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Regulator free flow at 100 feet.

Discussion in 'Near Misses and Lessons Learned' started by Mikeguyver, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. theskull

    theskull Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: St. Louis, MO
    One site-specific recommendation. From where you experienced your problem, if you wanted a visual or tactical reference for your safety stop you could have made a short swim directly East to the rock wall and made your safety stop there rather than trying to find a platform descent line. Knowing your compass orientation at the dive site can often be very helpful.

  2. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    For those who are interested.


    There is no problem that can't be solved with a liberal application of sex, tequila, money, duct tape, or high explosives, not necessarily in that order.
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  3. hsinhai

    hsinhai ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan
    Would a first stage freeflow be similar in duration to a failed LP hose? or does the second stage add some restriction? increasing the time?

    As I understand it, in the list above #4 is the second stage freeflow (pressing the purge button)
  4. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    The second stage is restricted where the regulation takes place, as compared to an open LP hose. My second stage would give me more time before the tank empties, as it cannot provide as much flow as a high performance reg.

    In any event, when it hits the fan, you need a buddy, pony, or an expeditious retreat to the surface.

    I may be old, but I'm not dead yet.
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  5. Soggy_Diver

    Soggy_Diver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW Ontario
    I think that this scenario suggests that for anyone living anywhere but the tropics, it is worth paying the extra for cold water regs. (OP is from Illinois)

    Cold water regs work fine in warm water.

    Warm water regs don't work fine in cold water.

    Even if most of your diving is in warm water, cold water regs keep the door open for diving close to home, diving deep, diving outside of summer, diving at a cooler novelty site like Bonne Terre, etcetera.

    I bought Sherwood Blizzards right after OW certification and have been happy with the choice. Good in Australia, good in Tobermory.
  6. Landlocked123

    Landlocked123 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Reisterstown, MD
    I only have 48 dives logged so take it for what it's worth. Dive a Pony bottle. Bottomline ! this would have resolved the problem. I dive on every time. Every dive. I do not understnad why everyone does not. Its expesive, it's more stuff to carry around, i have heard all the reasons and excuses and still they make no sense. I dive one and I a know that I can make it to the top in case of a malfunciton. Still practice safe buddy diving but i just dont understnad people's reluctance to embrace the pony bottle concept

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