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Do Sport Divers Need a Spare Air?

not if they’re paying attention

from the November, 2015 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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When a sport diver runs out of air, it's mainly because he's not paying attention to his gauge. At a DAN seminar at the recent Diving Equipment & Marketing Association Show (see the previous article), it was clear that in many out-of-air cases, the diver is so focused on another activity, such as spearfishing or photography, that he doesn't check his remaining air.

Of course, no one should run out of air, but some sport divers who worry about such an event carry small pony bottles, such as the Spare Air, a bottle about the size of a child's forearm with a regulator attached, for a backup. It will deliver a few extra breaths, not enough for any sort of unplanned decompression stop, but enough to get you to the surface from maybe 100 feet....

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