Your First Set of Gear
What you need to know, from head to toe,
to get the gear that's right for you.
By the editors of Scuba Diving
Buying gear is the final step, the act that says "I'm committed to really enjoying diving." But you're not certified yet, how are you supposed to know what to buy?
Relax. Between our advice and your instructor's help, we'll have you outfitted in no time. It's helpful to think of buying gear in two phases: first, the basic stuff you need for class; second, the major pieces of life supportregulator, BC and dive computerthat you're allowed to purchase once you've got a C-card. Let's start with the basics.
Phase One: The Basics Masks
Exposure Protection Suits
Phase Two: Life-Support Equipment Once you're a newly minted diver, the anxiety you had about buying gear will likely be replaced with a rush of excitementa desire to max out the plastic or convert the Roth IRA into a heap of the latest and greatest in scuba gear.
Fine. Having your own gear is essential to fully enjoy this sport and to maximize your comfort and safety. Just remember that your experience with equipment is limited. You've got to study the field and understand what you wantand needout of each piece of gear.
Other Helpful Gear Information
DiveSpeak--Gear- Learn to talk the talk.