by Amy Luther
Blue Champagne Enterprises "Bubbler" Emergency Air Supply (100eb)
Essential for the skindiver and handy for the gilled, this compact breathing unit consists of a mouthpiece connected to two semi-circular tanks which close around the neck, each containing fifteen minutes of oxygen. An infrared sensor clips to the ear, and the air can be supplied on demand or when blood color changes enough to indicate that it is needed. Availability: Common.
Diving Unlimited International Oxygen Scuba (1500eb)
DUI's closed-circuit pure-oxygen scuba is meant for professional use only! A diver using this scuba breathes one hundred percent pure oxygen and becomes totally immune to the effects of both nitrogen narcosis and decompression sickness. Because of the dangers of oxygen toxicity, the pure-oxygen scuba should only be used at a depth of 10m for periods less than 75 minutes. Each 10m increase in depth decreases dive time by 20 min, so the maximum allowable dive is 30m for 15 min. Availability: Rare.
Blue Champagne Enterprises "Dolphin" TAV (1700eb)
New from BCE, and touted as "the next best thing to cybergills," the Dolphin TAV is similar in design to the BCE Bubbler, but the collar-tanks are replaced by a semi-circular gas extraction unit which removes a breathable mixture of oxygen and nitrogen from the water in the same way that a standard TAV does. Suction on the Dolphin's mouthpiece simultaneously delivers a refreshing breath of air and pulls water in through the collar, where the breathing mix is extracted and prepared for the diver's next breath. Like standard TAV's, recommended diving depth is 50 feet, but the Dolphin's filter only needs to be replaced about once a year, making it capable of indefinite underwater function, just as cybergills are. The Dolphin expels a stream of tiny, champagne-like bubbles of CO2 behind it. Replacement filters cost 100eb. Availability: Rare. Note: Tankless Air Valve units (TAVs) can be found in Sub-Attica.
Spandex Wet Suit (50eb)
A simple, light, compact one-piece suit, ideal for work in tropical waters (80 degrees F) or as a thin undergarment worn beneath heavier suits. Provides no SP protection. Availaibility: Common.
Thermoplastic Wet Suit (100eb)
These versatile warm-water suits have a layer of heat-retaining thermoplastic sandwiched between two layers of spandex. They are thin and are designed for use between 75 degrees F to 85 degrees F. You canwear a thermoplastic suit beneath a neoprene suit for extra warmth. Windproof, neutrally buoyant. Also available in plush-lined versions for an addtional 50eb, reducing working temperatures to 70 degrees F. Provides no SP protection. Availability: Common.
Foam Neoprene Wet Suit (200eb)
The most common form of protective clothing in use, these suits contain thousands of tiny, insulating air bubbles which provide excellent, lightweight heat retention down to 60 deg. F. This type of suit is naturally buoyant and requires weights. Minor repairs are a snap with wet suit cement (10+ Diff), but note that neoprene is not windproof and has a long drying time. Provides 2 SP of protection. Availability: Common.
Wet Suit Heat Pack (50eb)
These contoured plastic containers fit into integral wet suit pockets or exterior strap-on pouches and contain a nontoxic, reusable chemical that heats to about 130 degrees F, providing that extra bit of warmth when you most need it. Heat lasts for 30 mins, and must be dormant for 1 hour before re-use. Availability: Poor.
Foam Neoprene Drysuit (400eb)
These suits are similar to their wetsuit cousins, but are designed for dives where expected water temperature is below 60 degrees F. They are lined with waterproof nylon, and come with integral seals at wrists and neck, attached dry boots, and a water- and pressure-proof zipper. Form fitting, streamlined, and windproof, these suits are ideal for deep-water or arctic diving. They are buoyant and require weights, and are difficult to repair if torn (20+ roll). Provides 2 SP of protection with no EV. Availability: Poor.
Shell Drysuits (500eb)
These are standard foam neoprene drysuits coated in a rubberized fabric shell, making them as easy to repair as wet suits (10+) and about twice as durable. They are fast drying, light, and provide 3 SP of protection with an EV of +1. Availability: Poor.
Crushed Neoprene Drysuit (500eb)
Move a step up from foam neoprene! Crushed neoprene is more durable, easier to repair (15+), long-lasting, and less buoyant than foam neoprene. Provides 4 SP of protection, but is bulkier than normal drysuits (+2 EV) and provides less thermal protection. Availability: Poor.
