What does a buoyancy compensator do?
A buoyancy compensator, also called a buoyancy control device, BC, BCD, stabilizer, stabilisor, stab jacket, wing or ABLJ depending on design, is a piece of diving equipment with an inflatable bladder which is worn by divers to establish neutral buoyancy underwater and positive buoyancy at the surface, when needed.
How do I choose a buoyancy compensator?
So first thing, try the buoyancy compensator on and consider how it feels. Inflate it to see whether it feels tight then. Moves your arms and check if it’s constricting movement in any way. It should fit comfortably -not too tight across the shoulders, under the arms or around the waist.
Where are Scubapro BCD made?
The Scubapro tag line is “Deep Down You Want The Best”. Below are some key moments in the company history: In 1963 The MK2 regulator is introduced, considered the most reliable 1st stage in diving. The MK2 is still in production today at the Scubapro state of-the-art R&D facility in Italy.
How much buoyancy do I need in a BCD?
It said something to the effect that one should choose a BCD with 10 or so pounds more lift than the total weight worn. As an example it said a diver who wears 30 pounds of weight should have BCD with at least 40 pounds of lift.
How do you control buoyancy?
Here are five tips for buoyancy control to help you feel perfectly weightless on your next dive trip.
- FIND YOUR WEIGHT. Wearing the right amount of lead is the most important step to mastering buoyancy control, and most divers wear way too much.
- GET DOWN.
- ADD AIR SPARINGLY.
- BREATHE EASY.
- VENT YOUR BC BEFORE ASCENDING.
How do I choose a BCD size?
You’ll want to consider how much to spend, which type of BCD goes best with your diving style, how much weight you carry, where you want the jacket’s air to sit on your body, and even your body type.
Is scubapro a good brand?
They have a series of regulators of very good quality. Scubapro also offers excellent diving suits and BCs. Their fins have everything functional and their jetfins model was the iconic fins that fitted the combat swimmers and today are the darlings of the Tek divers.
Can you scuba dive without a BCD?
Sport and technical divers should never consider diving without a BCD that has an air cell. A BCD is just like any other ‘tool for the job’ in that you should pick the right BCD for the dive you are planning.