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    Side Mount for Solo?

    In a different solo thread, Straegen posted about side mount for Solo, what say those who are indeed solo cert/solo divers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Straegen View Post
    Personally, I would strongly consider side mounting along with its training as a first step as that duplicates many of the failure points.
    While I have not dove side mount, I've talked with a few that do and are planning to go further with SM. I'm of a mind that while your redundant gas is not as traditional as it is with a main gas source-be it single or doubles-and a pony or independant doubles, it more than fits the bill as you do have two seperate gas sources of which either one can become a bailout at a moments notice. As long as the planned reserve is kept as a reserve, I say side mount can work well in the solo realm as long as you stay out of overheads and confinements.

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    See Big that is how you ask a question about solo dive gear! lol
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    I have only seen mstueven (boy did I botch that spelling) dive side mount, and then from afar. I would be interested in seeing his rig more closely.

    It's like any other rig - it has its advantages and disadvantages, I am sure.
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    Bob
    I don't dive solo but I do dive side mount and love it. When I hit a dive site the first thing I do is wheel my tanks with regs down to the waters edge with my handy two wheeler. I return and get suited and in my drysuit, BC (no tanks), fins and mask. When I hit the water I put fins and mask on and clip tanks and I'm ready to go. No heavy lifting or carrying 100lbs plus of gear. Trim is easy and I have plenty of gas for any non deco dive I want do. I run run 28 inch hose on the left and 5 foot hose on the right tank and I plan my dives to be back at the surface at 1200 psi in each tank. Since I run one second stage per tanks that gives be plenty of reserve gas OOA in OW diving. I feel lot more comfortable and seems more natural in sidemount than backmouted. I can do frog kicks on my back, stand on my head and dive sideways without any effort. The only draw back I have found is that kicks you forward floating at the surface. I even did a big step off a dock with dual steels and wasn't a problem.
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    Dennis - how come we haven't seen you at Oronogo this year!?

    Where have you been diving?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gNats View Post
    Dennis - how come we haven't seen you at Oronogo this year!?

    Where have you been diving?
    I would love to and maybe later this month we can get together for dive.
    - Dennis ><()))">

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    I've gotten to dive with Dennis...He's been at Oronogo with us gNats, he was there, just didn't dive on the DDCN frozen dive 2-09...

    I do surmise that they work well. Would be easier to carry a few tanks when solo-got to love the walk UP the hill when I'm done too.

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    hopefully next weekend I will try out sidemount I have everything ready just have not gotten in the water yet. Between my back and kidney stones have just pushed it back a little. Even putting on the tanks in my house is easier with SM so hopefully in the water will be easier.
    Lets see, to dive or not to dive? Well that is a stupid question, DIVE, DIVE, DIVE, and then DIVE some more as long as it is safe!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gNats View Post
    I have only seen mstueven (boy did I botch that spelling) dive side mount, and then from afar. I would be interested in seeing his rig more closely.

    It's like any other rig - it has its advantages and disadvantages, I am sure.
    You didn't botch it at all gNats...

    Diving in a sidemount configuration definitely has the requisite attributes and is entirely appropriate for solo dives, given that the diver has the training and experience level to do the dive in the first place. There are some places that solo and sidemount are the safest (or only) choice. There are advantages and disadvantages for sure.
    Michael

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    I was hoping you'ld chime in Mike, since you dive them now. How'd your trip to Springfield go? I' sure you have them dialed in now...

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