Not sure. Mine is the old style with the cord that reaches all the way around. Looks like the new ones have independent releases.
Easier said than done. Deck crew, unless you have been diving with them all week and you have "trained them," (and even not then if the swells are big and they are in a hurry) will usually grab whatever is closest and easiest. That never bodes well for DH divers. I have gone so far as to attach a thick rope handle (with bright yellow duct tape) across the top of my back plate so it is the first thing a deckhand can get their hands on. I have seen many a DH reg (hose, can, whatever) meet an untimely injury, damage, demise at the hands of well-meaning helpers. Good luck! Mark2. Remove the main tank/wing/harness gear and hand that up to the deck crew by the shoulder strap so they won't grab onto the "Can".
You're welcome Lloyd, and you can feel free to pass that on as if you thought of it. And thanks for the comment, Bryan... but it wasn't my original idea anyway. I think I picked it up in 1968 at a SCIP diving instructor course, and it seemed so sensible that I have continued to use that technique to this day.LloydS wrote: ↑Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:17 pm11/18/19
Yes, thanks Antique Diver for the ! I don't think I'll ever forget that advice. Such a simple thing and yet it never occurred to me.
(By the way, I'm gonna steal that and offer that advice to others........as if I was the really intelligent one)
I don't mind the copying but it's been a few years since I did that and don't have anything rigged that way currently (and didn't think to take a picture of it). I just attached a brass clip to each end of a 5/8" line and attached each end to the shoulder strap slots on my VDH back plate. Wish I could be more help. MHey Mark, I'm trying to picture your "thick rope handle (with bright yellow duct tape) across the top of my back plate." Is there any way you could post a picture or send me a picture at [email protected]? If that's been successful for you, I'll be copying your idea, if you don't mind.
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