Backplate and Wing

A backplate and wing (often abbreviated as BP&W or BP/W), is a type of Scuba harness with buoyancy compensation device (BCD) worn by scuba divers. Unlike most other BCDs, the backplate and wing is a modular system, in that it consists of separable components. The core components of this system are:

  • A harness, which attaches the system to the diver, and which may support other accessories.
  • The backplate, a plate normally made from metal which sits against the diver’s back and to which the diver’s cylinder or cylinders are attached.
  • An inflatable buoyancy bladder known as a wing, which is sandwiched between the backplate and the cylinder(s).

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Backplate And Wing - Differences From Other Styles of BCD
... The backplate and wing differs from the jacket style primarily in the way that the functions required of a BCD (attachment to diver, buoyancy control and attachment to cylinder(s)) are performed by distinct ... The buoyancy of a backplate is often significantly negative, especially when the plate is made from stainless steel, and so can replace some of the weight ... in jacket BCDs, such as pockets or weight integration, are not found in the core system of a backplate and wing, but can be added as additional components if desired ...

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