Regulator Necklace on Primary

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SlugMug

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My primary 2nd stage is bungeed around my head. Holds the reg in my mouth (pretty much, anyway) should I ever go unconscious. Poor man's FFM. haven't heard of anyone else doing this.

I learned about how to make a bungee-regulator necklace from one of the videos on Sidemounting.com. It's just bungee, 2 knots, and runs under the mouth-piece zip tie. He specifically discusses, you can pull the bungee and secure the regulator on an unconscious diver. (it's a paid video, so the link probably won't be useful to most)

Perhaps an instance of great minds think alike.

What's a snorkel? Oh is that the rolled up piece of plastic that sits on my pocket? I think the last time I used was was maybe the 90's.

I was just pointing out that most regular OW training requires a real snorkel which then makes bungee necklace another thing for a new diver to manage.

I would disagree. I have a snorkel on my mask, it lives there, actually use velcro to keep it there. I don my necklace long before my mask and using a flex snorkel with no gadgets on the ends it just hangs near my collar bone out of the way until I use it.

I hate the snorkel, but to each their own.

I will say the bungee interfered with Don and Doff my dive-helmet, which has a camera and light on it. That said, it's only a minor inconvenience & easier if I don the helmet after (sometimes after I'm underwater)
 

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I always keep my primary stage 2 on a necklace. I have a reg octo for my buddy, and my 30cu pony for me. But my primary is on a necklace. I never want to look for it..
 

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I also remove the octo reg on my primary when using the doubles as I'm usually solo diving with the ID's.
I leave the octopus attached because it doesn't cause me any issues when I diving the doubles and I'd rather not continually fiddle (and potentially introduce issues) with my primary regs. I probably only use the doubles 1 out of 10 dives.
 

Bob DBF

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As @AfterDark mentioned a lot of early regs had a gag strap attached. Below is a picture of my double hose with the strap wrapped around the mouthpiece. One end is a snap, the other an adjustable buckle. I don't have a pic now, but have a similar strap on a Dacor second stage of a single hose made a decade or so later.

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Most didn't use them because they impeded buddy breathing and ditching the rig, so they never really caught on for general use, although there were specific reasons for use.
 

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One debatable disadvantage of donating the primary is that you're more likely to transfer bacteria/viruses from one diver to the other as the mouthpiece has little time to rinse in sea water. It's similar to the situation as buddy breathing.
 

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One debatable disadvantage of donating the primary is that you're more likely to transfer bacteria/viruses from one diver to the other as the mouthpiece has little time to rinse in sea water. It's similar to the situation as buddy breathing.

Choice, germs or air.
 

SlugMug

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One debatable disadvantage of donating the primary is that you're more likely to transfer bacteria/viruses from one diver to the other as the mouthpiece has little time to rinse in sea water. It's similar to the situation as buddy breathing.

Choice, germs or air.

Some local scuba-classes have switched to primary-donate due to a certain more recent germs that may have leaked from a lab, and probably won't kill you. For practice purposes, I suppose that makes sense to not unnecessarily spread the scary germ, I agree, getting air in an OOA is more important than worrying about germs.

I personally secondary-donate for other reasons referenced earlier in the thread. Although, when side-mounting, there technically isn't really a secondary, just 2 primaries.
 

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Some local scuba-classes have switched to primary-donate due to a certain more recent germs that may have leaked from a lab, and probably won't kill you. For practice purposes, I suppose that makes sense to not unnecessarily spread the scary germ, I agree, getting air in an OOA is more important than worrying about germs.

I personally secondary-donate for other reasons referenced earlier in the thread. Although, when side-mounting, there technically isn't really a secondary, just 2 primaries.

How many divers that are not DMs or instructors actually have donated in real life, I wonder? I was involved in a buddy breathing scenario in the late 1980's before the people I dived with as well as myself started using octo regs. Prior to that the last time I did it was in the pool in 1968. The only time my octo reg is used is testing at the beginning of a dive. It is far and way the most expensive and unused piece of gear I own.

As I posted earlier I remove the octo from my primary when using independent doubles because both sec stages have hoses long enough for OW donation which is all I need. I still call one primary and one secondary. The difference for my rig is the primary is on the left and supports my wing inflation. The tank/reg on the left is secondary and has only a SPG and the sec stage.
 

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How many divers that are not DMs or instructors actually have donated in real life, I wonder? I was involved in a buddy breathing scenario in the late 1980's before the people I dived with as well as myself started using octo regs. Prior to that the last time I did it was in the pool in 1968. The only time my octo reg is used is testing at the beginning of a dive. It is far and way the most expensive and unused piece of gear I own.

As I posted earlier I remove the octo from my primary when using independent doubles because both sec stages have hoses long enough for OW donation which is all I need. I still call one primary and one secondary. The difference for my rig is the primary is on the left and supports my wing inflation. The tank/reg on the left is secondary and has only a SPG and the sec stage.

Air share

It happens, though it's hard to say how frequent.

With sidemount, you would never have an octo, just 1 reg on each tank.
 
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