Scuba equipment is the essential diving gear required by one that goes under the water to see the natural beauty of corals, caverns, sea beds and ship wrecks. In fact there is so much of interest to see in some of the fascinating resorts across our planet and in our oceans, that to miss out on this pastime has to be a shame.
So, how does one get the gear and the scuba equipment necessary to see the ship wrecks, corals, deep caverns and colourful schools of fish? The basics consist of a mask, fins, snorkel, and cylinder and exposure suit. A scuba equipment wetsuit is the exposure which does not necessarily keep you warm but helps your own body keep its core temperature and protect against some of the excesses found at the bottom of any sea or ocean.
Nothing is more exhilarating than plunging into the clear blue waters below the seas of the South China Sea and checking out the whale sharks or wading through the shallow reefs off Cairns in Australia to see the thousands of different colourful molluscs, all of which are alive and blooming in a sea of variable colours, shapes, sizes and species.
A buoyancy control device is needed for divers who need to sink lower or rise higher in their depth plunge through the clear blue seas. You can even use the buoyancy aid to hang effortlessly while you see the wonders beneath the ocean waves. The air age is another scuba equipment essential that will act as a safety feature and let you know how much air you have left before it’s time to take a break from your dive.
A dive regulator is another scuba equipment piece that allows you to breath underwater. Every intrepid diver will not forget his or her compass, designed to work under great depths of water, this device let’s you know if you have strayed too far from your scuba base boat. Scuba divers can also use a whistle (yes it works underwater!) as an added safety feature and if you are diving with a team, an alternate air source allows you to share your air with another in case of emergency.
Depending on where you may dive, will also depend on what type of scuba equipment you need. Temperate water divers need more safety equipment than tropical divers, and cold water divers (like those diving under hazardous oil rigs) need specialist diving gear designed to withstand temperatures below 12c (54F).