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PADI Instructor & Writer
Summer has been teaching scuba for the last 10 years.
Torben is a dive nut, with a passion for dive gear.
Many divers took their first dive in an Aqua Lung BCD and many divers remain loyal to the brand well into their tenth logbook! But although Aqua Lung is known primarily for its BCDs and regulators (in particular the Calypso regulator), the worldwide company produces a full range of scuba equipment, including dive computers and other precision gauges.
Now a group of companies, Aqua Lung also owns Apeks, Aqua Sphere, SeaQuest, Technisub, U.S. Divers, and other recognizable scuba diving brands. This diversity has allowed Aqua Lung to branch out into areas of equipment manufacture and diving it hadn’t previously explored, such as competitive freediving.
Products produced under these brands retain their original brand name while Aqua Lung branded equipment continues to be popular with divers around the globe.
Aqua Lung Scuba Dive Equipment
Aqua Lung Wetsuits
Aqua Lung’s wetsuit offering can be broadly divided into two main groups: suits designed specifically for dive centers as rental equipment and those made for individual divers.
The company excels in both fields with its rental wetsuits known for hardiness and a good fit, despite the range of bodies the suits must fit. When it comes to individual wetsuits Aqua Lung has a wide range of both shortie and long wetsuits in a range of thicknesses. Aqua Lung wetsuits are also made for both male and female divers.
For divers who need more than a wetsuit, Aqua Lung also makes drysuits with its Fusion range probably the most well-known.
Aqua Lung Men’s 3mm Quantum Stretch Shorty
This super stretchy wetsuit is made from 100 percent Quantum Stretch, nylon-2 neoprene. This makes the Aqua Lung shortie 200 percent stretchier than standard neoprene. The velcro collar is adjustable which helps to keep out the cold. Smooth chest and back panels dry out quickly and provide better warmth when on the surface.
This suit does have more stretch than others which makes it comfortable and minimizes water exchange. It has held up well.
Aqua Lung Men’s 3mm Quantum Stretch Full Suit
Like the shortie version of Aqua Lung’s Quantum suit, this full suit is ultra stretchy giving you full flexibility. The neck closure comes with a molded Aqua Lung Sports grip-tab to keep out the cold. Skin-in neoprene seals at the ankles and wrists help divers slide in and out of the suit easily.
They also retain heat and keep the water out. Embossed knee pads give additional grip and make the wetsuit more durable.
Aqua Lung Aquaflex 3mm Women’s Jumpsuit
Aquaflex neoprene is a super-stretch material three times as stretchy as standard neoprene. No matter your body shape, this wetsuit will form around you ensuring a great fit.
Internal back and chest panels come with a thermal loop laminate which helps keeps your body warm.
Aqua Lung AquaFlex Women’s Jumpsuit
This suit is made from AquaFlex neoprene with seams that are sealed with liquid rubber. The result is a wetsuit that will move with you while keeping you warm. The base thickness of this suit is 5 mm before the addition of the nylon inner and outer layers.
There is a silicone print pad on the left wrist for keeping your computer secured. Wrist, ankle, collar, and knee pads have more give for comfort and ease when it comes to donning the suit.
Aqua Lung Regulators
An enduring favorite, Aqua Lung regulators have been popular among divers and dive centers for years. Aqua Lung’s Calypso regulator, an unbalanced piston reg that is available in both DIN and A-clamp, is a common rental regulator thanks to its toughness, longevity and easy maintenance.
Outside of its base model equipment, Aqua Lung makes some high-spec regulators including the Core Supreme which offers a balanced first stage with Aqua Lung’s auto closure device and a balanced second stage. Likewise, the Aqua Lung Legend LX Supreme regulator is a piece of finely-tuned scuba equipment that comfortably holds its own next to other high performing regulators — such as Apeks’ XL4 regulator, also owned by Aqua Lung.
Aqua Lung Calypso Classic
This classic reg from Aqualung is loved by dive centers the world over because it is super durable, reliable, easy to maintain, and performs very well for the price. Our selection is DIN but you can also find this reg in A-clamp here.
Aqua Lung Mikron
This regulator has been specifically designed to be ultra lightweight without compromising on quality or breathability. If you’re the type of diver who’s always boarding a plane, you won’t be weighed down by this bit of kit.
This is an A-clamp reg but it’s also available in DIN here.
Aqua Lung Fins
Aqua Lung fins might not be as highly lauded as some of its other scuba products, but the company does make some impressive fins. Of note among Aqua Lung’s fins is its open-heel Phazer model, which earned a recommendation from Scubalab during tests.
The company makes both full foot and open-heel scuba fins to suit boat and shore divers alike. And Aqua Lung also produces a tech-friendly jet fin, the Rocket II.
Aqua Lung fins offer decent power and have comfortable foot pockets that many divers appreciate. While there is some criticism of Aqua Lung’s clip and strap system on its open-heel fins, specifically on the HotShot model, overall, Aqua Lung fins are a solid investment and most are priced well under US$100.
Aqua Lung Express Full Foot Fins
The blade of this fin is made up of 2 different materials that work perfectly to increase efficiency and flexibility. It provides excellent power for scuba divers.
They have anti-slip pads on the base of the foot pockets, which prevents you from sliding around.
Aqua Lung Snorkel Set
Aqua Lung snorkeling gear is designed with both casual and avid snorkelers in mind. Snorkelers can choose between full sets, comprising mask, snorkel, and fins, or half sets with just mask and snorkel.
