Hose degradation is potentially an unseen hazard that you should be aware of, as these divers discovered.
My cave-diving teammate and I were starting a dive in the basin at Madison Blue Spring State Park in Lee, Florida. We were diving a sidemount configuration with two 12-litre steel cylinders. I noted that my BC inflated more slowly than usual and that my inflator hose seemed soft to the touch but I could breathe normally. During our predive safety drill at 7.5 metres (25 feet) before entering the cave system I was inhaling from my left-hand cylinder and got a mouthful of debris. Thinking it was sand, I switched to my righthand cylinder and regulator. When that regulator was difficult to breathe through, we surfaced to try to correct the problem.
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