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How do you keep your console/spg accessible and out of the way?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by DukeAMO, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. DukeAMO

    DukeAMO Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: North Carolina, United States
    Hey all,

    How do you keep your console/spg in a place where you can get to it easily, but it's still not dangling?

    I hate clipping it to the BC with a plastic clip on the SPG's hose, because the clip either falls off, or it's too hard to clip/unclip.

    I tried a yo-yo clip where it remains attached at my (left) hip, and I can pull it up to check it, and it retracts itself. This is easy and convenient, but it hangs down a few inches.

    Are there better ideas?
  2. chrpai

    chrpai Great White

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cedar Park, TX
    I follow the Hogarthian approach of clipping my SPG off at my left dring using a boltsnap. It was a little akward at first but now I have no problem clipping and unclipping. My depth gauge is my computer and I wear it on my wrist.

    I also don't look at my SPG every 30 seconds. I look at it only every so often based on depth and dive time as reported by my computer. I look at it to validate that I have the gas that I expect to have at that point.
  3. JamesK

    JamesK Solo Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: SW Florida
    All of those do-dads and retractors, and quick clips etc are junk IMO. They allow the console to hang low.

    Personally, I say ditch the console and wrist mount the compass and computer. Then use just the SPG on a short hose, around 24", and clip it with a bolt snap to a waist dring. If you are set on a console, try routing it under your arm and using a simple bolt snap attached towards the top of the console clip it to a chest dring. Use a short hose here as well. However, this is also where I am against a console. Without having a big bowed out long hose on it, it can be difficult to hold in front of you during navigation or when watching your depth during deco/safety stops. With wrist mount you simply hold your hands together out in front of you and you can monitor direction and depth easily without excess movements. This also allows your SPG to remain tucked and clipped at your waist neatly.
  4. krawlings

    krawlings Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Lawrenceville Ga.
    I tuck mine in between the cumber bun /buckle of my BCD and my waist /belly. That way it is tight against my body and secure and easy to find
    ChrisMan likes this.
  5. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Solo Diver Staff Member

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    +1 use a boltsnap to attach my spg to the BCD
  6. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest

    # of Dives:
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    My SPG is clipped close to the lower left D-ring on my harness, but with a looped line and a quick-release clip. I've found retractors break and standard hose clips usually allow the hose to migrate through it, thus causing the SPG to dangle. One way to solve that problem is to attach a zip tie below the gauge so it catches on the clip.
  7. Islandheart

    Islandheart HSA Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Orange Park, Florida
    The clip and unclip plastic "thingie", is poor at best. They always seem to come loose and are a PItA even though many BCDs come with this attached.

    The metal clip and ring is also an option but again unclipping and re-clipping, is a hassle also, but it does stay in place on the D-ring.

    The yo-yo or "Retractor" you speck of, is the best option and they come in various strengths according to the application. Remember some SPGs / Consoles are bigger or heavier, so get the bigger/heavier yo-yo...

    If your current retractor hangs down slightly, just go to the stronger retractor and that should fix your problem.

    I use and have used these over many years and have never had one break, wear-out Yes, break No...

    I'm sure someone will pop in here and say, go to the "Hoseless Air Intergrated Computer" to get rid of the hose altogether.

    It's a $500+ solution to a $25 problem.
  8. mathauck0814

    mathauck0814 Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Killington, VT & San Diego, CA
    I think the biggest issue is that most recreational setups have a HP hose that's entirely too long. The 22" hose clipped off with a bolt snap to your left hip (or chest, if you're that type) d-ring is the perfect solution to keeping it neat.
  9. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
    SPG Bolt-snapped to d-ring on left hip. Only takes a few seconds to unsnap it, check pressure, re-attach it.
  10. Lead_carrier

    Lead_carrier Instructor, Scuba

    I use a good quality, high strength retractor clipped across my chest. It hangs about 2 inches down from my body, at most. Is readily accessible and it has worked fine for me for years.

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