Scuba Students Need to Use Standard Equipment in Class

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What kind of scuba equipment will I need to learn to dive?

Scuba Students Need to Use Standard Equipment in Class

If you are new to scuba diving or are a diving student, you will need a basic understanding of equipment. From the mask to fins, each piece of diving equipment has an essential function and purpose.

Scuba courses have classroom-based work. But a lot of the instruction takes place in the water, where you will learn to dive under the supervision of the instructor. Don't expect to make a big investment in equipment at the start. But you will need to buy a starter package consisting of mask, fins, snorkel, weight, weight belt and boots.

While it is not necessary to get the most expensive set, you want equipment that will not crack or leak from frequent use and exposure to saltwater. The bottom line with diving equipment is to go with brands that have a track record for quality.

Your diving instructor will explain the purpose of each piece of scuba equipment. You should not be required to buy anything beyond mask, fins, snorkel, weight, weight belt and boots. But you will need to rent dive equipment to participate in diving school. Usually certifying instructors are affiliated with dive shops and have rental equipment on hand.

Here's a rundown of standard scuba equipment that will get you started:

  • Mask, fins, snorkel.
  • Buoyancy compensator, also known as a BC or BCD. This inflatable jacket adjusts your buoyancy in the water.
  • Regulator: This is the bit or mouthpiece from which you breathe. It is connected to air cylinder.
  • Weight belt: The belt holds you down in the water. Weight belts sometimes are integrated with the buoyancy compensator.
  • Air cylinder: The steel or aluminum cylinder holds compressed air that you use underwater.
  • Octopus: This is your alternate air source

  • Instrument: Gauge that can display your air supply and depth.



8/8/2009 8:38:05 PM
Tony said:

Generally speaking, Im in agreement. One thing to bear in mind if buying a dive computer is to get one that is suitable for Nitrox at the outset if there is any possibility of using Nitrox (or doing a Nitrox course!), as an air-only computer would be an expensive mistake.


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