• Welcome to ScubaBoard


  1. Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

    Benefits of registering include

    • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
    • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
    • You can make this box go away

    Joining is quick and easy. Login or Register now by clicking on the button

SideMount Setup Fine Tuning

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by Andrew Dawson, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Port Orchard, WA
    9,137
    3,045
    113
    There are other savy <available> instructors in BC mere meters across the border in Langley. I suggested one pages ago (she's a friend of mine) and I even know @Andrew Dawson was contacted. Gonna have to agree with @JohnnyC here, this is just dinking around to dink around at this point. If front clipping your butt light Al80 is task loading then go back to backmount or take a proper class so you have some muscle memory and actual knowledge instead of just what you think you're emulating on the internet. Taking an online course is just dumping $200 at about $500 worth of problems that need hands on fixing.
     
  2. Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kenmore, WA
    315
    62
    28
    You are free to scroll past, rjack321.

    Everyone agrees that SM takes work...people make mistakes...I can admit them :)

    I did contact your buddy in Canada, very nice lady, and we will hook up if/when I can get up there. Thank you for the referral.

    Bummer, some folks would rather put down those around them than build them up.

    Scuba diving is a process of refinement...and I am working to do that...maybe others want to see that. If you don't, then don't comment, don't click on the thread, and/or unfollow :)
     
    FreeFlyFreak likes this.
  3. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: United States
    3,348
    3,687
    113
    Best of luck. You've had several highly experienced sidemount divers that have offered help from the very beginning, yet you've chosen to ignore that advice and continue wandering through the woods until you hear the banjos.

    That's not refinement.

    If you've got the time to go sidemount poorly, you have the time to have someone show you how to do it correctly. Cuz this internet stuff ain't workin' if after 15 pages you still don't have any actual understanding. Let me guess, you're a PADI "tec diver....."
     
    rjack321 likes this.
  4. Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kenmore, WA
    315
    62
    28
    A supporter of your, JohnnyC, sent me a PM...and pointed out the above post. My sincere apologies...apparently, I mostly missed it, and it was not intentional. It is great info and I very much appreciate it :D

    I can understand your frustration...tho...not the put downs. Some of the instructions, reading it further, I do not quite understand. I will try to re-read it, and apply it.

    I met someone on FB who is offering to take me out this weekend on a free SM instructional dive [he took a course in Florida]. I will review this whole thread, take notes, apply the applicable wisdom, and circle back here as I see fit.

    I appreciate all the comments, every one, even if they were harsh...there is info to be gleaned in all of them.
     
    RainPilot likes this.
  5. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    3,920
    2,272
    113
    Andrew Dawson likes this.
  6. Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kenmore, WA
    315
    62
    28
    Excellent find, Kosta! Thank you :) I got some other support via SB members here as well...excellent work folks!!
     
  7. Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kenmore, WA
    315
    62
    28
    So, I did go back and reread every single post...copying out the good stuff and compiling it in a document for studying. I have printed out manuals sent to me and set up a dive with a local SM guy who seems pretty experienced.

    JohnnyC, I see that you have a lot of experience and excellent info...I have no answer as to why I did not pick up on your posts earlier, again my apologies...it was not intentional. You did not deserve my seeming to ignore your posts, they are very good!

    I have plenty of information to make major adjustments and go test them out. I will end this thread at this point.

    I appreciate everyone's input! Thank you all very much!!
     
  8. Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kenmore, WA
    315
    62
    28
    Ok, I'm going out with a guy this Sunday...in prep to maximize their time as they are a cave diver trained in FL and they will help me fine tune in the water, here is what I got from all the suggestions here:
    20191122_205706.jpg

    I did loosen the right tank (the long hose) and tighten the left tank ( connected to BCD inflator). Yes, the pic is reversed as it was a selfie...pic was taken with my right hand.

    I'm not happy with the 28" short hose as it usually gives me a big loop over my head, but the correct setup seems to help a bit...28" too long for most?
     
  9. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Victoria, Australia
    879
    364
    63
    28" works for me.
     
    Andrew Dawson likes this.
  10. a878bob

    a878bob Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Michigan
    521
    201
    43
    Wow ! So much better !
     
    Andrew Dawson likes this.

Share This Page