Three ways to attach your hoses

Even though every training agency advocates maintaining a streamline profile in the water, it seem that once the course is over most (not all) newly qualified divers’ attention to streamlining wanes as they begin the long journey of perfecting their other diving habits. As newly qualified divers giant stride under their own steam into the minefield of equipment purchase and new toys to clip onto their BCD, the streamlining lesson seems a million miles away.

The proof is evident on most dives; we have all seen the Christmas tree diver with gear and gadgets dangling off them like decorations on a Christmas tree. As underwater enthusiasts we should strive to maintain eco friendly interaction with the undersea realm, and so streamlining becomes important in that it prevents equipment from smashing up delicate life in our seas.

Set out below are just three simple ways of attaching P-clips to your equipment. Why do you want to use a P-clip and not a small Karabiner spring gate type clip? Answer, you can in fact use what ever style of clip you want, if it works for you crack on buddy! We are just passing on some of our experience, and ideas that we have found that work well. The good thing about the P-clip is that it does not trap line and filament  as easily at the spring gate clips, and therefore reduces the chance of entrapment.

By connecting a clip in one of the ways shown below, you can cut/break the clip away very easily if it the mechanism for opening the clip jams in a closed position.

The GUE (Global Underwater Explorers) method of attaching clips to hoses is time tested and proven in the most testing dive environments. Although this system can be a little bit fiddly to do. You do need to know your round lashing and reef knot from your granny hitch and figure of eight knot. You will see this method in the first picture on the left, and is very well describe in the GUE diving handbook.

The centre pictures show a simplified way of the GUE method for attaching a clip to a hose.

You just require a cable tie and a standard scuba cylinder o-ring. I prefer this method to using cord because you can just give your equipment a very firm pull and it will break away in the event of a clip jam. No need to be reaching for your knife. The O-rings generally last about six months of regular diving and so just recently I have taken to using thin slices of mountain-bike inner-tube in place of the scuba O-rings. This is far more cost effective and the rubber inner-tube does not degrade as readily as the scuba O-rings.

The right hand side is exactly the same method as the cable tie and O-ring, only this time we have used a cross cut section of bicycle inner tube (with a couple of twist to tighten it up) in place of the scuba O-ring.

Jon F