Hi all. I am a newby with only 10 dives under my belt. I firmly believe in owning my own equipment, so I am in the market for a bc. However, I am suffering from bc overload. Please help.
This is what I’m confused with and would like:
I am 5’7”, 185 lbs, 64 years young.
I only do warm water diving in the Carribean.
I live in Georgia, inland, so I don’t have access to a pool to try different gear.
Looking under the $600 range.
I have been looking at the ScubaPro Go and the cressi travelite, but am open to ideas.
I like the write-ups on the back inflators, but one of the things that brings terror to my research is when I read about “back inflators” that tend to push my face into the water while on the surface. I understand that I shouldn’t totally inflate the back, but those words still scare the #$&*@ out of me. Sometimes the boats down here are not where you surface and you may need to float for 10 minutes or so on the surface. I need my face out of the water!
I only do recreational diving with my wife and a friend. I am OW certified, but going for AOW next month in Dominican Republic.
I have NO CLUE what lift I would need. Last time I went diving, the company put me in an xl size jacket (that wanted to float without me) and 18 lbs weights. It felt uncomfortable but hey, what do I know? I was just happy to be under water.
I’m sure I’ll have more questions, but would sure like some guidance and direction.