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Get in Control: A Comprehensive Guide to Scuba Diving BCDs

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Get in Control: A Comprehensive Guide to Scuba Diving BCDs

A buoyancy compensator device (BCD) is an essential piece of scuba diving equipment that can make a significant difference in the quality of your diving experience. It not only adds to your comfort and confidence but also helps you to become more efficient underwater. However, with so many types and styles of BCDs available in the market, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. In this guide, we’ll take you through the factors that come into getting the right BCD for you.

Choose Based on Your Gender

One of the most critical factors to consider when selecting a BCD is your gender. Women typically have shorter backs than men, which can cause weight to be transferred incorrectly and lead to spinal discomfort.

A women’s BCD has a shorter backplate that ensures better weight distribution and positions the cylinder correctly to prevent it from slapping into the lower back.

The waist strap and cummerbund also suffer from the same problem of positioning, which is why a ladies-specific BCD features a shorter back and subsequently high strap and cummerbund.

Consider the Style

There are two common styles of Scuba Diving BCDs to choose from – the jacket (vest) and back inflation (wings).

The jacket-style BCD is the most common and is quite comfortable if you choose the proper size. It features an air bladder inside the jacket that fills up around the waist and chest when inflated. Most modern jacket BCDs feature an integrated weight system as well, which makes a weight belt unnecessary. Different sizes feature different lift capacities.

The back-inflation BCD has no inflatable bladders on the front or sides and only inflates the back portion. This style of BCD allows for more freedom of movement and is generally more comfortable to wear. It also makes it easier for the diver to maintain a horizontal position underwater.

However, some divers complain about being turned face down on the surface. This can be fixed by adding weight to trim pockets on the tank band.

Cold Water Diving

If you plan to dive in cold water, pay special attention to lift capacity. Divers using a thicker wetsuit, hood, boots, and gloves will need to wear more weight to counteract the higher buoyancy. Therefore, the BC should have enough lift capacity to keep the diver afloat at the surface.

When it comes to choosing the right BCD, it’s essential to prioritise fit and safety over looks. A BCD that looks good but doesn’t fit correctly can ruin your diving experience.

Visit us at Diversworld and talk to our knowledgeable staff to help you choose the right BCD for your diving style, experience level, and body type. Remember, a well-fitting BCD is one of the best investments you can make in your diving experience.

View our range of BCDs:

Atomic BC2

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$2,449.00

: $3,285.00

Hollis Scuba Package

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$2,699.00

: $3,136.00

Oceanpro Corsair Scuba Package

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$1,599.00

: $1,846.00

Oceanic Oceanpro Scuba Package

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$1,549.00

: $1,816.00

Oceanic Hera Scuba Package

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$1,979.00

: $2,406.00

Oceanic Excursion Scuba Package

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$2,299.00

: $2,696.00

Oceanic Biolite Scuba Package

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$1,799.00

: $2,056.99

Zeagle Fury Scuba Package

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$2,379.00

: $2,986.00

Hollis ST Elite System

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$1,279.00

: $1,349.00

Zeagle Fury QLR BCD

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$949.00

: $1,199.00

Oceanic Oceanpro QLR 4 BCD

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$719.00$799.00

Oceanic QLR4 Weight Pockets

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$119.00

: $135.00

Hollis Stainless Steel Backplate

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$319.00

: $335.00

Oceanpro Corsair BCD

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$719.00

: $849.00

Hollis Single Tank Adapter

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$140.00

: $145.00

Hollis HTS 2 Harness

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$549.00

: $669.00

Hollis Solo Harness

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$210.00

: $219.00

Hollis HD200 BCD

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$1,079.00

: $1,249.00

Oceanic Biolite BCD

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$719.00

: $799.00

Hollis Elite 2 Harness

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$299.00

: $349.00

Oceanic Hera BCD

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$899.00

: $999.00

Oceanic Excursion QLR 4 BCD

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$899.00

: $999.00

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