Now that you’re a certified scuba diver, it’s time to start picking out your equipment. Renting gear is always an option, but purchasing your own is generally more comfortable, as it is personally fitted to your unique needs and your body. But buying gear for the first time can be intimidating. The variety of different options and styles on the market can leave many newcomers confused and overwhelmed. Luckily, you’ll be outfitted in no time with the help of Northeast Scuba. We offer all of the top equipment from the biggest brand names. Let’s take a look at the four main pieces of gear you need to start scuba diving:
- Mask: Let’s start with the basics. The mask is likely the first piece of equipment you’ll need to purchase. It will protect your eyes from the water, while the nose pocket will equalize the air pressure while you dive deeper. The mask should provide a solid, watertight fit without feeling too constricting. Other options, such as additional panels for a larger field of vision and strap adjustments, are available based on your preferences.
- Fins: Fins help you move efficiently through the water similar to the way a fish would. They should always feel comfortable and allow efficient movement. Look for a pair that fit snugly without pinching on the toes. The best rule of thumb is, if you can’t wiggle your toes, they’re too small. Newer divers should stick to smaller, more flexible fins until they become more comfortable in the water.
- Buoyancy compensator device: This is the most important piece of scuba diving equipment you will buy. It holds the gear in place and carries the air tank so divers can safely breathe underwater. The BC should fit snugly, but not to the point where it restricts breathing. A well-fitted BC will allow you to easily access all valves, straps and pockets. The inflator hose should be easily within reach over your head. It’s best to not skimp on this one, as it could mean the difference between life and death.
- Dive computer: This is an expensive but important piece of equipment. A dive computer will automatically recalculate your no-decompression status by continuously monitoring depth and bottom time to give you longer dive times, while still keeping you within a safe period of no-decompression time. Purchasing your own allows you to become more familiar and comfortable with how it works. A beginner model should be user friendly and provide information on depth, time, decompression status and tank pressure.
Stop by Northeast Scuba when you’re ready to start picking out your equipment. We’ve been in business for over 20 years and have made a name for ourselves as a premier provider of scuba diving equipment, certifications and experiences. We offer both sales and rentals of gear from the top names in scuba diving. One of our experienced sales specialists can help you pick out the right gear for you. Come see us today—we look forward to assisting you!