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Help Choosing Scuba Diving Equipment Index

Help Choosing Scuba Diving Equipment

MASKS

Help Choosing Scuba Masks

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.


Visit our advice page on choosing a diving mask.


FINS

Help Choosing Scuba Fins

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.


Visit our advice page on choosing diving fins.


REGULATORS

Help Choosing Scuba Regulators

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.


Visit our advice page on choosing diving regulators.


SUITS

Help Choosing Wetsuits And Drysuits

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 thickness to 7mm any thicker and most divers consider a dry suit with undersuit. As with everything you get what you pay for, bargain suits will tend to be made from synthetic neoprene, which although looks identical breaks down quickly in sunlight, needs replacing frequently and is less flexible than real neoprene suits.

You can feel the difference between a quality wetsuit and a cheaper suit and avoid surfing suits too, while stretchy they also compress more than scuba wetsuits. Look for good seals around the neck and cuffs and a good Thermal Class Rating for warmer suits.


Visit our advice page on choosing suits.


CHOOSING CYLINDERS

Help Choosing Cylinders

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.


Visit our advice page on choosing diving cylinders.


SCUBA MANUALS

Scuba Manuals

Here is a list of available Manuals for Scuba Equipment, including BCD manuals, Dive Computer manuals and Regulator manuals.

 

All of your complex scuba gear will have a digital manual.

 

Many manufacturers are going paper-free as much as possible to save costs and the planet so some manuals will only be available as a digital download.




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