Most Important Dive Equipment for Scuba Diving
January 17, 2020
Scuba diving is a hugely popular ocean activity that lets you explore the secrets under the oceans. But before divers jump into the water and explore the depths, some preparation is needed. These preparations include knowledge, physical skills, and training, which are all necessary for a successful dive. The most important thing to remember, however, is bringing the right scuba diving equipment.
Make sure you prepare the most important diving equipment detailed below, before exploring the depths.
Wetsuits are usually made of neoprene rubber and act as padding to the skin by putting a thin layer of water alongside it. Even though it’s a pain to wear it due to its weight, a wetsuit is essential protection to your skin and keeps you warm in the cold waters.
A diving mask is one of the most important things you’ll need, without it you won’t be able to see the incredible surroundings. Your time underwater may even depend on the quality of the mask. Even though renting a mask is possible, we recommend buying a new one as its better in the long term, and it saves you from using masks that have already been used by hundreds of other people. Just make sure you buy one that fits perfectly, and comforts you throughout the dive.
Fins give you better control and enhance your agility and speed when moving in the water. Two types of scuba fins are available on the market; open heel and full foot. Make sure you do your research before you purchase a pair, find the ones that are comfortable and efficient for you.
The scuba tank or diving cylinder is your breathing apparatus when diving. It allows you to store volumes of compressed air or other gas mixtures. These tanks are mostly made of aluminum or steel with a maximum pressure rating of 2000 to 3500 psi. It’s possible to rent, buy or even invest in your own for more dives in the future.
The regulator converts high pressure in your tank into ambient pressure, making it possible to breathe the air from your tank. The “first stage” of the regulator connects the tank on your back to the regulator itself, and the “second stage” is the part that you put in your mouth. Make sure you pick a regulator that suits you the most, giving maximum comfort and performance.
Got all of this equipment in check? If you haven’t, you need to put your diving plans on hold until you’ve completed our list above. Alpha Diving is a diving center based in Sanur where you can earn an official PADI certification as well as book diving packages consisting of Indonesia’s best diving spots.