When you start a sport, you very quickly want to have your own personal equipment…Especially in scuba diving, for hygienic reasons first of all, but also for your safety.
So, how do you choose your first scuba diving equipment? If you start scuba diving, we advise you to buy the second-hand equipment in good condition in this order, if you don’t have the possibility to buy everything at once: Mask and snorkel, dive computer, regulator, wetsuit, stabilizer vest, fins.
Mask and snorkel: the smallest investment in equipment, for a comfortable and hygienic dive!
This is one of the first things we teach our divers: spitting in the mask to avoid fogging up during a dive and emptying your mask underwater for the same reasons. The greasier the spit…the less fog. It’s already dirty, so why not avoid sharing this delicious practice with hundreds of divers?
Dive computer: managing your dive planning and safety
Scuba diving is no more dangerous than any other sport, but it does require following rules. Diving with a computer that you know, with your dive parameters, will allow you to manage your descent speed (for your ears), your ascent (for your nitrogen bubbles), the profile of your dive (to predict the air conso) and of course…your safety!
For beginner divers, it is advisable to buy an easy and reliable dive computer.
The regulator, because it is your link to life underwater.
Being an eco-responsible diver also means your safety. Humans don’t have gills so we use a regulator. And nothing worse, underwater, than having an unpleasant surprise on the air supply. And there can be many such surprises, for poorly maintained equipment. A regulator which bugs, which stops because of a manufacturer problem, which has a damaged nozzle, a nozzle badly cleaned after having been used by another diver, a nozzle which unhooks because the cable clamp has released, a breathing performance beyond the manufacturer’s recommendations…
Your link to life in scuba diving is the regulator, in which you must have confidence. So before anything else, it is the purchase of this equipment that I recommend, for your safety, comfort and hygiene.
Reliable regulators, there are plenty of them…
Suit: to your size, for optimal thermal protection
Being cold can spoil a dive, and can also be a risk if the thermal protection is not adequate. In addition, divers have a great habit of peeing in their wet suits. You can’t blame them, the pressure and the cold makes the kidneys work harder and you have to hydrate before diving…So the combination of elements explains the incontinence known to divers. Comfort and hygiene, always. As with the masks, each diver has his own wetsuit.
Stabilizer vests: to improve your diving sensations…
The vest, if it’s too small or too big, is manageable but not pleasant. Generally, club vests are made to have sufficient air capacity whatever the morphology and are easy to manage.
Fins: comfort, to get your kicks out of swimming.
The fin…If you want to do well, you take it with the mask and snorkel because it is not a big investment but at the same time…It is purely for comfort, unless you dive regularly in the current. In which case a good flipper is essential.
In any case, if you decide to buy a flipper, get an adjustable flipper right away. Why not an adjustable fin? Because with an adjustable fin, you can dive in warm, cold water, with or without booties and it’s easier to take off in the water.