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Diving Without an Inflator Hose

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by certainmisuse, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. certainmisuse

    certainmisuse Nassau Grouper

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    Would there be any issue diving without the inflator hose attached? Other than not being able to power inflate of course. And not forgetting to plug the first stage mind you. I know very little about the connections on the wing. Is water likely to enter the wing with the hose off I suppose is the big question? If not, can it be easily sealed?

    If possible, I'm considering removing the hose for very shallow dives. Looking to do a great deal of pool practice first. That is if this isn't ridiculous.

    Thanks.

    David
     
  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Why?
     
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  3. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Why use a BC then? Use a rucksack with a tankstrap.
     
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  4. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

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    Yes, you can. Just don’t connect the hose to the inflator or you could completely remove the hose and plug the port.

    You would leave the corrugated hose to the wing so you can orally inflate so no worries water will enter the wing.

    I too have to ask why?
     
  5. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC Divemaster

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    It’s fine. I spent a pretty good portion of full cave doing zero viz exits with no power inflator.
     
  6. certainmisuse

    certainmisuse Nassau Grouper

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    Simplification. I really like the idea of eliminating failure points. Again, not for every dive. Just a wild Saturday-night consideration at the moment.
     
  7. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Manta Ray

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    It is a smart thing to do. Good practice, A lot of people forget about orally inflating a BC. A power inflator is a very convenient luxury in most situations.
     
  8. a878bob

    a878bob Barracuda

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    My warm water sm rig has no power inflator. Never miss it.
     
  9. certainmisuse

    certainmisuse Nassau Grouper

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    Follow-up question: If one were to accidentally push the inflator button with the hose off, I assume water could enter, but how fast?
     
  10. caruso

    caruso Banned

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    Depends how much gas is in the BCD. If a lot of gas is bubbling out then more water is going in.

    I'm having trouble following this post. In fact I don't understand it at all. I think what you're trying to say is "yes you can dive without the inflator hose, just don't connect it and if you do that you could plug the first stage port", but that's stating the obvious, which the Op already stated, but you're doing it in a rather obscure way.
     
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