One of the essential gears for scuba diving is a BCD. After weeks of searching and waiting I have finally purchased my own. Want to know what a BCD is? Wanna watch me receive and unpack? Continue reading…

What is a BCD?

For non-diver readers, a BCD or Buoyancy Control Device is what keeps you buoyant underwater. Buoyancy is the what makes this float, sink or stay in the middle (positively, negatively, and neutrally). In basic terms, it is a device that helps you go underwater and helps you stay underwater.

Basic Scuba Diving Gear

What basic equipment for scuba diving (from my personal experience) are:

  • Mask
  • Suit (wetsuit or dry suit)
  • Diving boots
  • Fins
  • Regulator
  • Weights
  • Dive Computer
  • BCD

My First BCD – Cressi Strart Pro 2.0

After a few days of waiting, I finally have my very own BCD. No more rental equipment, hooray! Dive Monster Senior helped me find the perfect BCD that fits my tiny size (XXS). We searched together for a suitable one for me. After finding the right one, we ordered it and started the wait. It would have been here five days ago, however, people in the Philippines were busy celebrating the Holy Week. So, we had to wait a little longer.

The Cressi Start Pro 2.0 has wonderful features including weight pockets, titty strap and more! Here is its Technical Features:

  • Strong Enough to Rent, Bullet-Proof for Recreational Divers
  • Stability of a Jacket Style BC
  • Convenience of Weight Integration
  • 1000 and 500 Denier Cordura Construction
  • Large, Easy-to-See Size Markings on Shoulder
  • Integrated Gravity Type Weight Pockets
  • Adjustable Sternum Strap
  • Owner’s Manual
  • Rigid, Fully Padded Back Support Panel
  • 3 Relief/Overpressure Valves (rear/shoulder valves w/front pull knobs)
  • Power Inflator w/3/8″ Threaded LP Quick-Disconnect Hose
  • Plastic D-Rings for Accessory Attachment
  • Rigid Padded Backpack w/Carry Handle: Stability & Ease of Transport
  • Torso Adjustable Shoulders
  • Adjustable Waist Strap with Cummerbund Pad
  • Side-Release Buckles
  • Quick-and-Easy Donning and Doffing
  • Lift Capacities: 29.2 lbs. to 45 lbs. (13.25 kg to 20.4 kg) Size Dependent
  • Single Cam Cylinder Band
  • BCD Weight: 4.8 lbs. to 6.2 lbs. (2.1 kg to 2.8 kg), Dry
  • 2 Large Accessory Pockets with hook and loop Closures

Watch me Unpack & Fit my Cressi Start Pro 2.0 BCD:

Masks are essential for seeing things underwater, while a suit (usually made of neoprene) keeps you warm. Diving boots helps you avoid hazardous objects especially after the dive when walking along the shore. Diving finds help you move underwater. Your regulator helps you breath underwater. Weights help you go underwater while BCD helps you “balance” and stay buoyant. Dive computers on the other hand, are hand when it comes to keeping track of how long you have been underwater, your limits, your depth and etc. Your regulator has other parts mainly the SPG (submersible pressure gauge) which tells you the pressure left in your tank, inflator house, your primary air source and alternate air source.

Mask, suit, boots, fins, regulator, weights, dive computer, and BCD…CHECK! I have the basics covered and I can’t wait to go diving with my full set!  

It is time for me to venture out to the deep and blue. With my new BCD, I can be able to achieve great things like chasing fish, playing with turtles and tickling starfishes.