Having the right dive equipment can make a big difference to your scuba diving experience. Here are some of our best tips, tricks and strategies about getting the most out of your travel BC.
When trying on a new scuba BC at the dive shop, add a tank and weight to see how well the harness system distributes the load. Make sure you can adjust the waist cummerbund and shoulder straps for optimum comfort when wearing the appropriate exposure suit.
While wearing the BC, attempt to access all utility pockets, load and release integrated weight pockets, and work the various inflation and dump valves. If you plan on diving cold water, you might want to try this exercise while wearing gloves.
Lift or Drag?
More lift might seem like a good thing — but the added bulk of a high-lift scuba BC can become a drag-inducing liability underwater if you don’t need the full capacity. Look for new travel BC designs that include some type of retention system that compresses the air cell when not inflated.
Many hard-core tech scuba divers eschew conveniences such as quick-release buckles and padding. Unless you have a good reason to go minimalist, however, these scuba BC “extras” can greatly increase the convenience and comfort of your dives.