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Welcome to Sidemount Diving...

Discussion in 'Sidemount Diving' started by The Chairman, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    In keeping with our diving attitude, there will be no special rules in here. Have fun, tell us what works and what doesn't.
     
  2. chrisculina

    chrisculina IDC Staff Instructor

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    Great! :D Now, to get people to use this forum...
     
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  3. NorthWoodsDiver

    NorthWoodsDiver Solo Diver

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    Great to see you added a forum for us. I have not visited Scubaboard but once or twice since switching to sidemount diving but now I'll have to visit more often...
     
  4. duskdiver

    duskdiver Master Instructor

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    Hi Guys, I am using a Hollis SMS 100 at the moment, and familiar with the razor harness.
    To me, the sidemount configuration is by far the most comfortable and safe configuration.
    But nothing comes for free ;-)
    I just shot a video for the center where I am working..have a look and let me know what you think.

    YouTube - OPENWATER SIDEMOUNT DIVING IN SHARM EL SHEIK. EGYPT
     
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  5. Wormil

    Wormil Manta Ray

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    I've been using the old school method of chlorine jugs tied to my al80s and keeping the tanks under my arms by holding them. Weight belt gives me the extra little bit of sink when I get positive. So far, so good.
     
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  6. duskdiver

    duskdiver Master Instructor

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    I almost thought you were serious....
     
  7. irishsquid

    irishsquid Solo Diver

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    I've been considering SM diving for a little while. I sprained a back muscle yesterday ( seems to be occurring more than I like), nothing real bad but enough to cancel my dive today. I just don't think I could handle climbing down to the rivers edge with my gear on my back. SM might be a different story, so it is looking more like it is going to be a reality for me sooner than contemplated.
     
  8. duskdiver

    duskdiver Master Instructor

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    Yes Irish, that is one of the advantages of diving Sidemount.
    Do you want to dive single or doubles?
    The only disadvantage I can think of really is the rigging and getting everything adjusted properly.
    that does take a while, also if you would want to dive doubles you'd have to learn some tecnical techniques.
    (long hose, out of air, gas managment etc..)
    regards
    Mike
     
  9. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    Jimi will do just fine! :D
     
  10. irishsquid

    irishsquid Solo Diver

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    Thanks for the info Mike. Doubles, which is my reasoning for SM. When my back isn't giving me troubles and diving singles, I'll still use my BP/W.
    I just have a feeling that lugging doubles on my back is asking for trouble. I already use a long hose and bungied set up. I figured the rigging and setup may take some time since I will likely do it through trial and error at the local pool and quarries but I like doing that. When I get it to gel, the satisfaction is so much greater. :wink:
    Thanks for the vote of confidence Pete! :)
     
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