Everyone in the field of scuba diving uses dedicated equipment every time of their dive. But how much do we understand each of these gears? Scuba diving basics are important to learn, more than knowing about the acronyms of our gears. Also, we know that scuba diving basics are more about shorthand terms and acronyms. If you are purchasing the first set of gears to learn about them, you must know their basic name and workability.
Scuba Diving Basics: Wetsuit, Steamer, Wetty, Springy
Most divers wear wetsuits the majority of the time. However, you may have heard the divers referring the wetsuit with different names. Some divers prefer to talk about wetsuit as “steamer,” “witty,” and “shorty.” No matter what you call these wetsuits, these are extremely crucial to protect your skin and give warmth while you dive underwater.
Buoyancy Control Device (BCD or BC)
Just like the name, Buoyancy Control Device (BCD or BC) is important to a diver’s buoyancy. During every dive, one should wear the BCD. With practice, you will learn how your BCD can keep you neutrally buoyant when you inflate air into it. You can clip on your dive light, compass, or cutting tool to your BCD. Some divers also use the unified weight system with pockets, for keeping weights. It allows them to eliminate or minimize the need to wear a weight belt.
Scuba Diving Basics: Regulators And Its Stages
Most of the divers only heard the “regulator” term only during their diving course. Regulators are no doubt highly essential diving gears. They have various stages. The first stage has two air chambers and a valve separates the two. It reduces the high-pressure gas to the right amount of breathable pressure. The primary second stage is the regulator, which puts in the mouth to breathe underwater.
The alternate second stage works almost the same as the primary second stage. Divers also call it as alternate air source, buddy regulator, occy, buddy or octopus. The back-up regulator is the alternate second stage if you have to share your air with a different diver during emergencies.
Dive Computer And Pressure Gauge
Divers should bring a pressure gauge along with the dive computer when they are diving each time. When one has a pressure gauge, they can see the amount of air the cylinder still has. On the other hand, the dive computer will count your dive time and depth. Therefore, the diver will get help to evaluate the timings of staying at the depths underwater.
Integrated Weights And Weight Belts
As a diver, you definitely have to know how much weights you have to carry during your dive. Many divers wear a weight belt or use the integrated weight system. In this weight system, there are weight pockets that hold the weights. In general, all the divers need some extra weight to get to the bottom. But whether the divers would wear the BCD with weights or the weight belt, it is up to them.
Snorkel, Masks, And Fins
Every diver should wear snorkels, masks, and fins as they go underwater. As we humans can’t see with our eyes underwater, we need the diving masks. You will not like to miss out on the beautiful marine life, do you? Diving masks are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Therefore, you must ensure the right fit. Snorkels allow you to preserve air before and after you finish your dive. Fins and flippers are different. You need fins to control your movements in the water easily.