BCD Removal and Replacement on the Bottom
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There are a couple of reasons you want to be
able to do this:
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first of all it is one of the required skills that you
need to do during your check out dive.
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But also, what is built into this skill is the muscle
memory where you learn where everything is
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and how the buckles and clips on your BC work
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and also when you get into week two of the
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some of that muscle memory is relied upon for
the rescue portion
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because during rescue you have to undo
buckles and clips and loosen shoulder straps
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and remove the BCD from the diver as you do a
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So that's the reason we do it like this.
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BCD: remove and replace. The first thing you
want to do is let all the air out of your BC.
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You want it as negatively buoyant as possible.
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You're going to loosen up the shoulder straps;
you have a buckle over each shoulder.
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You want the shoulder straps open as far as
possible, that makes this skill much easier.
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Next thing you are going to do is take your
gauge console - notice how it runs under your
left shoulder strap and under your left arm -
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you are going to back that out and put it in your
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At your waist, on the front, there's a plastic
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Undo that. underneath that is a Velcro
cummerbund, undo that as well.
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Remember that the regulator comes over your
right shoulder, so we want to take this off like a
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taking your left arm out first, that way you can
keep the regulator in your mouth during the
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Then, with your right hand reach back behind
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either grab the bottom of the scuba cylinder or
the bottom of your scuba jacket
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and take it off like we just did here.
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check to make sure there is nothing wrapped
around your first stage; that you cam band is
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and then to put it back on, put your right arm in
first. Remember the regulator hose comes
over your right shoulder.
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With your right hand push the scuba unit up
against your back
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and hook down with your left hand trying to find
that large shoulder strap hole.
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Then, find the cummerbund up front
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do the Velcro cummerbund and then the buckle
that is in front of that.
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And remember that we put our gauge console
in our BC pocket, that way it can't get tangled
up front when we put our scuba unit back on.
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Reach back and find your gauge console.
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Run it underneath your left arm in between the
BC shoulder strap and your body
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and then tuck it on the opposite side
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and then you can tighten down both of the
shoulder straps on your BC.
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That was scuba unit: remove and replace.
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