Gear Locker – A scuba gear guide
Our bodies weren’t designed with the purpose of breathing or moving underwater. We breathe in
and out without a thought and we walk freely and comfortably over dry land – but underwater is a
whole new game. Without the right equipment, sustaining a dive becomes virtually impossible. To
enjoy your scuba dive thoroughly, you need buy safe and durable gear.
So to start, we’re going to introduce you to your first diving kit.
Mask: The Ocean has many secrets to reveal but you need to see clearly to discover them. A good
scuba mask creates an air space, allowing your eyes to focus on what’s in front of you. The nose
pocket helps to equalise the air pressure in the mask. Consider the dimensions and the fit of the
mask before buying it – you need to be comfortable underwater.
Fins: Take a tip from fish – having fins makes it easier to move around in the water. Fins, or flippers,
use the power of your leg muscles to move through the water. Once again, comfort and fit are
essential. Your fins shouldn’t pinch your toes or constrict the arches of your feet. For inexperienced
divers, smaller and stiffer fins work, while more experienced divers can choose more flexible and
Wetsuits: An essential fact to consider during your dives – the temperature of the water. The right
suit insulates you against cold seawater and protects you from small scrapes and cuts. A well-fitted
suit keeps the water out, which retains your body heat. The fit of your suit is essential. Too loose and
you risk allowing water into the suit, too tight and breathing becomes restricted.
BCD: Your buoyancy control device is essential. The right BCD holds your gear in place and allows
you to maintain neutral buoyancy at any depth. When testing a BCD, first slip on your suit. Make sure
the device doesn’t squeeze too tightly when inflated. There are other factors to take into account
when buying your BCD, which includes your weight. Consider carefully as this is one of the most
important pieces of gear you’ll buy.
Regulators: The high air pressure in your tank must be converted into ambient pressure in order for
you to breathe normally under water. So when choosing a regulator, always go for high performance
ones, with comfortable mouthpieces and hoses.
Dive Computers: Dive computers allow you to dive safely. They calculate your depth and bottom
time consistently – allowing you to ascend, descend and maintain your dive without putting yourself
at risk. Choose a model that clearly displays the information you require – tank pressure, depth and
Remember to consult an expert, like one of our instructors, and to choose a safe and reliable brand
before buying your equipment.