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Applications for the Inflator in programmable submersible life vests

For Freedivers

The flagship product featuring the patented inflator is the Freedivers Recovery Vest (FRV.)—the programmable submersible life vest for freedivers. Users set their custom time and depth triggers. If their maximum time or depth is exceeded, the the vest will inflate.

For Military and first responders

The PSLV for the military employs a second set of sensors, which when combined with the first, guarantee submersion detection, and prevent the vest from deploying in situations that fool other automatic life vests. The PSLV is immune to environmental water—rain, high humidity, and engulfing waves. It will never misfire or cause a nuisance inflation, it only deploys when actual submersion is confirmed. While the military PSLV can be programmed with almost infinite time and depth settings, it can also be configured to use a few standard choices, for example:

1. In one Auto Mode the inflator will inflate upon first falling into the water, in the other auto mode, it will only inflate when a depth of one meter is exceeded.

2 Two Assault Modes, each use 4 meters and 20 seconds as the triggers. In the first mode, both time and depth triggers must be exceeded, in the other either trigger will initiate inflation.

3. In Submersion Mode, the PSLV will fire when either trigger setting is exceeded. Settings from 0 seconds to 10 minutes, and 0 meters to 60 meters are all self selected allowing for a customized self-rescue setting. This a great option to protect surface swimmers on any kind, including extreme swim training and rescue swimmers. Because the PSLV is low-profile, it is easer to swim with, and protection from sinking is provided allowing increased maneuverability at the surface.

4.The Delay Mode allows for self rescue should the operator accidentally fall into the water and he will be able climb out quickly. He selects his maximum time in the water, say 20 seconds. If he falls in, if he is not out of the water in 20 seconds, the vest will deploy.

5. In the Scuba Mode, the time trigger is ignored, and only the depth trigger operates. This is useful in certain shallow water operations using a rebreather, which might become toxic at depth. For example, setting the depth at 30 feet will allow continual diving above that depth. While a rapid ascent is dangerous, individual users might choose this outcome over sinking and becoming unconscious due to oxygen toxicity.

For surfers

The PSLV for surfers offers protection against prolonged hold-downs while the surfer is disabled. Oceanic Safety Systems is working with one of the major big 3 manufacturers of survival vests for big wave riders by the inclusion of our inflator into their flotation systems—adding just 12 ounces. We are also collaborating on the best protection algorithms specific to the big-wave community. In one setting, the vest will fire once either the maximum time or depth trigger is exceeded. In another,once the surfer is submerged a timer starts counting time in the water. For example, if a big-wave surfer was thrown free and submerged and they had set their timer of 40 seconds, if they were not pulled out of the water by that time, the vest inflates.

Bethany Hamilton road her biggest wave to date using a vest equipped with our Gen-3 inflator.

For saving valuable assets in danger of sinking

The Gen-4 inflator may be mounted to any CO2 cylinder, even large enough to float over700 pounds on the surface. Coupled with the appropriate inflation bag, the inflator can save valuable assets from loss—medicines, computer, even jet skis.