A new scuba diver will need a minimum of five pieces of dive
gear to begin training. All other equipment can be rented but these
pieces need to be purchased from a reputable dive shop. These items
are scuba mask, scuba booties, scuba weights, snorkels, and swim fins.
Usually the next piece of dive gear purchased is a wet suit.
A beginning diver might be enticed to own several pieces of dive gear
above and beyond the five essentials. This may consist of BCDs (buoyancy
compensation devices), gauges, and regulators. Although not extremely
expensive these pieces should be shopped for carefully with quality
in mind because one’s life depends on his or her equipment.
Scuba tanks are an essential part of diving gear. Tanks, which are
worn on the back of the diver, are filled with compressed gases, usually
oxygen and nitrogen, to allow the diver to breathe underwater. In the
water, the tanks are not heavy so they are not cumbersome to carry.
Most divers wear only one tank, while some commercial divers may wear
two or three.
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