Does scuba diving fascinate you as it does me? The thought of exploring the undersea and seeing amazing new things that remain hidden from us under the deep blue waters of the ocean or sea is all too tempting for most of us. It is no surprise, therefore that scuba diving is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, with million of people trying it out every year. Perhaps you would like to try it out sometime, but have no clue which gear you will need to go scuba diving. Well, worry no more, for I am about to tell you just what you need.
1. Wet suit: When underwater, the wet suit will keep you warm by trapping a layer of water between the suit and your skin. The water warms up to your body temperature and keeps you warm as you venture deeper underwater and temperatures change gradually.
2. Dive mask: The dive mask will cover your face from the water while at the same time serving as a window through which you can see the fascinations of the see all the more clearly. You might want to bring a snorkel too, which is good for breathing on the surface before descending underwater.
3. Dive Booties and fins: Navigation while underwater is an important function as it will determine the amount of energy you will use and the distance that you will cover. The best snorkeling fins help ease movement underwater, ensuring that you don’t use up too much of your energy, tire too soon or spend too much of the air in the tank in too short a time.
4. The Tank: The tank is where the your air supply is stored. Seeing that you will need to spend lengthy periods of time underwater, and that you can’t hold your air for that long, the tank is designed to ensure that you have a near-normal supply of air while underwater. It is important to note that the tank is not filled entirely with oxygen as most people seem to believe, but rather with regular air with all the other gases included in their normal percentages as they exist in the atmosphere.
5. Dive Computer: The dive computer serves you with important information concerning your dive. It tells you how deep you have gone, how much deeper you can go, how long you have stayed under water and how much longer you can stay safely. This way, you have all the information you need to avoid going too deep or staying too long underwater as to affect your well being.
There are a bunch of other equipment that you will need when going scuba diving such as the buoyancy control device and the weight belt, both which are important for manipulating the depth you go underwater. These are, however, the most basic scuba diving equipment for the beginner.