How to Properly Dive the Long Hose

Posted on 12/08/09 No Comments

Technical divers are increasingly outfitting their second-stage regulators with long hoses, which is a good thing.  This is the one that gets donated in an out of gas emergency. It needs to be readily available and functioning properly for such an emergency.

Unfortunately, as Precision Diving’s Duane Johnson points out, the more people use the longer hose, the more mistakes occur. In another of his “how to” articles, Johnson talks about storage, management and preventing the hose from getting “trapped.”

When the long hose is not in use, it should be clipped to the right chest d-ring. I can’t tell you how many times I see people not clip off the long hose and let it drop on the ground or boat deck. Obviously, this can damage the second stage.

I don’t know about you, but I’m poor. I can’t afford to buy new regulators or have them fixed frequently. So I need to take good care of them. By clipping the second stage off to the chest d-ring, I can significantly reduce the risk of damaging it. My rule of thumb is that as soon as the reg comes out of my mouth, it gets clipped of to the right chest d-ring everytime.

You can read the rest of Johnson’s post here.

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