bcd: 'jacket style' or 'back filled'?

bcd: 'jacket style' or 'back filled'?

Post by hz.. » Sat, 05 Jul 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>The 'jacket style' is used in my classes.

>I read that the 'back filled' ones are more comfortable,
>but have a tendency to put the diver face down
>when at the surface.

>Oceanic's Chute-1 has two weight pockets near the back
>(each of which can hold a 4 pound weight)
>which are supposed to provide 'for better vertical stability'.

>Has Oceanic fully solved the problem?
>Or is it safer to use the 'jacket style'?

>I know....I ask too many questions.....but I'm a newbie!

 
 
 

bcd: 'jacket style' or 'back filled'?

Post by hzma » Mon, 07 Jul 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>I have a back filled model and it does give me more face down attitude than
>a regular jacket but not to the extent that it is uncomfortable. Underwater
>the bouancy will always be on your back and since many have accordion-like
>features, they provide a little less resistance. Whether they are worth the
>extra money isn't quite clear to me.

>PS Everybody learns from everybody's questions.

I am concerned about the circumstances where a diver is unconcous at
the surface....and if wearing a back filled model will put the diver
face down on the water.....he/she will quickly die.....without
assistance.

I'm thinking of purchasing either the Chute (back filled) or the Probe
(jacket style).  I prefer the Chute....but not if it will have the
tendency to put the diver face down when on the surface.

Does the weight pockets at the back of the Oceanic Chute BCD totally
eliminate the BCD's tendency to put the diver face down when on the
surface?

 
 
 

bcd: 'jacket style' or 'back filled'?

Post by Jim.Green.. » Mon, 07 Jul 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>I am concerned about the circumstances where a diver is unconcous at
>the surface....and if wearing a back filled model will put the diver
>face down on the water.....

NO BC is guaranteed to float an unconscious diver face up in the
water - only an approved PFD will do that, and BCs are not approved
as PFDs. Buy the BC that fits you best.

-JimG

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