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Hip Pocket for BP/W to store long hose behind

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by Bigeclipse, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. James R

    James R PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Austin, TX USA
    There's local diver that uses a 6 or 8 inch length of PVC pipe with a slot cut in the top as a faux can light when he doesn't use his light on a dive. Matches the size of his can light, so muscle memory for tasks is the same.
  2. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    See post #9 upthread where I linked to a commercial version of that. PVC pipe is definitely cheaper.
  3. daniel f aleman

    daniel f aleman Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Austin, TX
    Ding, we have a winner.
  4. sunshower

    sunshower DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    I've always tucked it under the weight on my belt. PVC pipe sounds good if that's not an option.
  5. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
    I put a 70 degree (aka 110 degree) adapter between my primary 2nd stage and my 7' hose yesterday and did a dive with it. That change made all the difference for me between my 7' hose being barely long enough to have slack to tuck in my waist belt versus having enough slack that it tucks in far enough to stay in there reliably. I have a regular rubber hose and with it coming straight out the side of the reg, and with enough slack to be able to turn my head to the left without tugging, the hose would only tuck enough behind my belt that it was barely in there Too much moving around in the water and it would often pop out. Changing to the angle adapter that lets the hose come straight back from the reg along the side of my head gave me just the right amount of extra slack.
  6. claymore

    claymore Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Minneapolis Minnesota
    If you are not diving overhead environments where a 7' hose is needed a 5' hose is all that is needed and eliminates the issue of where to place the extra 2' of hose. If you are teaching or DMing a 5' or 7' hose is not practicle if your shop wants you to wear a snorkel.
  7. KevinNM

    KevinNM DIR Practitioner

    The size hose you want also varies by your size. A 6'6" linebacker and a 4'11" gymnast really need different lengths.
  8. Colliam7

    Colliam7 Tech Instructor Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Kents Store, VA
    I agree. I have seen too many incidents (e.g. a mask being separated from the DM's head) where the snorkel interfered with the deployment of a long(er) hose, routed across the chest and behind the head (as it should be). A very reasonable alternative, which meets PADI standards, AND allows the DM to use a contemporary gear configuration, is a folding snorkel (Pocket Snorkel) placed either in a pocket (preferred) or bungeed to the BCD.
  9. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
    I would probably rather have a 5' hose. But, for my tech training, my instructor required a 7' hose. So, that's what I have. It works. Especially now. I'm not sure it's really worth the money to switch to a 5' hose at this point. Especially since I do dive NC wrecks a few times a year. I don't do anything more than lightzone penetrations. But, it would still be possible that I could be somewhere that would require single file swimming to get out.

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