I used a hookah set for the first time last season for maintenance
and underwater inspection
. Overall very pleased. I have around 50 ft of hose and a 50 ft extension(not used the extension yet).
My set up is a deck
connected to the boat's service batteries
. The compressor pressurises a floating buffer air tank and then there is a line to my demand set.
I was surprised how easy life is under the boat
once you get neutral buoyancy sorted out
I did consider building my own but in the end, decided I didn't have enough knowledge of the compressor and pipework standards required to ensure uncontaminated air, so bought from a reputable supplier.
I also considered buying
set but decided against because I didn't want to have the concern of recharging the tanks
with unknown suppliers in pretty remote
Finally I would not recommend that anyone uses these devices unless : -
1. They are a confident swimmer
2. They have had some training
3. They fully understand the depth
constraints on diver and of the compressor
The world changes in a heartbeat if you snag your mask and it fills with water or you snag your airpipe and lose your mouthpiece or you have a coughing fit - even if you are just 6ft beneath the surface. Knowing what to do really matters.
Would I make the same decision again? Yep, I am delighted.