Yachting

PEER INTO THE DEPTHS

Aqua Lung makes snorkeling and scuba gear for beginners and experts, adult- and child-size alike.

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California-based aqua lung takesitsna­me from the machine that Jacques Cousteau and Emile Gagnon invented in 1942. The Aqua Lung was the precursor to what we know today as scuba diving equipment, the single invention that spawned decades’ worth of innovation­s that let people explore beneath the water’s surface. ¶ Now, Aqua Lung makes all kinds of gear, including an array of masks in various styles, colors and sizes. Fields of view can be square or rounded and single- or double-paned. Masks can be used with or without a snorkel. Lenses can be clear or blue, to block high-energy visible light (sometimes called “blue light”). Straps can be wide or narrow, with single or multiple parts. The idea is to help everyone feel comfortabl­e and have a good view, no matter the shape of their face or the

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. —jacques cousteau

type of snorkeling and diving they want to do. ¶ For yachtsmen looking to change up their underwater game, Aqua Lung also offers a bevy of accessorie­s. The Heat Zip Hood can keep divers warm in cooler waters, while hooded jackets made of nylon and spandex can help boaters retain body heat after coming back to the boat. Gear bags are available to pack everything away, then collapse for stowage aboard yachts where lazarette space is at a premium. ¶ Aqua Lung also makes men’s and women’s wetsuits, rash guards and drysuits in various thicknesse­s and styles, so there is always a good fit no matter the conditions. Gloves come in basic and extra-grip styles, and boots come in high- or low-ankle designs. ¶ The upshot is that no matter how you like to explore underwater, you can do so comfortabl­y. Which, of course, means staying out longer, the most fun of all.

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With no barriers above the nose, this design allows a clear field of view.
ADJUSTABLE BUCKLES The mask’s strap can be adjusted to fit snorkelers of all sizes.
FACE SKIRT Hypoallerg­enic silicone is used to make the face skirt to keep water out.
BUILT TO LAST Lenses are made with tempered glass, for extra durability.
SINGLE LENS With no barriers above the nose, this design allows a clear field of view. ADJUSTABLE BUCKLES The mask’s strap can be adjusted to fit snorkelers of all sizes. FACE SKIRT Hypoallerg­enic silicone is used to make the face skirt to keep water out. BUILT TO LAST Lenses are made with tempered glass, for extra durability.
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