What’s a Side-mount BCD
A sidemount BCD (Buoyancy Control Device) in scuba diving is a type of BCD designed for a configuration where the diver wears one or two tanks on their sides, instead of the traditional back-mounted tank. In sidemount diving, each tank is independently secured at the diver’s sides, providing a more streamlined profile and enhanced flexibility.
The sidemount BCD typically consists of a harness, buoyancy bladder(s), and attachment points for tanks and other equipment. The harness allows the diver to easily manage tank placement and adjust the configuration to achieve optimal balance and trim in the water. Sidemount diving is popular among cave divers, technical divers, and those who prefer a more versatile and streamlined setup.
Sidemount BCDs offer benefits such as easier access to tank valves, improved maneuverability in tight spaces, and the ability to easily switch between tanks underwater. Divers using sidemount configurations need specialized training to ensure safe and efficient use of this equipment.