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spare air? i use one and i get laughed at

Discussion in 'Tanks, Valves and Bands' started by yogavnture, May 21, 2019.

  1. yogavnture

    yogavnture Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    ive used spare air for years.. i have to admit i sometimes come up with less than recommended air in tank so i like to have it when im doing my deco. and just in case i cut it too tight. i have a back up............i have the 1.7 size which as 5 meters i think gives me about 11 breathes. why do other divers laugh at me when i bring this unit along??????? is the chance of a dive reg or tank malfunction so tiny that a spare air is just not needed? if so its needed for me cause i sometimes come up with minimal air in tank left and i only do it in the shallows............so if i did run out i got 11 breaths to get the remaining 5 meters to the surface. and finally the 1.7 versus the 3.0. i have both and i suppose i can use the regs for each other interchangable? i think so. finally i see you have to get the units sent in every 5 years to get the tank inspected. if i take care of mine is that really necessary? what do you think about regulator on my unit. i have not had it inspected in ten years. dont rubber parts in them go bad? maybe i will go for an emergency breath and nothing comes out? oh well on my tombstone i put . I saved a buck!
  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    I'd laugh, too!

    Are you a fan of e.e. cummings?
    agilis, shoredivr, KWS and 3 others like this.
  3. Steve_C

    Steve_C Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh, NC USA
    I had a spare air for a couple years and then decided it was a bit of pain, and really does not give me what I would want in a serious situation. Now for ocean dives I just sling an AL19. If things hit the fan I can leisurely take my time getting up from 80 ft or pass off to a buddy for the matter so that we can separate during the last part of an air share.

    I would not laugh at you. Would think about what the 11 breaths are at 90 ft.
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  4. noj3333

    noj3333 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Albany, New York
    Would I laugh at you, no. Do I carry one, or believe they're worth the expense or hassle (albeit small), no.
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  5. agilis

    agilis Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: N.J.
    I like the e.e. cummings remark. Let them laugh. There is nothing wrong with carrying a Spare Air. It might be better than nothing in shallower water in the unlikely event of an equipment failure. Scrupulous monitoring of your gas supply is really the only way to go. There is no good excuse for running out of air. Cutting it too tight is for fools. Depending on a spare air to see you through a low air situation is madness. Always leave a healthy margin of extra gas. Always.
  6. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: NYS
    This has been debated ad naseam in previous posts. I don't get your point: don't service the equipment and don't take care of it?? Please elaborate.
  7. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Virginia
    10 years without getting serviced...at some point, you're just lugging around an expensive paper weight.

    Spare Air - Info - Questions & Answers

    How do shops that refill these verify that they've been serviced?
  8. caruso

    caruso Banned

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Long Island, NY
    Spare Air units are sold with an included refill adapter that the diver uses to fill the cylinder from a regular sized tank. No dive shop is needed.
    dead dog and Barnaby'sDad like this.
  9. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    I prefer a 19 cu ft pony, but whatever floats your boat. Had a buddy who used one. Lost it on a dive. I found it about two years later wedged in the rocks. A little battered but still functional. Got it back to him.
  10. aviator8

    aviator8 Professional Photographer

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Georgia
    Wait wait....... ok got my popcorn. Go.
    A.S.H., ibj40 and Bierstadt like this.

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