The success of a dive trip almost exclusively depends on the quality of your scuba diving gear and equipment. However, buying and deciding which ones are exactly right for your needs can be overwhelming, especially if you do not have all the proper information. The most important things to remember are that diving gear is an investment and that your dive gear should be yours and yours alone.
To ensure that you get the best value and fit for your diving gear and equipment, here are some of the most important things that you need to remember.
BCD and Regulator
If possible, buy the best that can afford on important pieces like regulators and BCDs, as you will truly feel the difference on your dives. Purchase them in person after carefully considering all your choices.
The BCD stands for Buoyancy Control Device or Buoyancy Compensator. It’s the vest that holds the tank and is also used to control buoyancy. Most BCDs come with pockets and D rings for carrying gadgets on the dive; other have weight pockets too. The regulator set consists of a 1st stage, mounted on the tank valve, and 2nd stage which has a pressure gauge and a low-pressure inflator hose which are attached to the BCD inflator.
Suit and Mask
Wetsuits, generally made of neoprene, are used when diving in warmer water. These are designed to keep the body warm by sealing the water around the body. On the other hand, drysuits are used when scuba diving in cold water. Acting like incubators, dry suits are airtight suits and keep the body dry during the dive. A scuba diving mask is made of tempered plastic (although the seal around the face is made of silicone). This mask helps you see your surroundings while diving.
The most important consideration when choosing your suit and mask is fit. Make sure that they fit as snugly as possible, particularly around the seals, while still providing you with sufficient freedom of movement.
Fins provide you with propulsion, allowing you to swim against the current and provide you with better directionality when underwater. When choosing your fins, make sure that they are comfortable and afford you ease of movement.