Can you dive any scuba tank in the world?
If you’re an active scuba diver, sooner or later you’re bound to discover that there a couple of different types of regulator to tank connections. For some, this discovery happens in a class or during a conversation at their local dive shop. For others, this realization comes at a more inconvenient time: when they need to borrow a tank from a friend for a last-minute dive trip only to discover that their regulator can’t be connected to the loaner tank.
Understanding the different types of tank to regulator connections is important, and not just because it could mean saving your (or someone else’s) dive. In certain types of advanced diving, some regulator connections are considered more safe. An instructor for a more advanced class may require the students a specific type of connection, so it’s good to know the pros and cons of the different options before buying your own dive gear!
DIN vs. Yoke Made Easy
There are two different connection types that are used to connect a scuba regulator to a tank valve: “yoke” and “DIN”. Each connection has benefits as well as some drawbacks. There are ways to quickly adapt some regulators & tank valves from DIN to yoke & vice versa…… but not all combinations are compatible. So is yoke better than DIN or is DIN better than yoke? Does it really make much of a difference if you use one instead of the other?