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The Reef Goes Cave Diving in Mexico

Posted on April 28, 2010 by Linde Werdelin

We are currently in the final stages of testing our diver’s instrument – The Reef. Professional and leisure divers all over the world are testing the instrument and we are receiving a lot of positive feedback on the functionality, usability and design. Besides testing our instruments – both The Rock and The Reef – with professional skiers and divers, we also continuously test them ourselves, so we are able to develop the best instruments possible.

Two weeks ago, our Marketing Director, who is an avid diver, went on a much-expected diving vacation to beautiful Riviera Maya in the Mexican Gulf. Her mission, other than to enjoy life and the Mexican vibe, was to test The Reef in various underwater environments. She most successfully did, and made sure to gather all her thoughts and experiences, so we are able to share them with you here on The Lab.

On the Riviera Maya there are plenty of places to explore, both above and below sea level. The nature is amazing, and so are the many places to dive. The first diving experience was something quite out of the ordinary. The destination was the Cenotes caves close to Tulum. Being under water AND under land is truly something amazing and at the same time, quite challenging. The experience is not to dwell on the many colours a traditional reef dive offers, but to dive among the beautiful and millions of year old rock formations inside the caves. In this marine environment, The Reef proved to be very adequate for the cave dive, with the large colour display protected behind the scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

Another very interesting and intense dive was one to the Mama Viña shipwreck off the coast of Playa Del Carmen. The water was warm, azure blue and the submarine life and colours were in a league of its own. By wearing The Reef in these conditions, it was possible to test the transreflective display, which lights up the display from the back using a reflective technology. We will explain it in another post what is it. It also comes with a backlight for deep sea and night diving. Basically, this means, the display is clearly legible be it at the surface or deep down in the sea.

Other diving spots, which are definitely worth exploring, is the well-known Tortuga Reef between Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen and the famous sites of Palancar and Santa Rosa – discovered by Jacques Costeau himself in 1954.

The trip was not only about experiencing the submarine life and environments, but also to enjot the beautiful nature and wildlife. One of the selected destinations was the beautiful Sian Ka’an reserve, which is a part of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Projects and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Beside the area’s overwhelming tropic nature, it’s both a wildlife resort and a great archaeological area. On the 1.3 million acres of land, only ~2000 people live and work. The challenge here is to preserve nature and wildlife while integrating human civilisation, which is why the reserve has large zones, where human activity is limited by permission of scientific research.

Throughout the dive trips, The Reef received many inquiring and curious probes as it looks and performs different than any other dive instruments. Be sure to follow our future dive excursions here on The Lab, as Linde Werdelin conquers the sea like Mr. Cousteau and Mr. Verne did…

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The Øresund Diving Test
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Deep Freeze
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