I am recently certified and live in So Calif. I'll probably dive a couple
times a month, mostly beach, some boat dives. My interests are casual,
having fun. I'm slowing picking up equip, a combination of new/used.
I'm now looking at BC's. At the low end, local dive shops have the
Seaquest Spectrum 1 and Sherwood Cayman (last years model, I think). Both
for around $200. Which would you recommend? Are there other good low end
BC's that you would recommend over these? I'm willing to pay a little
more, if it gets me a lot more. I do want something that will last and
will take me beyond novice diving.
What characteristics do you look for in a BC? Functionally there seems to
be little difference between a $200 BC and one that costs $400. The
higher priced model will have more buckles and pockets and will generally
be more heavy duty, but for a recreational diver is there any practical
Rental BC's are probably even lower end than the $200 ones mentioned above
- and these seemed to work for me.