Diving equipment

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The fundamental item of diving equipment used by divers is the SCUBA equipment, such as the Aqualung or Rebreather. There are other important pieces of equipment that make diving safer, more convenient or more efficient.

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Personal Diving Equipment

Scuba life support

Alternative life support

Thermal, sting and abrasion protection

  • In cold water, a diving suit such as a dry suit or a wet suit
  • In very warm water, many types of tough, long, everyday clothing provide protection
  • Diving gloves
  • Diving boots

In-water stabilisation and movement

Measurement and navigation

Vision and communication

  • Mask allows the diver to see clearly underwater and protects the eyes.
  • Full face mask allows talking if no mouthpiece inside. Difficult or impossible to go to snorkel on running out of air.
  • Diving helmet used with surface supplied diving, it protects the head well.
  • Surface Marker Buoy or Decompression buoy (Delayed SMBs)
  • Underwater writing slate and pencil to transport pre-dive plans underwater, to record facts whilst underwater and to aid communication with other divers
  • Torch/flashlight is essential in low visibility, during night diving or for communication

Tools

Surface detection aids

The purposes of this class of equipment are to:

Surface detection aids (with cheapest and most effective towards the top) include:

  • Red or yellow collapsible flag - high visibility, robust, bungeed to cylinder
  • Whistle - cheap, will only be heard by people far from engine noise
  • Torch/flashlight - if at sea after night fall
  • Strobe - needs long lasting batteries
  • High pressure whistle - expensive but they are effective
  • Orange water dye - increases diver's visibility from search helicopters
  • Mirror - to reflect sunlight or searchlights (A used Compact Disc is a good substitute)
  • Red pyrotechnic flares - for helicopters and lifeboats
  • EPIRB (Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon)


Surface equipment

External Links: Consumer Reviews

Scuba Gear Reviews (http://www.thescubaguide.com/d/) at the Scuba Guide. An independent resource for the cautious consumer. Read and submit reviews of scuba gear.

External links: Equipment manufacturers

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