Many divers think they need a plane ticket and passport to have a truly dramatic underwater experience like swimming with manta rays, encountering a whale shark or finning across a coral reef in a wild open ocean. That’s probably because they haven’t heard about the remote gems in our Gulf of Mexico about 100 miles off the Texas/Louisiana coastline.
ScubaLab tests more equipment and collects more data than anybody in diving, and the annual regulator evaluation is our test team’s favorite. From a data-gathering perspective, a reg’s complex design allows us to really peel back the performance layers — using both sophisticated lab machinery as well as down-and-dirty dive work.
Sure, there might be other dive gear deemed more important to basic survival (a reg) or your general well-being (a dive computer) than a BC. But when it comes to being able to comfortably acclimate to being underwater — to the point where you feel like a resident rather than a clumsy topside tourist — the BC is the most important component of your kit. And nothing does a better job of providing comfort, security and near-effortless stability than a jacket-style BC.
We are in Newfoundland on a 10-day adventure that will take us snorkeling with whales, scuba diving on World War II wrecks, hiking along the East Coast Trail, and canoeing and fishing in the Terra Nova National Park.