Dive Training

Skill 7, Regulator Recovery and Mask Clearing

How to perform the regulator recovery and mask clearing skill


  1. In water shallow enough to stand up in, kneel on the pool or sand bottom, and with the regulator in your mouth take a deep breath
  2. Remove the regulator from your mouth, make sure the mouthpiece faces downwards
  3. Remembers to breathe out slowly.
  4. Let go of the regulator and let it fall back and behind you
  5. Lean to your right side
  6. Hold your right arm straight out in front of you and then sweep it down, brush past your right leg towards your air cylinder
  7. You should be able to “hook” the hose and regulator with your right arm
  8. Bring your right arm back towards you and retrieve the regulator
  9. Place the regulator in your mouth, purge it and continue to breathe.
  10. If you do not succeed on the first try, continue the process.
  11. If you cannot retrieve your primary regulator after a number of attempts, switch to your spare regulator.

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