If you’ve tried scuba diving here at Eagle Point Beach and Dive Resort in Batangas, chances are that the experience made you want to come back and do it again. But now you’re faced with the great dilemma of buying your very first scuba dive gear; worry not- we’re here to help.It’s all about knowing the basics and their specific purposes in terms of how they help make your every dive a success. Remember, your scuba gear is just as important as the skill and concentration you’ll be putting on your future dives so to give you a head start, here’s how your first set should look like:
The mask is one of the most important scuba diving investments you could make. The purpose of this gear is not just to allow you to see underwater. In fact, it is designed to to create air space in front of your eyes which in turn helps your sight focus especially under the ocean. The nose pocket, on the other hand, is molded as such to equalize the air pressure in your mask as you dive deeper. The crucial part when choosing the right mask lies in the fit so make sure its watertight. Our advice? Go for clear or light-colored mask skirts so it can allow more light in, perfect for new divers.
Since water is a lot more denser than air, paddling your legs won’t be enough in the long run underwater. This is where flippers come in. A good set of fins or flippers give your legs more power to move through water so make sure to choose the right size, design, and fitness. If you’re a newbie in scuba diving, we suggest going for smaller, more flexible fins with a snug fit- to see if they fit perfectly, check if the flippers pinch your toes or bind your feet’s arches because if that’s the case, then it’s too small. Actually, if you can’t wiggle your ties, then it’s not the right fit.
- Wet Suit
The main purpose of a wet suit, also called exposure protection suit, is to keep you warm, and it does in two ways- the first is to keep water out and the second is to provide insulation against heat loss. The reason why wetsuits are commonly made of foam neoprene rubber is that it traps air which makes it conductive for insulation. When it comes to wetsuits, choose one with the right fit without restricting your movement or breathing, and without sacrificing comfort as well. Be sure to avoid a suit that’s too loose especially if there are gaps at the neck, arm, leg, and crotch.
- Bouyancy Compensator
Probably the most complex part of your scuba gear, the buoyancy compensator does a lot of things for a diver, from holding your other gear in place, helping you control bouyancy underwater to letting you carry your tank with minimal effort and assisting you as you float on the surface. If you’re here at Eagle Point Beach and Diving Resort, you can rent one for a dive but if you’re planning to buy your own, there are a few things to remember. Of course, just like any other gear we just talked about, the fit of your BC is also important. Adjustments, pockets, traps, and the inflator hose should be easy to use and reach.
When it comes to regulators, high performance is key. The role of this gear is to help you breathe underwater especially as you go deeper. It basically converts the high-pressure air in your tank so your lungs won’t find it difficult to perform even as the pressure increases. Find something that’s comfortable and has the right length so you can move freely. Before you purchase one, also make sure the knobs and switches are easier to access and remember as you will rely heavily on those when you’re on your dive.
Ta-dah! There you go, your first set of scuba gear! We do hope you find the best one out there so your next visit here at Eagle Point Beach and Diving Resort would be filled with colorful underwater adventures. After all, you don’t want to miss one of the world’s best scuba diving spots, right?
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