Developed from the original A.P.Valve, the APV200 has been ergonomically restyled but continues to offer the combined functions of a BCD power inflator and emergency jacket breathing valve
Replacement part for post-2007 (BUDDY and AP Diving) BCDS
[N.B. If you require a replacement for pre-2007 BUDDY BCDs you need the previous version - the AP200 which is 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 both the APV200 and the latest Auto Air
The inventor of the original valve, 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 APV200 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 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 Auto Airs fitted to S,M & L AP (BUDDY) BCDs
- 31" for Auto Airs fitted to AP (BUDDY) Wings, XL & XXL BCDs
Made in the UK
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