LET’S BE HONEST – many years ago when Seac products were introduced to the UK, the importer at that time chose to bring in some pretty awful bits of kit.
Then big John Camm took over the agency and introduced the Seac Pro 2000 to us divers. It was the year 2000, hence the name.
This BC was so good at that time that it alone, under John’s energetic persistence in getting dive-shops to stock it, turned around Seac’s lacklustre performance in the British market.
Seac may have a different importer now but the lessons have been learned, and only good-quality stuff seems to gets landed on our shores. I’m not even sure whether Seac makes any of the cheaper stuff anymore.

Design
This BC follows in the footsteps of its predecessors in that it is a hybrid with a large expanding buoyancy cell at the back in the style of a wing-style BC, but with front sections that can be called into play if you wish to sit in comfort at the surface while waiting for a boat to pick you up.
The secret of the Pro 2000 HD is that the capacity of the back-flotation can be adjusted while waiting.
Use it as a wing under water, then pull the yellow webbing straps concealed in the side-pockets so that they tighten on their buckles, and the capacity of the wing is greatly reduced.
This allows further air to be added to the BC to inflate the forward portion of the buoyancy cell. Job done.

Integrated Weights
I needed only 4kg of lead, thanks to the massively heavy steel tank I was using. The four little blocks were easily stowed in the quick-release weight-pouches, and clipped into place in a positive manner. I never felt in any danger of losing them.
They will take a maximum of 8kg and can be augmented by two weight-pouches for up to 2kg each, fitted to the single camband that goes around the tank.
There are also a couple of capacious zipped pockets in which to stow a spool and SMB or a current-hook.
I wish the zips had run from back-to-front, because that would have made it easy to clip something on with a piston-clip to one of the small D-rings and then close the zip.
In the event they ran the other way, so that was not possible.
There is also a hidden back-up pocket on one side, but this is not closed by any method so I didn’t use it.

D-rings & Dumps
The Pro 2000 HD is a tough item, built in 1000D Cordura coated in PU to withstand the hardest wear. It has plenty of stainless-steel D-rings – three curved, two straight and two further smaller ones.
There are three ways to dump air during an ascent, not counting the oral-inflation valve at the end of the corrugated hose.
The toggles for the right shoulder dump and the right kidney dump are on long cords that take into account the enormous size of the buoyancy cell once it’s fully inflated.
This does make them likely to get entangled, and I took to grabbing the cord where it protruded from the valve to dump air during a quick descent from the surface, rather than search for either toggle.
Of course, when it comes to the point of ascending, you have time to look for them.
There is a novel octopus-holder that I abandoned after a while because I found it left the octopus second stage too close to my face when I turned to the right.

In The Water
The harness is fully adjustable in combination with the back-cushion to fit supremely well, whatever shape you may be.
It’s attached directly to the backplate and fits snugly, so the BC really becomes part of you.
During diving I found that I could position myself at any orientation I wished. I never had to fight with the buoyancy of the BC.
With my Pegasus Thruster drive unit attached to my tank, I could take off in the currents that form around the channels of Maldivian reef systems, swimming in a horizontal and streamlined way, while if I wanted to go head-down or head-up there was nothing stopping me.
I think the love affair some divers have with wing-style BCs (probably because it’s the perceived-to-be-correct technical diver’s multi-tank-rigged way of doing things) is sometimes misplaced. Those divers have forgotten the pleasure of diving with a more conventional arrangement for buoyancy control.

At The Surface
Once I was at the surface and finding that I might have a long wait while our pick-up boat attended to other divers along the reef, I could fully inflate the jacket and find myself propped well above the water.
At this time, the buoyancy in the front part of the Pro 2000 HD comes into play, and I never felt that I was struggling to resist being pushed face-down, as you are with some pure wing designs that have a massive buoyancy cell.
In fact I felt at times that I was in one of those inflatable armchairs you might see in the swimming pools of the rich and famous in Hollywood. I needed only an iced piña colada complete with a little umbrella to complete the scene.
I developed a good tan on my face in this way during a two-week trip to the Maldives.
My only real criticism is that the Pro 2000 HD used up a greater part of my checked-baggage allowance than I would have liked.

COMPARABLE BCS TO CONSIDER:
Aqua-Lung Pro QD, £370
TUSA Selene, £304
Oceanic Probe HLC, £460

SPECS
PRICE £379
MAXIMUM LIFT IN SIZE M 17kg
INTEGRATED WEIGHTS Yes, with trim weights
DUMP VALVES Three
SIZES S-XL
WEIGHT 4.6kg
CONTACT www.blandfordsubaqua.co.uk
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