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SCUBA Diving Basics: Gear, Tips, How to

By on November 26, 2016 in diving with 0 Comments

The journey to a safe diving experience begins with making the right equipment selection. A diver’s life depends on using the right equipment when diving in certain places. Divers need to choose the right diving gear based on the conditions they expect to dive, like caves, caverns, shallow water etc. Once a diver chooses the correct diving gear, he then needs to learn to use it properly.

What Equipment Do You Need to Scuba Dive? 

* Scuba diving mask

* Fins

* Dive Computer

* Wetsuit

* Drysuit

* Regulators

* Buoyancy Compensator

* Dive knives

* Underwater lights

* Whistles

* Surface marker buoys for surface communication

* Underwater signaling devices

* Weights

* Tanks

* Snorkel

* Booties or wet socks

* Helmet for cold water diving

Where To Purchase 

Select your retail shop, mail order, individuals for pre-owned or online scuba diving equipment retailer carefully. Chose one that provides excellent service, products, support, expertise, and guarantees. Price should never come before quality and safety. Some scuba diving gear comes in a complete package deal with more than one piece of equipment to help you save time, money, and hassle. Master instructors can certainly tell you the right type of gear to purchase for your certain scuba diving trip.

Equipment You Should Avoid

* Cheap masks usually are made of a rigid silicone, they do not provide a well fit to the face.

* If the suit fits to tightly or rubs

* Wetsuits made with materials that become hard after diving

* Fins that are too heavy can cause cramps in the water

* Split fins are not suitable for Frog kicking style

* Full foots fins are inconvenient in shore dives

* Simple Lycra suits provide little thermal insulation

* Avoid having your scuba equipment to prolonged exposure to sunlight, heat, and chlorinated water

Some Scuba Gear in Water That is 15-24ºC/60-75ºF 

Mask- Tempered-glass lens for safety, or lenses made from really strong, high-quality composite materials. High-tech, heads-up display that allows you to check critical dive data.

Snorkels- Folding or collapsing snorkels become compact enough to fit in your BCD or wetsuit pocket. Technical divers often carry these snorkels for emergency use.

Dive computers- one primary and one backup to track and display decompression requirements, and allow tech divers to switch to different kinds of gas blends to optimize decompression.

 SPG- displays how much air remains in your tank so that you can end your dive well before you get too low.

Full body suits- Comes with a variety of thicknesses for different water temperatures.

Attached hood- Prevents cold water from flowing in through your wetsuit collar as you swim.

Hoods, gloves and boots– accessories you add when wearing a wetsuit or dry suit for additional warmth and protection.

Shallow Water Diving Gear for Snorkeling 

Does not require you to wear heavy or cumbersome equipment. Rafts hold 1 air cylinder in a recessed compartment. Quad Rafts hold 2 air cylinders. Rafts are inflated using a “power inflator nozzle” which is easily connected to a compressed air cylinder. Flag to alert individuals at the surface that there are divers below the water. Participants breathe through a standard scuba regulator system and mouthpiece. Participants wear a lightweight, highly adjustable, quick-release harness from which the air line is attached. Masks and fins are worn. Floatation vest are designed for children.

Scuba Diving Safely With Your Diving Gear 

  1. Be sure that your diving equipment can handle the dive you have planned and that the equipment is working well.
  1. Cave diving is dangerous and should only be attempted by divers with proper training and equipment.
  1. During descent, you should gently equalize your ears and mask.
  1. Never dive outside the parameters of the dive tables or your dive computer.



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