Beginner’s Tips for Gear
There are lots of equipment required for scuba diving.There are also a lot of cool gizmos that make it easier or more fun. So we have written up some info as a shopping guide to let you know what we use.Also what we think is fun to have.
Must have stuff: regulator and BC. Do some research online before you head out to make a purchase. Talk to dive store employees and other divers. You will get a better idea of what is good and what is right for you.
A regulator is your mouthpiece. It takes the air out of the tank and makes it breathable. These can get complicated.We will not go into all the different features. For beginners, a simple regulator without too many switches or controls is fine. Get something that feels comfortable. Being underwater will be a totally different situation and something that felt fine in the dive shop might not feel great when you’re on a dive. It happens to all of us. Have a professional determine how long your hose needs to be.
Your BC is the most important thing you will put on when diving. BC stands for buoyancy compensator (some people say buoyancy control device and call it a BCD). It is like an underwater backpack slash lifejacket. A good BC will keep your gear in place.It will also make moving around with that bulky oxygen tank easier. It will keep you floating on the surface and keep you where you want to be (neutral buoyancy) when you’re diving. When you’re trying these on, make sure that it is both the right size and that it fits well. All valves must be easy for you to reach. A great BC can last a long time so get something good.
More necessary stuff: Mask and fins.Fit is the most important thing here. Fins must be comfortable. Snug so they won’t fall off but you can still move your toes. As for your other end: you need a mask that will fit your face with a watertight seal. Bring your regulator with you when you buy a mask to make sure it still seals when you have the regulator in your mouth.
Good to havestuff: exposure suit, watch, camera.
You may need a wetsuit or exposure suit. The deeper you go, even in warm water, the colder it will get. Buy something rated for the temperature you need. It should be snug but not too tight. If it is loose, the suit won’t work. If it is too snug, you won’t be able to move.
If you have a dive instructor, you won’t need a dive watch. Otherwiseit is great to have. Dive tables can be hard but you need them for safety reasons. A dive watch makes things much easier. Get one that gives you the info you want quickly and easily. There are models with lots of bells and whistles but who wants to be searching for life-saving info?
This last one is pretty straightforward: if you want to record memories, you’ll need an underwater camera. Check the pressure rating before you buy one of these.
That’s a basic list of what you need and is good to have. Some people always take a dive knife but for us, it depends on what we’re doing and where we are going. Same with a dive light. You can rent these kinds of things as a sort of try before you buy so that you know what works for you. We also recommend talking to experienced divers, including the employees at dive shops. Get as much info as you can before putting down your money.