Many divers appreciate the unique Halcyon innovation that allowsthem to store a range of lift devices in the BC Storage Pocket affixed to their backplate. Stowing lift devices in this pocket provides streamlining, without compromising the ability for rapid deployment.
Here are a few suggestions that will improve efficiency while working with the Halcyon Storage Pak.
Diver Alert Markers
The easiest of the markers to stow, various DAMs are simply folded accordion-style with the length of each fold just short of the full length of the BC Storage Pak. The bottom (foundation) fold should include the black nylon tail and Stainless Steel clip, which routes out of the open bottom of the BC Pak and clips to either the rear or left-hip D-ring.
Lift Bags and Diver’s Life Raft
In order to stow a liftbag or raft, the wider designs require symmetrical folds along the length of each side. The goal is to create an overall width slightly smaller than the opening in the BC Pak. Once this is achieved, simply make a few accordion-style folds, again leaving the tail available to be clipped to the rear or left-hip D-ring. Once successfully within the Pak, try on the harness and backplate. If the Pak is not fitting comfortably, you can adjust the position of the dump or inlet valves to a more central position in the channel of the backplate. The BC Pak’s elastic lower flap, augmented by pressure from the diver’s back, serves to hold stowed items in place.
Deploying a Surface Marker from the Storage Pak
A properly stowed marker will rest within the BC Storage Pak with the black nylon clip tail connected to the rear or hip D-ring. Should it be needed, the inflatable can be quickly deployed by simply locating the clip on the appropriate D-ring and making a quick tug. The accordion-folded marker slides out and is ready to be put to use.
Can an alert marker be stowed in a pocket?
The best means to stow a smaller alert marker is to simply roll it up and use the built-in shock cord loop for security. The No-Lock Connector is on a flexible tube that will allow it to be bent to the side slightly and rest under the shock cord loop while in a pocket. Use the Stainless Steel clip on the end of the tail to clip it to the pocket loop inside your Halcyon Bellows Pocket.