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Sidemount as a first own setup?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Walde, Mar 28, 2020.

  1. racanichou

    racanichou Manta Ray

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    I'm just quoting this as it should be read multiple times.
     
  2. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    There's a lot of naysayers here on SB. I'd like to see a video of a sidemount diver jumping off a boat/getting back in with deco bottles and a DPV to quiet them down once and for all. The only issue I can see is how narrow the exit/entrance point may be.
     
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  3. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

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    In this situation, I would just pass my DPV and cylinders up then climb the ladder clean of gear. Of course that depends on the surface conditions but make your life as easy as possible when you can.
     
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  4. UTscuba

    UTscuba ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    exactly, you can start stripping everything down and stowing hoses on your safety stop and leave the bottle you're breathing from in place. Then when you get back to the boat/panga it's just a single clip and unhook the bungee and pass the bottle(s) up.

    I've done it in heavy seas into a crowded panga and it was MUCH easier than trying to climb a moving ladder with a tank on my back, or trying to wriggle out of a backmounted bc in the water to pass the whole rig up. Plus you still have buoyancy from your BC if things go badly and you slip back in the water.
     
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  5. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

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    This is exactly how I do it AND teach my students to do it. You don't have anything else to do on the safety stop anyway so might as well switch to the bungee reg, stow longhouse, hard clip to d-ring and take off the bungee. Then hard clip the right cylinder (bungeed backup) and take off the bungee from the cylinder, undo the inflator hose and pass bungee on necklace over your head. All clean and ready to quickly unclip and pass up the cylinders.
     
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  6. mac64

    mac64 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Nothing looks worse than a diver walking around an unstable boat weighed down with gear, learn to dress in the water, put heavy twinsets in the water with the wing pumped enough to float them, simply sit up on them and they practically fall on to you. Side mount lends itself to dressing in the water where there’s no weight on the diver and he doesn’t need assistance from someone else.
     
  7. UTscuba

    UTscuba ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    that said, it could be an expensive mistake if the person you're passing your steel LP125 to loses their grip :wink:
     
  8. mac64

    mac64 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Use a lanyard and take your gear into the boat yourself maybe it’s because I dive solo so much but I trust no one.
     
  9. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

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    I dive AL80s so no, it is not a problem for me. Plus the people I hand my cylinders off to are well skilled and I do not let go until they confirm they have control of the cylinders.
     
  10. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

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    we had 2 ow students 2 years ago using SM (they had back problems ) they did great we even made the left side reg ...(hog)...a left side feed I also (as far as I know im only one of the few here in Ontario ) did an advanced nitrox/ deco course that year in SM, just talked to them last night they are still loving it (the OW students )
     

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