FINALLY - Pool Test of My Healthways Scuba Jun 11, 2020 14:08:08 GMT -8 SeaRat and tomcatpc like this
Post by Terry on Jun 11, 2020 14:08:08 GMT -8
I finally got the opportunity to get into our pool 2 days ago and wet test my Healthways Scuba. This is the first one I have ever owned and my first time of ever using one. We have an 18'x 33' x 52" oval pool so I haven't had it to any depth yet; but this at least gave me a chance to get it wet after restoring it this past winter and see how it breathes. Overall I was pretty satisfied with it's performance but I do think with some gentle tweaking of the screwdriver I can improve the cracking. I remember when I was fooling around with it a few weeks ago that there is definitely that "sweet spot" where it really makes a difference in performance if you can find it. Performance wise it kind of reminds me of my U.S.D. DA Navy Approved, and it definitely has some sounds of it's own similar to the Mistral. I had the Hope Page mouthpiece installed with those 1-1/2" adapters I posted in an earlier thread and it worked great without any leaks or problems. When I got this reg and I was in the process of tearing it down, cleaning, etc. I noticed that the exhaust diaphragm was in very good condition; but just for the purpose of testing I decided to try out the "blue nitrile exhaust diaphragm" instead and all went well with it. So now I know that type of diaphragm works and I have my original as well that I'm sure will work just fine. I'll also want to buy some of the new repro exhaust diaphragms that Phil mentioned when they become available. Also when I was restoring this reg I reinstalled the original duckbill exhaust that I thought would work OK but after taking it into the pool the other day I'm not so sure. During use all seemed to be just fine and I never got any water into my mouthpiece; however when I got out of the pool I noticed that I had a bit of water in the exhaust hose so I guess I need to address that issue. I think it's going to get The "SEARAT MODIFICATION" with modification of an USD/Voit duckbill; so we'll see how that goes. If all goes well the lakes are finally warming up here and I should hopefully get this reg out for a real dive very soon.