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Diving Equipment: Building Skills and Experience

Scuba diving is an enjoyable and sometimes adrenaline boosting sport, that gives you the opportunity to explore the beautiful life underwater. And talking about beautiful life underwater, did you know that Australia is known to have one of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse underwater environments on the globe? From caves and shipwrecks to living corals and coloured sea life, diving in Australian waters makes a unique experience for everyone.

If you have never dived before, you should know that having the right equipment can greatly impact your dive experience. Furthermore, it is crucial for your safety. If you are committed to truly enjoying scuba diving, here is a list of the equipment you will need for an amazing and safe diving experience.

Underwater Led Torch
It is true that underwater life is very colorful, but as you go deeper, the bright colours will begin to disappear and everything will look blue grey. Having a good underwater Led torch with you will address this problem and will allow you to enjoy the entire spectrum of shades and life underwater. It will also help you to stay safe by allowing you to see what is around. Underwater Led torch comes in different shapes and sizes to suit different needs and preferences. Ask the vendor to assist you to choose a model that is right for your needs.

Mask
A dive mask is an equipment designed to create an air space in front of the eyes, allowing them to focus underwater. It also features a nose pocket that allows you to equalize the air pressure in the mask as you go deeper. When selecting a mask, make sure it feels comfortable and seals easily on your face.

Wetsuit or Drysuit
Certain diving places (whether in warm or cold water) require divers to wear protective layer of clothing. In warmer waters, a wetsuit made of a layer of neoprene rubber may be necessary – it acts as insulation. The colder the water, the thicker the wetsuit should be.

Regulator
A regulator is a device that is attached by a hose to the air cylinder that you wear on your back. It has as a function to supply air whenever you want to take a breath via the mouthpiece.

Buoyancy Compensation Device (BCD)
A BCD is a streamlined jacket that you connect to your air cylinder using an inflator hose. At the surface, you can inject air on the jacket to keep you afloat while, underwater, you can add small amounts of air and adjust it so that you can neither rise or sink – this process is called neutral buoyancy.

Fins
An equipment piece that allows you to swim underwater and gives you a level of control and freedom of movement that would be impossible without it. Available in diverse models, the most common type is strap fins, which is worn with boots.

Gauges
A gauge is a device that informs you how much air you have. It is attached by a hose to your cylinder and may also include a compass and temperature reading.

Weight Belt
It is a belt that you wear around your waist to help you descend and stop yourself rising to the surface involuntarily.

Dive Computer
A device that provides you essential information about how long you have been underwater, how deep you are, and how long you can safely stay at the depth you are at.

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