more efficient, and introduction to a company striving to improve things for the customer and environment massively reducing the amount of plastic used even in there wetsuits
I look forward to testing out some of the products in the water soon so that I can continue to learn more about these products. Perhaps we should arrange a demo day so that you can join in on the fun!
In these difficult times it is still possible to get your dive equipment serviced, you can post it in and then collect after this is all over or we can post back to you for the cost of postage. Just contact us as we are still here to support you any way that we can.
When all over, pop in have a chat as we do stock Atomic regulators amongst other brands.
Written by Charlie Jones
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