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Regulator configuration for recreational diving

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by scubadada, May 21, 2020.

What is your regulator configuration for single tank recreational diving

  1. Short hose primary reg and longer hose backup reg, the usual "standard"

    42 vote(s)
    28.2%
  2. Short hose primary reg and combination inflator/reg backup (Air 2...)

    11 vote(s)
    7.4%
  3. Long hose primary (40 inches, 5 foot, 7 foot...) and bungeed back up

    80 vote(s)
    53.7%
  4. Sidemount

    7 vote(s)
    4.7%
  5. One of the above plus a pony

    16 vote(s)
    10.7%
  6. Other, descibe in post

    4 vote(s)
    2.7%
  7. Long hose primary with combination inflator/reg backup

    8 vote(s)
    5.4%
  8. Short hose primary with bungeed backup

    3 vote(s)
    2.0%
  9. Double hose primary, with or without a backup

    7 vote(s)
    4.7%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yeah, what gives?
     
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  2. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    7 foot primary, bungee secondary.
     
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  3. AdivingBel

    AdivingBel Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Missouri
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    26 in. primary with 40 in. backup...I chose #1
     
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  4. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
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    Choice #1 was meant to cover that
     
  5. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: San Francisco
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    Yeah, but "Short hose primary reg and short hose backup reg" really doesn't cover my set-ups . . .
     
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  6. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    7 foot primary, bungee secondary whether I'm diving a single tank or doubles.
     
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  7. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    Other:
    Normal primary, long secondary (from the left), side-slung pony (on the right).
     
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  8. Sh0rtBus

    Sh0rtBus BUBBLLLLLLES! My Bubbles ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Denton, TX
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    40" primary under arm (to FFM) and normal length secondary, which is typically longer than your avg short hose primary. Still haven't done it yet but my secondary is meant to have a QD between the hose and the 2nd stage just as my primary does. When diving my ffm, I also carry a spare 2nd stage in case I have to bail out of the ffm. This way I still have another reg to donate to an OOA diver.
     
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  9. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron Nassau Grouper

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    for recreational diving.....im a fan of the traditional short hose primary/ slightly longer hose octo.

    for a few reasons.

    1. thats what the majority of recreational divers are used to....its a familiar setup to everyone you will be diving with.
    2. it doesnt require any action on my part.....unlike long hose primary donate, someone can swim up behind me and grab my octo, and i dont need to do a thing.
    3. i dont have to take the reg out of my mouth...if you end up with a panicked diver, i feel im better able to assist them if I dont have to worry about breathing as well
    now for Tech divers.....long hose primary donate makes sense......they are dealing with different breathing gasses, they are less likely to deal with a panicky diver....and they typically go into places where a long dangling octo is a liability.....but i really dont see much benefit for rec situations.
     
  10. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: same ocean as you
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    short hose primary reg and no backup reg
     
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