Dive computers were the game changer for the scuba diving scene, and they continue to advance every single year. A dive computer is essentially a safety device that takes pretty much all of the timing and calculating out of diving. These little things are always thinking, and working out things, so you don’t have to. It has one primary job on this earth, and that is to get you back to the surface safely.
If you start to dive down too deep, it will beep to get your attention. If you start to ascend too fast, it will tell you in some way. This is simply a lifesaving piece of equipment. This is why having your own one is so very important because you’re going to understand exactly how it works. Renting one, where each one will be a different brand and thus have varied systems and technologies to understand, is less than ideal.
Delayed Surface Marker Buoy & Spool
A piece of equipment that’s grown in popularity over the years is a surface marker buoy. The main thing it will do is increase your visibility in the water so that others can see you better. Any committed scuba diver should have their own and a reel or spool to go with it.
A DSMB or delayed surface marker buoy goes with you on the dive, and when you’re nearing the end of your dive, you attach it to your spool and inflate it, so it shoots up to the surface. This allows boats to see your location even when you’re deep under water.
The choice of reel or spool is a personal one, but more divers are favouring spools because they’re a bit more compact and have fewer moving parts. Whereas reels will have ratchet spools to wind the line back in. However, if you’re not holding it properly it can lock and yank the reel out of your hands. Spools have the opposite traits, they’re a bit more fiddly but they can’t lock. Whatever you do, just make sure you don’t drop them. Otherwise, they’ll unravel all the way.
Your fins are very much like your mask, they’ll be on everybody’s “buy this first” list and they’ll stick with you for years to come if you pick the correct ones and treat them well. Don’t just buy fins because they look cool (as tempting as that might be). You need to decide what kind of diver you want to become, and a lot of this will ultimately come from the fins you choose.
The key thing you can do when looking for this piece of equipment is research. If you know that you’re only ever planning to be a warm water diver, then you’ll only ever need a lightweight pair of fins. If you’re planning to be a more expansive scuba diver, investing in a heavy fin like the Hollis F1 fin won’t be a bad choice. We’re not saying you need two pairs of fins, but if you’re committed to scuba diving it won’t be a bad investment.
There it is. Five things every new, and experienced, scuba diver should have. If you’re looking for a place to get this vital scuba equipment, then head on over to Simply Scuba.