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Lightweight Scuba System Goes From Tactical to Practical

Rapid Diver™ is a lightweight, all-inclusive scuba system that mates a tank, regulator and buoyancy module to a uniform-fit, load-bearing harness. (PRWEB) July 9, 2005 -- Rapid Diver™ is a lightweight, all-inclusive scuba system that mates a tank, regulator and buoyancy module to a uniform-fit, load-bearing harness. It was created in response to public safety and military needs for a compact, versatile and easily deployed scuba system. Mission requirements called for a system that could be stored in a small space, donned and activated quickly, and worn in situations such as helicopter and boat operations in which conventional scuba gear would prove too cumbersome and restrictive. Comfort was also of great importance, as some operations would require the user to wear the gear for extended periods of time while engaged in complex, task-loaded missions. Though designed for professional use, many of the Rapid Diver’s performance characteristics make it equally suited to a range of civilian applications. It is the preferred system for introductory scuba experiences, due to its user-friendly design, universal fit capability and ease of transporting and storage. Persons who are unable to wear heavy conventional scuba gear – or who simply feel uncomfortable with the associated bulk and weight – appreciate the light overall weight and wearer comfort of Rapid Diver. These same attributes make it well suited for difficult shore entries, long walks to the water or water entry from ladders or small boats. In additional to recreational diving, Rapid Diver’s small size allows it to be stowed aboard a boat, where it can be deployed for underwater boat maintenance, anchor checks, and fast response to emergencies such as a fouled prop or suspected hull damage. With an overall weight of just 15 pounds, the Rapid Diver stores in a compact hand-carried pouch, and readies for use in less than a minute. It provides sufficient air duration for the average diver to enjoy a 15 to 25 minute dive at moderate depths. In addition to a low overall weight, the Rapid Diver features a unique load-bearing harness that distributes the weight of the tank evenly over the dive’s torso, making it possible to stand and walk comfortably on the surface, and to enter and exit the water without compromising balance – even when using a ladder. Key aspects of the rig are configured to mimic standard scuba equipment, with the regulator hose deployed over the right shoulder, manual and power inflation/deflation controls accessible by both right and left hands, and the pressure gauge position for easy viewing by the user or another diver. Other aspects of the Rapid Diver are proprietary to the system, including the option to use conventional valve and regulator combinations and refill without disassembling the unit, or a unique integrated valve/regulator unit that attaches directly to the tank to further reduce the rig’s profile and weight. This proprietary device also utilizes the Rapid Fill system, which allows operators to refill tanks by simply plugging in a quick-release fitting. Also unique to the Rapid Diver system is the ability to configure the rig for a wide variety of mission profiles. In addition to a compact front-mounted tank, the harness can be configured to carry a waist-mounted rear tank or a larger tank of up to 120 cubic feet in a conventional back-mount position. A variety of specialized and custom-configurable gas management options allow the user to configure the rig with a redundant air supply, and to use full-face scuba masks in conjunction with a gas switching block. Rapid Diver is a premium product manufactured in the United States by Zeagle Systems, the industry's leading manufacturer of SCUBA BC's. It is constructed using materials selected for extreme durability and wear resistance, finished to the same high standards as the company’s public safety and military products. For more information go to www.rapidiver.com

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