|Enjoying full face mask diving. (In Lake Murner, BY/D)|
As the Dräger is, unfortunately, not that common in use by SCUBA divers, I would like to show my PND configuration for illustration and as one possible example. Especially a dual reg configuration for gas switching is only rarely be seen, so I'm showing it here.
If you want to see switching gas with the Dräger PND in moving pictures: my drill video «Kraut Dread» («Es graut dem Sauerkraut») contains a few scenes about this. The title derives from the fact that the indoor diving pool where the footage was taken formerly had been a Sauerkraut factory. So much for German stereotypes...
PND Configuration Mono 12l Tank, Double Regs
|Dräger Panorama Nova Dive|
and two sets of Apeks regs.
For historical reasons I have one TX100 first stage for my main gas supply, as well as and another XTX100 first stage for my backup gas supply.
An ordinary XTX40 backup regulator completes my backup system. Thus, in case of a full face mask problem I can still switch to the half mask and regulator with a normal mouth piece. You don't want to hold tight a P connector directly in your mouth, only in really bad situations. This XTX40 backup regulator is also for buddy help, as usual.
Hose lengths in this configuration are as follows, for a single 12l tank carried on my back, with two first stage feeders:
- primary gas supply: 85cm between first and second stages,
- backup gas supply: 100cm between first stage and XTX40 backup regulator.
From My Experience: Shorter hoses are not that useful in this configuration, because otherwise free head movement is limited when turning the hide sideways to the left. Hey, this is full face mask reality and not almighty DIR-in-exactly-only-my-way theory. Due to the Dräger P quick connector system, the regulators are a little bit more away from your mouth compared to diving with the reg directly in your mouth. Hose lengths have to compensate for this.
PND Configuration Sidemount
In the future, I plan to dive also in sidemount configuration with to completely separated tanks. Both reg sets then will by (almost) identical, both with an additional octopus as well as a trusty «classic» (read: purely mechanical) pressure gauge.
- what is different when diving a full face mask?
- mask typology: my incomplete overview on full face masks.
- go for safety-aware drills when diving full face masks:
- my safety-aware drill concept,
- gory details about drill rounds and exercises,
- not only for the fun: my drill videos ... so that's how it's looking when I'm gonna making a fool of myself. ;)
- yes, suitable hoods for diving with a full face mask are worth a topic of its own.
- so this is how diving with a Dräger PND full face mask is like ... a real pleasure.
- ...and finally some rants about unfunded cut&dried opinions when it comes to full face masks.
PS: Many thanks to Jörg Lucinsky for his «scarp slope» shot from Lake Murner (BY/D).