Your Equipment Requirements
For a try-dive you will just your swimming costume and towel plus, if you feel the need, a tee-shirt to soften the contact of the SCUBA harness on your body. The club will provide the rest. SCUBA, mask and fins.
When you have decided to join the club to start training then you will need your own diving mask, fins and a snorkel to be certain that you always have the basics when there are other demands on club equipment. The mask and snorkel need to come from a dive shop and the mask must be made to a specification for diving and be a good fit to your face. Fins offer some options – there are the commonly available slipper fins which fit on your feet like shoes and there are fins designed to be worn with diving boots with straps to keep them on your feet. For open water diving the latter type of fins with boots will be needed – Boots because on the surface the ground will be rough. To ensure a good fit between boot and fin for swimming the boots come first. The shape of the boots will depend on the dive suit you will choose so best to leave that decision until later and get a pair of the cheapest slipper fins for pool work.
The combination of mask, fins and snorkel is known as basic equipment and you should aim to get these as soon as you join.
You will use club SCUBA throughout your training.
At the end of the elementary course you will be taken for your open water training and will need a dive suit for thermal protection. By this time you will be aware of the range of suits available and should know what you will be buying for your first. If your early open water dives are at Vobster dive centre it is possible to hire a suit. (plus boots, gloves, hood and if nesessary fins). This will give you a much better feel for what you want to own.
At this time you will be attending the open water course lectures and able to continue diving with the right buddy – You need to be accumulating all of your own kit:-
Buoyancy compensator (stab Jacket)
Regulator – first stage, second stage, octopus and gauges for cylinder pressure and depth. It is normal to buy these as a set to get a better price and know they work as a combination. For a first buy go for basic equipment without frills which will be reliable in the conditions in which you will start diving.
Weight belt and weights
Surface marker buoy (SMB) and reel
Wait until you have attended the equipment lectures before you buy and get advice where the choices offered are not clear. Have a look at some of the dive shop websites to get anidea of the cost of the kit but stick with the basics.
You will start diving using the SAA dive tables which require you to have a depth gauge (listed above) and a watch for timing your dive. Although your dives may be to 30m or less the watch must be rated to 200m if it is to stay watertight. It needs a clear presentation with a backlight. A stopwatch capability may be an advantage but not essential.
Later you will probably move on to using a personal dive computer, but no rush as you must use tables for the first 20 dives.
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or telephone or text:-
Ray Tee mob. 07976369225
Keith Wilkinson mob 07855734299