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SCUBA DIVING EQUIPMENT TIPS

Scuba Diving Equipment Tips.

So you’ve decided to become a more serious diver. Having your own scuba diving equipment certainly is a major step. Let’s run though the basic scuba items we need, where to start, what is considered more important to own, tips on sales and more.

What is a full scuba diving equipment set?

Where to begin?

Scuba Diving accessories

Scuba Diving Spare Kit

Scuba diving equipment care and maintenance

Buying Scuba Gear


Full scuba diving equipment set includes:

-Diving mask

-Diving fins

- Snorkel

Buoyancy control device (BCD)

-Scuba Regulator – 1st Stage, 2nd Stage, Alternate Air Source, Depth Gauge, Pressure Gauge

-Exposure Suit suitable for the dive condition

-Timing device- preferably a dive computer.

These are the bare minimum for having your own scuba diving equipment set. That, assuming you don’t plan on carrying a scuba tank or weights with you on your dive vacation.

What should I start buying if I can’t afford complete Scuba diving equipment set?

I believe eventually an experienced and frequent diver should own a complete scuba diving equipment set as mentioned previously. Most retailers will offer significant discount for buying complete scuba diving equipment set, still it can get quite expansive.

I would start with a mask, snorkel and fins set. These three make a snorkeling set and are fairly affordable.

Comfortable exposure suit should come next, as the better it fits the more effective it works. Scuba BCD and Regulators are the more expansive items of your scuba diving equipment set. Some might pick a reliable regulator, but Id pick a comfortable BCD first, as most regulators are reliable while getting used to your own BCD makes some difference on you buoyancy skills and comfort level.

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What else can I add to my scuba diving equipment set?

An experienced diver will have a few scuba dive accessories:

Dive bag, to carry your scuba diving equipment. -

-Scuba diving light,

-Dive knife,

-Underwater erasable slate,

-Dive tables-dive planner.

-Divers logbook.

-Signaling devices- inflatable tubes, whistles, mirrors and more

-Dive Reel

Scuba Diving Spare Kit

One should also consider having is own spare kit. It can be extremely frustrating traveling across the globe, carrying your own scuba diving equipment, just to find a broken mask strap for example. Here are some of the more important items:

-Spare O-rings. For tanks, camera housing, or dive lights.

-Mask defogging solution for those who don’t like spitting in their masks.

-Spare dive mask, and fins Straps.

-Spare batteries for a camera or a dive light.

-A knife, a small screwdriver for repairs.

-Some extra clips.

A 1st aid kit should hold basic medicine and bandages you use, and also contain a Pocket Mask, Sea Sickness Pills, some Rubbing Alcohol, Vinegar, Eardrops, Sun Protecting Lotion.

Scuba diving equipment care and maintenance:

A well maintained scuba diving equipment set can last many years and if used a lot can certainly make up in value for the its retail price.

There are some basic instructions that can help you keep your scuba diving equipment set last long:

-Always rinse your gear with fresh water. Even after diving in a swimming pool. Salt, Chlorine and damage your scuba diving equipment.

- Always store your scuba diving equipment in a dry dark room.

-Never dry your equipment under direct sunlight.

-Avoid contact with oil when cleaning and storing your equipment.

-Some scuba diving equipment items such as regulators, diving wetsuits, scuba BCD require additional attention. Follow manufacturers’ instructions. You can find more instructions in related articles on this website.

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SCUBA MASK TIPS: BUY, FIT AND MAINTAIN SCUBA MASKS

Choosing and Using Scuba Mask

Scuba Diving Mask -Your View to the Underwater World
Scuba Diving Mask -Your View to the Underwater World

Having your own scuba mask makes a huge difference on your scuba diving experience. That’s why the scuba mask is the one item most divers and snorkelers will purchase first.

As opposed to other pieces of equipment like BCD’s and regulators it is compact and light, and can easily stored and be carried on any travel bag, anytime, anywhere and is also more affordable than most diving equipment.

The most important reason to pick a mask first is that a scuba mask that properly fits your face makes a huge difference on your comfort and pleasure by decreasing the chances it’ll get flooded.

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How does a scuba mask work

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What is a Scuba Mask Made Of?

How To Fit a Scuba Mask

Scuba Mask Maintenance, Storage and Defogging

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How does a scuba mask work?

Unlike fish and other marine creatures our eyes are not designed to focus underwater, therefore we ware a mask that provides us an airspace that separates between our eyes and the water surrounding us.

Why not wearing goggles for scuba diving then?

Goggles also isolate our eyes, creating a small airspace, but as opposed to scuba mask, they lack the nose pocket thus it’s impossible to equalize them underwater. As we descend, water pressure on our airspaces increases and exhaling occasionally through your nose is essential to equalize your masks airspace.

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How to choose a scuba mask?

Masks come in various shapes, sizes and colors, and as we all have different faces there no such thing as the best mask. Primarily what we look for in a mask is a mask that fits and is comfortable for us to use. Before we learn how we find out whether the mask fits or not, we should check what it’s made of

what is a scuba mask made of ?

