Intro to Backplate & Wing



On the off chance that you at any point ask us for counsel on which BCD is ideal, our response is straightforward – get yourself a backplate and wing! You’ve presumably seen that backplate and wing style BCD’s have been quickly acquiring ubiquity over the course of the past couple of years. Nowadays, it is very considered normal to see that the greater part the divers on the boat are utilising a wing.

So for what reason would they say they are so great? There are a few benefits of the backplate and wing set-up – we should examine some of them:


A conventional harness-style BCD is a lumbering undertaking – when completely expanded, there is an enormous bladder projecting despite the diver’s good faith, however under their arms too. Regularly there will be pockets on the sides under the diver’s arms as well. In the event that these pockets have a couple of things in them, the completely swelled coat is basically immense.

Interestingly, with a wing the diver’s body is totally liberated from gear – and liberated from bulky mass. Just a solitary length of webbing makes shoulder ties and a midsection lash, with a discretionary expansion of a groin tie. This effortlessness leaves the diver substantially more smoothed out in the water, decreasing drag and subsequently lessening the energy expected to move.


Every one of the part portions of the wing are totally different from one another. This implies that you can choose which attributes are generally suitable for the dive you’ll make, and pick the parts which are best for you.

If you need to expand or change the system you can purchase more than one bladder or backplate, and change your unit up step by step to involve the best mix of pack for your dive plan.

In practically all cases, there is no Small, Medium and Large with regards to wings – the fitting around your body comes solely from the length of the webbing. This can be effortlessly adjusted to empower to the saddle to fit any body shape. The main thought then, at that point, becomes making sue that you utilize a bladder which has adequate lift for your body size and the weight you’ll convey with you on the dive.


On the off chance that you put resources into a quality model at first, a total wing will commonly be somewhat more costly than a standard BCD. In the event that you keep up with it with care, each piece of your wing will last numerous years. At the point when one section truly does ultimately break down then you just have to supplant that part. Over a long period of jumping, this not just turns out to be essentially less expensive than purchasing new BCD’s like clockwork, yet in addition empowers you to gather various parts with various qualities, empowering you greater adaptability to adjust your unit to your ongoing necessities.


There is some variety in the backplates – regularly you can pick a weighty one or a light one – the weighty one, produced using treated steel, will normally weigh some place in the district of 3Kg. The light one, either produced using aluminum or from a lot more modest piece of treated steel, will normally weigh some place nearer to 500g.

The primary benefit of the lighter backplate is basically that it is more amicable on your aircraft weight remittance.

Weighty backplates, then again, are a lot more pleasant to dive with. This is on the grounds that any additional load from the backplate is weight which can be eliminated from your weight-belt. Besides, having a part of your weight conveyed over your whole back isn’t just more agreeable, yet changes your focal point of gravity, making it a lot simpler to track down a decent trim in the water.

During this course you will learn:

  • Correct adjustments of harness on your specific body size.
  • Ideal position of d-ring and their functions
  • Clipping on and off of needed dive gear you may have on your dive
  • Adjusting and placement of weights on a back plate and wing configuration
  • Differences between types, sizes and models of wings
  • The requirements for taking this course are:

  • Being at least an Open Water diver
  • Schedule overview:

  • This is a one-day intro course that could be conducted from a boat on boat dives as well as from land through a shore dive, you may extend the training into two days if you wish.
  • Recommendations:

  • We recommend trying out the Back plate and wing configuration with our gear first before buying this type of configuration. Lots of details you may want to verify before buying a set up that may not be adequate for your needs or body type.