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    The Last Diving Taboo

    ...solo technical diving on a ccr. I'm not the only one, many others out there I'm aware about. Not a surprising mindset given how self-sufficient the breather makes individual users. Putting the rights and wrongs of it to one side, what do those that solo dive do to increase redundancy and mitigate risks. I have several things up my sleeve to which I'm adding a separate small O2 cylinder for boom scenarios and so on. What do others do to enhance their units should the poo hit the fan?
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    1L O2 bottle with hose run down the lung so can be plugged into the O2 manual add.
    BOV plumbed into off board deep bail out.
    Mixed gas bypass plumbed into off board deep bail out to add dil or for semi closed
    Shearwater on secondary
    HUD on primary
    Hose on 50% to plug into O2 manual add for semi closed
    2 75m reels with CO2 blobs - if I have a problem on the bottom away from the shot I want a blob up as soon as possible and a line to the surface is a huge reassurance when it's all going wrong.
    Yellow blob
    Several cutters
    Spare mask

    That's about it!

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    are you really solo diving?
    there ain't that many times you step off a technical boat when you're in the water alone
    mebbies if you're first in or last out

    my personal preference is to solo dive with a Buddy or Team




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    Purine hurts my feet Major Clanger's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timw View Post
    2 75m reels with CO2 blobs - if I have a problem on the bottom away from the shot I want a blob up as soon as possible and a line to the surface is a huge
    Following suit on this. Used to use a reel and carry a spool for backup but have come around to thinking a spare reel is better than a spool.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoggyBottoms View Post
    are you really solo diving?
    Yep, on just about every South and East Coast dive last year. Day boats, same ocean/same wreck dives, not technical charters, with depth and deco obligations making them technical dives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Clanger View Post
    Yep, on just about every South and East Coast dive last year. Day boats, same ocean/same wreck dives, not technical charters, with depth and deco obligations making them technical dives.
    Same for me. My dives also tend to be same wreck as I'm generally taking pictures and my "buddy" is poking around somewhere.
    I plan on being solo so it is a bonus when we surface together.

    The other essential bit of kit is the MP3 player

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Clanger View Post
    Following suit on this. Used to use a reel and carry a spool for backup but have come around to thinking a spare reel is better than a spool.
    always two full reels for me, christmas tree looking but there if I ever needed them

    each reel was pre-fixed with dsmb ready to fire
    It is far better to be trusted and respected that it is to be liked."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Clanger View Post
    ...solo technical diving on a ccr. I'm not the only one, many others out there I'm aware about. Not a surprising mindset given how self-sufficient the breather makes individual users. Putting the rights and wrongs of it to one side, what do those that solo dive do to increase redundancy and mitigate risks. I have several things up my sleeve to which I'm adding a separate small O2 cylinder for boom scenarios and so on. What do others do to enhance their units should the poo hit the fan?
    the steel 1L suit inflation tins are good for this
    It is far better to be trusted and respected that it is to be liked."

    "You're a bit like Doc Martin, only less funny" anonymous

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    As well as having redundancy, I think the critical thing is being able to use it without adding stress if you have a problem - hence the two full (identical) reels and CO2 blobs.
    Being set up for semi closed is also extremely useful and reassuring as a gas extender if you've bailed.
    Last edited by Timw; 11-02-2013 at 09:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timw View Post
    As well as having redundancy, I think the critical thing is being able to use it without adding stress if you have a problem .
    On that note, I'm still thinking through whether to have the spare o2 already plumbed to the O2 MAV or only fit it should there be a problem. Probably go for the latter but see pros and cons.
    GaryL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Clanger View Post
    what do those that solo dive do to increase redundancy and mitigate risks.
    to achieve both the above I solo dive with another diver... I find this the easiest way to mitigate risk and increase redundancy.

    What are you plans for self rescue if you tox?


 
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