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    Need recomendations for non-BP/W for DMing

    Hello all,

    I dive a Golem Gear BP/W with DR deluxe harness and love it.

    I am in my DM class and although the instructor/owner has not said I can't use my BP/W for teaching, it is apparent to me that some things would go easier if I was wearing a "normal' non-BP/W BC.

    The reason I went the BP/W route in the first place was my size and the ability to comfortable accommodate my size in a BC, I'm big at 6'5", and 335lbs.

    So the question, does anyone have any suggestions for a BC to accommodate my size easily?

    TIA
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    Not sure about other manufacturers, but Zeagle can do a custom for you if nothing OTS will work. They were able to accommodate "Bigman" (I hope the mention doesn't bring him back from the pits of Hell) and I think he was bigger than you.
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    I'd also suggest looking into Zeagle, as a number of their BC's use a 'personal fit system' where the sections can be put together in different sizes. And they also offer custom sizing if the PFS doesn't work for you. Zeagle is quality made in the USA and they have terrific customer service, so those are big pluses (in my book, anyway!)

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    Why not just use the shop's rental BCs? They shouldn't charge you for the use of them, since you're basically advertising the product lines they carry.
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    Largo, the owner did bring one to the pool that he thought would fit, but it did not. I will look at his gear next time I'm in the actual shop.
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    I's also one for the Zeagle route. From what I've seen and read here, they are top notch and very accomodating in the custom area.

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    The shop owner just started carrying Zeagle and brought a Zeagle 911 BC/ It fit nicely, had similar weighting as my BP/w.
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    Wouldn't be great if they would finally just start recognizing a BP/W as normal option? This set up has become very common in recreational diving and many people waste money getting pushed into some over-stuffed BC that they will just change out.

    If that BC with the stupid lever to inflate and release air can be considered normal how can a BP/W still be looked at as VOO DOO?

    I thought one of the points in training was to get students comfortable with different options and configurations that may be encountered in the real world. I believe it is a disservice for a BP/W to be treated like it is something outside of normal or unsafe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilDiver View Post
    Wouldn't be great if they would finally just start recognizing a BP/W as normal option? This set up has become very common in recreational diving and many people waste money getting pushed into some over-stuffed BC that they will just change out.

    If that BC with the stupid lever to inflate and release air can be considered normal how can a BP/W still be looked at as VOO DOO?

    I thought one of the points in training was to get students comfortable with different options and configurations that may be encountered in the real world. I believe it is a disservice for a BP/W to be treated like it is something outside of normal or unsafe.


    Some of those 'over-stuffed' BCDs you're talking about feel like a drag chute underwater.

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    I agree with DevilDiver. If you were diving doubles or sidemount that would be different story but diving a B/W with single tank shouldn't be a problem.
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