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7' Hose Routing wo/ Canister?

Discussion in 'Technical Diving Specialties' started by Dan G, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. Dan G

    Dan G Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Colorado
    I recently completed 5 days of IANTD Essentials and Cavern training for my first foray into tech diving. I loved the doubles and the gear configuration in general. The 7' hose felt great and I liked how manageable it was. I routed the 7' hose under the canister of my primary light and felt comfortable removing it for gas sharing drills and replacing it after the drill ended. I would like to continue to dive with the 7' hose, even when I dive recreationally. I do not own a canister light and likely would not wear it anyway when diving in vacation spots such as Cozumel.

    It seems I have two choices. Either tuck some of the hose under the belt of my backplate on my right side or move the pocket I have which is currently on the left side of my waistbelt over to my right and tuck the hose under that.

    Are there options I am overlooking? What suggestions do you have?
  2. DiveDay

    DiveDay DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Ottawa, Canada
  3. RyanT

    RyanT ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Maryland
    I also prefer to dive a long hose, even when doing single tank dives. I just tuck my hose in the waist band. With nothing to catch on, it will occasionally come out. I just got in the habit of checking and retucking if needed. You can do it by feel without stopping whatever it is that you're doing; it's really a non-issue. But, if you don't like that, here's another option, get an 8' hose instead of 7'. The extra length in the loop will pretty much keep it from popping out. I ended up with an 8' hose on my single-tank rig by chance (all the shop had that day) and I find it really does stay tucked better. Or you could just put a pocket or retainer on the right side, all viable options.
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  4. Alastor

    Alastor Liveaboard

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Italy
    I have a waist band right pocket and use this as it would be a canister for the hose routing.
    It works flawlessly.
    Dan G likes this.
  5. rvojr

    rvojr ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Williamstown, NJ
    I just tuck it into the waistband. Once in a while it pops out but for the most part it stays. Guess it depends on routing and your height.
    Dan G likes this.
  6. 1atm

    1atm DIR Practitioner

    One option is to put something on the webbing that can act as a retainer instead of the can light. That could be a dedicated retainer as mentioned above, or alternatively a pocket, or a knife,

    The other option as mentioned is to tuck it in. If you opt for this, and have issues withit becoming un-tucked, try to slide the hose more to the right, towards your hip, rather than having it tucked in front of your belly. That should do the trick.

    The final option of course is to always dive with the light :)
    Dan G likes this.
  7. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    I just wear a knife on that side, and use it as a holder for the hose...

  8. Ayisha

    Ayisha DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Toronto, Canada
    The trick is to pull the hose as far right as possible under the harness, and then pull the loop down toward the back.

    Another tip is to give yourself enough hose behind your neck to turn your head, otherwise it likely will pull out.
    EireDiver606 and Dan G like this.
  9. Basking Ridge Diver

    Basking Ridge Diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New Jersey
    I use a rubber weight belt from Mako - I tuck my 7 foot hose in the belt. The belt is always secure and I always wear it - doubles or single configuration. Dont need a canister although I have one but dont always use it...
    Dan G likes this.
  10. StefinSB

    StefinSB ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Santa Barbara, CA
    Tuck it under the harness waist belt and be done with it.
    rongoodman and Dan G like this.

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