BCD's, Wings & Sidemounts

Choosing a BCD: Solutions for the Slight

A boy in a harness-and-wing system, which is adjustable, so it fits him perfectly. The system allows the head to be held higher on the surface of the water than a conventional jacket-style BCD does. It is easier to control and does not squeeze the diver’s ribcage and inhibit breathing when the air cell is fully inflated. Photo by Simon Pridmore.

In 2014, off the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand, a diver on a discover scuba experience died when she became separated from her group and ran out of air. She was discovered on the surface, floating face down. The inquest found that the dive operation involved was to blame because they had failed to supervise her properly.

Finnsub Fly 13D Rescue Comfort Wing

The vivid red 30lb lift capacity wing is aimed at the recreational diver because it can be dived with a 10, 12 or 15 litre cylinder. The wing itself is manufactured from durable 2000 denier Cordura. It is coupled with a 'FLY Comfort Harness' that comes in two sizes - S - XL and XXL - with the choice of an aluminium or stainless steel backplate. Fittings on the harness include 2 double-part weight pockets capable of carrying 5kg / 11lb of soft weight. As you would expect the chest, waist and crotch straps are all adjustable.