Updated: Jan 5, 2021
When going shopping for new diving equipment, you will notice that there are loads of different choices of gear to choose from. This can be confusing for new divers, however, the most important thing to keep in mind when buying new dive gear is the three F’s. They stand for FIT FOR FUNCTION.
FIT: Does the dive gear fit the individual properly?
Proper fitting gear is important for a diver as it will keep them comfortable during the dive.
Function: Ask yourself if the gear I’m choosing is correct for the type of diving I’m planning on doing.
Thus, choosing the correct gear for the dive is important for both safety and comfort.
Other Tip’s / Considerations
A proper fitting mask will help prevent the notorious mask leak.
Being cold can easily ruin a dive and choosing the right wetsuit, or drysuit and undersuit combination, is important. The addition of a thermal undersuit or rash vest, can make a big difference in keeping you warm during your dive.
Open-heel fins with spring fin straps allows for easy removal with minimal effort required and gives you the added protection of wearing booties with your fins. In a country where most of our diving is done off the beach or inland shore entries, wearing a booty protects your feet against hot sand, rocks and thorns. You need to choose the correct fin for your kicking style. Kicking from the hips with straight legs is a common finning technique, however, with the more modern training method of teaching, even entry-level divers can (easily) learn to do the more efficient frog-kick and its variations, therefore your choice of fins become more important. Divers should consider a session with an instructor to learn different finning techniques, if they have not yet done so.
There are a variety of regulators on the market and again, function and diver safety are the most important considerations here. If a diver plans to do deeper dives, or dives into strong currents where their breathing may be accelerated, it is important to have a high quality, easy breathing regulator that is able to allow the diver comfortable breathing in t