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Regulator recovery

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by Zef, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    Precisely. The sweep was developed for a diver kneeling on the bottom. I works perfectly in that situation but flat out fails in the "Scuba Position" with a short or long hose. The Scuba Position, as coined by @mselenaous, is a horizontal, flat attitude off the bottom and below the surface.

    With a long hose, you simply find where it lies on your neck. No sweep needed.
    With a short hose, you tilt your head down a tad and the hose appears on your right. If it's stuck behind your back, a simple barrel CW barrel roll should reveal it, but you should put your bungeed octo in first.
     
  2. Storker

    Storker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    IME I wouldn't say it "flat out fails". At least not without reservation.

    When I was a n00b, I managed to kick the reg out of my buddy's mouth - who also was a n00b, BTW - when I turned port and duck dived to the bottom to pick up a scallop. Yes, we're sticklers for close buddy proximity; we don't usually have 10-20m vis. Before I'd turned back, my buddy had performed two sweeps, the first failing, the second succeeding, and recovered their reg. During the debriefing I asked why they hadn't just gone to the octo when the first sweep failed? Well, that was the plan if the second sweep failed.
     
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  3. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    Gud enuf.

    The point is to pull a HHGTTG moment and "Don't Panic". It's done through getting the student comfortable enough so that they can think and remember their training.
     
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  4. Dan_P

    Dan_P DIR Practitioner

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    I do these very routinely. Horizontally, neutrally bouyant and with a longhose.
    Students breeze through it, too.

    It's easy.

    So long as you don't blow bubbles while you're trying to be neutral :wink:
    Actually, how do "they" manage to hold neutral bouyancy while blowing bubbles?
     
  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    Tiny bubbles...
     
  6. Dan_P

    Dan_P DIR Practitioner

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    Hehe, yeah right :wink:
     
  7. Storker

    Storker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Damn, how long time do you need to find that reg?
     
  8. Dan_P

    Dan_P DIR Practitioner

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    A second. A minute.
    Doesn't matter - I'm neutral and in control of my buouyancy throughout.
    That's the whole point.
     
  9. Storker

    Storker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    So am I. And I'm quite capable of keeping my buoyancy within limits even if I'm blowing a tiny stream of bubbles during my reg recovery demonstration.

    If you get buoyancy issues during that exercise, it's my very much not humble opinion that you either use a very long time to locate your reg, or that you blow too many bubbles. Thus my somewhat flippant question.
     
  10. AJ

    AJ Solo Diver

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    The question is: why blow bubbles when you're neutral? What's the point?
     

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