Scuba Diving Equipment List
Scuba Diving Gear List
It is very easy to forget something essential when setting off on your diving trip. I even forgot my fins once! Since then, I have always referred to this scuba equipment list so that I never forget anything again. It should contain everything that you may need. It is not important to take everything on this list because what you take will depend on the type of diving that you are doing, for instance, unless you will be going on a night or cave dive, a light and glow sticks are not essential. Something like the mask, however, is quite important!
Wetsuit / temperature protection for scuba diving
This generally will depend on the temperature of the water where you will be diving. You will always need swimming shorts or a swimsuit but whether you wear a wetsuit as well, will be up to you. Don't forget that the temperature under the water will be colder than that on the surface but you may need just a shorty (spring suit). If it is a bit colder, then a full wetsuit (steamer) or semi-dry suit may be required. But if it is really chilly, then you will need a drysuit. As an addition, gloves, boots or a hood may be worn.
Main scuba diving equipment
These will always be needed but if you are on an organised dive may well be provided for you (particularly the tank as this can be a costly outlay for the individual diver).
Mask, snorkel, BCD (buoyancy control device which should have a harness connected to it for easy attachment to the cylinder), regulator (first stage, second stage, octopus), fins, dive computer/depth gauge, tank (unless supplied at dive site), weight belt and weights, dive bag, logbook and finally a towel for when you eventually get out of the water.
Spare scuba diving equipment
Spare mask, mask strap, fin strap, o-rings, hoses, tool kit and a first aid kit.
The majority of these will be available if you are diving with an organised trip but it always pays to have your own spare straps for your mask and your fins. I also always take a small first aid kit myself, just band-aids for scrapes and cuts on rocks etc., antiseptic lotion and sun cream usually does the trick.
Additional requirements for diving equipment
These aren’t essential but can be useful depending on the type of dive you are doing.
Reel and buoy (for easy identification when surfacing after a dive), diving slate for writing messages, compass, glowsticks (great for night dives), dive light (obviously this is also handy for night dives but if it is used in the day it can bring back the color that disappears because of light absorption at depth) , diving whistle, knife, retractors or holders for octopus and other hoses to stop them dragging and being caught on anything.
Where to buy scuba equipment
If you are going to learn to dive, it is not essential to buy all the equipment up front. It is probably a good idea to buy your own mask and snorkel but everything else can usually be borrowed from the center that will be teaching you.
Make sure the mask is an approved diving mask, though, as cheap ones from the supermarket just aren’t up to the job. The glass needs to be tempered to stop it from shattering if anything hits it and the seals need to be of the correct material to work at depth, otherwise you will be spending more time removing water from your mask than anything else.
Second hand diving equipment versus cheap diving equipment
There is a temptation to buy second hand diving equipment as it is considerably cheaper than brand new. However, you have to make sure it is not going to risk your life. It can be a very dangerous pastime and divers need to make sure their equipment is in first class condition as it could risk their life.
If you do want to buy second hand gear, then make sure it is in good condition and for items like the BCD or regulator, have them professionally serviced before use. The same goes for cheap scuba gear. If it is from a reputable buyer or shop, then you will probably be OK but it always worth getting a service before you use it just in case. With age, seals particularly can be compromised but are very easy to repair/replace.
Enjoy your diving and make sure you keep your equipment in good condition, always rinse with fresh water after use and make sure it dries before stowing away.