Jacket Inflate BCD
Jacket/Vest Style BCD
The most commonly known and used BCD is the jacket style also referred to as the vest style BCD.
- A jacket/vest-style BCD is extremely stable on the surface and behaves similar to a life jacket. It helps you the diver stay vertical when floating at the surface without much effort.
- Jacket-style BCDs can change your body’s position underwater if they’re not the right fit for you. They usually hold you in a slightly vertical position with your fins pointing down if you don’t weigh them properly. This position isn’t perfect for navigating through water. But if you strap in a vest or jacket BC properly and it fits you well, you should be fine to keep yourself in a horizontal position while you’re diving.
Vest-style or front adjustable jacket BCDs could be the most common BCD style among divers. A jacket-style BCD is a wearable sleeveless jacket with a built-in air bladder that wraps around the diver. This bladder also inflates in front, beside, and behind divers. Vest-style BCs come in many styles and configurations. They also offer a better fit for all divers since these are gender-specific equipment. Jacket BCDs are a favorite among dive shops that offer scuba gear rental services, as well as recreational divers.