SCUBA GEAR FAQ

What is scuba gear?

Scuba diving equipment allows you to visit the underwater world by making it possible to breathe, see and move comfortably while below the surface. Gear helps you change from being a land-dweller to somewhat of an aquatic being – if only for a little while. A mask lets you see clearly. A scuba regulator and tank provide the air you need. Fins allow you to swim efficiently, and a wetsuit helps you stay warm. Whether you’re just starting as a scuba diver or you’re an experienced diver looking for new equipment, you’ll find helpful suggestions and tips in this section. Keep in mind that fit, comfort, and suitability are the three most important considerations when choosing gear, but you don’t have to sacrifice color coordination and looking good. Your local PADI dive shop is a great place to get more information and assistance in finding the best scuba equipment for you.

Learn more about scuba gear and how to choose equipment best suited for you by visiting our Gear page.


Where will you use your scuba gear?


You can dive almost anywhere there’s water, and the scuba gear you use will vary slightly based on the dive environment. There are four general categories for dive equipment, but some gear fits in all categories – for example, the same mask is fine for all environments.

  • Tropical Scuba Equipment - In warm, clear water, you only need minimal exposure protection and can choose light-weight streamlined scuba components. Use this scuba gear when diving in water that is 24ºC/75ºF or warmer.

  • Temperate Scuba Equipment - When you’re equipped for temperate climates you have maximum versatility because you can dive in the tropics and also in water that’s a bit cooler. Use this scuba gear in water that is 15-24ºC/60-75ºF.

  • Cold-water Scuba Equipment - Cool climates often have spectacular diving. With good exposure protection and the right equipment, you can scuba dive in cold water in comfort. Use this scuba gear in water that is cooler than 15ºC/60ºF.​

 

SCUBA GEAR FAQ

What is scuba gear?

Scuba diving equipment allows you to visit the underwater world by making it possible to breathe, see, and move comfortably while below the surface. Gear helps you change from being a land-dweller to somewhat of an aquatic being – if only for a little while. A mask lets you see clearly. A scuba regulator and tank provide the air you need. Fins allow you to swim efficiently, and a wetsuit helps you stay warm. Whether you’re just starting as a scuba diver or you’re an experienced diver looking for new equipment, you’ll find helpful suggestions and tips in this section. Keep in mind that fit, comfort, and suitability are the three most important considerations when choosing gear, but you don’t have to sacrifice color coordination and looking good. Your local Aqua Lung dive shop is a great place to get more information and assistance in finding the best scuba equipment for you.

Learn more about scuba gear and how to choose equipment best suited for you by visiting our Gear page.

Where will you use your scuba gear?

 

You can dive almost anywhere there’s water, and the scuba gear you use will vary slightly based on the dive environment. There are four general categories for dive equipment, but some gear fits in all categories – for example, the same mask is fine for all environments.

  • Tropical Scuba Equipment - In warm, clear water, you only need minimal exposure protection and can choose light-weight streamlined scuba components. Use this scuba gear when diving in water that is 24ºC/75ºF or warmer.

  • Temperate Scuba Equipment - When you’re equipped for temperate climates you have maximum versatility because you can dive in the tropics and also in water that’s a bit cooler. Use this scuba gear in water that is 15-24ºC/60-75ºF.

  • Cold-water Scuba Equipment - Cool climates often have spectacular diving. With good exposure protection and the right equipment, you can scuba dive in cold water in comfort. Use this scuba gear in water that is cooler than 15ºC/60ºF.​

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