OTHER DIVING SUITS
Adapted from the original orbital design to do underwater duty, these suits are skintight, tough, rubberized coveralls with a simple helmet and 40-60 minute air supply. The foam-like inner skin is pressure-resistant to 40 atm, and affords protection from temperatures down to 45 deg. F with ease. Below 45 deg, the temperature regulation will begin to fail and become useless after 10 min. These are handy for quick EVA from underwater habitats. They cannot be adapted for scuba, but they can be used with fins. Availability: Poor.
Amphibious Body Armor (5000eb)
This suit can be worn like normal clamshell body armor, but it has the added bonus of a five hour air supply, built-in fins, and special ballast compartments that enable the wearer to achieve neutral buoyancy. It weighs 21 lbs. For exotics with gills, the helmet can be modified to allow the free passage of water. As per MetalGear, SP is 25, EV +2. Depth depends on breathing apparatus attached. Availability: Rare. (Rifts Underseas 100)
Swimming Fins (50eb)
Standard professional swimming fins. Light and flexible, they give the user +1 Swimming. All fins subtract -2 from MA for any land movement, and add +2 to underwater MA. Availability: Common.
Power Fins (75eb)
These are longer, heavier, narrower, and more rigid than swimming fins, and are designed to deliver greater power on the downstroke kick. The preferred fin for working divers, they sacrifice comfort for strength. Add +1 to Swimming and +1 to Endurance for Swimming purposes. Availability: Poor.
Liquid Breathing Medium (100eb/liter)
This superoxygenated fluid can be aspirated and used in place of normal atmospheric tank mixtures for deep sea dives. Breathing time is about the same as standard air mixtures. There is a 20% chance that a person cannot tolerate the LBM. Without a BOD save, lung irritation often results, and immediate subsequent use of the liquid (within 3 days) results in 1 point of damage to the lungs, reduces endurance tasks by 1 point in body type, and doubles damage taken from aerosol projection weapons (tear gas, etc.). Divers who do tolerate the LBM will be at -2 to BOD for an hour after the dive while his respiratory system readjusts. No speech is possible while using an LBM; the fluid prevents the larynx from functioning. Availability: Poor.
Triax Depth Gauge (50eb)
A basic but essential piece of gear, this little gadget is a clip-on belt gauge which calculates and displays a diver's exact depth and gives a warning beep or vibration when the diver is within 50 feet of his maximum depth tolerance. Note that the gauge is itself only pressure-tolerant up to 500 feet. Each additional 100 feet of tolerance costs an extra 100eb. Availabilty: Common.
Triax Skin Diver Bottom Timer (15eb)
This handy device is essentially a pressure-activated stopwatch used for recording depth times. The timer is activated automatically when the diver descends below a certain depth, and turns itself off when the diver reaches the surface. Availability: Common.
Triax Wrist Compass (30eb)
A small magnetic compass housd in a waterproof, pressure-resistant case, and worn on the wrist like a watch. Availability: Common.
Triax Decompression Gauge (50eb)
This clip-on electronic belt or wrist meter senses pressure, depth, and dive time and compares the variables to let the diver know exactly how long he can stay down, what depth he must stop at, and how long he must wait at each stage of his ascent for proper decompression. Availability: Common.
Diving Slate (price varies)
Convenient record-keeping is at your fingertips with this waterproof-ring binder, outfitted with thin sheets of semimatte white plastic, lightly sand-papered on both sides. Ordinary lead pencil can be used and marks rubbed off with a rubber eraser or an abrasive cleaner. Some underwater slates are equipped with a compass, depth gauge, watch, etc. mounted across the top; assume an additional 50eb for each option. Base model is 20eb.
Diver's Watch (price varies)
A self-winding, pressure-resistant and waterproof watch in a shock-resistant, non-magnetic case, the diver's watch is essential for determining depth and decompression stop times. One-piece elastic bands are common, and come in a variety of designer colors. Cheap models go for as little as 30eb; top-of-the-line models, with integral compass, depth gauge, temperature meter, and ultrasonic CO2 detector can go as high as 200eb. Availability: Common.
Diving Light (20eb)
A simple, waterproof and pressure-resistant halogen lamp with a flexible clamp to allow it to be mounted on a variety of surfaces.