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Bottle - Air Cylinder

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Donkey, or Donkey Engine - a smaller backup engine, fixed alongside the main engine on a boat, used in an emergency if the main engine fails. It's called this because it loosely resembles a smaller 'donkey' beside the main 'horse' See also Pony cylinder

 

Drybag - drysuit

 

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Feeding the fish - Throwing up over the side of the boat

 

Flattie Spike - Steel or Stainless Steel spike, usually about 600mm or 24" long, used for spiking and catching flatfish. (Rarely seen nowadays because it's not politically correct to treat fish this way).


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Goodie Bag - A net/mesh bag with a drawstring or clip to hold it closed, used for any 'items' a diver might find whilst diving.

 

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Lobbie hook - Used for hooking lobsters and/or crabs out of holes in rocks. (Rarely seen nowadays because it's not politically correct to take shellfish in this way).

 

Long Hose - An extended hose on the main regulator, usually around 1.5 - 1.7 metres in length, this is handed off to an out of air diver, and a necklaced secondary is then used by the rescuing diver, this is held around the neck by a bungee cord or surgical hose, the system allows the out of air diver to use a proven working regulator (because the rescuer has just been using it), and the rescuer (who has more time and is calmer) can go on to their secondary backup regulator.

 

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Octopus - An extra demand valve second stage used as an additional air source; connected to the main regulator first stage; it's called an octopus because it makes the regulator look to have extra 'legs', and resemble an 'Octopus'.

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Pony, or Pony Cylinder - an extra air supply cylinder and regulator, usually smaller than the main cylinder, completely independant but strapped to the side of the main cylinder, used as a bail out gas supply. It's called this because it loosely resembles a smaller 'pony' beside the main 'horse'. It can also be Slung. See also Donkey Engine.

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Slung - Term to describe the way Stage and/or Pony cylinders can be 'slung' by the divers side, using straps, allowing the diver more freedom to hand them off, unlike a standard Pony cylinder setup which is strapped to the side of the main cylinder and can not be accessed by the diver without first removing the main cylinders from their back.

 

Stage, or Stage Cylinder - A cylinder used for the decompression stage of the dive, usually containing a different mix from the Travel gas, in order to allow the diver to reduce the decompression time.

 

Stroke - A derogatory term used by staunch followers of 'DIR' (Doing It Right) diving, to describe a diver who doesn't follow the 'DIR' way to the letter.

 

Suicide Bottle - Derogatory term for the small 0.5 litre cylinder used to inflate a Buoyancy Control Device in an emergency..

 

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Tank - Air cylinder

 

Travel Gas - gas used for the main part of the dive, usually held in the main cylinder or cylinders, distinguished from the Stage gas.

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Wooly Bear - Wooly 'all in one' garment resembling a fluffy boiler suit, worn under a drysuit to add warmth.

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