Objective: Recover a regulator from behind the shoulder using the sweep method, and resume breathing from it.
Value: If you were to drop your primary regulator while underwater, either due to it being accidentally knocked out of your mouth or snagged, you can easily and safely recover the regulator and resume breathing from it.
How It’s Done:
- Remove your regulator with mouthpiece down, and drop it behind your shoulder.
- Make sure your airway is open by blowing small bubbles while the regulator is out of your mouth.
- Retrieve your alternate air source.
- Put the alternate air source in your mouth, and clear it.
- Breathe from your alternate air source during the activity.
- Lean to the right at a 45° angle.
- Extend your right arm straight out in front of you.
- Sweep your arm down close to your body to touch your knee, thigh, and tank base.
- Bring your arm out until it is horizontal to your body.
- With your left hand, feel along your right arm until you feel the regulator hose hanging over the arm. You need to do it this way since the mask can interrupt your field of vision and you may only be able to find the hose by touch.
- Secure the regulator, clear it, and breathe.