How to equip yourself for diving?
Do I have to buy everything right away? What should I buy first? Where should I buy my equipment? How do I choose the right equipment for my practice? How much does diving equipment cost?The basic equipmentThe essential flippers, mask and snorkel For most wallets, it is not possible to buy all the diving equipment from the first year as you will have to pay at least 800€ for the whole equipment . To start with, you need to buy fins, thinking about neoprene slippers if you opt for adjustable fins. Fins are your main means of propulsion, so choose the right fin for your movements according to your level. The foot fin will be a little softer and will allow you to learn a better palmage for beginners and the adjustable fin will be stiffer and more practical because it is worn with a bootie. An advantage to get to some dive sites if you go on foot. Then you will need a mask and a snorkel. Think of having a box for your mask because it will protect it and in case you have it put in your sight, buy a second identical mask so that you can replace parts if necessary. The suit, the regulator and the stabilizer vest This choice will mainly depend on where you dive. Indeed, the club where you dive sometimes provides the regulator and the vest. But buying your own equipment also has several advantages. For the wetsuit, this one is at your size, you have chosen it according to your practice (choice of thickness, 2 pieces or 1 piece, etc…). For the regulator, the advantage of buying one is mainly hygiene. Then, you know how it has been maintained. Indeed, in certain clubs, the revision is not always carried out by approved repairers and your regulator remains your primary safety, so you must be vigilant about its maintenance. As a tip, consider getting a hook for your hoses to prevent them from getting tangled. Finally, the advantage of having your own stabilizer vest is the fact that you know where the bleeders and the inflator are, it is adjusted to your size and, as with the regulator, you are the one who maintains it. When shopping, think about the hanger, both for the suit and the stabilizer vest. It’s more practical and more resistant to dry! think about the “small” material… These different equipments can be bought as you go along and according to the purchase of your material :The computer : compulsory from level 2, at least you need a way to know the depth and the time. So think of a pocket to protect your computer if not supplied. You don’t need professional equipment if you’re new to diving, so opt for a second-hand computer in good condition.The compass and the parachute: these are tools that you will also use during your level 2 training. Think about the compass hook, the end and the parachute lead if not provided.The lamp or the headlight: you can start with a lamp at first which will allow you to better look in the cracks or holes where some species can be hidden. And afterwards, you can consider buying a lighthouse, which will be more powerful, if you want to get into underwater photography or video. Think about the lamp holder to avoid losing it.The diving belt: it is generally bought at the beginning of the dives in natural environment.The knife: whether you put it on your ankle, on your arm or on your jacket, it is a safety tool. It will allow you to cut a link or thread if you get tangled. The bag: a means of transporting your equipment. It must be waterproof, if possible, to avoid wetting your car. I recommend that you have several bags, such as one for the pool that can carry fins, mask, snorkel, your bathing suit and towel, a bag or box that can carry all your equipment for the natural environment. I even recommend a second hand bag with wheels because the equipment is heavy and it will avoid you any back problems. You can also have a net bag to group your equipment on the boat.Gloves: this is the accessory that you usually buy with your wetsuit or before your first dives in the wilderness.The diving block : far from being obligatory because when you dive in a commercial structure or in a club, the block is provided most of the time and at no extra cost. I advise you to buy a block if you dive with friends (without structure) and you have your compressor but it is really not an obligation. https://www.baliocean.com/blog/scuba-diving-gear-and-equipment/