Surface Supplied Air
Why Hookah diving?
If you are knew to surface supplied air – or hookah – diving, you may be asking why this solution as opposed to conventional scuba diving with scuba tanks and buoyancy control devices (BCDs). Well, let’s take a look at some of that advantages that Brownie’s Third Lung diving can offer.
First, Hookah diving with Brownie’s Third Lung offers you a more natural progression from having learned how to swim, extending that with perhaps snorkeling and now diving with a hookah diving systems that in many ways resembles the feel of snorkeling, but now without the need to resurface all the time for breath of air and instead affording you time to enjoy and study the sights below the surface.
Utilizing surface supplied diving systems such as the famous Brownie’s Third Lung eliminates a lot of the hassles usually associated with conventional scuba tank diving, not just in that you don’t need availability of compressor to refill tanks (access to which many places can be limited and time consuming), but also you avoid the heavy burden of scuba tanks on your back, and often avoid the need of use of heavy weight belts, but even more noticeable you avoid the need to learn proper buoyancy control required due to the out-swings of the buoyancy characteristics of scuba tanks as you dive at different depths in the water column and as gas is consumed during the dive. It can be a lot to master at one go when you are new to the sport. Surface supplied air diving eliminates all of that. As such the Brownie’s Third Lung diving solution is a lot less intimidating for the novice than conventional scuba diving.
Diving with the Brownie’s Third Lung can also be said to be a lot safer than diving with scuba tanks. You and your buddies are tethered together with our patented Peloton hose configuration system which not only makes it light and easy to tow the Brownie’s Third Lung compressor float resting on the surface (if this is the option you opt for), but it also ensures that you are constantly within eye sight of each other. The Brownie’s Peloton hose system allows for amble separation between divers of up to 40 feet allowing for individual independence and exploration of the sights, while keeping it safe. Compare that to surface supplied air systems of other non-Brownie’s systems and you often find possible separation of divers of up to 120 feet which in some conditions may mean divers are out of sight from each other at that point.
At the same time, using surface supplied air diving systems allows people above the water to always have a fair knowledge of where you are diving as the clearly visible float can easily be spotted and will indicate your whereabouts. If you are using our other solutions that does not involved the float, the downline will give indication as to your position (for boat installed Brownie’s hookah diving systems, your boat is your float, you might say).
For the boater, the Brownie’s Third Lung solution is also a great choice as the need again for compressor to refill tanks is eliminated alongside with the requirement of amble space to store your tanks. Packed up altogether the Brownie’s Third Lung requires less space than conventional scuba gear, you will probably find it less weight and much easier and quicker to assemble and disassemble. In addition you will likely find the Brownie’s solution a lot more friendly to your wear and tear of your boat than handling scuba tanks.
The Brownie’s Third Lung is a great tool and a great solution for enjoyment for the entire family or for the task you need to carry out (such as hull cleaning, getting that filament out of your prop or catching that lobster). You will still need dive lessons which is why we supply Free of charge with purchase of a Brownie’s Third Lung the academic part of the dive training.
Overall the fact of choosing Surface Supplied Air over SCUBA is an advantage. Brownie’s hookah diving systems offer the freedom to dive when and where you want without the use of conventional SCUBA equipment. By replacing bulky scuba tanks and traditional buoyancy compensators with Brownie’s Drop Weight Cummerbelt™ and float-mounted compressor, divers can enjoy hours of fun exploring the underwater world.
OK, so now that you have gotten clear about the great choice of going the Brownie’s way with a hookah diving systems, you next need to consider whether you will go for a gasoline powered solution or an electrical solution. Brownie’s offers a variety of solutions and is at hand to guide you to the best choice for your needs and wants.
Which is better, gas or electric?
This has been a frequent question without a whole lot of answers. The answer is all about what method you prefer and your personal situation. For example, if you wish to camp and will be away from available gas resources, an electric unit can be charged at your boat. Or for example, you do not have a boat and will be diving from shore, a gas unit will work for longer periods, but have you also consider the cost of parts or maintenance? See the information below and the specific benefits of each and decide for yourself.
All Brownie’s™ Hookah Systems deliver CGA Grade E breathing gas, the same level that is required of dive store compressors for scuba.
Why Gasoline Hookah Diving?
Brownie’s Third Lung Diving hookah systems allow multiple divers the freedom to dive without the encumbrance of traditional scuba gear. Whether diving from a boat, a personal water craft, or the beach, the Third Lung offers a compact, light-weight, portable and cost effective solution.
Pros – Brownie’s Third Lung gasoline systems are great and can offer divers approximately three hours of air on less than one gallon of gas… less than the cost of filling a single scuba tank! Brownie’s gasoline hookah diving systems can support as many as 3 divers to depths of up to 90 feet. Gasoline units are equipped with Brownie’s™ special Direct Drive compressor and a reliable 4-cycle OHV gasoline engine. We offer a variety of engines giving different cost options.
Cons- Can not benefit if away from gasoline resources. It requires strenght to start engine by pulling a handle in the fly wheel. They require overall more maintenance like oil changes, refilling with gas, etc… and are typically higher priced maintenance costs than electric units since there are more parts involved. Corrosion is likely to happen even with maintenance since it contains metal parts, like gas tank, muffler and fly wheel housing, which are non existent in an electric system. Does NOT have “Variable Speed” technology, energy consumption is fairly constant not keyed to diver demand. Gasoline systems emits more noise than an electric system since it runs with an engine.
Why Electric Hookah Diving?
Brownie’s™ new eco-friendly variable speed units revolutionize hookah diving. The Brownie’s Third Lung Variable Speed System (patent pending) provides a versatile, efficient and environmentally-friendly solution for all your diving needs.
Based on the same compressor principles as our world famous gas-powered systems, the VS Electric systems provide a smooth supply of air for up to 3 divers. Electric operation is cleaner and requires less service and maintenance than gasoline engines.
See Variable Speed Systems for more information.
Pros – Brownie’s Third Lung variable speed electric systems are not just the typical electric system. In fact, Brownie’s is the only one to offer Variable Speed electric hookah diving systems (Patent pending). Start the system with a switch of a button. Electric systems have instant power in comparison to gasoline units and are energy efficient conserving battery power and extending dive time. The Electric VS system’s environmental impact is reduced by eliminating the carbon emissions. There is no need to carry or to store fuel. Hassle free “Quick Change Batteries” with no tools required. Batteries can be recharged and are designed for marine use. Brownie’s Variable Speed systems produce about 40-50% less noise making these units even quieter than before. Corrosion is not a concern, our electric VS systems have a hard coated marinized aluminum motor resistant to salt water.
Cons – Need an energy source to recharge batteries or to connect an A/C power pack. Cost may seem slightly higher but various packages are offered for a better investment.
* All electric units have Brownie’s Variable Speed technology (Patent pending) with the exception of the E150 electric system.