What gear do I need to go scuba diving? How do I know that I'm buying the right scuba diving gear? These are common scuba diving questions that we hear here at Adreno, so Adreno Brisbane's Josh Cooper talks us through the key pieces of diving equipment and how to ensure you're getting the right gear for you.
Your BCD Comfort is key when choosing a BCD, and there are a few factors that dictate how comfortable you’ll be in your BCD. Firstly, you’ll need to consider whether you’d like to have the benefit of integrated weights with your BCD or just use a weight belt. The advantage of choosing to have an integrated weight system would be that it removes clutter from your waistline and compacts your gear. You can also choose between having
You can also choose between having jacket or rear inflation. For beginner scuba divers it’s often easier to use jacket inflation as it can be more comfortable and holds you upright. Comparatively, the rear inflation system is suited to more experienced divers who are happy to sit horizontally during the dive and are looking for a more streamlined design as they swim.
The best thing you can do is to come in store and test which BCD works best for you and talk to our staff for advice.
Regulator set Your regulator set is another key component of your scuba set up which people are often unsure about. The biggest issue is matching the regulator set to the complexity of diving you’re undertaking. If you’re beginner to intermediate and are doing relatively shallow dives above the 20m mark than you might want to go with an unbalanced regulator.
For divers hitting that 25m – 30m mark, your regulator needs a little more complexity and durability to handle these conditions so you might opt for a balanced regulator.
Gauge Your gauge is arguably one of the most important components of your dive set. It attaches to your regulator set and indicates the remaining air you have available, which is some pretty keystone information. For the gauge, you have the option of attaching a dive computer to the gauge or using a wrist computer to track data. You can also attach a compass to your gauge.
If you’re unsure about any of these components of your scuba diving set or any other gear, feel free to come in store and talk to our staff for advice or give us a call.