Scuba Diving Gear and Equipment for Beginners – Get your Own Gear

So you have a diving license from a diving federation such as PADI, SSI, CMAS and diving experience, then it is the right time to get serious about it and purchase scuba diving equipment. If diving is a hobby you want to pursue on a regular basis, having your own professional diving equipment is imperative.

You would have noticed that renting diving equipment on diving trips or at home is rather expensive and the rental equipment is often in a poor condition. Therefore, it is of course worth every penny to your own scuba diving equipment. It is also very unhygienic to wear the same suit and other equipment that has already been used by many divers before.

The color of the ocean is not blue, it’s red. So many lives have been lost due to carelessness and not having the right equipment.  

Where Do you Need to Start?

When you have completed your dive education in your home country, purchase ABC diving equipment (mask, fins, snorkel) as many diving schools charge a very high price for gear and equipment. Firstly, the ABC diving equipment is not particularly expensive and therefore a good starting point, on the other hand they can be also used separately from scuba diving for freediving.

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The next item on your equipment list should then in any case be your own dive computer. I experience again and again on dive trips that beginners and even advanced divers rent dive computer and do not know how it actually works. This is “extremely dangerous” under certain circumstances. Get your own dive computer as soon as possible as it is usually the most expensive piece of gear in rental equipment.

Now it’s time think about having your own diving suit. Since most of scuba divers are beginners who like to dive in warm waters, a 3 mm wetsuit will suffice.

The next step is purchasing BCD and regulator. These are the most expensive purchases for a diving beginners usually by far and you should pay particular attention to special offers for buying buoyancy compensators or regulators.

These parts of the diving equipment are the most important things that will allow you to dive on a holiday in warm waters. All other items of equipment can be purchased later as per your preference.

I will present all the necessary equipment to practice diving. The description is deliberately basic because the goal is to give you an overview, but if you are interested for more info about any of the equipment, leave me a comment and I will explain it in detail in a new article.

What Scuba Gear does a Diver need?

Scuba Diving Mask

Whether you’re snorkeling, free diving or scuba diving, it is an indispensable element to discover the marine environment. It is the guarantor of a safe  dive, nothing worse than a poorly adapted or misty mask. There come equipped with a single lens or two lenses and all forms to suit different face shapes. Check out our diving mask reviews and comparison

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Diving Fins

They will serve you to navigate on the surface and underwater. They will also support you in the water, much like the dorsal fins of costal and marine species. Fins are your propellers. Get fins that fit your feet properly, without placing pressure on your toes or foot bridge. Always wear your boots dive when trying on fins. Split fin technology is state-of-the-art now and worth every penny.

The two main types are –

  • The foot fins, is threaded directly to the foot, a bit like the shoes, and you can put a neoprene bootie in addition to protect your feet from the cold.
  • The adjustable fins require the use of neoprene booties.

The choice of model will depend on your practice (snorkeling, scuba diving) and your level.

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Snorkel

It allows you to move on the surface by looking under the water while continuing to breathe. You will use it especially if you snorkel. 

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Scuba Dive computer

A dive computer is to diving what the dashboard is to your car. It tells you different parameters –

  • Instant Depth
  • Maximum depth
  • Dive Time
  • Water temperature
  • Other parameters

These parameters are necessary to calculate decompression times and the possible establishment of decompression. It will also allow you to keep a history of all your settings that can be later transferred to computer. Depending on the range, prices can vary greatly, the choice depends on your budget and according to the technical nature of your dives. We have a full comparison of dive computers here.

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Wetsuit

It serves to protect you from the cold. Indeed water dissipates 25 times more heat than air so even in water at 28 ° C, we feel cold after a few minutes. Wetsuits are made of neoprene and are intended to make thermal bridge between the water and body. The combination can heat up the film of water or air between the skin and the inner part of the suit. This film should be as thin as possible. This will prevent water pockets and delay the effects of cold.

They are of 3 types –

  • Wetsuit
  • Semi-drysuit
  • Drysuit

The thickness varies depending on locations of practice and the water temperature.

