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My venture into Sidemount.

Discussion in 'Sidemount Diving' started by noreastDIVER84, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Jax

    Jax Deplorable American ScubaBoard Supporter

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    So, I went to Lake Pleasant for the International Clean-up day. :D

    Right off the bat, I had a low pressure hose leak at the 2nd stage, on my left tank. Wait a minute - I had just replaced that o-ring. Replaced it again. I could feel the o-ring 'give' as I screwed the reg back on. Close inspection showed the O-ring cut. Turns out I had given away all my LP hose o-rings, and was using the wrong size. :facepalm:

    So, methinks, let's try this single tank sidemount thing. . . .

    Are you freaking kidding me?!?!?!?!?! OMG, I must've looked like a fish in it's death throes! I had to work my tail off to maintain some semblance of form, continuously re-parking gas and must've been the oddest fin-kicks in the world. Good thing I was at 15' or higher, or I would have sucked that steel 100 dry. I flailed around for about 7 minutes before I came in, grabbed my other tank, and hooked it up for ballast.

    I just don't know how you guys do it. :shakehead:
     
  2. Dive-aholic

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    We do it with aluminum cylinders, not steel! :D
     
  3. Jax

    Jax Deplorable American ScubaBoard Supporter

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    :bonk:

    NOW you tell me! :dramaqueen:
     
  4. Dive-aholic

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    I think we've mentioned it before and you just weren't paying attention! :wink:
     
  5. Jax

    Jax Deplorable American ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You're probably right; I just enjoyed looking at the video / pictures. :snicker:

    Anyway, if I have to do it, I know I can.
     
  6. Dive-aholic

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    Hmmmmm, so if we told you you have to do it with a steel, we would get a series of videos over the next several months of your attempts at it??

    Okay! You have to do it! :cool2:
     
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  7. Jax

    Jax Deplorable American ScubaBoard Supporter

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    :rofl3: You would be entertained!!!
     
  8. Insta-Gator

    Insta-Gator Blue Whale

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    Somebody's looking for some "this is how NOT to do it" training videos. :laughing:

    Full steel on one side sounds like a tough leverage problem to overcome.
     
  9. Jax

    Jax Deplorable American ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Not at all! :scorned:

    The tank managed me quite well!


    :giggle:
     
  10. Insta-Gator

    Insta-Gator Blue Whale

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    :rofl3: that was a good one, Jax.

    How about bungee down the opposite side of your wing so all the lift is between you and the tank?
     

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