A Momentary Lapse Led to Trauma Diver Undid BCD Straps, Rupturing Tendon

Diver undid BCD straps, rupturing tendon

Reported Story

I was in the process of removing my BCD and was trying to loosen the straps but was unable to. I mistakenly unclipped my BCD prior to setting the BCD and tank down so I still had my waist strap on. The tank now free at the top flipped over backward and tackled me from behind. The tackle ruptured my quadracep tendon.


Always sit the BCD down or have a buddy hold it securely before undoing the quick-release clips.

Peter Buzzacott, MPH, PhD