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Summer Worsley, Dive Instructor

PRODUCT REVIEW

Dive Equipment Review: The Oceanic OceanPro BCD

Are you a newer diver looking for a solid BCD that will stand the test of time? Or perhaps you’re a seasoned sea dog with plenty of dives under your weight belt looking for a workhorse. In either case, the OceanPro BCD by Oceanic could be just the ticket.

Oceanic’s entry-level BCD is tough enough to withstand a few knocks and has just the right amount of features for recreational scuba. It’s a dive center rental favorite for these reasons and it’s been spotted in many a pro’s dive bag too. 

Already know the OceanPro is for you? Click the link below to check prices or make an order. Otherwise, read on for our full review of this Oceanic BCD.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Reasons to buy

  • Highly durable and can take a beating
  • The padding around the shoulders is comfortable
  • Adjustable cummerbund so the BCD should still fit you should you lose of gain a little weight
  • LPI feels comfortable in the hand and the inflate and deflate buttons perform well underwater
  • LPI dump valve operates by pulling the LPI down (perfect for lazy dive instructors!)
  • Trim weight pockets
  • Integrated weights, which is unusual on an entry-level BCD

Reasons NOT to buy

  • Some divers prefer pockets that close with velcro as opposed to zippers
  • Plastic D-rings

What You Need to Know About the Oceanic OceanPro BCD

Let’s take a look at some of the OceanPro’s key features:

See the complete list of the best Scuba Diving BCDs here!

Durability

We mentioned earlier that this is a workhorse of a BCD. It’s been designed to be tough and durable so it can certainly withstand a few knocks or a day left out in the sun (even though we don’t recommend treating your BCD that way!).

Oceanic markets this unit as an entry-level option, and it’s priced accordingly making it an enduring favorite with dive centers as a rental BCD. The tough denier nylon can handle endless dive students so it can certainly handle even the most demanding recreational diver.

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Dive Equipment Review: The Oceanic OceanPro BCD: Key Specifications

  • Style: Jacket
  • Integrated weights?: Yes
  • Unisex
  • Sizes: XS to XL
  • Trim weight pockets
  • Durable 1000D denier fadeless nylon construction
  • D-rings: Eight, plastic
  • Pockets: Two with zip closure
  • Lift capacity: 20 pounds (9 kg) to 48 pounds (21 kg)
  • Dump valves: Three (bum dump, shoulder dump, and LPI rapid release)
  • Overpressure release valve
  • Oceanic Alliance Inflator included

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Integrated Weights and Trim Weight Pockets

The OceanPro comes with integrated weight pockets as standard, but if you prefer to use a belt, these are easily removed. The pockets are simple to operate and you won’t struggle to slot the weighted pockets into the BCD while you’re wearing it, which can be an issue with some integrated BCD models.

Additionally, the quick-release system is swift when you want it to be but reliably secure when there’s no need to drop weights.

There are two trim weight pockets at the rear of the BCD near the tank strap. Newer divers and experienced divers alike will appreciate the chance to balance out their weighting (trim) with these. Each holds the equivalent of a 2-pound or 1-kilogram weight.

oceanic oceanpro weights

Pockets and D-Rings

The OceanPro’s D-rings are, unfortunately, plastic instead of stainless steel. But that said, it does have eight rings in total, so more than enough to clip on accessories such as an SMB and a reel.

Additionally, there are two decent sized pockets on either side of the BCD. These are generous enough to fit larger items such as a spare mask or dive torch. The zipper closure is preferable to a velcro closure as the latter tends to wear out over time. So long as you keep the heavy-duty zippers clean (no sand and salt) and run a little silicone over the teeth from time to time, they should last well.

oceanic oceanpro d rings

Dump Valves

In addition to the standard left-hand shoulder dump and the bum dump (which is really only useful if you’re in an uncontrolled accent situation with your bum in the air), the OceanPro BCD is equipped with a rapid release on the LPI. To activate this, pull the LPI down and slightly away from your body. The release dumps air faster than releasing air from the LPI’s dedicated deflate button.

The BCD is also equipped with an automatic overpressure dump valve (a standard feature on all BCDs) to protect the bladder from bursting if it is inflated too much.

oceanic ocenpro BCD with dump valves

Oceanic’s After Sales and Servicing Support

Oceanic’s BCD warranty covers you for five years from the date of purchase on materials and manufacturing. You should have your BCD serviced every year. When we talk about getting BCD serviced, you’re mainly looking to ensure there are no rips or tears in the bladder and that the LPI has been kept in good working condition.

Oceanic has a great reputation for after-sales and servicing support. The company, which is now part of Huish Outdoors, is headquartered in the United States, but if you purchased an Oceanic BCD (or any other Oceanic scuba kit) overseas you can contact Oceanic by filling in a form here.

Summary

The Oceanic OceanPro BCD is a reliable piece of dive gear that should last you for years to come. Although marketed as an entry-level BCD, and priced accordingly, it boasts some features you won’t always find on cheaper BCDs, such as an integrated weight system and a high-quality LPI.

If you’re after a jacket-style BCD to take you from Open Water and beyond, you can’t go wrong. Likewise, adventurous recreational divers will find plenty about the OceanPro they love.

See the complete list of the best Scuba Diving BCDs here!

What We Like

  • Highly durable and can take a beating
  • The padding around the shoulders is comfortable
  • Adjustable cummerbund so the BCD should still fit you should you lose of gain a little weight
  • LPI feels comfortable in the hand and the inflate and deflate buttons perform well underwater
  • LPI dump valve operates by pulling the LPI down (perfect for lazy dive instructors!)
  • Trim weight pockets
  • Integrated weights, which is unusual on an entry-level BCD
  • Classic jacket style for recreational diving

What We Don’t Like

  • Some divers prefer pockets that close with velcro as opposed to zippers
  • Plastic D-rings

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