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BCD (Buoyancy Control Device)

Jacket Stile BCD.Our Bcd page will explain the purposes of the also know as diving jacket, tips when you are buying yours and how to maintained. Also we will show you the different models and new designs to help you choose yours.

The BCD serves four purposes:

  1. It acts as a backpack and holds the cylinder in position.
  2. It allows the diver to rest or swim comfortably at the surface with the help of a Mask and a Snorkel.
  3. Underwater, it allows divers to compensate for changes in buoyancy.
  4. And with pockets and utility rings, it allows divers to attach and store accessories, keeping their hands free.

When Buying a BCD

TIP #1: Simple and straight forward - it must fit you and be comfortable. At the store, when you are trying on the diving jacket, use a tank, add some air inside so that you know how it behaves at the surface. And remember that underwater, you won't feel the tank's weight.

TIP #2: Inspect all seams and the quality of construction.

TIP #3: Familiarize yourself with your diving jacket at the surface: know the location of all pockets, utility rings and buckles. It will help you a lot when you will use it for the first time.

Make it a habit to always perform a check on all your equipment before a dive.

BCD's Maintenance

After diving, clean all your equipment in fresh water as it will help to remove all the salt, dirt, and sediments - especially sand. As for your diving jacket either submerge it in or rinse the insides with fresh water, then let it drain. Remember, never to dry your equipment in direct sunlight.

If there is a problem with your diving jacket most of the time it is the sand particles which were not rinsed out properly the first time around. Rinsing it more thoroughly with fresh water should fix it. However, if the problem continues, please take your equipment to a professional at your local dive store for a closer inspection.

Time To Choose One

Jacket Stile BCD.

Jacket Style BCD. Inexpensive and simple.

Back Mounted Style

Back Mounted. Does not cover up the body as much as other styles, popular with underwater photographers, cave divers and in really deep dives - where more than one tank is required.

Advance Style

Advanced Design. It places most of the buoyancy underneath diver's shoulders, design allows to handle well on the surface and underwater.

Weight Intergrated Style

Integrated Weight. It is becoming popular these days, just be careful at the surface with the extra weight.

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