Mine was always pulled down by the end of the dive

Outer Bamnks diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat

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Posted by Wayne on February 19, 2003 at 23:28:53:

In Reply to: Re: OOA's posted by seahunt on February 19, 2003 at 10:51:52:

I did not use the wire bail thingy, just had the regular old fashioned valve. I always had an SPG, so it was not a big deal, but I discovered that if I got anywhere near kelp, the valve somehow switched itself to the "down" position. If I relied on it to provide a reserve, I would have been screwed.

Besides, I think my SPG is my friend. I use it to plan and control my dive. I do not use time as often as I use pressure as a milestone (Swim out thataway into the mild current for 1500 PSI, then turn around and slowly come back). I prefer to use PSI to counting kicks for navagating anyday.

Somehow the idea of diving until the tank runs empty, then switching to reserve with 300 - 500 for your return to the ascent point and then the surface seems silly in this day and age.


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