The shorter fins in Aqua Lung’s full Bonita and Trooper snorkel sets don’t have as much power as fins with standard length, but they may be easier to manage for snorkelers who prefer bare-footed adventures.
All the snorkels in Aqua Lung snorkel sets come with the company’s dry top system to prevent water from entering the snorkel. And the masks feature classic Aqua Lung fit and comfort, plus they’re made with tempered glass.
For kids, the Urchin Jr. mask and snorkel combo with easy-adjust mask straps is an excellent snorkeling option.
Aqua Lung Vision Flex Mask Snorkel Combo
This Aqua Lung snorkel set offers some great features. A frameless mask provides more comfort than framed masks and the slanted lens mean a wide viewing window. The semi-dry snorkel has an effective purge valve for easy clearing.
Aqua Lung Sport Flexar Snorkel Set
The Sport Flexar Aqua Lung snorkel set comes with a semi-dry rather than a dry snorkel but is still a great mid-range option.
The frameless mask is at a slant, so the viewing window is wide and offers fantastic peripheral vision.
Aqua Lung BCDs
For many, the classic Aqua Lung SeaQuest BCD is where the company really shines: hardy, virtually bombproof, and eminently user-friendly, it took prime position in many a dive shop’s shelves for years.
But Aqua Lung BCDs run the gamut from its beloved entry-level offering, the Wave BCD, right up to its top-range models, such as the Axiom. The company also makes hybrid BCDs like the Rogue range.
Interestingly, Aqua Lung is one of the few companies that produce alternate inflation BCDs. As opposed to inflating these models from an LPI, divers push a small button located near their hip to offset their buoyancy.
Aqua Lung Dimension i3 (M / Unixex)
The Aqua Lung Dimension has been around for a while but is it still a leading BCD on the market. There is a patented Wrapture harness system that attaches to swivel buckles at the shoulder and includes lumbar support. An adjustable strap across the chest can be moved up or down.
Aqua Lung Masks
Featuring super soft silicon skirts, an extra comfy fit, and user-friendly adjustment settings, it’s hard to beat an Aqua Lung mask. Divers often use their Aqua Lung masks for years on end thanks to the superior build quality and toughness.
Aqua Lung makes masks in a wide variety of different shapes, sizes, and types. Its Technika model is an excellent example of an Aqua Lung two-window mask: hardy, comfy, and with a great field of vision. For divers who want a little more color in their scuba gear, the Aqua Lung Plazma frameless mask has taken a leaf out of Cressi’s book and comes in eight different vibrant shades.
Aqua Lung masks are available for divers who need optical correction (the Look 2 model) and the brand also produces a range of ultra low-volume freediving masks. Perhaps the jewel in Aqua Lung’s mask catalog is the uber retro Atlantis.
Aqua Lung Atlantis
The Aqua Lung Atlantis has a vintage design but modern-day quality. It’s a high-volume mask with one large oval window offering a wide, unobstructed field of vision. It’s fishbowl retro and we love it! The soft silicone skirt gives access to the nose pocket for equalizing.
Aqua Lung Teknika
Aqua Lung had technical divers in mind when they developed the Teknika. The shock-absorbant frame is extra sturdy with stainless steel screws and bolts securing it. They make the mask robust and it will not corrode even when spending hours upon hours in salt water.
Aqua Lung Dive Computers
Aqua Lung dive computers may not be the company’s stand out offering, but there’s plenty here to keep divers happy. Aqua Lung’s entry-level dive computer is the i100, which is basically the old Oceanic Veo 1.0.
Many dive professionals agree that Aqua Lung dive computers don’t really stand out from the pack much until you hit the i300c, a fuller featured model. With Bluetooth, gas switching, multiple dive modes, and a bundle of extras, it’s an excellent choice at a great price.
Aqua Lung has also dipped its toes into the technical diving computer market with the i770R, a full-featured model that retains a user-friendly and intuitive design.
Aqualung i300c Dive computer
This is a simple and easy to use computer. You get good value of money, a realiable computer, that is perfect for a brand new diver, but will meet your needs for many dives.
The main features of i300c are the Bluetooth access to data and settings and Automatic altitude adjustments.
Aqua Lung Company & History
No other company can claim to be founded by the one and only scuba diving inventor and legend Jacques Cousteau, but Aqua Lung can.
Aqua Lung is synonymous with diving because it was right there at the very beginnings of the sport.
In fact, Aqua Lung got its start more than 75 years ago in 1943 when Costeau and his partner Emile Gagnan invented the Aqua-Lung, a device the company is named for. This device was the world’s first self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, and it paved the way for years of innovation and subaquatic exploration.
From those early beginnings, Aqua Lung went from strength to strength with major scuba milestones in 1950, when partner company La Spirotechnique released the first modern drysuit, and in 1976 when Aqua Lung acquired Fenzy, makers of the horseshoe-shaped buoyancy devices that were an important precursor to today’s modern BCDs.
Throughout the 20th century, Aqua Lung grew bigger and more flexible in its offerings with each new company it acquired. This strategy, combined with innovative designs, means Aqua Lung is placed right at the top of its field and boasts an estimated annual revenue of US$280 million.
Today, Aqua Lung remains a private company. It is owned by the European firm, Montagu Private Equity LLP, who acquired Aqua Lung in 2016. Aqua Lung is headed up by CEO Matthieu Bazil, who primarily works from France where the company first built its international reputation on the back of the original scuba gear.