View Full Version : Giant Stride with slung Pony?

04-08-2008, 15:07
Ok, so now I have replaced my 3cf spare air with my 30cf pony, how do I get in the water?:smiley36:

Do you use the giant stride with it slung or do you have the DM hand it to you from the boat and sling it in the water?

04-08-2008, 15:34
You should be able to GS in while it's slung.

04-08-2008, 16:25
GS is just fine as Comp said.....I might add to be sure you protect your face from the top/valve of the bottle from making contact with your chin/face....simply snug your elbow on the bottle and GO! Check with your charter crew to see if they want you to leave it slung or doff and hand up upon exiting the water....in many cases with a small bottle like that you will leave in place and climb the ladder. Enjoy!

04-08-2008, 16:51
Thanks for the advice, I moved the position of the clips in regards to making the valve easier to reach as you suggested so I could see that thing clipping me pretty good if I wasn't watching what I was doing!:smiley36:

04-08-2008, 18:56
I've never had it hit me, but I could see it happening pretty easy. My preferred method is to have them hand it in, or do a baby stride...

04-14-2008, 18:43
I was nervous when I did a giant stride with a 40cf pony, but it was no problem. I just held it down so it didn't hit me in the face. In this instance it was much easier than getting someone to hand it to me. It was very choppy when we were getting back on the boat and it was difficult because we left the ponys on and it kept getting stuck under the rungs of the ladder.

04-14-2008, 19:49
I've never been hit either, but after hearing your question.....

04-14-2008, 22:09
Left hand on mask and reg puts your leg forearm on the top of the slung pony. I only use a small (13cf) pony but have no problem.

04-14-2008, 22:23
Yay, I now have a complete stage bottle setup. Al40 with a DR RG2000 and small DR SPG. I haven't had the chance to dive with it yet but, I may strap it on when I get into the pool this weekend.

As others have stated, just tighten your arm up and jump (GS) in. :) I'd prefer to have it on already as it'd be a PITA for me to clip it on in any rough waters, let alone in calm. :)

04-15-2008, 13:11
Back-rolling and giant striding with slung bottles isn't an issue at all... so long as you can waddle up to the swim step!

04-20-2008, 20:01
just hold on to it justro be on the safe side I use a al40 and I was nervous at first but I just had to hold on to it and get use to it

04-21-2008, 16:17
Just tuck your elbow down on it as you enter - I've stepped in with an Al40 on all the time.

05-14-2008, 21:28
I would love to see a youtube video of the tank smacking a guy - of course provided he did not get hurt.

BouzoukiJoe A.K.A. wrecker130 AKA Chuck Norris AKA joeforbroke (banned)
05-15-2008, 18:17
Never had a problem with my 40 but its clipped at the shoulder and the waist.