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Regulator configuration question

Discussion in 'Hogarthian Diving' started by Reelman1, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. Reelman1

    Reelman1 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Rocky Mountains
    Hello, everyone;
    I dive open water, and I'm interested in the "DIR" regulator configuration, with the octo on a necklace. My regulator is an Aqualung Titan LX, with the LX octopus, the point being that my 2nd stages are identical except for color. My question is this: if an out of air diver comes to me for air, he's going to either just go for my primary, or look for the yellow one...so...should I set up with the yellow 2nd as my primary and the black around my neck? My reasoning is that I don't want a panicked diver going for the yellow 2nd hanging around my neck ( it's on a yellow hose as well)... I hope this makes sense... thanks for your input, and safe diving!!
  2. Teller

    Teller Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Harker Heights, Texas, United States
    It doesnt matter where you put the yellow reg. The OOA diver takes your primary and it should be discussed during the pre dive brief.
  3. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Cave Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Florida
    It also doesn't matter how you set up your gear, and out of air panicked diver is going to go for the regulator in your mouth.
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  4. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Largo, FL USA
    I made that configuration switch fairly recently. Neither of mine are yellow. Also, be prepared to explain your configuration to new buddies every time you dive. At almost 55 dives, I've not yet dove with anyone else who uses this configuration.
  5. Dr. Lecter

    Dr. Lecter Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC/Honolulu
    I guess I should really rethink the only yellow reg on my body being attached to my O2/80% tank.

    Seriously though, if you insist on keeping the color kit on the octo, why not swap hoses and put the octo on the long hose? 99.99% of the time, I imagine a panicked diver will go for what's in your face blowing bubbles...but you never know if you'll get that one person whose mind seized up on the whole 'go to the yellow octo' piece of their training.

    Also consider spending the small amount of money required to get a black 22"-24" necklaced LP hose. It'll fit better and you can stop thinking about whether someone might somehow possibly be slightly confused by the hose color, maybe.
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  6. eponym

    eponym Master Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Oregon, USA
    Interesting question!

    I also have identical second stages on one of my setups. I hang the yellow-faced one on the necklace. The hoses are all black.

    In hundreds of dives with that rig I've only ever had one comment on it, from a diver gearing up on the same boat.
    After seeing me put the necklace on, he said "Boy, nobody's getting that octo from you, are they!"

    So pre-dive gear review is a really good idea if you're diving with a buddy.

  7. nimoh

    nimoh Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Rochester, MN
    I find myself in strange territory agreeing with Dr. Lecter :)

    shouldn't matter where the yellow regulator is, but assuming that the yellow regulator is more visible than the black regulator, it makes sense to have the more visible one be the one the OOA diver will get.
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  8. phoenix31tt

    phoenix31tt DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Trinidad and Tobago
    I myself don't have anything color coded (my long hose is actually blue). However I do tell whoever I'm diving with that i'm donating my primary, additionally because of my horizontal orientation and my necklace not hanging much, the first reg the OOA diver is going to see anyways is the one in my mouth so i dont worry about it to much
  9. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    I went yellow for long hose (seconds are identical) on one rig. Always discuss that the one in my mouth is the one you get (or the one on the pony.....)
  10. PsyWulf

    PsyWulf Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: South Africa
    Yellow is the default to spot it easier, but frankly of your config differs just let your boat know, your kit your choice

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