About Aqua3

The idea behind Aqua3 Maps® dates back nearly 15 years. We wanted to find the solution to an age-old problem how to improve the durability of maps, particular in bad weather conditions.

After several years of research and testing, we developed our patented* process that uses a combination of a special plasticised paper, UV inks and lamination to create highly durable, water-proof maps that can still be folded.

We combine our printing process with the latest digital information from Ordnance Survey to allow you to create customised, site-centred maps that cover the exact area you need.

*GB Patent No. 2312869

Aqua3 at the top of the world

Our laminated maps have been on some great adventures, including trips to both the North and South Magnetic Poles with David Hempleman-Adams MBE, OBE.

On January 5 1996 David became the first Briton to walk solo and unsupported to the South Pole. And later, on February 19, he sailed to the South Magnetic Pole, becoming the first person to achieve both South Poles in the same year.

On May 15 1996 he led the Ultimate Challenge, a team of novices, to ski to the Magnetic North Pole, gaining some notable firsts. Thus, he became the only person ever to reach both North and South Magnetic Poles in one year.

Before embarking on these historic journeys David requested specially produced maps coated with Aqua3 laminate. Obviously we were happy to oblige and are proud to be associated with David and to have been part of these fantastic achievements.

David kindly found the time to thank us by sending the following post cards:

Our maps have also been to the top of Everest with climber Ian Smith. Ian wrote to us to say:

You laminated a map for me a few months back and it was brilliant. The map survived 5 weeks trekking and climbing with quite a lot of the time in snow, ice and rain and generally below zero. After wiping the mud and Yak dirt off it looks like new.


Here at Aqua3, we're passionate about providing map products that can handle the toughest outdoor conditions, whether you're working or playing.

Please explore our website to find out more about our products, or feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions or need help with a particular problem.

Aqua3 Maps

I am able to say that having tried most of the 'waterproof' map protections on the market I much prefer the Aqua3. This map has paid for itself ten times over and is still in good condition.

Here at Aqua3, we pride ourselves on producing customised maps that will stand up to the toughest use. Every map is produced to order and we are always happy to answer your questions or help you select the right map for your needs.

Your stories

We'd also love to hear from you if you have any comments, or a story about where you've taken your Aqua3 map.

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