What the heck? Where does that come from? A horse collar is for horses, right? Well, not completely. During the mid/late sixties, various dive product manufacturers started to develop a new style Buoyancy compensator, which was soon called a horse collar.
Seatec, US Divers, Scubapro, Dacor and Nemrod among others came out with in those days ‘brand new and revolutionary’ products.
Dacor horse collar
When I was in Subic, not too long, learning about side mount diving I met Marc, the manager at Arizona Diveshop in Subic. Besides being very enthusiastic about diving and his job, he is also a diver since he was a kid and he had two horse collars on display in the dive shop!
Seatec horse collar
The Dacor and Seatec collars displayed here are both collars he used. A true piece of diving history that I couldn’t leave untouched and I had to get pictures of them.
Seatesa horse collar
When Dave and me walked into a different shop to get our side mount equipment, I could hardly believe that there was another horse collar on display on the wall of the dive center! In no time I ‘collected’ 3 collars in one day I was well impressed and happy!
Here’s a bit of ‘History on buoyancy compensators‘, for those that are interested!