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Removing my 6' long hose for open rec diving- ideal length for open water?

Discussion in 'Hogarthian Diving' started by zimm17, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. eelnoraa

    eelnoraa DIR Practitioner

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    Not mean to be picky, but I will give my input. I think the 26" is can be shorter by quite a bit. It seems to bow out a lot. Inflator hose is a bit too long too. Need to ditch that snorkel because it will interfere with long hose donation.

    As for rec dive, I would say don't bother with shorter hose, just use what you use now 6ft or whatever. When you tug that hose in waist strap, that extra length doesn't matter.
     
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  2. zimm17

    zimm17 Angel Fish

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    I ordered new hoses. Some of my lengths were odd because I already had the hoses on hand. I bumped my SPG hose up from 24 to 26 as it's a bit of a stretch to see it. Back up is going from 30" to 24". I'm going to swap the 6' back to a 5' since I'm not using my canister light. Inflater hose is going from the halcyon 22" to a 18".

    Some of my hoses are over 10 years old, so I figure new rubber won't hurt.
     
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  3. zimm17

    zimm17 Angel Fish

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    What the heck is that? I think it's maybe the light cable off the canister? It's really long, maybe it was floating up behind me.
     
  4. Sh0rtBus

    Sh0rtBus BUBBLLLLLLES! My Bubbles ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This. I dive an Oceanreef FFM and run a 40" MiFlex hose and swivel so I can route the hose under my right arm. Works like a charm and keeps everything nice and tidy and out of the way. Recently switch to a regular mask and 2nd sage underwater during my rescue course and it was comfortable that way, too. I would definiteey recommend it for typical rec diving.
     
  5. zimm17

    zimm17 Angel Fish

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    Hoses are so cheap, I also ordered a 40" and a 70 degree angle thingy. I don't trust swivels with o-rings and a screw, too many extra failure points for me.
     
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  6. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

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    I use two 40’s, the primary on a 120 swivel and the secondary on a necklace. Both are routed under my right arm. I’ve tried every combo in the past and found this to be about the best for me. I don’t like any hoses over my shoulders because they always seem to slide down or stick out and I hate that. The inflator obviously goes over the shoulder but it’s short and stays put with a bungee loop on my shoulder strap.
     
  7. Michael Guerrero

    Michael Guerrero Solo Diver

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    I use a 24" hose for backup, I find the 22" pulls, but I'm 6'3". For the long hose on single tank rec dives, I use a 7', but just tuck it into my belt, more on the side than in the front so it stays put, if I don't have a can on me.
     
  8. Michael Guerrero

    Michael Guerrero Solo Diver

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    You may change your mind in the 42 degree water that I've dived.
     
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  9. aquacat8

    aquacat8 Solo Diver

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    Brrrrrrr
     
  10. mainedvr

    mainedvr Instructor, Scuba

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    I always use my 6ft unless teaching OW then I dive a smiliar rig to students for demo purposes. I just tuck into my belt. I am tall and seems like a 5ft hose would have no where to go so would be a dangly. Maybe just go with the standard 40" primary if you are set on not using the long hose on rec dives.
     

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