How to Connect an Air Regulator

How to Connect an Air Regulator
Scuba diving is both fun and rewarding, and it can be a great way to get some exercise, while still enjoying yourself. Because of its technical nature, scuba diving requires lots of equipment. This includes the air regulator, buoyancy compensator, wet suit, and snorkel gear. When beginning diving, connecting your air regulator and other equipment can seem overwhelming at times. Luckily, the regulator manufacturer made sure that connection is as simple as possible, so once the skill is learned, almost anyone can don their own regulator.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Scuba tank Buoyancy compensator Air regulator (Stage 1 and 2)
  • Scuba tank
  • Buoyancy compensator
  • Air regulator (Stage 1 and 2)
Step 1
Set your scuba tank down in its upright position. Put it on a stable surface, away from wind or waves.
Step 2
Hook on your buoyancy compensator (BC) to the scuba tank by strapping it on the back. Most models will have a strap you can attach to the tank, while some just clip right onto the tank.
Step 3
Take the first stage of your air regulator and hook it onto your valve on the top of the scuba tank. This can be done by unscrewing the dust cap, and placing the stage over top the tank valve. Screw it in until it is finger-tight, but no more.
Step 4
Connect the four cables swinging out around the BC. The two cables on the left will be your dive computer and BC control cable: hook the dive computer to your BC with a clip, and push in the BC control cable into your air valve on your BC. The two right cables will be your air regulator and backup regulator: nothing needs to be done with these.
Step 5
Don your wetsuit, and get a helper to lift up the BC and scuba tank unto your back. It will slide on your back just like a vest. Strap it in, and you're ready to dive.

Tips & Warnings

 
Take a few breaths out of your air regulator before jumping into the water: this prevents any surprises that may come from a broken air regulator underwater.
 
Take a few breaths out of your air regulator before jumping into the water: this prevents any surprises that may come from a broken air regulator underwater.
 
Scuba diving is an extremely dangerous activity, and you should never do it alone. Make sure that you are certified by an accredited institution.
 
Scuba diving is an extremely dangerous activity, and you should never do it alone. Make sure that you are certified by an accredited institution.

Article Written By Sam Surgalski

Sam Surgalski is a writer in Traverse City, Mich. His articles have appeared in The iPhone App Review, Winners Within Us, and on various other websites. Surgalski has a passion for all things aviation and writing, and enjoys playing the piano.

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