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Why give primary instead of alternate regulator?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by ScubaRob0311, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. pauldw

    pauldw Solo Diver

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    That’s a good description of a dive buddy! Makes me think I should use one from time to time. Although good shore support covers a number of those things.
    Regarding the issue at hand, the idea raised earlier that for people in standard rec configuration, an OOA diver should grab the primary right out of someone’s mouth because it’s one known to work (whereas the easily accessible bright yellow octopus on the bright yellow hose might not work) leaves me to make the following observation: the octopus is there for a reason. Grab it. If instead you tear my reg out of my mouth, that makes it too likely that I’m going to panic and have an issue. And I don’t want to be testing my octopus any more than you do. So, if you insist on mugging me, realize that I have two hands. One is going to grab my octopus, and put it in my mouth. The other is going to grab my dive knife. Think carefully about what will happen next to you as the mugger if my first breath isn’t perfect. Either ask politely for my primary, or just grab the designated octopus without worrying about asking.
     
  2. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    My seven foot primary hose is yellow. My backup is right under my chin where I can actually get to it without using my hands. If someone grabbed the reg from my mouth I will have only been without air for a couple of seconds before I'm breathing again. There is no telling how long the OOA diver has gone without a breath. Take my primary, please.
     
  3. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Wait, what are you gong to do with the dive knife?
     
  4. FF / EMT

    FF / EMT Angel Fish

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    Not giving up my primary, that's dumb.
     
  5. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Why?
     
  6. FF / EMT

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    Why is it dumb or why am I not giving it up?
     
  7. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

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    IOW, you're threatening violence with a lethal weapon.

    Charming. I believe I understand why you're diving solo.
     
  8. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm assuming that your answer to both questions is the same, right?
     
  9. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Threatening, fantasizing.

    Potato, potahto
     
  10. aldertyler

    aldertyler Angel Fish

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    Those who threaten violence in return for minor, perceived slights have likely never been required to commit real violence, whether as occupation or in response to actual threat to life.
     

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