Masks are your window in the underwater world. The most important factor with masks is that they feel comfortable to wear, that they fit and seal well around your face and that you have good vision through them. Another factor important for those who wear glasses or contact lenses is whether or not the mask can be fitted with corrective lenses.
For most diving situations adjustable heel fins that require you to wear boots of some description are best. However if you are doing a lot of warm water boat diving full foot versions may be more suitable.
Fins with splits down the middle of them are becoming more popular as they offer more efficincey in the water but are generally more expensive than traditional fins.
Dive computers will extend your time underwater by calculating true multilevel diving profiles.Few divers who have used a dive computer ever look back, taking advantage of safer profiles, and longer dive times. Dive computers will show you your current depth, remaining time allowed underwater and ascent rate.
The basic rule of thumb when selecting a regulator is to go for the most expensive you can afford. Generally the more you spend the easier it is to breathe. When purchasing your regulator you will need to buy the three major parts - the 1st and 2nd stage, the alternate air source and the instruments. There are several types of regulator, piston or diaphragm and balanced and unbalanced systems.
A good quality BCD will improve your buoyancy control, weight distribution, and comfort in the water. Generally speaking the more you spend the more features your BCD will have. Ladies should certainly seriously consider lady BCDs, they offer a shorter length of jacket, integrated weights (to stop the bruising to your hips) and a better fit all over.
The temperature of the water you are planning to dive in will determine what suit is best for you. Wetsuits range from 1.5mm in thichkness to 7mm and when a wet suit will not keep you warm enough you may want to consider a dry suit with undersuit. As with everything you get what you pay for, bargain suits will tend to be made of synthetic neoprene, which although looks identical breaks down quickly in sunlight, needs replacing frequently and is less flexible than real neoprene suits.
The winter is finally over and the new season is coming up fast. If you were sensible the winter period was the perfect time to have your kit serviced by a professional but if you didn’t now is an opportune time to dust off your kit and give it a good going over to pick up any problems early, leaving enough time to get them sorted out.
Although nothing beats a proper service, these little guides will take you through some relatively simple but well advised kit health checks.
Choosing diving cylinders can tricky, this guide should help you make an informed decision on what to buy, it includes information on the pro's and con's of different material cylinders, different valves, what size you need and how to care for your cylinder.
This checklist has been designed to help you ensure you have all the kit you need to go Scuba Diving. Most people tend to forget something when they go diving, by following this checklist you will ensure you never miss anything again.
This list contains checklists for exposure protection, equipment including BCD and regulators etc, Accessories and items you should carry as spares.