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A rash vest important piece of equipment for the diver. Firstly, it allows to hang the bottle and transport on land and under water in backpack mode. Secondly, it ensures sufficient buoyancy and plays an important role in your stabilization when immersed. The vest is connected to the 1st stage regulator and inflates and deflates with the direct system or quick purges. Equipped with various rings, it also allows to hang small equipment (parachutes / lamps / GoPro …). It is a good alternative to a wetsuit.

Buoyancy Compensator Device (BCD)

With the help of weights, a BCD and our lungs, we can adjust our weight. Our buoyancy under water must be adjusted so that we are weightless and hover underwater.

The three different states of buoyancy underwater are called –

  • positively buoyant (everything that swims)
  • neutrally buoyant (weightless, you go neither up nor sink to the bottom)
  • negatively buoyant (everything falls down like a stone)

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Diving Regulator

I can not imagine diving without it because it allows you to breathe underwater without having to return to the surface. Its purpose is to decompress the compressed air in your bottle so you can breathe on your own regardless of depth. It is always associated with a safety valve called “octopus”.

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Scuba Diving Tank

It usually contains compressed air, this air is identical to the air that we breathe on surface. The bottles are made of steel or aluminum and are usually inflated with 210/220 bars. The most common volumes 12L and 15L are equivalent to a weight between 15 to 22kg. It’s your air reserve for the entire duration of the dive. Battery life varies depending on several parameters (your depth, your training …) but to make it simple, the deeper you dive, the more air you consume.

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Underwater Diving Light 

The further you go down deep under water, the more colors start disappearing because their spectrum is gradually absorbed by water. To discover the true colors of the seabed and its inhabitants, use a lamp or waterproof headlamp designed to withstand the water pressure. They are equipped with halogen bulbs or LED and powered by batteries. Especially useful for night diving or in low visibility environments, it can also detect other divers underwater and on the surface. 

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Diving Bag

Diving is a sport that requires a number of facilities that end up taking lots of space. Buying a dedicated bag quickly becomes indispensable. For various bag reviews and gear comparison, click here.

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Dive Knife 

They are a very important underwater, especially when you go too deep in search of something. It also comes in handy for cutting vegetation and plants underwater in case you get entangled with them.  

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Weight Belt

Its purpose is to compensate for the excess buoyancy generated by the suit. The weight of lead needed will depend on the type of combination (in particular thickness) and the type of environment in which you dive (Atlantic Ocean, Red Sea, lakes, etc).

Dive Compass

It allows to move under water especially when visibility is reduced.

Scuba Gear Checklist 

In your diving course with PADI, SSI, CMAS or another federation You have probably already learned a lot about the topic of diving equipment. As a reminder, you can find here again the parts of the diving equipment listed belonging with increasing experience level to the basic equipment and gear of every scuba diver –

  • ABC diving equipment (Mask, Fins, Snorkel)
  • Dive computer
  • BCD (Buoyancy Control Device or Buoyancy Compensator Device)
  • Regulator with octopus
  • Wetsuit, hood, gloves, boots, etc.
  • Diving torch
  • Safety buoy
  • Scuba tank
  • Weight belt
  • Diving bag, transport box
  • Accessories (dive knife, compass, DIN adapter, etc.)
  • Underwater Camera

As you can see there is quite a lot together and you could list would also be amplified by some when special areas of diving involving.

Scuba Gear DOES NOT HAVE TO BE EXPENSIVE!

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You can easily get hold of the best diving equipment by shopping on Amazon. It is such a big online marketplace that always has discounts and sale on scuba gear. I am not a fan of used scuba gear and I always buy all of my scuba gear from Amazon due to the wide range of products it offers.

Of course you can buy your diving equipment in a Dive Center of your choice. Personally, I have had very bad experience since they try to push expensive gear to newbies that is not inline with their real needs. This is, moreover, no wonder, since most dive centers offer your diving courses so cheap that they hardly make a profit. So the diving schools are then often forced to push expensive dive gear for sale to make enough profit.

So beware – whenever you are recommended things that appear to you too expensive – do not buy. Take your time and consider whether the offered parts of diving equipment are really useful for you as a beginner, or if they are not effective and there are better alternatives available on Amazon.

So if you are a bit tight on your budget, I highly recommend shopping scuba gear on Amazon.

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