How to Attach a Cylinder to your BCD
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[Attaching a cylinder to your BCD]
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Anybody remember what I mentioned you need to do with the BC before putting it on the cylinder?
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-Soak it! -Wet it! -Get this cam band wet.
Alright? Let's go ahead and do that!
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When putting the BC on the cylinder...
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...two things you need to think about with regard to the orientation the BC has on the tank...
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As far as it's left to right orientation...
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...you want to line it up so the valve where air comes out of it...
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...as if it would hit the back of your head blow drying your hair.
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So that's the left to right orientation. As far as height...
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...your BC should have somewhat of a rigid back plate.
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That rigid back plate, just for starters, should line up with the base of the valve. OK?
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There is also a handle on your BC that is going to go over the valve...
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...and that will be somewhat taut as well...
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That will give you a rough estimate for your height.
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As you do some dives if you find out the tank is too high or too low you can make some subtle adjustments.
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Alright. So there is your orientation, left to right and height.
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To put the BC on the tank...watch out for the cap so it does not get in the way of the cam...
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...you want to slide it down the cylinder, put the handle over the valve.
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Give yourself a little more slack if you need it, and down it goes.
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So the valve is coming out, it would hit the back of my head, the height is such that this handle is a little taut.
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The rigid back plate is in line with the bottom of the valve. Give or take an inch or so. Alright?
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At that point you're going to want to pinch the tank with your knees and hold the cam strap taut through the buckle.
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And once you get to that point, lift up on the buckle and stop right there until everyone gets to that point.
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Ok. So pull as much tension as you can through the buckle and then lift up on the buckle and hold it right like this. Everybody there?
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Just about? When you lift up on this buckle that will lock down this strap and I can let go with this other hand...
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With this buckle engaged like that, the strap is not going to slide any.
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Very important at this point to take the strap, go through the last opening on the buckle.
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You don't want to just clamp down the buckle thinking you're done.
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You got to go through that last opening...and then at that point you can slap the buckle down.
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If you missed that last opening...that buckle, if it gets caught on something during the dive...
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It can snag and unlock, and now your tank slides out.
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