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mo - 10/21/2008 7:45 AM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 2

Just retuned from two weeks in Cyprus, managed to fit in a few dives and completed the rescue diver cert, hard work but very enjoyable at the same time. One thing that came to light was a problem (unless anyone has a solution) with the type of BCD that I use, I have a Mares BCD fitted with airtrim, my instructor found it impossible to inflate my BC when he demonstrated how to deal with a panicked diver on the surface it is impossible to reach the inflator without the rescuing diver putting themselves at risk, with more BCD manufactures introducing these type of inflator/deflator system, should it be up to the training agencies such as PADI, BSAC, to find a solution or the manufactures? One way would be for a secondary inflator button to be situated on the left shoulder of this type on BC Mo
seawolfdiving - 10/21/2008 7:02 PM
Congrats on your Rescue Diver cert... I’ve seen this airtrim setup in the past but I’ve never had experience diving with it.

In the dive industry, it is not unusual to see the occasional innovation. Something that alters the "standard equipment configuration" (if there is really such a thing.

In my opinion, here is what you might do. First of all, every time that you dive, you and your buddy should be doing a pre-dive. In this pre-dive, you should be making note of their equipment configuration (including such things as weight release mechanisms, BCD inflation systems, accessories, etc...)

If there is something about your buddie’s rig, you should work out how you are going to handle an emergency, before the dive...

Another thing you might do is to get in to the pool and go through every emergency situation that you can think of and practice how you can best handle the situation.

Then, while in the pool, let another diver use the same configuration (in your case Mares Airtrim) and practice how best to deal with helping another diver who is using that same configuration.

It appears that you have learned one of the most important lessons that up-and-coming rescue divers, dive masters, and dive professionals all must learn, during your experience. That is, not everybody uses the same equipment, so you need to be aware of the different variations and become familiar and comfortable with the techniques that work best in the different situations.

This is not an easy task, but the time you spend working on it is well worth while.

Again, congrats....!

Safe Diving

Ron sends