The Importance of Understanding Your Scuba Equipment


YouTube Preview ImageContrary to some opinions, scuba diving equipment is quite complex. It is not as simple as having adequate air supply on your back, throwing on a pair of flippers and off you go. There is a whole lot more that is needed for a successful adventure. For those looking to have a serious scuba diving trip, the following is a round-up of scuba diving gear that you will need.

Regulator Gauges and Dive Computers

Scuba regulator gauges to monitor depth, remaining air etc. are an integral part of the dive gear. Dive computers can also be integrated or used on their own to provide more information to the user and are of great benefit to helping you plan your dive. These marvelous gadgets calculate and display your ascent rate, dive depth, time, etc. and can provide records of your previous dives. It is important to have information readily available to prevent any dive related injuries such as decompression sickness. The dive computer has essentially replaced traditional dive tables for more complex dives.

Scuba Tank or Rebreather

An scuba tank either on its own or used with a rebreather is a vital piece of equipment that you will need on a dive trip. The supply of compressed air for breathing comes from the scuba tank. A rebreather on the other hand is a piece of equipment that is quite expensive but has the advantages of being lighter and quieter. The main plus though is the ability to enjoy a longer dive through recycling exhaled air.

Dive Masks

Dive/scuba masks are another essential tool for scuba diving. There is pretty much an unlimited range of scuba diving masks to choose from depending on your preference. The smallest and simplest types of masks on offer are goggles. Apart from goggles, there are also integral snorkels which can be used for breathing in shallow water. A more advanced face gear for diving is the full face mask with an integral communication device that allows you to talk to other people while diving. This is done via a built in radio communication unit. This is the mask of choice for deep extended dives. Some models of full face masks also include low light lenses which are essential for traversing depths which light does not penetrate.

Dive Suit

Scuba diving can get kind of cold. If you are serious about scuba diving than it is advisable that you invest in a full body wetsuit. A full body diving suit will help with thermal insulation and also avoid abrasions if the diver's skin encounters rough surfaces like coral. An additional advantage of wearing a full body wetsuit is that a diver will be protected from jellyfish stings which can be quite painful. It helps not to have your skin exposed. One of the major reasons is that it will be able to contain or prevent bleeding from existing wounds which are sure to draw in sharks.

Diving Weights

Buoyancy comes natural to the human body. Though most people think that humans sink like rocks when thrown into the water, this is not entirely true. The human body can float in water especially salt water. This is the reason why divers need to carry either a weight belt or integrated weights to adjust their depth when they are diving. A more expensive option is the use of a BCD – buoyancy compensator or buoyancy control device. This is basically a jacket that is connected to the air tank and can be inflated and deflated easi1y providing effortless transition between depths.

Dive Fins and Diving Motors

For those divers who want to conserve energy underwater, you’ll either need scuba fins or a diver propulsion device that is driven by an electric motor. This contraption, the size of a large vacuum cleaner, basically does the swimming for you. Some modern dive fins have a propeller action built into them for greater efficiency of movement underwater.

Dive Markers

Dive markers are floating buoys that give people on the surface an indication of where you are diving. These markers are good for safety reasons such as when you run in to problems underwater. It is always good to indicate to passing boats that a diver is in the area so that hazardous situations may be avoided.

Handheld sonar and Light

An underwater Sonar is an invaluable aid and a portable electric light source is a must to help in navigation where areas are extremely dark and sunlight from the surface no longer penetrates.

Underwater Buoys and Line Markers

Underwater buoys are similar to surface ones but they help divers to navigate underwater and at the same time mark territories where the divers would later want to visit. It also helps you not to get lost and alert other divers of your presence in the vicinity.

First Aid Kit

A necessity to have on a diving adventure is a first aid kit for injury treatment. This can be purchased from diving equipment shops and knowing how to use this kit is a must.

Underwater Accessories

Some other underwater accessories that would be handy to have on a scuba diving trip is a knife, waterproof camera, lines of wire with electronic reels, a dry box for your wallet, phone and whatever else you feel would make your trip more enjoyable. A gunny sack would be ideal for holding things you pick out from underwater.

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