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Scuba diving regulators are what make diving possible. Forget every other piece of equipment; if you have a reg and an air source, you can dive. When Jacques Yves Cousteau and Emile Gagnan modified a welding regulator into a pressure-sensitive demand regulator in 1943, they opened the mysteries of the underwater world to anyone willing to discover them. In 1952, Melbourne based Ted Eldred invented the Porpoise separate first and second stage regulator that is the basis of today's modern regulator designs.

The Scuba Doctor has a wide range of regulators from carefully selected brands who all produce supreme performers in their own field of diving regulator design. These top-quality breathing regulators offer you enough choice to find the perfect regulator for your needs.

All of the scuba diving regulators we sell are CE EN250 certified. That is, they pass the requirements of the European standard for diving equipment to meet the demands placed on it at depth and under high breathing loads. This basically means that these regulators have been tested to make sure they will deliver gas to you at a depth of 50 metres, at acceptable temperatures, in any situation, even if you have two panicking divers demanding gas from them.

We're here to help you select the right scuba diving regulator, octopus and regulator accessories for your diving needs.

Types of Scuba Diving Regulators

Although there are many different brands and models of diving regulators to choose from there are only 3 basic types.

  • Balanced
  • Unbalanced
  • Over Balanced

Each of these types has its own characteristics, benefits and drawbacks.

Regulator Features

Diving regulators have a host of features, all of which you need to consider before spending your hard-earned cash. From how your regs attach to your air tank, to what you should look for in a second stage, everything from top to bottom needs to be looked at closely.

Maintenance and Care

An important consideration most people overlook is maintenance. If you buy an older model second-hand regulator or some exotic piece of equipment, you may have a hard time getting it serviced.

Scuba regulators should be serviced annually and if your local shop can't do it, you may have just bought yourself an expensive paperweight.

You also have to think about what if you have a problem on vacation? Will you be able to get your diving regulator serviced on-site?

If you stick with a fairly new regulator, of common make and model, you shouldn't have any trouble with service, home or abroad.

Putting It All Together

Before you buy your first set of scuba regulators you have some thinking to do. Not about the nice shiny new toy you are going to buy, but about what kind of diving you do and what kind of diver you are.

If you dive mostly on vacation, in warm tropical waters, on shallow coral reefs, you will require a far less robust, and expensive, diving regulator than if you are plunging to the cold depths on mixed gas.

Be honest with yourself.

Make a checklist of what you are looking for in a scuba diving regulator.

Start reading reviews and manufacturers specifications. Or call or email us. We're here to help.

Do your homework and you'll have scuba regulators that you'll enjoy and be able to dive with for years.

Tech Tip: Hose Protectors Don't Protect Hoses

The 'hose protectors' on the ends of the hoses next to the first stage provide a cosmetic appearance, however, there is no evidence they prevent hose damage. Hoses sometimes fail where the fitting is swaged onto the hose, but that's caused by gas pressure, and a hose protector is not going to prevent that from happening. Because hose protectors interfere with routing and streamlining, they are almost never seen on regs used in technical diving. In fact, hose protectors may compromise safety and many experienced divers don't use or recommend them. Hose protectors hold water against the fitting, causing corrosion and hiding developing problems. The post-dive maintenance recommendation is to pull the hose protectors back from the fittings, rinse and inspect. However, our observation is that not only do most divers not perform this suggested maintenance, when they do they are actually pulling hard at the most failure-prone part of the hose. Our maintenance recommendation: permanently remove all hose protectors (we carefully use a pair of side cutters rather than pull them off) and replace the hose if there is evidence of excessive wear or damage.

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Middle Brighton Baths

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Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Spearfishing Site

Middle Brighton Baths
Middle Brighton Baths | © Phil Watson

Depth: 1 m (3.28 ft) to 6 m (20 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Middle Brighton Baths is a dive to view what's on the outside of the Middle Brighton Sea Baths, just to the south of Middle Brighton Pier, opposite where Normanby Road intersects with the Esplanade on the eastern side of Port Phillip.

Park and gear up as close to the entry/exit point as possible as there is a very gentle and paved ramp leading right into the water from the car park.

This site is a good, safe controlled training area excellent for divers just getting into the sport.

Best dived midweek, or as a night dive, when the car parking is easier.

Weather Required: The northern breakwater of the adjacent marina coupled with the shallow water to the north should offer protection from northerly winds. This site should also be diveable in easterlies and south easterlies and possibly north westerlies.

See WillyWeather (Brighton) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Facilities: Public toilets open during the day near the cafe. A parking fee is required at all times of the year including public holidays. Parking ticket machine also accepts credit cards. There is good lighting at night.

Middle Brighton Baths Dive Site Map
Middle Brighton Baths Dive Site Map | © The Scuba Doctor

Middle Brighton Baths History

The current Middle Brighton Sea Baths date from 1936. The Corporation Baths built on this site in 1881 were destroyed in a storm on the 30th November 1934 and the ruins removed.

The last remaining one of its kind down the eastern side of Port Phillip. Once, there were sea baths like this all along Port Phillip, including the Brighton Beach Baths near South Road, but one by one, they fell into disuse or fell apart in storms.

Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country
Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Boon Wurrung / Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes parts of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-west, down to Wilson's Promontory in the south-east, including the Mornington Peninsula, French Island and Phillip Island, plus Western Port. We wish to acknowledge the Boon Wurrung as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Bunjil the Creator Spirit of this beautiful land, who travels as an eagle, and Waarn, who protects the waterways and travels as a crow, and thank them for continuing to watch over this Country today and beyond.

 

Middle Brighton Baths Location Map

Latitude: 37° 54.633′ S   (37.910545° S / 37° 54′ 37.96″ S)
Longitude: 144° 59.108′ E   (144.98514° E / 144° 59′ 6.5″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2021-02-01 11:38:26 GMT, Last updated: 2022-03-22 14:55:28 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Middle Brighton Pier, 319 m, bearing 309°, NW
Brighton, Bayside, Port Phillip.
Depth: 1 to 6 m.



DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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