Basic SCUBA Equipment for Your First Dive

Basic SCUBA Equipment for Your First Dive

When you think of scuba diving, you might think that all you need are the basics, a wetsuit, a mask, snorkel, swim fins, and your oxygen tank. The truth of the matter is there are a lot more accessories that you can get to enhance your diving experience. Some of these accessories fall into almost required pieces whereas people might only consider others as fun accessories.

Beneficial Accessories

Once you have your mask, snorkel, wetsuit, and personal swim fins you might want to get a few other key scuba diving accessories to make sure your dive is a safe one. There are essentials many people choose to get to help have the most hassle-free, and trouble free, dive possible. The following are some of the accessories people get to help ensure a safe and successful scuba dive.

  • Gloves – a set of quality diving gloves will not only protect your hands from the cold temperatures but also protect you from anything you may encounter while under the water.
  • Submersible pressure gauge – This is an essential piece of equipment that helps you monitor the amount of air in your tank. Without this, you could find yourself running out of the air.
  • Computer – Dive computers have a clear display, and offer information related to depth, time, ascent rate, previous dive information, and emergency decompression.
  • Buoyancy compensatorBuoyancy compensators help you maintain control while underwater. BC’s come in different styles the most popular of which is the jacket style. A good BC will have a weight system that helps keep yours from sinking or floating in ways that could create problems for you. Quality BC’s also have adjustable straps, bands, buckles, and releases as well as adjustable tank bands.

Here is how to put the basic gear on for the first time.

Fun Accessories

These accessories are both fun and highly useful when out on scuba diving tours. These are not required but can make life easier when out on a dive.

  • Gear Bags – Great for carting your gear around from home to whatever local
  • Travel luggage – Travel luggage is a large container for carting around your gear. This is excellent when traveling in something other than your vehicle.
  • Dive Lights – Lights come in assorted sizes and colors to help you see clearly when out exploring your favorite dive sites.
  • Tools & Knife accessories – Useful when you need to fix something or need a knife to cut yourself free in an emergency
  • Camera – An underwater camera is a great thing to take along to document your underwater adventures

Scuba diving is a fun and exciting sport that is only enhanced and easier to enjoy when using the proper equipment and accessories.

Going scuba diving is a thrilling experience for everyone. With the right equipment and scuba diving accessories, you can go from having an ordinary time to an amazing time!

A Guide to Scuba Diving Safety

A Guide to Scuba Diving Safety

Scuba diving is among the most exciting and thrilling sports in the world. The sport can be easily learned and safety is guaranteed if you are keen to follow some safety guidelines and rules. The following are some of the things that every Scuba diver needs to know for safe Scuba diving both before and during scuba diving.

Before scuba diving

1. Ensure that you are competent and certified to dive
Before you Scuba dive, it is very important for you to get certified by a licensed dive operator. There are those operators who offer introductory dive courses such that you can’t be able to dive when left on your own. Travel insurance does not cover uncertified divers.

2. Make sure that you are generally fit and healthy to dive
First-time divers are advised to have a medical examination in their home countries before traveling. This is to ascertain that their health is fit for them to dive. If your health is fit, there is nothing to worry about. You only need to sign a medical statement for you to learn how to dive.  Even if you are certified, do not do it if your health is unfit, especially if you have a cold or a hangover.

3. Ensure that your diving school is certified
Through the net, you can find a recommended and certified diving school in the area where you are traveling. It is quite important to find out whether their scuba boats and equipment are well maintained and well-established and whether their staff is well experienced. For those who don’t speak English as their first language, they should find out if they have instructors who can speak their language.

4. Pay attention to your dive guide
Even if you are experienced at scuba diving, listen to your dive guide or instructor. The instructor briefs you on where you are going, the route to be followed and the precautions. Listen to those briefs.

5. Double check to ensure that all the double gear is in good condition
All your scuba gear needs to be set. Double check to ensure that the scuba gear is working and don’t get embarrassed if you are not certain of the working condition of the gear- just ask the instructor.

6. Have a scuba diving and travel insurance
Ensure that your insurance policy clearly states the scuba diving activities included in the policy as scuba diving covers vary from place to place. It is therefore important to read the policy keenly to know the activities covered. For you to be safe, ensure that your travel insurance policy covers all your scuba diving needs.

During the scuba dive

1. Breath normally- don’t hold your breath
Scuba diving involves doing technically impossible things such as breathing underwater. You are not supposed to hold your breath at any time- just breath normally. Holding your breath can make air bubbles to get into your bloodstream, a very serious and fatal case.

2. Be sure of where your guide is located
Don’t swim on your own even if you see something interesting. If you need to have a clear look on it, just show it to your instructor and swim towards it together. Staying close to your guide is important for your orientation and safety.

3. Don’t swim deeper than 40 meters.
Make sure that you dive within the limits of your dive computer. 40 meters is the recreational scuba diving limit and also the limit for scuba insurance.

4. Move at a pace within your breath
There is no need of you swimming fast as swimming at a slower pace will make you see more. Don’t move at a high pace such that you go out of breath. Signal your guide in case you feel tired and find a coral rock where you can rest on.