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Diving with a beard and a necklace bungee secondary

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba' started by BB`, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. BB`

    BB` Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Phoenix, AZ
    Doing my TDI advanced nitrox now and moving into deco procedure next and so far the only painful thing has been the octo bungee ripping out my beard hair every time I switch to it.

    I started out with using a silicone one and have now switched over to just some shock cord/bungee tied in DIR fashion and while it is better than before I am still suffering.

    Is there any fix (other than shaving) to this or am I doomed to losing some hair during dives?
  2. WillHartNZ

    WillHartNZ Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Dunedin, New Zealand, New Zealand
    I always wear a hood and tuck my beard into the hood. Might not work in warm water or with a longer beard
  3. w3dge

    w3dge Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: South Wales, UK
    How big is the beard? I've got a modest one, but never had a problem.
  4. JMBL

    JMBL Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: France
    Never had a problem. Usually under the hood, except in warm water. Maybe my beard is less patriarchal than yours ? :wink: Would check the bungee.
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  5. Ankush Mittal

    Ankush Mittal Addicted to Diving!

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: New Delhi, India
    Side question: While diving to depths requiring Deco, wouldn't it be safer to ensure minimal pressure points such as shaving or trimming your beard to ensure no distractions while switching gases?
  6. JMBL

    JMBL Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: France
    Unless our friend's beard is as long as Noah's or old father time's himself, it shoudn't be a problem. Watch again some old Cousteau TV Shows, most divers were bearded and practising deco diving...
  7. Anthony A.

    Anthony A. Manta Ray

    You can buy an octo necklace thats made from rubber. Its much thicker than the bungee cord and stiffer too so it may help. I think i paid mine $8 from my LDS a couple years ago.
  8. northernone

    northernone Great White Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Currently: Cozumel, from Canada
    My beard doesn't mind a bungee. Technique wise I do a straight slow pull away from my body before going upwards to my mouth. Kinda allowing it to untangle.... I also wear a hood wherever possible.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2018
  9. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    Rob McGann and Forrest Wilson are two big names in cave diving with even bigger bears. Most of the time they just let it go, but I've seen them put hair ties in them as well to keep it under control. If it's long enough, that may be an answer
  10. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    Never had an issue although my beard is neatly trimmed these days but in the past when it was longer I never had an issue.

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