Scuba Diving Gear
By Susan M. Keenan ©2007
Any good scuba diver knows that the best scuba diving experiences are had when the diver is prepared. Not only does this involve knowing where to go for his scuba diving adventure, but also, it involves knowing what type of scuba diving gear to bring with him. Fortunately, scuba certification courses always teach the basics concerning the various pieces of equipment as far as what to bring, how to fit it properly, and how to use it.
Many scuba divers prefer to have their own set of personal equipment, especially if this is more than just a recreational gig. Dabblers in diving such as tourists on vacation at a prime scuba diving location will discover that all of their equipment needs can be met right at the diving location.
When you first start out with scuba diving, it might be necessary to maintain a personal checklist for your gear. Beginning scuba divers should have the following pieces of equipment as the bare minimum: scuba mask, snorkels, swim fins, scuba booties, scuba weights, and scuba belts. It is essential to ensure that any diving equipment fits securely in order to secure the individualís safety while scuba diving.
Scuba masks cannot be interchanged with goggles since goggles place a greater pressure on the diver. Masks provide clear visibility, vary in price, and must be fitted to the diverís face.
Snorkels allow the diver to conserve air from his tank whenever he is near the surface.
Swim fins, which allow the diver to move more readily, become essential at thirty feet under the water and below.
Scuba booties help to keep the diver warm while in the colder water temperatures. Since it is easy to lose body heat while underwater, scuba mitts and scuba hoods are also good additions to any avid scuba diverís arsenal of scuba equipment.
Scuba belts are necessary to secure the scuba weights that a diver uses to aid him in remaining beneath the water without floating back up to the surface. The belt needs to be fitted for the individual diver. Scuba weights are available in various sizes.
Scuba wet suits protect divers on a larger scale than scuba booties, hoods, and mitts. The wet suit should also be fitted to the diver.
Scuba dive tables provide important information for divers relating to decompression. These are extremely helpful to divers who are into this sport for more than recreational reasons. A scuba computer can often be used in place of dive tables. However, since the price is much higher, dive tables are more commonly used.
Scuba tanks provide the necessary oxygen for the time spent well below the surface of the water. Spare tanks are excellent additions for the avid scuba diver.
Experienced scuba divers will typically have a few other essential pieces of equipment including a wet suit, a scuba tank, and a pony or spare tank. Additionally, a personal kit for traveling on watercraft is also typically secured for those divers who will be traveling quite a distance.
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