Choosing a BCD: Jacket or Wing

Most recreational divers use a jacket-style BCD, but at some point, you’ll see divers in wing-style BCs. What’s the difference, and which is right for you? Jacket-style BCDs By far the most common type of BCD, the jacket-style comes in all shapes and sizes. These are also gender-specific for a better fit. On a standard jacket-style BCD, the shape of the bladder inside means that air migrates around the waist and up to the chest, with little or no air on [...]

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8 Fun Facts About Blacktip Reef Sharks

1. The blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) is a species of requiem shark. It gets its name from the prominent black tips on its fins. The word requiem comes from the French word for shark, requin. They are similar to blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus), which do not have black markings on their pelvic fins. 2. These sharks are common on tropical Indo-Pacific coral reefs in shallow, coastal waters. At the surface, it’s easy to spot their exposed first dorsal fins. 3. [...]

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