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  1. nickbutcher

    Gag Strap Setup Options?

    I use a Drager. The strap comes off the mouthpiece at an angle and is designed to be worn over the crown rather than behind the head or around the neck. I believe that the rEvo version is designed in a similar way. This facilitates easy removal without disturbing ones mask as it sort of pulls...
  2. nickbutcher

    Weirdest Thing You Ever Took Underwater

    It's mentioned in that Wiki entry. I wrote the edit! Maybe I should check that the footnotes are still valid links...
  3. nickbutcher

    Weirdest Thing You Ever Took Underwater

    An ironing board and iron. In January 2009 at NDAC, Chepstow, UK we raised over £15000 for the RNLI and set a new world record for the number of people ironing underwater. Here's my actual iron:
  4. nickbutcher

    Dry glove compatibility question

    Yes. The Ultima rings push in and are an identical size. The Ultima system is a far better solution than the Ellipse but make sure that the orange o-rings are the correct ones. Early versions allowed the gloves to leak below around 25-30m and had to be replaced.
  5. nickbutcher

    Dive Xtras CudaX

    That's a lot of workaround to make-up for a very poor design issue. Lying it down seems a lot easier and less likely to cause any warranty issues :wink:
  6. nickbutcher

    Dive Xtras CudaX

    One of the Blacktip's worst attributes is that it's difficult to open it with water dripping in from the nose. When I was using one last year, I took to opening it lying down (the scooter, not me) to stop this happening. The Piranha doesn't suffer from this problem and I suspect the CudaX will...
  7. nickbutcher

    Dive Xtras CudaX

    I'm in the process of rebuilding my old Piranha battery as I knackered it by leaving it connected for a few months. When I removed the lithium pack, 4 of the 18650s were dead, all the others were still in great shape. I think the BMS is probably still OK but I've bought a smart BMS with...
  8. nickbutcher

    Oxygen poisoning seizure > how to react ?

    I don't see how any of this scenario is different if you have a BOV in your mouth, aside from adding even more complexity for your potential rescuer(s). Unless I'm missing something? EDIT: I almost always dive alone, so this is all a bit academic really ;)
  9. nickbutcher

    Oxygen poisoning seizure > how to react ?

    10/70 hypoxic. I'm not happy to breathe that on the surface for any length of time and even take precautions not to inhale it through the ADV until I'm on my way down. I'm not changing the way I dive to suit whatever diluent I happen to have. It caters for what I COULD have. Does it matter...
  10. nickbutcher

    Oxygen poisoning seizure > how to react ?

    That Tecme one is what I bought - genuine Drager
  11. nickbutcher

    Oxygen poisoning seizure > how to react ?

    Fine with the DSV and the mouthpiece is so much more comfy (it's a lot softer) than the one that comes with the JJ, even though that is also from Drager. I haven't seen the newer AP one but I understand it's much improved from the old one which was no better than using a mask strap and a few...
  12. nickbutcher

    Oxygen poisoning seizure > how to react ?

    Are you wearing it correctly? I thought the rEvo strap was a copy of the Drager which sits on the crown of the head.
  13. nickbutcher

    Oxygen poisoning seizure > how to react ?

    I ditched my BOV when I sold my old analog JJ. I often dive hypoxic diluent and the idea of bailing to that on the surface scares the **** out of me. Also, the work of breathing of just about every BOV is hopeless at depth. The JJ BOV was woeful, even after I did some serious mods to it. The...
  14. nickbutcher

    What is a proper procedure to tow a diver on a DPV?

    The JJ-CCR has a very handy 'handle' on the stand which a diver can clip or hang onto. Even when they're staying in the slipstream, it's remarkable how much extra work it puts on the scooter (and the diver operating it!).
  15. nickbutcher

    Oxygen poisoning seizure > how to react ?

    If the only thing people take from this is how beneficial a gag strap might be, my work is done :poke:
  16. nickbutcher

    Oxygen poisoning seizure > how to react ?

    These things are always a bit of fun and an interesting exercise but I'm not sure they're anywhere near realistic for simulating a tox underwater. You'll have all been on heightened alert for any symptoms that are out of the ordinary. I never felt any tingling or twitching with mine. The...
  17. nickbutcher

    Oxygen poisoning seizure > how to react ?

    What evidence is there for this? I suspect that it's one of the many myths surrounding oxygen toxicity - another being that they come on almost instantaneously. In my case there was at least five minutes between me becoming aware of the onset of symptoms and unconsciousness. I believe that was...
  18. nickbutcher

    Oxygen poisoning seizure > how to react ?

    THIS ^^^ It was after a discussion with Simon in Bikini 2014 that I was convinced of the efficacy of using a gag strap, specifically the Drager one. I've used one ever since and would hate to be without it now.
  19. nickbutcher

    Oxygen poisoning seizure > how to react ?

    After I came around from my tox (see above post), I was taken by helicopter to the local A&E before being transferred to the chamber at DDRC in Plymouth. I have no recollection of being on the chopper and only vague memories of everything else that day, including many hours in the chamber being...
  20. nickbutcher

    Oxygen poisoning seizure > how to react ?

    I had a tox in 2010. Fortunately for me, I was at 6m and recognised the symptoms so I hit the up button on my wing. On the surface I shouted at the boat that I was toxing and the crew guy dived in and hauled me out onto the deck. Once I knew I was safe, I relaxed and instantly started fitting...
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