Tempered Glass, Black Silicone Scuba Mask
Tempered Glass, Black Silicone Scuba Mask

A scuba mask’s faceplate is usually tempered glass, that as opposed to standard glass, when breaks tends to form less particles, and is more durable , thus is safer and can better handle the increased pressure underwater.
Tempered glass can be defogged easily as opposed to plastic for example. Look for a tempered glass sticker on your mask.
The mask’s skirt should be made out of silicone rather than neoprene and can be either clear or colored- whatever you choose.

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How can I tell if my scuba mask fits?

As we mentioned before, pick a mask that fits your face and one you feel comfortable with:

-Place the strap in front of the faceplate and place the mask against your face while looking up.

– make sure you don’t trap hair underneath the mask skirt, and that the skirt isn’t folded and placed correctly.

-inhale through your nose and let go of the mask. The mask should pull back against your face and stay on it while you look down and shake your head.

Scuba mask maintenance, storage and defogging

A new scuba mask tends to fog up easily. After purchasing one or before using one that hasn’t been used for a while we’ll make sure to defog our mask.

Grab a soft scrub, or use you fingers, and rub some toothpaste on its plates.

I’d normally leave it over night and rinse it n the morning. One treatment normally is enough but you may need to do it again. Before each dive use a defogging solution or spit in your mask and rub the plates, then rinse it. Enzymes in the solution will prevent it from fogging up.

After diving, make sure you rinse it carefully with fresh water and store it in a dry and shaded place.

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SNORKELING MASK TIPS

How To Pick a Snorkeling Mask, What Types Are There?

Why Buying a Snorkeling Mask?

Why Not Using Goggles?

How to Choose a Snorkeling Mask

Fitting a Snorkeling Mask

Getting a Snorkeling Mask Ready to Use

Snorkeling Mask care and maintenance

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Many snorkelers choose the snorkeling mask as their first and most important item they purchase. Here are a few reasons why:

1. A snorkeling mask is probably the most important item to be able to fit properly to your size and shape. You can get by with minor adjustment of the rest of your kit, but an ill-fitted mask can be a nightmare even for experienced divers and take the fun out of your dive.

2. You can use snorkeling mask when snorkeling, and it can even stand out by itself, just jump in the water wearing it, and you’ll have fun. If you’re in the water to see the marine creatures, none of the other snorkeling items stands out by itself.

3. Snorkeling masks are pretty affordable, especially when compared to regulators, BCD, or wet suits that scuba divers need. Many scuba divers chose scuba masks as their first investment in scuba gear to.

4. You can fit a snorkeling mask anywhere, no need for special dive bags, as long as you have a proper case for it, carry it anyhow you want.

 

Tempered Glass, Black silicone Snorkeling Mask
Tempered Glass, Black Silicone Scuba Mask

Can’t I use swimmer goggles for snorkeling?

We can actually stay on the surface and snorkel with goggles, but snorkeling mask offers us to take a deep breath, dive in and get closer to marine creatures. When descending, airspaces tend to squeeze due to increased water pressure. That means that if we can hold our breath long enough to dive deep, simple goggles will be pressed against our face, which can be quite uncomfortable. In addition, nose pocket will provide protection to your nose preventing water from entering it.

How do I pick a snorkeling mask?

The scuba and snorkeling equipment industry has a huge variety of brands, colors, shapes and sizes to accommodate our different faces and taste. When buying a snorkeling mask, bare in mind that more expansive doesn’t necessarily mean better for you. For example, you can buy the most expansive snorkeling mask in the market, and it doesn’t fit your face right, while a cheap snorkeling mask that fits does a much better job for you. I wouldn’t encourage you to go buying the cheapest one on the market. Off course not. Cheap masks might be OK for snorkeling, but might not last that long, or wont be suitable enough for diving. it would be a waste having to buy another mask when you can buy one mask that accommodates both activities and will last for as long as you take good care of it. Wouldn’t it? Generally, Id pick a snorkeling mask made of tempered glass and silicone skirt. These are much more reliable than the cheaper alternatives. These are the same principles I use when picking a mask for scuba diving- so you can use it for both activities.

Fitting a snorkeling mask:

Once you know what the mask is made of, check that it fits your face. Place the mask against your face, without trapping hair in it. Don’t put the strap on yet. Look up and inhale through your nose. You should feel the mask squeeze against your face. No air should enter the mask. As a final check, look down while holding you breath. The mask should still stay on your face.

Getting my snorkeling mask ready for use

Once you’ve purchased your own mask you have one last thing to do before jumping in the water. Defog your mask. Place some tooth paste on your thumb, and rub it on the masks glass, leave it on overnight and rinse properly in the morning. Before you snorkel, spit in your mask and after rubbing the spit all over the lens, rinse it again. You can also use a defog solution for the same purpose

Snorkeling mask care and maintenance:

After each use, carefully rinse your snorkeling mask with fresh water. Don’t dry your snorkeling mask under direct sunlight. Store your snorkeling mask in a dry room, preferably inside a designated snorkeling mask case.

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