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Originally Posted by johnkendall
Originally Posted by Steve Clark
Identification of bottom gas bailout stage...
How does a "normal" CCR diver carrying, say, three bailout stages identify their bottom gas bailout stage? One assumes this needs to be instantly available so would be different from the two deco gas stages.
Depends TBH, on where you have your deep bailout, whether, BM, SM or conventional stage, using a BOV or not etc.
Mine is always left side, permanently plumbed to BOV with a necklaced 2nd stage. Stage is standard DIR rigging so slack allows me to see neck markings.
Last edited by JonG; 04-12-2018 at 08:02 AM.
Most CCR divers will have their deep bailout on the left and some may plumb it into their BOV.
Originally Posted by Wibs
Deco gas will either be left, and below the bailout, or right.
In my case it will be right and the only third bottle I might carry is a supllementary 3 of oxygen.
Yeah, the vast majority of people in my experience carry LL-RR. So the deep bailout is always left.
There's a lengthy thread about carrying a third bailout. When you do the plans, you're looking at a fairly big dive before you need it and, even then, there might be other options.
Assuming you're not diving in a mixed GUE team. You've moved away from the OC long hose and setup. So the major benefits in kit and procedure standardisation that call for all stages left aren't there anymore.
Gas switching is a nice calm thought out procedure. A bailout might not be. There's nothing else to confuse it with on the left. Also plumbed into my BOV.
The GUE config obviously has another bailout strategy. Well thought out I'm sure, but not appropriate in isolation without all the other procedures.
Bottom bailout is always in two sidemounted steels for me, one either side, both necklaced around the neck in the same place I have them for sidemount OC.
Deco bailout is always left or on a leash, with regs still on the cylinder. Same if more than 2x20L steels of bottom bailout are needed.
Anything necklaced is always breathable (apart from shallow), anything that isn't necklaced needs a proper gas switch.