Early cave explorers were looking for a way to easily get through narrow places together with their dive gear and numerous accessories. They needed to transport their tanks comfortably in the dry cave sections and be able to pass through narrow restrictions under water and. If necessary, they wanted also to completely remove and replace the tanks under water. These needs eventually leaded to the invention of sidemount configuration.
In those early pioneer days there were no commercial sidemount sets available, so self-constructed harnesses where used to hang the tanks more or less on the side. Some random regulators in recreational configuration completed the setup. That was it! And it worked… most of the times.
Things evolved a lot since those pioneer days. Materials and designs got much better. The general diving philosophy emphasized a lot more on safety, resulting in more specialized and thorough dive training. But most importantly many of those DIY (Do-It-Yourself) sets, be it backmount, sidemount etc. crystallized into commercial available kits.
Recent years, diving with side-mounted tanks changed from being a necessity for cave explorers into a well appreciated and comfortable way of diving for the mainstream diving (recreational and technical) population.
Taking it under consideration, #TecLineTeam analysed the needs, experiences and wishes of SM divers (both rec, tec and cave). We used this important feedback as a guideline to create the ultimate SM set.
The base for the new product was the SIDE 16 – purely recreational, sidemount BCD. However, it needed some construction changes to meet the requirements of more advanced divers. And so it happened.
Michaël Doumont (XperienceDiving / MDSTechnology) and Karel Levrau (Narcotec) disassembled the SIDE 16 and rebuilt it with a fair deal of improvements. After a lot of testing and fine-tuning the details, they claimed this remodelled TecLine SM set to be the ultimate in sidemount diving.
This is how TecLine’s SIDE 16 AVENGER was born.
Sidemount diving is getting popular also among recreational divers. For this reason we have got more and more demands for an easy-to-use sidemount buoyancy compensator. TecLine Side16 BCD will fulfil all essential needs of beginners and recreational SM divers. Every piece of this BCD is easy to configure and adjust. It’s construction makes it intuitive to use both in diving and teaching conditions…
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