Re: Getting a second chance......

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Posted by kelphead on March 16, 2001 at 10:41:19:

In Reply to: Re: Getting a second chance...... posted by msblucow on March 15, 2001 at 21:51:18:

"(If you don't know what this is, I suggest you refer to the archives since I think this has been explained by
others a lot better than I could)"

hehehe, cute.

= : D

yeah, i am familiar w/the rule of 1/3's; typically
it applies to those doing wreck penetrations or
caves, but it has been applied to open ocean as well.

for your information, 'dir' advocates against
using a pony bottle as a source for redundant
air (or at least they did a year ago).

so, that's why i asked you why 'dir' would not
'allow' the use of one--especially when they
strap an extra argon tank for their drysuits.

in my case, i would not use an argon pony bottle
for my drysuit, but i would use a redundant
air source for myself or others, so there is no
net gain or loss there in carrying equipment.

there's nothing especially taxing about carrying a
pony bottle--especially when others who want extra
air take DOUBLE TANKS w/them instead of one single tank.

as far as maintenance, i already own one steel tank
and am in the market for another. a small
sized pony is no big thing on top of that--kinda
like doing maintenance on two regs instead of one.

as for attaching a pony to one's back, one can
sling it just like the tekers/cavers sling bottles
under their arm, no biggie there again--and my
pony is smaller than theirs.

as for lulling myself into a false sense of
security, that's been my point when it comes
to relying on another diver. also, since i have
to put more thought and effort into a pony instead
of relying on someone else, i'm NOT going to
be lulled into anything--it can only make me
more alert.

see? you and i can deal w/the same issue in
a different way: neither is bad or wrong or
inconvenient than the's just different...
now do you get it...?...

"...a pony bottle for the average recreational dive becomes redundant."

that's why it's called a 'redundant air source'--it's
supposed to be redundant.

= ; )


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