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How To Make A Regulator Necklace | #scuba #regulator #necklace | @ScubaDiverMagazine


How To Make A Regulator Necklace | #scuba #regulator #necklace | @Scuba Diver Magazine
A pair of ways to make a quick regulator necklace with a length of bungee to keep it close under your chin.
#scuba #scubadiving #scubadiver
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00:00 – Intro
00:32 – About Necklaces
01:31 – What You Need
02:34 – How To
05:28 – Less Permanent Method

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Bloody Marvelous
Bloody Marvelous
6 months ago

I used to have a silicone necklace, but I didn’t like it. You could pull the regulator from the necklace, which I thought wasn’t ideal for a short hose secondary. I also didn’t like the surface texture of the silicone. It felt sticky.

After two dives I replaced the silicone necklace with the Apeks necklace kit.
I also got the ScubaPro reusable zip tie, but couldn’t get it to work with my Apeks regulator, so I’m assuming the Apeks necklace kit probably doesn’t work on other brands either (except probably Aqualung).

The instructions with the kit show two possible ways to create the necklace. The first is the same as Mark shows off, the second is an adjustable necklace option. I went for the latter so I can adjust it to what feels the most comfortable.

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Bloody Marvelous
6 months ago

Yeah, the only silicone necklace I ever used would float so that ended up in a drawer…
There are at least two sizes of mouthpieces out there: 2.86×1.27cm and 3.02×1.59cm which may be why the Apeks didn’t fit. Another area where it would be great if the industry could create a universal standard size.

Bloody Marvelous
Bloody Marvelous
Reply to  Bloody Marvelous
6 months ago

@Scuba Diver Magazine The ScubaPro reusable zip and the silicone necklace now live in my SADK. Maybe someone else can benefit from them.

etaolon
etaolon
1 year ago

Nice fourth elements vest, new product?

David Anderson
David Anderson
1 year ago

I tried using a octo necklace and it was a darn nuisance. Now I attach my octo to the shoulder of my BCD with a snorkel holder. Cheaper and easier and doesn’t get tangled up with anything else.

B
B
Reply to  David Anderson
9 months ago

It sounds like you were using the wrong hose setup for a necklace. Necklace is standard for primary donate, but in a standard rec diving setup with an octo it’s actually more dangerous than anything.

Bloody Marvelous
Bloody Marvelous
Reply to  David Anderson
6 months ago

@B An octo necklace is designed to release the octo when you pull it. My guess is that the octo was on a flex hose, which is positively buoyant, and it kept pushing the octo up against his throat. If your octo has a rubber hose, the necklace will probably work fine.

B
B
Reply to  David Anderson
6 months ago

@Bloody Marvelous I have a necklace zip tied to my alternate 2nd stage on an 18″ braided hose. Never personally had that issue. I have had floaty braided hoses, but only ones that are 5 feet or more.

Peter Mackichan
Peter Mackichan
1 year ago

For what it’s worth, I wear a necklace but have always been concerned that it could get snagged in an overhang environment and it choke me. (especially if there is a strong current.)
To alleviate this, I cut the bungee and sewed on each end pice a small bit of velcro. I now stuck each end together to complete the loop which holds it all together. If I am ever in a snag, choking stituation I know that the velcro will release. Like I say, for what’s worth…Peter

Bloody Marvelous
Bloody Marvelous
Reply to  Peter Mackichan
6 months ago

I have two problems with Velcro.
1. Over time, Velcro weakens, and the necklace may come off when you least expect it, and the regulator isn’t going to be where you thought it was.
2. Velcro doesn’t come undone easily when you yank on it. You need to pull it apart. So I don’t really see how it will be any less of a snag hazard with the Velcro.

Any piece of bungee, string, or any hose can become a snag hazard, that’s why you keep it trim. Your necklace shouldn’t extend so far it can loop beyond your regulator(s) or BCD. And in the unlikely event it would snag, you should be carrying a line cutter so you can cut it away. That’s why we use lines to attach bolt snaps to hoses, so we can cut it off if we need to.

Joseph dracula
Joseph dracula
1 year ago

👍

Steven Wood
Steven Wood
1 year ago

Dive. Rite makes a very good necklace

Xiao Kris
Xiao Kris
1 year ago

Cool, I’ve seen people using these and have been curious, seems pretty handy and I’m thinking I’ll give it a try too. I concur that it would have been nice to have photo/video examples of the different options in use to show optimal length etc. But I definitely appreciate the tip!

QuickQuips
QuickQuips
1 year ago

Wish there was roll showing length adjustment and showing the stopper knot tying. But I’m definitely going this DIR route.

Hugh Idiyit
Hugh Idiyit
1 year ago

I like the S-Tek adjustable Bungee Necklace, not that expensive, ~12€.

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