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Halcyon cinch and removal in emergency

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Jn100, Mar 28, 2019.

  1. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: London
    Isn’t the buckle normally passed through the crotch strap opening ?
  2. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: close to a Hell which occasionally freezes over
    If your, uh, "male waist strap" can pass through the cinch slots, you might be significantly less generously endowed than most of the general population.
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  3. VsubT

    VsubT Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Eastern Europe
    That’s how I set up my buckle, but it didn’t hinder removal at all during our practical exercises in Rescue.

  4. Ayisha

    Ayisha DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Toronto, Canada
    The Halcyon Cinch is the EASIEST bp/w system to remove whether in an emergency or not. As always, don't have the straps too tight and any bp/w is easy to remove. Loosening the cinch is as easy as pulling the shoulder straps on an upward angle. To tighten the cinch, you just pull the waist webbing. Watch the video below to see a cinch being adjusted.

    If someone really has the straps way too tight, the webbing can be cut easily.

    The Halcyon Infinity with the cinch was marketed primarily to newer divers or those not quite sure about transitioning to a bp/w from the familiarity of a jacket. So yes, the cinch is absolutely suitable for a new diver. In fact, any bp/w is suitable for a new (or any) diver. It's a modular system that will grow with you for any type of future diving you do.

    Sometimes people who aren't familiar with a bp/w can be apprehensive about it. BP/W's are getting much more common depending on the locale.

    Having said all that, my Infinity was stripped of everything except the back pad and cinch many years ago. Initially my cinch was disabled by tri-glides by my Fundamentals Instructor, and then I just removed it entirely several years ago. The cinch just isn't necessary. It does make for easy adjustments though between users and for rental gear.

  5. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: London
    Ah i see what you meant.

    During Rescue one guy forgot to remove my buckle from the opening and it got stuck somehow.
  6. g1138

    g1138 Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Charleston, SC
    No one has mentioned a no-cutting removal technique for Bp/W single-piece harnesses, so I will.

    At the surface after getting victim buoyant, face up, & waist unbuckled
    1) Lift both victim's arms so they lay pointed straight "above" their head
    2) Now position yourself to the side of the victim.
    3) Rescuer's hand farthest from victim's head goes under victims mid-back
    4) Rescuer's hand closest to victim's head pushes down on backplate
    5) Lift victim, push down on Backplate and spread your arms apart.
    6) Victim slides out of Backplate

    BC should be less than fully inflated so you can gently sink it, but still inflated enough that you're not treading water to float both it and victim. If that's too complicated think of this analogy:
    Your toddler spilled spaghetti on his shirt. When you pull the shirt off your toddler where do their arms go? Up and over their head.
    Put your victim's arms like that and you can slide the Bp/W off easily without cutting.

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