Every scuba-diver will tell you that gearing up is the most tedious part of the sport-donning several pounds of lead weights, a steel tank, regulators, a buoyancy compensator
, a wetsuit that's very hot and tight on land.
They assist the diver in maintaining a stable horizontal position underwater and are far less restrictive than the jacket-style buoyancy compensator
(known as a stabilising or 'stab' jacket) often used in open-water recreational diving.
Marino explained the various gauges attached to his buoyancy compensator
harness: temperature, depth, air pressure and compass.
In this equipment category, the buoyancy compensator
(air-filled vest) was reported as most problematic followed by the breathing regulator.
Then the class members moved to a swimming pool to get their first taste of using the equipment, learning how to breathe out of the regulator, and controlling buoyancy with a buoyancy compensator
. The final class was a weekend at a lake.
After strapping on my vest-like buoyancy compensator
, which is attached to the regulator and staggeringly heavy air tank, I was convinced that I would sink like a rock.
** Note: The IDI advantage buoyancy compensator
has been changed in the Diving Equipment ANU from being "authorized for Navy use" to "authorized for use but no longer authorized for further procurement" based on unrelated non-safety concerns with the quality of the BC.