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What do you do with your regulator when you're snorkeling?

Discussion in 'New Divers & Those Considering Diving' started by ssssnake529, May 7, 2021.

  1. ssssnake529

    ssssnake529 Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: 22091
    That looks like a good solution. What is it called? (trying to find one on Amazon)


    Found it.
  2. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    Scuba diving double hose holder for $5.99 in Amazon.
  3. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: canada
    sounds like we received similar ow training haha NASDS ??
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  4. CuzzA

    CuzzA Percoidea Wetwork for Hire ScubaBoard Supporter

    No offense to Dan, but those clips are not good. They are very difficult to operate with one hand which is important. The recess for the gate will catch on a D ring. You want quick and easy access to a clipped off reg.

    The simplest solution I have found are these hose retainers. For a buck a piece and add a nice small 316 stainless steel bolt snap you can't go wrong. It will break away if need be, yet it's very secure, with the ease of one handed use that comes with a bolt snap.

    Hose Clip Retainer

    As for the snorkel. If you're not doing tough shore dives, just buy a folding roll up snorkel and stick it in a pocket in case you get lost at sea. Outside of shore diving no one keeps a dangling snorkel on their head while diving.
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  5. CanadaDan

    CanadaDan DMC ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Winnipeg, MB Canada
    Apparently I have to expand on my earlier (now gone) comment...

    I use a bungee or silicon necklace to hold a dropped second stage regulator just under my chin. Primarily so it's easily findable after wobbly walking down the shore or across the boat... doesn't swing behind me etc. The bungee is minimal and holds tighter, you can also make one yourself.

    Scuba_Octopus_Necklace_OH-100_4.jpg halcyon-necklace-for-backup-regulator.jpg
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  6. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    My primary is bungeed around the back of my head. I started doing this years ago when I started diving solo, the idea being if I ever did go unconscious for any reason it may be held in my mouth enough for me to breathe until (?) I became conscious. Maybe good also if I got OxTox convulsions, though if that deep (below 30') I'd probably be with a buddy. The idea being a poor man's full face mask.
    I would think the bungee idea is good when with a buddy also in case of separation or the time it takes for the buddy to realize you are unconscious. I haven't heard of any others anywhere doing this.

    When I am surface swimming using snorkel (or nothing) the bungee will hold the mouthpiece right at my lips so no dangling.
  7. CuzzA

    CuzzA Percoidea Wetwork for Hire ScubaBoard Supporter

    That will work except most divers here on Scuba Board will ultimately end up converting to primary donate and necklacing their octo for themselves. If you're not a primary donater then necklacing certainly would be the most logical way to setup your rig.
  8. Altamira

    Altamira ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: TX
    When snorkeling, my primary is clipped off to right shoulder D ring, and secondary is bungeed around my neck.
  9. Jay Adams

    Jay Adams Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Charlestown, New Hampshire
    I use a snorkel on almost every dive, if I am just snorkeling I hook my primary to a d ring on my bcd. and yes I also use my snorkel on a boat dive, it helps me to prepare and get an eye on what we're diving on, water clarity is an issue in the northeast. and why do I want to use my gas when air is free at the surface
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  10. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    It takes practice. I just hold my primary hose with my right palm, pinky & ring fingers, reach down to my right waist pocket D-ring, sandwich the hose clip between my index & middle fingers, press the primary hose down into the clip hose with my thumb. You’ll feel it when the hose snapping into the clip hose. All is done without looking down to the clip. Just reach down and do it.

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