How to breathe underwater

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS -

Frustrated by the dif­fi­culty in check­ing and clean­ing underwater when un­able or un­will­ing to haul out, I in­ves­ti­gated the underwater breath­ing equip­ment on the mar­ket. Al­though I am a qual­i­fied BSAC diver, I am re­luc­tant to carry tanks and the para­pher­na­lia in­volved. My so­lu­tion works well up to a depth of 3m, which is all I need. I have spent hours bur­nish­ing the pro­pel­ler and re­mov­ing bar­na­cles in the Caribbean, and with a wet suit in home wa­ters.

I use a Hoze­lock pond aer­a­tor pump, a fil­ter, some hose and a snorkel (the type which can be ‘purged’), which has been mod­i­fied to take a Hoze­lock hose con­nec­tion.

The in­verter runs the pump, the hose I use for fill­ing tanks and wash­ing decks. It’s prob­a­bly frowned upon by the div­ing es­tab­lish­ment, but it works for me. I have not had to use it for cut­ting rope from the prop but it would be in­valu­able in that sit­u­a­tion too.

Nick Mines

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