Xdeep Tec. Could not deflate

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Josh the diver

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So today I was diving and my the bungee cord that keeps my bladder rapped around me broke. So one side started tacoing and created a high point that I could not vent. My buddy had to press on the wing to vent that part. I wondered if I rolled on to my back if it would of helped vent it through the inflater valve. What should I do if this happens again? It almost caused me to have a rapid ascent.
 

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This isn't a direct answer, but I always make sure my buoyancy is never more positive than I can kick-down from and/or reduce my lung-volume to 20%. Part of the reason is I have a little too much experience diving with a BCD that had significant issues with trapping air.

Could you reach to your side, up towards your lower back, and grab your Wing?
 

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This isn't a direct answer, but I always make sure my buoyancy is never more positive than I can kick-down from and/or reduce my lung-volume to 20%. Part of the reason is I have a little too much experience diving with a BCD that had significant issues with trapping air.

Could you reach to your side, up towards your lower back, and grab your Wing?

i might of been able to reach. I know I have flexibility issues in my drysuit. I did not really understand the problem while I was underwater.
 

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i might of been able to reach. I know I have flexibility issues in my drysuit. I did not really understand the problem while I was underwater.
I definitely understand the feeling. When you're surrounded by equipment, a dive-mask, etc many things become far more difficult complicated and confusing. Flexiblity changes, visiblity changes, and items when the harness is unequipped aren't exactly where you might expect when equipped.

When I first switched to backplate, it took me a few weeks to realize why I was having so much trouble finding where all of my clipped-off gear was while underwater. It's easy to forget (or not realize) you have zero core-flexiblity with a full backplate. Since then, I've started practicing on land, in my gear (including mask, usually minus the tank(s)), reaching for various equipment, d-rings, straps, etc without looking so I can consistently find and clip off items. I also used this for finding better locations for gear. I've also carried this over to my sidemount setup, where I try to practice doing things without looking.

It's not 100% identical to what it's like during a dive, but it's also lower-maintenance, and you're not using limited air or dive-time to do that practice.
 

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you wouldn't have to go on your back, just roll to where the oral inflator is at the highest point and it will come out. One of the many reasons I can't stand the stock x-deep wings
 

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Or turn head down and dump out of the butt dump. As you're sidemount, roll on to your back and you should be able to grab the tip of the wing.
 
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