How to Choose the Best Diving Octopus Regulator

I decided to write an article for the selection and the rigging of the octopus. Again, this article is not intended to explain the definitive way to do this, but rather food for thought and help recreational divers of all levels who want to improve their understanding of diving safety. I will not mention rigging techniques promoted by the organization Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) which, interesting as they are, do not apply to recreational diving.

What model should you consider? Far be it from me to want to advertise for a particular brand (I have no holdings in any supplier).

  • Breathing comfort should be the primary criterion of choice in my opinion. Indeed, your octopus will be used in case of an emergency. Either you give your octopus to the person you are going to help, or you will give him your primary regulator, and go on your octopus.
  • The second criterion I will remember the choice is to get a octopus that can be used in any position.

Among the various models, I used the following models –

Aqua Lung ABS Scuba Octopus Review

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Mares MV Octopus Diving Regulator Review

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Cressi-Sub Ellipse Octopus (Safe Second) Regulator

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These 3 models have a good breathing comfort. By cons, we must ensure that the average pressure of your first floor is compatible with the second floor. The major manufacturers usually provide a compatibility table to check for possible associations.

Hose length of octopus is also taken into account. I would strongly recommend selecting a long flexible (minimum size of 1.20 m), this brings the comfort for 2 divers during the ascent phase and potential levels, and this will not be bonded to each other.

Now comes the question of positioning the valve. I advocate that it is visibly positioned between the tips of two shoulders and the navel. This way, even without looking, it’s easy to find it by feeling. I do not recommend the use of flexible guide who cling to vest, as these may prevent or impede quick action. It is better to use an elastic or bungee cord to hold the hose length.

Today, most of the jackets have a small high strap to fit tightly to your body. It is interesting to take this strap in order to install the clown nose.

The vast majority of spare air valves are also manufactured on the same model as the main regulators (medium pressure air supply to the right). If you do not opt ​​for a usable regulator whatever the direction, be sure to think of the passage of the flexible with your left, which will move side by side with your buddy.

One last point, make a habit of regularly breathe on your octopus (having taken care of beforehand prevent your teammates before the immersion, to avoid confusion) at the end of diving for example. This verifies proper operation and not to forget the breathing comfort is never quite the same as with your primary regulator.

If you have other tips and/or tricks to rig the octopus well, feel free to post your comments, I will be happy to publish it.

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