By now you have probably had a course in beginning scuba diving and you are wondering what equipment you need to enjoy your new hobby. When you first go to purchase scuba equipment you may feel a bit overwhelmed, so this article will provide some help with the process by offering some tips as to what to purchase.
First you need to remember that there is really no right or wrong choices when it comes to brands as each diver much choose what they are comfortable with. For example some divers use ScubaPro equipment and their buddies prefers Oceanic. It really matters not as long as the equipment is in working order and comfortable for you.
The regulator is the breathing apparatus and should have its performance and reliability checked before each and every dive. This means that it should work while you are on your dive no matter how deep you go. It should also be maintenance on an annual basis. The budget comes into play as well here so be sure and compare the prices of what is available to you.
Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)
The BCD must not only be comfortable but it must allow for your face to clear the surface of the water. The system should be checked before it is weighted with lead weight. It is important to remember not to use recreational BCD’s for technical diving as it is not designed for it.
Submersible Pressure Gauge (SPG) and Compass
A dive computer may be less expensive purchasing a depth gauge, a timer and an underwater watch. Not only do dive computers show the intervals of dive and surface times, they guide you through your ascent to the surface as well. There is also information about the consumption of gas and absorption of nitrogen in your blood and lungs.
The type of wetsuit will depend on the type and climate of the weather where you are diving. You will want to remain warm during the dive. You can find them from .5mil to 7mil and then there are dry suits as well if you will be doing coldwater dives.
When deciding upon one you will want to test every one of them individually to be sure there are no leaks in the mask that might allow water into it. If you require a prescription some of the lenses can be exchanged for your prescription, a scuba dealer will be able to assist you in this.
Fins allow you to move through the water more easily. A pair that fits correctly will not put any pressure on the foot. To ensure a proper fit you should were your dive booties to try them on. Split fin technology is now available and preferred by some. Choose a fin that is soft or medium texture. Firmer split fins are for technical dives and you should have a set of spring straps.
This is required. Weight can be carried on the waist or in BCD weight pockets. Slab weights, contoured weights and weight bags can be used.
When buying the needed equipment for scuba diving it is important to carefully test each piece to be sure it is in the proper working order. The only equipment that you need to actually purchase before your first dive is snorkel, fins and mask as these are all very personal. The remainder of the equipment can be rented from most scuba shops for a nominal fee.