He was just saying Eric has no excuse not to know what an ABLJ is. I was assuming Eric was joking.Yeah, in pink it says "past and present". The past part is referencing the "front-mounted" style. Sure, there is an occasional dinosaur still diving one of these, but the last sentence in my original manual states: "Of these, crecreational divers by far most commonly use the jacket style."
Question, when you certified your wife, did she use a ABLJ? If you are associated with your shop, does your shop still train new divers with these?
We should be realistic on what divers are being trained with today. I only see new divers being trained in jacket style BCDs and BP/Ws. If there is any instructor/shop that uses ABLJ in their open water courses, I'd sure like a link to their website, as I won't believe it until I see it.
I have a backplate and clamp etc from that era, maybe I should go et on ebay for one.