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Old 12-13-2018, 04:51 PM   #1
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Inflatable dive float

Has anybody tried this one? Checked it out in the shop and it looks great, but I don't know if it can be repaired if punctured.
http://www.dolphinscuba.com/add-on-g...one-float.html
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Old 12-13-2018, 06:01 PM   #2
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Re: Inflatable dive float

I would look at this one as well.


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Old 12-13-2018, 07:45 PM   #3
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That looks really good as well, but my concern with any of the inflatable floats is if it can be repaired if punctured. Diving NorCal means dodging tons of urchins, fish spines, etc.
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Old 12-14-2018, 06:22 PM   #4
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Re: Inflatable dive float

Yes we can replace the bladder if damaged. It may be possible to patch, but we haven't really tried that. they are pretty tough.

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Old 12-16-2018, 11:49 AM   #5
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Thanks Dano!
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Old 12-16-2018, 05:17 PM   #6
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Re: Inflatable dive float

The bladder is very similar to a bc bladder. If you have had luck with that, it should work on this float
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:01 AM   #7
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Re: Inflatable dive float

I have been looking at the Mako inflatable.

Has anyone used this for swimming over kelp?

You know how easy it is to swim over kelp with a Boogie board. But a Boogie board really needs 50% more flotation.

The Mako inflatable also seems a little short since I would use it like a kick board with my chest slightly out of the water and my hands grabbing towards the front when kicking over kelp or sightseeing. Without kelp my head would be in the water looking down and it should work great for that kicking around.

Anyone in Northern California have one? How is it going over kelp? Or kicking with head out of water?
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Old 04-02-2019, 01:35 PM   #8
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Has anybody tried this one? Checked it out in the shop and it looks great, but I don't know if it can be repaired if punctured.
http://www.dolphinscuba.com/add-on-g...one-float.html
Looks OK and the price is good at 179 bucks. Seac-Sub is an Italian brand, but these floats are often out of China or Taiwan these days.

However the Mako basic offering is only 90 bucks!

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Old 04-02-2019, 01:41 PM   #9
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Old 04-02-2019, 01:44 PM   #10
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Inflatable dive float

I use the Epsealon float.
Works fine in NorCal kelp and it is plenty large. I can even sit on top of it and drink my ginger tea to warm up.

It doesnít have a bladder and is made of though and durable fabric. The same kind they use for RIBís. Comes with a repair kit too.
Even the nasty spines on trigger fish havenít punctured this one.

Not the cheapest but very good quality for the price.
Have been using it for 3 years now and still super happy with it.



Beuchat guardian is pretty good as well. The Beuchat pluma not so much. One of my friends uses it and it is coming apart around the stitches.
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Old 04-02-2019, 03:05 PM   #11
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I use the Epsealon float.
Works fine in NorCal kelp and it is plenty large. I can even sit on top of it and drink my ginger tea to warm up.

It doesn’t have a bladder and is made of though and durable fabric. The same kind they use for RIB’s. Comes with a repair kit too.
Even the nasty spines on trigger fish haven’t punctured this one.

Not the cheapest but very good quality for the price.
Have been using it for 3 years now and still super happy with it.



Beuchat guardian is pretty good as well. The Beuchat pluma not so much. One of my friends uses it and it is coming apart around the stitches.
Looks that little bit longer and may be what cmburch is after for the kelp. Here are some "Lion Fish Sub" floats in yellow.
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:03 PM   #12
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I use the Epsealon float.
Works fine in NorCal kelp and it is plenty large. I can even sit on top of it and drink my ginger tea to warm up.

It doesn’t have a bladder and is made of though and durable fabric. The same kind they use for RIB’s. Comes with a repair kit too.
Even the nasty spines on trigger fish haven’t punctured this one.

Not the cheapest but very good quality for the price.
Have been using it for 3 years now and still super happy with it.



Beuchat guardian is pretty good as well. The Beuchat pluma not so much. One of my friends uses it and it is coming apart around the stitches.
Is that a Seatec gun strapped on the float (?), in fact it must be because it is just like mine except that my gun has a red scales grip handle.
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Old 04-03-2019, 01:26 AM   #13
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Is that a Seatec gun strapped on the float (?), in fact it must be because it is just like mine except that my gun has a red scales grip handle.


Yes it is. I totally love that gun and the way it shoots.
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:03 AM   #14
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Is that a Seatec gun strapped on the float (?), in fact it must be because it is just like mine except that my gun has a red scales grip handle.
Seatec Gecko I guess. And by the looks of the line release... it seems like he had issues with the original one!

I had to McGuiver one for my friends gun because he bought it used and it wasn't working ok.

Regarding the dive float... I know the OP was asking asbout inflatable ones but if I was going to go the "body board" route, I would opt for a rigid non-inflatable one. I recently saw one for sale in a spanish forum and it was made with the same material as the open kayaks. Quite a few well thought attachment points for gear, shaped "hull", integrated watertight container with screw on cap (for cell phone and car keys) and had plenty of flotation. Indestructible as well.

You can always carry it in the roof rack if your vehicle does not have enough room in the trunk.
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Old 04-10-2019, 02:42 PM   #15
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Seatec Gecko I guess. And by the looks of the line release... it seems like he had issues with the original one!



I had to McGuiver one for my friends gun because he bought it used and it wasn't working ok.



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Seatec Snake that is. Never had any issues with the line release in all these years. That was a piece of rubber I put over it to keep the mono from developing kinks. Never really worked and it fell off rather soon.

What exactly was wrong with your friends gun?
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