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Instructor Trainer Guy Shockey goes over how to fit your backplate. He also shares some tricks on how you can use the H’s on Halcyon webbing to make sure your D-rings are in the correct spot.

Fitting Your Backplate

  • Adjust proper height
  • If you can touch the top of the plate, you can reach your valves.
  • Make sure the plate is squared to your back.

Method 1: Using the crotch strap

  • Stand on the crotch strap
  • Fold the webbing over and pull up.
  • Arm straps will then align

Method 2: With Halcyon-brand webbing

  • Make sure the H’s are equidistant from the center grommet hole.
  • Count the H’s to match adjustment of straps and D-rings.

Want more tips and tricks? Watch more here.


Guy Shockey is a GUE instructor and trainer who is actively involved in mentoring the next generation of GUE divers. He started diving in 1982 in a cold mountain lake in Alberta, Canada. Since then he has logged somewhere close to 8,000 dives in most of the oceans of the world. He is a passionate technical diver with a particular interest in deeper ocean wreck diving. He is a former military officer and professional hunter with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science, as well as an entrepreneur with several successful startup companies to his credit.

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Diving Tips and Tricks: Stowing your Fins

What to do with those fins during that long march from the parking lot down the stairs to the wharf to find your boat? Ricardo Constantino has a trick that will make your life easily and have you saying finny! Check it out.

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In this diving tips and tricks video, GUE instructor Ricardo Constantino shows you a handy way to carry your fins…not in your hands or on your feet…

Stowing your Fins

  • Unclip SPG from left hip D-ring
  • Weave SPG & hose through fin straps
  • Reclip SPG to D-Ring

Ricardo Constantino studied engineering in South Africa and now leads the R&D department of a Portuguese petrol retail technology company. Actively involved in a number of diving projects worldwide, he manages a Project Baseline cave initiative on the major Portuguese caves. He enjoys diving for scientists and contributing to the growth of knowledge by exploring new cave passages, and he serves on the board of directors of two prestigious Portuguese scientific associations with links to underwater research.

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