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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. ChuckP

    ChuckP Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cozumel
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    This isn’t the place to ask the question but this shows how fidgety side mount can be.

    We are in lockdown sort of so I’ve been in the pool with a mirror looking at cleaning up my side mount configuration - the clip on the top of the bottle, are you unclipping it when you attach bungee?

    You learn a ton by looking at things you could never see before....
     
  2. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

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    im going to be using a go pro this year for teaching so the students can see their issues and correct the problems ...one of the best ideas years ago in skydiving was the wing camera to help students on exist and flying
     
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  3. mac64

    mac64 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Ireland
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    Hi Chuck, I’m new to side mount what do you use the clip on the top of the bottle for? I just bungee in the neck to the harness. Is it just for carrying the bottles to the water
    Thanks
     
  4. ChuckP

    ChuckP Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cozumel
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    Yes - we clip off the top of the bottle for getting in and out of the water, we don't actually attach bungee until under the water.
     
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  5. MichaelMc

    MichaelMc Dry too long. ScubaBoard Supporter

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    For entry/exit in surf I clip and bungee. The bungee keeps tanks back and behaved. (Just small 40/50 tanks here.)
     
  6. UTscuba

    UTscuba ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Sidemunted
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    I only use the bottom clip, and bungee the top. But I dive with AL80s and the bungee is stiff enough it takes the weight ok, if I was using steels I'd probably go back to using both clips.

    But when I used to clip the top, I clipped and then bungeed in that order but the lanyard on the top clip was fairly loose. And when stripping down on a safety stop I removed the bungee and let the tank float on either both clips, or just one if I figured it was going to be a rush getting in the boat.
     
  7. UTscuba

    UTscuba ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Sidemunted
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    it's one of those preference things. Everything I read when I first started said to use the top clip, then in my course I was taught to just use the bungee.
     
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  8. racanichou

    racanichou Manta Ray

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    Top clip for entry and exit. After that you switch to bungee and do your bubble check.
     
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  9. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

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    Location: Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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    This is how I do it. Once I am in the water and begin my descent, I unclip the hard points and stow the double-enders on the rear attachment points. I do this so the darn things are not banging against the cylinders the entire dive and annoying me and the divers around me.
     
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  10. mac64

    mac64 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Ireland
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    Thank you, I was about to ask what do you do with the boltsnap after disconnecting it.
    So a grommet around the tank neck with a double-ender which you take off when not in use?
     

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