Switching from Backmount to Sidemount

Posted: March 14, 2012 in Cave Explorations
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The MAD Cavers finally ditched their back-mounted twin tanks, back plates and harness for a more streamlined and more backbone-friendly sidemount system!

Weapon of choice is the ultra-versatile Hollis SMS 100.

Hollis sms100 with stage tank

We’ve been toying with sidemounted tanks for sometime using our reconfigured BCDs but we realized that a better unit to handle our increasingly demanding cave discoveries was needed— hence the SMS 100.

Pool and open water practices have been quite fruitful in terms of setting our muscle memory and getting familiar with the handling of more than 2 tanks at a time.

We will soon put our enhanced sidemount diving skills and new units to good use. In the meantime, stay tuned for another exploration report.

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Comments
  1. Club Vera says:

    I prefer a system where you can count the tanks with one finger…

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