Although many scuba regulator reviews contain detailed diagrams and technical terminology, our simple guide will concentrate on three main sections.
The general parts of a regulator set include a first stage assembly, low and high pressure hoses, a pressure and depth gauge console and two second stage mouthpieces.
The Regulator First Stage attaches to the scuba cylinder valve and the pressure resistant hoses are connected to a gauge console, BCD Inflator and the two demand valves (mouthpiece).
Often called 'regs', the design and function of the modern scuba regulator is to supply the diver with air at ambient pressure, which is why divers are now able to reach diving depths which were previously only possible by ‘surface fed’ air supplies.
Another life saving feature is that in the unlikely event of a regulator failure, the downstream valves will supply the diver with the remaining air from the tank.
Though this air flow if fast and furious, it may allow the diver to safely reach the surface and thus, this testing scenario is practiced and mastered during the basic Open Water Diver Certification Course.
Filtering the pros and cons of gear manufacturer’s brands takes time and research to find the best packages. We suggest that the important features to look for when choosing a new scuba regulator is can you breathe from several different types at differing depths.
Many Regulators have benefits at shallow depths and in warm water, whereas diving in cold water requires special features such as an ‘environmental seal’ and deep diving often is often associated with ‘balanced scuba regulators'.
Depending on your diving circumstances, the choice is influenced by too many variables for us to address them all, so we suggest that you contact your local Dive Shop Professional for further detailed information. Price range from $ 400 upwards.
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