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Regulator configuration question

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

  1. Colliam7

    Colliam7 Tech Instructor Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Kents Store, VA
    As a general answer, yes. Quite a few divers use a 5' hose as their 'long' hose / primary hose, instead of a 7' hose. Now, a caveat - I am not a spearfisher so I cannot say from personal experience that a long hose is fully functional when 'fighting a fish', although i don't see a particular problem.
  2. Kronek

    Kronek Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Halifax NS
    I dive a 5ft long hose and at 6'3 there is almost no exposed hose when I route it under my arm and around my neck.
  3. Dan P

    Dan P Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: New Orleans, LA
    Thank you -- I'm going to give the 5' hose a try.
  4. ams511

    ams511 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Miami, Florida
    Dive Rite has a few YouTube videos discussing equipment configurations. For the recreational diving they recommend using a 90 degree adapter (yes, it adds a failure point) on the primary second stage and run an octo length hose under the arm to to first stage. If you ever seen a Sherwood Maximus, it uses the same hose routing. The secondary second stage is bungied around the neck like in Hog/DIR configuration.

    The purpose of the long hose is for divers to share air single-file rather than side-by-side. This is important for wreck and cave divers that pass through restrictions that only allow one diver to pass through at a time. If you are not diving in these type of restrictions then a long hose is not necessary.
  5. nimoh

    nimoh Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Rochester, MN
    That is actually the purpose of the 7 foot hose. However, a 5 foot hose is still much more comfortable on a side by side swim than a 40 inch hose.

    I haven't used a short hose configuration in years, but I do remember trying to swim with my buddy in OW class and constantly kicking each other.
  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    That is a benefit, but not diving in restrictions is not in and of itself the reason to exclude it from your implementation. I find, due to my size, I cannot properly stow a 5' hose, and actually a 7' will barely rout properly. In contrast, a 5' achieves the goals of "non-overhead" for my wife quite well. Stowing/deployment/use is important in determining the equipment to be implemented...

    to say it is only for caves or wreck penetrations is not accurate. Your statement sounds like my LDS teaching open water....

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