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BC vs. BCD

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by defkonmusic, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. defkonmusic

    defkonmusic Angel Fish

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    Hey Everyone,

    I know this may sound like a stupid question and I am a newbie so please bare with me, I have a couple questions.

    I am a newly certified open water diver and would like to know everyone's thoughts on calling your buoyancy control device a BCD or a BC. On my first discovery scuba dive, one of the other divers (certified) insisted that it wasn't called a buoyancy control device but a buoyancy compensation device. Being the new guy I didn't argue and no one else was in the area to possibly correct him. Although I knew I wasn't wrong, I wasn't sure if he was right. Ive also heard them referred to as buoyancy compensator and I am assuming thats where BC comes from. Please let me know your thoughts.

    P.S. I know I could just ask someone the next time I dive but I thought it might be a good topic of conversation. If there is another thread about this please let me know. When searching for BC, BCD, etc. there is a LOT to filter through.

    Thanks!
     
  2. SteveAD

    SteveAD Instructor, Scuba

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    potato/potahto tomato tomahto boyancy compensation device/bouyancy compensator/ vest thingy they all work.
     
  3. fisheater

    fisheater Divemaster Candidate

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    You use your BC/BCD to compensate for your loss of exposure suit buoyancy when you descend and the water pressure increases. YOU control your buoyancy, through your breathing and BC/BCD (and/or drysuit) use.

    Hence, it's properly called a buoyancy compensator ("BC") or bouyancy compensation device ("BCD").

    I suppose a "buoyancy control device" would be your brain.
     
  4. skdiver.com

    skdiver.com Angel Fish

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    like stated above bouyancy compensator device to bouyancy compensator there all the same thing
     
  5. paddler3d

    paddler3d Divemaster Candidate

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    What he said.:D
     
  6. diver 85

    diver 85 Solo Diver

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    BC-most people are lazy.........BCD is for wimps....lol
     
  7. Rhone Man

    Rhone Man Divemaster

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    I think in the early days they were called "Bouyancy Compensators" and abbreviated to BC, and then in a burst of political correctness this was changed to "Bouyancy Control Devices" and abbreviated to BCD, but nobody really noticed or cared.
     
  8. defkonmusic

    defkonmusic Angel Fish

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    The PADI manual calls them buoyancy control devices but apparently its not really that important. Ill be calling them BC's from now on.

    :p

    Thanks everybody!
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2009
  9. defkonmusic

    defkonmusic Angel Fish

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    lol!

    :)
     
  10. BCSGratefulDiver

    BCSGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I call mine a BP/W ... :D

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
     

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