Divers are being asked to participate in a survey taking in regulator design, useage, maintenance and reliability.
The US-based Scuba STAR Network is running the survey as the latest in its regular line of bi-monthly studies of equipment and diving activity generally.
The organisation aims to help recreational divers go about their sport in as safe a manner as possible - and to influence, where necessary, equipment manufacturers, trainers and others in a bid to improve diving products and techniques.
The online survey questionnaires are designed to take only 'a few minutes of your time', says Scuba STAR. Respondents are assured anonymity, and final reports are published on the websites of both Scuba STAR and Divers Alert Network (DAN). They are read with interest by industry insiders and, as such, carry influence with some key decision makers.
To participate in the regulators survey, which is Scuba STAR's allotted survey for October and November, go to www.scubastarnet.com/11801
Reports from previous surveys can be viewed by clicking on Survey Results in the page's lefthand column. At 12 November, the last to be published covered Scuba STAR's June/July survey on night diving. Due 'soon' was the report for the August/September survey on weightbelts, with important ramifications for the design of belts which attach reliably yet ditch easily.
Divers can also share their experiences on any safety-related subject - it could, for instance, concern the use of computers, or buddy rescue in out-of-air situations - by using the organisation's Anonymous Reporting Form. Data is used in the compilation of Scuba STAR's Annual Safety Report.