Diving Equipment

After orbiting space lab, China wants an undersea one

Imagine, for a moment, that the year is 2034, and China has just declared ownership of a massive copper mine deep below the surface of the Western Pacific.

Sunday, 8 July, 2012, 12:00am

Submersible sets national record

China's deep-sea manned probe surpassed its operational depth of 7,000 metres yesterday, setting a national record for the country's sea-exploration programme.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Exploration ambitions reach new Depths

A manned deep-sea submersible will soon attempt to set a Chinese record for the deepest dive, in a sign of the country's growing prowess in deep-sea exploration as a global race for natural resources intensifies.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Deep dive

Tudor - Pelagos

The 42mm case of this timepiece (inquiries: 2249 8833) is made of titanium and steel with a satin finish. Water-resistant to 500 metres, it has a helium valve for pressure changes and a black ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel with luminescent numerals. The titanium bracelet and additional rubber strap can extend if being worn over a wetsuit.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

In the swim with a very large fin

You should have watched Michael Phelps' incredible performance in the Beijing Olympics on TV. It takes years for a competitor to reach his level. But there is another sport that can give you a chance to achieve fast times in the pool - finswimming.

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Hidden depths

1. Louis Vuitton

Tambour Diving

In pink gold, the Tambour Automatic Diving watch combines elegance with technical functions, with straps offered in blue Damier pattern natural rubber and blue alligator.

2. Bell & Ross


13 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Shipwreck simulator for rescue divers

In the wake of the tragic sinking of a Ukrainian tugboat near Hong Kong International Airport that claimed 18 lives two years ago, the Fire Services Department is to build an underwater shipwreck simulator to better train its divers.

16 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Battle of underwater robots

An annual competition is calling on young people to come up with innovative ideas using their science and engineering knowledge.

23 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Students compete in sub robot contest

Secondary school students battled it out in an underwater robot war in City University's swimming pool this week.

18 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Scuba chic

It may be difficult to look glamorous while you're diving but Louis Vuitton has made it easier, having transformed the simple diver's watch into a luxury timepiece. Behold the new collection of women's diving watches, part of the popular Tambour range. Each timepiece features an automatic movement and is set with a smattering of diamonds.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Divers encounter dangers in trying to recover tugboat bodies

Decompression sickness becomes a factor in underwater search

The perils of the rescue and salvage mission on a sunken tugboat off Tuen Mun were underscored yesterday when two divers were caught in dangerous situations on a day when the first two bodies were recovered.

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Divers working against odds to reach trapped seamen

Officials say decompression risks, poor visibility, strong current make it difficult to penetrate upturned hull

Divers had by late last night been unsuccessful in penetrating the upturned hull of the sunken Ukrainian tug Neftegaz 67 and reaching anyone that might be alive inside.

24 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Breakthrough in diving

Aqua-lung inventors

Find words that mean: educated (skilled), secret agent, enthusiastic

The aqua-lung was invented by Frenchmen Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Emile Gagnan. Gagnan was born in 1900. He trained as an engineer and worked for Air Liquide, a company that makes specialised compressed gas for divers, chemical companies and other industries.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Tanked up

Our minibus barrels towards Botany Bay with our instructor, former Royal Australian Navy diver Robert Ridge, behind the wheel. In the back are two British lads, flashing enough gold and tattoos to rival the markings of a tropical fish. As we near Bare Island, they chat to us about the mother country and the meaning of the word 'pukka'.

6 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Second death on firm's Egypt tours

A Hong Kong travel firm has insisted it takes all measures necessary to ensure the safety of holidaymakers joining its tours to Egypt, after the second death in less than a month of a tour party member while snorkelling in the Red Sea.

A 38-year-old Hong Kong holidaymaker died yesterday, three weeks after a middle-aged woman snorkeller died of a heart attack.

9 Aug 2007 - 12:00am