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SPG Rigged to inflator hose

Discussion in 'Hogarthian Diving' started by Xanthro, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. Green_Manelishi

    Green_Manelishi Solo Diver

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    Try it in a pool or other low-threat body of water first.
    Ye dinna want to learn the hard way that a downside is you can't read it, or use the inflator, etc.
     
  2. Xanthro

    Xanthro Solo Diver

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    That wouldn't be an issue, as I test all the gear layout above water, and any major gear changes are checked out on easy dives.

    I'm weird, I practice putting my gear on and off in a pitch black room.

    That, and I like to juggle soft weights and shadow box with 5lbs weights in each hand. Juggling is far harder.
     
  3. JeffG

    JeffG Solo Diver

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    What relevance does that have for scubadiving?
     
  4. daniel f aleman

    daniel f aleman Loggerhead Turtle

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    I always wear my SPG on the inflater hose, like this; I want it in constant view, and I don't want to risk it being crushed next to my body down there with the tanks.
     
  5. Green_Manelishi

    Green_Manelishi Solo Diver

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    Well, you might be weird or not but ...

    With all due respect testing it out above water, unless you are standing up on the bottom, in a pitch black room or otherwise, is not the same as in the water and more-or-less horizontal. All changes, major or not, should be tested in shallow, protected, water and carrying all of your gear (including exposure protection) so you know "the system" still works. And while I am standing on the soapbox, one should never change more than one piece of gear at a time; problems can multiply exponentially when too many new variables are inserted into the equation.
     
  6. Xanthro

    Xanthro Solo Diver

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    Allows me to practice gear layout attachment and exits before I'm in the water. Once I have everything down blind above water, I move into shallow water.

    I don't have to see to put any gear on, and practice allows me to don gear faster than most.
     
  7. Xanthro

    Xanthro Solo Diver

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    Perhaps our definition of major change is different. If I move my shears from right hip to the front, I'm not going to do a dive just to check the difference. If I'm moving my SPG, I'll start with an easy dive.

    To me any major change involves gear needed for bouyancy and safety. Moving my SPG barely falls into that category, because I rarely really need to check it.

    Also, I find very few differences in accessing my gear while vertical, horizontal or upside down. It's one of the reasons I have everything clipped close to the body, so that their position does not shift much. I spend a good deal of time underwater upside down peering over ledges, so I don't want my gear hanging down over my face.
     
  8. Dan Gibson

    Dan Gibson Divemaster

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    What if you have a stuck inflator?

    Using this method, you have just made it tougher to quickly pinch the low pressure inflator hose and stop the runaway inflation until you can either disconnect the hose or turn off a post if wearing doubles.

    I find that a greater risk.

     
  9. Green_Manelishi

    Green_Manelishi Solo Diver

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    That's probably true enough.
     
  10. Tamas

    Tamas Solo Diver

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    How so? The two hoses are on opposite sides of the inflator. Care to explain?
     

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