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At some time in your diving career, your
regulator is going to get pulled from your mouth
and you'll have to know how to retrieve it.
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Something might get caught on a regulator hose
or you might run into something, it will happen.
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The important thing is not to panic. Just
remember to keep blowing a steady stream of
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while you recover your regulator and never hold
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If for some reason your regulator falls out of your
mouth and you need to recover it, there are
several ways to do this.
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In this video you will see the following methods:
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The Right Hand Sweep,
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the Tank Tilt,
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and the Invert Method.
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Here, the diver has taken the regulator out of
their mouth and thrown it over their right
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Notice that the diver's always blowing a steady
stream of bubbles.
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To recover the regulator using the Right Hand
Sweep Method, the diver leans to the right.
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Notice how the hose falls away from the diver's
body making room for the right arm
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and then does a big sweep ending up with their
hand pointing straight up.
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95% of the time that hose is going to be on your
right shoulder when you go to find it with your left
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That was the Right Hand Sweep Method.
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Here again, diver takes the regulator out
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but this time puts it back behind their head.
Notice the steady stream of bubbles.
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Anytime a regulator is out of your mouth you
must blow a steady stream of bubbles. You
cannot hold your breath.
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For the Tank Tilt Method, you reach back with
your left hand
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grab the bottom of the scuba cylinder or the
bottom of your BC jacket
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and with your right hand, reach over your
shoulder and find the first stage.
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Once you find the first stage, the hose in the front
of the first stage on the right side
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is the hose you're after. That we'll get you to your
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Diver takes the regulator out,
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puts it back behind their head,
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but here they're not able to find it. You look and
look: you can't find it. We have other options.
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Just think about it.
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Up front we have our alternate air source or our
Atomic that we can breathe from.
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Until you find your primary regulator, whichever
method you use,
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go ahead and breathe from your Atomic. You get
smart points for this.
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Notice that any time a regulator is out of the
diver's mouth they blow a steady stream of
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you may be ascending while you are doing this
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If that method doesn't work, there's another
method. It's called the Invert Method.
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So here the diver was'nt able to find it.
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so we invert. There is a little swirl to help that
hose go around your snorkel.
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That will free your regulator from back behind
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