Developed from the original A.P.Valve, the AP200 offers the combined functions of a BCD power inflator and emergency jacket breathing valve
Replacement part for pre-2007 (BUDDY) BCDS, the current AP Trident and the AP Redwing
[N.B. If you require a replacement for post-2007 BUDDY or AP Diving BCDs you need the redesigned / current version of the AP200 - the APV200, also available from this site]
The concept of breathing from your BCD in an emergency has proved so simple and reliable it has withstood the test of time and is an option offered today with all four developments from the original 'AP Valve' - the AP200 / APV200 and the two Auto Air octo-inflators - the AP100 / APV100
The inventor of the original valves, David Parker, outlines the simple, life-saving procedure he first developed back in 1969:
"Throughout a dive you will always have a potential air supply inside your jacket. If your regulator fails or you are out-of-air, the jacket-breathing facility of the AP200 or Auto Air will give you another bail-out option by allowing you access to this spare air. Simply insert the mouthpiece in place of your failed reg and breathe! There will always be a few breaths available and this initial ability to breathe is key to preventing panic in those first few seconds. Air inside the bladder is easily replenished with a short on/off operation of the mini-cylinder. With a little practice this bail-out procedure will become routine and you can dive with the confidence that you have the ability to breathe - always within reach - giving you time to reach your buddy to air-share, or if necessary, to jacket-breathe all the way to the surface. As you ascend, the air in your jacket will expand and so you will have to replenish from the mini-cylinder less often.
At the surface the AP200/APV200 or Auto Air can also be used to orally inflate your jacket."
David Parker [BSAC Instructor No.177]
The AP50 medium pressure inflator hose (shown) is included
Warning - all A.P. inflators are low/medium pressure - 14 bar max
Please select which hose size you require:
- 24" for AP Valves fitted to S,M & L AP (BUDDY) BCDs
- 27" for AP Valves fitted to replacement AP rebreather wings
- 31" for AP Valves fitted to AP (BUDDY) Wings, XL & XXL BCDs
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