Monday, September 2, 2013

Scuba Diving Gear List – Checklist for Beginners

Your safety underwater and diving enjoyment depend on the quality of your diving gear. You may start out renting gear, but once you decide to invest more time in scuba diving you will need to purchase your own equipment. This scuba diving gear list will make it easier to determine what type of equipment you need for any given scuba diving adventure.

Mask and Snorkel

Dive masks are different from standard swim goggles because they keep the nose and eyes in one air pocket. You need tempered glass that will not shatter or fog up, and a tight seal to the face is essential. Masks are often purchased with matching snorkels which are used for easy breathing on the surface of the water.

Scuba Diving Rig or Breathing Kit

This is the most important element of any scuba diving gear list. You cannot dive successfully without a high-quality diving rig or kit that allows you to regulate your breathing and remain safe while under the water. There are five components to this rig or kit:

The tank holds your air reserve, and the air is delivered to your body through the dive regulator or an octopus unit. There are different regulator and octopus designs, but you should be able to keep it close to your body for fast access when needed.

The BCD and weight system allow you to lower or rise up in the water as necessary. There are adult and child-sized BCDs, and you can select from back units or units that fit like jackets. Weights are often attached to belts that fit tight around the waist.

The dive computer or watch monitors how deep you are diving and the amount of time you have spent in the water. You can find scuba diving kits that incorporate the dive computer, or you can purchase a separate dive computer. You may want to learn the difference between a hose-less computer, computer console and wrist computer. Lens covers, infrared devices and other accessories are available for diving computers.

Diving Suits

You will pick between dry suits, bodysuits and wet suits depending on the temperature of the water you want to dive in. Dry suits are better for colder water while body suits are better for warmer water. A wetsuit is a good investment if you want to dive in warmer and colder bodies of water. Make sure you have a tight yet comfortable fit so that the suit properly holds in your body heat.


It is best to invest in high quality fins designed for scuba diving, since fins designed for other watersports are often too small and diminish your leg power against the water. You will select from fins that cover the entire foot and those that leave the heel exposed. Quick-release buckles or straps can be purchased separately.

Scuba Diving Tools

Every trade has its tools, and no scuba diving gear list would be complete without the following safety and convenience items:

  • Scuba diving light
  • Diving knife/sheers/cutters
  • Diving floats or flags
  • Whistle
  • Compass

The light will ensure you can see into small crevices you encounter under the water. A knife, cutters or sheers are safety tools that you can use to free yourself if you become entangled or trapped. You may find other uses for a sharp tool while you are diving. This is one of those tools that you always want to have on hand but will naturally hope you never have to use.

Flags, floaters and whistles are used to notify boats of your diving location while gaining attention of others when necessary. A compass will help you determine what direction to dive in.

You may also want to add underwater photography equipment to this scuba diving gear list. That does weigh you down a bit more, but it enables you to take your experiences home for later enjoyment and sharing opportunities with your loved ones.

While you can buy all items on this list separately, there are also scuba diving gear kits that will give you everything needed for safe diving in one package.
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Essential Scuba Diving Gear List

The link below goes to a scuba diving gear list. It's a pretty basic list but it covers the important stuff. If you need to find out what scuba gear to get, it's a good place to start...
Essential Scuba Diving Gear | PrimeScuba - The Scuba Diving Store !
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Your scuba diving gear list must include a suit of some sort. If you're diving in warmer water, you'll need a wetsuit. The neoprene material traps a thin layer of water between the suit and the body; that layer is heated by the ...
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Scuba Diving Mask Reviews at Scuba Cow

The link below takes you to scuba diving mask reviews. The site is called Scuba Cow. How can you not like a scuba site called Scuba Cow. Seriously, the information about dive masks is helpful. Check it out...
Scuba Diving Mask | Scuba Cow
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tips on Snorkel Gear for Kids

The link below goes to an article about snorkel gear for kids. What I like about the article is that it's written by a real mom who really goes snorkeling with her kids. A source you can trust.
A Planned Spontaneous Adventure: Snorkel Gear for Kids - Best ...
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Snorkel Gear for Kids - Finding Great Flippers. Both of our children (4-yr-old and 8-yr-old) are snorkelers! It is an exciting hobby and fun activity that our family shares. Our son first tried his snorkel gear in the open ocean with ...
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Scuba Mask and Snorkel Equipment Tips

A scuba mask and snorkel are just some of the items of dive equipment every diver needs. The link below takes you to a helpful article about what scuba gear you need, and what gear is optional. The article also has a great suggestion about where to get a good price on scuba gear that is not a dive shop and is not online. Check it out...
Scuba Gear: Buy Online or at Your Local Dive Shop? - Book Your Dive
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Scuba Mask and Snorkel; Fins; BCD and Regulator; Scuba Tank; Weights; Log Book (for afterwards). It is generally advisable to also purchase a wet suit, as even the most tropical waters can get quite cold. Some other items ...
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Amphibious Outfitters dive apparel - an alternative

Are you looking for an alternative for Amphibious Outfitters dive apparel? The link below will take you to just such an alternative...
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If you are looking for a scuba dive t-shirt but want something that's different from Amphibious Outfitters, take a look at Free Spirit Activewear's Scuba Dive Apparel. Their first design called Scuba Dive Adventurer, comes in ...
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All About Scuba Diving

The link below goes to an article that is all about scuba diving. If you want an overview of what it takes to dive and what diving can be like, the article may be of interest...
All About Scuba Diving – Dap For PJ
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All About Scuba Diving. July 26, 2013 by admin. b8b28e5595ec891ffeb32a71c14af4eb377f9096 Coral reefs house animals of every shape, size, and colour. The oxygen tank is carried on the back of the diver; its size depends on the length ...
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