Enjoying and exploring the outdoors need not be land-bound. Scuba diving is a great underwater activity that lets you explore the great sea bed. The wonders of the sea will leave you spellbound as you thread below the waves. It is not an everyday sight to see the seaweed vegetation or to be immersed in schools of fish. Would it be fortunate for the diver to witness other sea creatures that come along your diving path? The thrill and adventure of an underwater activity such as in scuba diving would truly be a memorable and exciting experience.
Scuba Diving: Equipment
A scuba diver must be trained before he or she dons the suit and carry the breathing apparatus. It takes defined swimming and breathing skills and scuba diving training because of the environmental risks and health precautions involved in this activity. However, anybody with good physical standing and with the right attitude and determination can learn and obtain a scuba diving certificate. The right training and licensing can take you to different diving spots and a whole new level of exploration.
Many scuba diving schools offer qualified training, especially to beginners. However, not all diving professionals explain the basic essentials of the scuba diving gear and equipment.
Unlike swimming, scuba diving entails the necessary equipment and certification before you can actually benefit from it. As a novice diver, you can get this equipment as rentals in some diving schools and shops. However, the essentials are sometimes bought and may not even be available for rent. If you plan to be a serious diver, it would be best to invest in these necessary requirements.
Any diver should begin with the following basic gear:
- Scuba Suit
- Scuba Tank
- Scuba Mask
- Swim Fins
- Scuba Booties
You cannot dive effectively without wearing a scuba suit. There are three variations to the scuba suit: wet suit, dry suit, and dive skin. A wet suit is made of neoprene with a foamed thickness to protect the body and keep it warm during dives. This is an ideal and most common suit for diving warm waters. A dry suit is suitable for colder dives as it provides better thermal protection but is more expensive than wet suits. On the other hand, a dive skin is thin one-piece body suit that does not provide much thermal protection. Its material is commonly Lycra and protects the body from cuts and stings during dives. Due to its thin material and the lack of thermal protection, it is advisable to wear dive skins in conjunction with wet or dry suits. Additionally, the wearer should feel comfortable wearing a scuba suit. It should ideally have a snug fit without compromising normal breathing and must be properly maintained before and after use.
To keep you underwater for longer periods, a scuba tank will do the job. These cylinders are generally made of steel or aluminum and must be generally filled with 3000 psi of air. Aluminium types are the cheaper variants commonly available for rent. The steel scuba tanks are more durable and expensive because it does not dent easily. When buying for your own use, you must decide on the amount of air you often consume as a diver. It is determined to further by your body size, lung size, fitness level and breathing pattern among other things.
Passport to Scuba Diving
A scuba mask protects your eyes and nose during your dives. It allows you to see clearly the underwater marvels that you encounter during your mini expeditions. Choosing scuba masks is not a difficult situation. You can select from different styles and colors and should find one that is perfect to your head size. There are other considerations in buying the ideal scuba mask. If you plan to invest in a durable scuba mask for long term scuba diving, make sure that you consider other features and factors apart from its form and style.
These features include the comfortable fit of the mask especially on the nose and eye areas, the material it is made and the field of vision it can provide. An ideal scuba mask and straps are made of high-grade silicone material. Although higher quality scuba masks are generally expensive, you are assured of heavy duty use and durability. Additionally, proper maintenance is required to keep your scuba masks in tip top shape. It is suggested that you clean your mask every after dive especially on the lens area. Always make sure to rinse in fresh water after every use and to keep in its hard case when dried.
Dive Equipment, Ready!
Swim fins make your threading underwater possible. Without fins, you can not achieve the adept nature of threading and swimming during your dive. The weight of your air tank, suit and the resistive properties you get from water often contributes to the difficulty in maneuvering underwater. But when donning swim fans, these allow you to move around the water with minimal energy and effort. Shopping for ideal swim fins should depend on the size, color and the style you want. The overwhelming designs appeal to the individual tastes of divers too.
However, the essentials for diving fins should include the comfort it provides to your feet. It should allow you to swim and kick faster and prevent you from getting leg cramps. The type of material may vary too, but the safest choice is to look for high-quality swim fins. The bottom line is swim fins can last longer if you properly maintain and care for it before and after each dive.
Scuba booties are like socks for divers. These are made of different materials but commonly, these are made from neoprene and bear different colors, designs, and styles. Wearing diving booties primarily protect your feet from blisters, abrasions, and cuts from wearing swim fins or from walking on hot or rocky beaches and pavement. When buying scuba booties, check if the thickness and the manner of donning (such as pull-on or zippered) are to your preference. Also, the thicker the material, the more effective it is to keep your feet warm during cold-water diving.
Learning to Board
Snorkels allow a diver to spend time on the surface of the water. Snorkelling is a pre-diving activity that allows the diver to conserve energy for deep diving. At the same time, divers can enjoy the underwater sights without having to lift the head from the water to breathe air.
Apart from the basic scuba gear, there are other equipment and accessories that contribute to effective and pleasant diving. These include scuba gauges, buoyancy compensators, scuba regulators, scuba weights, and belts. Other non-essential scuba gadgets include underwater cameras, dive computers, compasses, gear bags, first aid kits, log books, glow sticks, diving gloves, dive knives, glow sticks, underwater lights, diving watches, and watchbands.