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3 BCDs For Beginners

As part of our kit for beginners series, Neil Hope looks at three options for BCDs...

BCDs or Buoyancy Control Devices, allow fine-tuning of buoyancy underwater and keep you afloat at the surface so selecting the correct style and fit is of utmost importance. Always check out a BCD for fit with the suit you'll be diving in, making sure there's sufficient room to inflate it fully without excessive squeeze. Conventional jacket-style versions provide a more upright position at the surface than wings and optional integrated weight systems can also prove more comfortable for many divers by removing the necessity for a weight belt. 

 

Cressi Travelight Lady 

Cressi Travelight Lady beginner BCD

Cut to provide better support and comfort for the female figure, the 210 denier nylon Travelight has a foldable flexible padded backpack, integrated weight system and a pair of large zipped pockets. Three relief valves are built into it's traditional jacket design and a second cylinder retaining strap ensures that weight is transferred to the hips rather than the spine.

PRICE £319 www.cressi.co.uk

 

Seac Sub Ego 

Seac Sub Ego beginner BCD

As an inexpensive, hard-wearing option the Ego is a great choice if you don't require an integrated weight system. Manufactured from 1000D Cordura material and with a PU coated 840D Nylon bladder this jacket has a padded backpack, metal D-rings and a pair of large velcro side pockets.

Price: £194www.seacsub.com

 

Mares Prestige MRS Plus 

Mares Prestige Plus mrs beginner BCD

Big on features but simple in its appearance the Cordura MRS Plus has swivelling joint shoulder buckles for comfort, integrated weights, and a large volume zipped pocket. Featuring a rigid backplate with integral grab handle, Mares' compact Ergo inflator and low profile dump valves, the jacket also has rear trim weight pockets and grommet holes to attach a knife.

Price: £310 | www.mares.com

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