So last November I was in Paris for a show. I had to get from point A to point B on a Friday evening at 5pm in short order. My friend Sebastien suggested we take a motorcycle taxi to get to our destination quickly. Having seen how they drive on two wheels in Paris, I was understandably excited and terrified at the same time. When it was go time, 2 Honda Goldwings arrived to whisk us away. I decided at the last minute to film it on my 60D. I’m glad I did, as this was one of the most memorable ways to see the city of lights! Thanks Sebastien, it was a great idea!!!
The next piece of gear that every diver shares in common is the BCD, or Buoyancy Control Device. It’s the piece of gear that keeps your air on your back, (or under your arms for sidemount diving), attaches your regulator and gear to you, and keeps you where you want to be in the water column.
BCD’s are sort of like cars. They come in all different shapes and sizes and have all kinds of bells and whistles. There are BCD’s for cold water, tropical water, cave diving, specialty BCD’s for travel, doubles, high lift capacity, ect…
My travel BCD is a ScubaPro NightHawk
It’s technically not a travel BCD, but it travels well for me. I’ll try to get in 4-5 dives a day when I’m in Cozumel and need something that will hold up to abuse. It’s considered a “backfloat” design, meaning that it has a wing that inflates behind you, VS having air that fills the front and back of the BCD vest. The amount of lift it has is fine for tropical diving, but anemic for PNW diving. It’s weight integrated, so I don’t need to wear a weightbelt, and has trim pockets that I can put weight into if I like.
You can read more about the Knighthawk here: Knighthawk
I think my next BCD will be a sidemount. I have been really interested in sidemount diving for a few years now. The only thing holding me back is finding someone who can train me on it. Hollis seems to make some cool sidemount gear. This may be my next BCD.