Scuba Diving Gear
In this section of the site we have collected a vast array of articles regarding scuba gear. What should you think about when you purchase your first mask and snorkel? How can I maintain my scuba gear and make it last longer? How much should a basic set of scuba gear cost for a beginner? How does a wetsuit work and how can a pick one that will be ideal for me in the water? The answer to these questions and many other ones can be found in the articles compiled in this category. Different authors will offer their own views on scuba gear and it can be a good idea to read several articles before you go out and make any purchases.
Despite the fact that you don’t use the snorkel while breathing from you tank under water, the snorkel is an imperative part of you scuba diving gear and you shouldn’t settle for a snorkel that doesn’t suit you and your particular needs. Don’t hesitate to ask the diving shop keeper or your scuba diving instructor for advice, but keep in mind that there are almost as many opinions about the perfect snorkel as there are snorkel users. A snorkel that works perfect for your friend might be highly unsuitable for you. In this article we will explain some of the snorkel basics and hopefully it will make it a little easier for you to decide which snorkel is the perfect one for you.
Most scuba divers lend or hire scuba gear during their first dives, and free use of scuba gear is included in the price of many scuba courses. Sooner or later, most of us do however begin to long for our own set of scuba gear. Renting scuba gear for each dive can prove expensive in the long run, but even more important is the fact that no scuba gear is ideally for any diver. By purchasing your own scuba gear, you will get a set of equipment that matches your particular needs perfectly. You will also be able to use the same equipment for each dive, instead of just using the items that happened to be free at the dive shop or scuba school that particular day.
One of the first things that scuba divers choose to purchase is often a snorkel. Having your own snorkel is a good thing, since different persons need different types of snorkels. Even if you do not scuba dive a lot, you can still use your snorkel during ordinary trips to the beach. When we discus different snorkels, it is important to be familiar with the terminology. The thing that you put into your mouth is of course called the mouth pieces, while the cylinder that protrudes out of the water is known as the tube. The keeper is used to attach the different parts to each other. The deflector is located at the top of the tube and helps keeping water out of the snorkel when you use it at the surface. Some snorkel models will also be equipped with a purge valve and a reservoir. A purge valve will remove water from your snorkel via a one-way drain. A reservoir functions as a sump/water trap and can be handy when you are unable to completely clear your snorkel.
Scuba Diving Gear Articles:
Costs to Purchase and Maintain Scuba Diving Equipment - A cost guide for Scuba diving equipment.
Equipment: snorkel - Equipment guide: The snorkel
Equipment: Mask - Equipment guide: The Mask
How to Buy Basic Snorkeling Gear - Guide to buying a snorkeling gear
Scuba Gear checklist for your next dive trip - A checklist in what to do before you go on a dive trip.
The protection of a diving wetsuit - How to buy a suitabel divesuit