A Guide to Scuba Regulators

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If you are thinking of getting your own scuba gear, buying a regulator is a very crucial detail. Regulators, or regs for short, are literally the lifeline of scuba devotees. They plug into your air tank to let you breathe the air inside the tank. So when buying your own gear, it is necessary to select the appropriate scuba regulator and properly set it up according to your specifications. Go to this site here to learn more.

In most cases, there is no need to be overly concerned about the safety of the reg. Nearly all diving regulators for sale today, and certainly those produced by the major brands, can match the industry’s exacting safety and performance standards. Consequently, do not be persuaded to think that the higher the price tag of a reg is, the safer it is to use.

All regs are safe to use for just about all sorts of diving. When selecting your reg, you do not have to factor in the water temperature when diving in tropical waters. But if you want to dive in cooler water, maybe even cold water, you have to consider if the reg can withstand such temperature. If the regulator is submerged in cold water, it may start freeflowing. It doesn’t even have to be icy water. A water temperature that is 10?C (50?F) or lower is chilled enough to bring complications.

Use a reg that is built and tested to function in cold water if you do want to dive in cooler waters every so often. The good news is that there are more regulators constructed for cold water use in the market, and they are not as pricey as when they first came out.

When mounting a dive regulator, you will ordinarily have two mounting options, that is, the way you secure your regulator to your tank. The most common and prevalent one is the classic Yoke which mounts over and around the tank valve. Because it remains the most widely used mount by far, the Yoke is universal in application. During your scuba classes, it is in all likelihood the kind of mount you used. Visit this page for more information.

The other mounting option is the DIN which is an abbreviation for Deutsche Industri Norm. It differs from the Yoke because it is bolted directly into the valve itself. The DIN’s advantages over the Yoke is that it has a more compact mount to the tank, it is more streamlined, and it decreases the risks of entanglement. It is a continuing debate among Yoke and DIN users which mount is better but technical divers go for the DIN. More or less all tanks can accept both the Yoke and the DIN.