What equipment do you need to go scuba diving?

Everyone creates a bucket list at some point in their life, and a common experience added to that list is scuba diving. However, if you have never gone before, you may not know what to bring; and if you are an expert, changing technology can make things easier. No matter the skill level, there are a few essential items and pieces of equipment you should have when going scuba diving.  
 
The Essential Equipment List:

Diving Mask 
Drysuit or Wetsuit 
Fins 
Scuba Gloves 
Scuba Tank 
Regulator 
Navigation Equipment 
Snorkel 
 
Diving Mask

It’s difficult to keep your eyes open underwater, especially saltwater. A diving mask allows you to see what’s around you and where you are going. When picking out a mask, it is important to find something comfortable for long-term wear. Most will suggest a new mask rather than renting, so you can get one that custom fits your needs. 
 
Dry or Wetsuit

drysuit or wetsuit is crucial in keeping yourself warm and protecting your skin from long-term water damage. They can weigh a little on the heavier side, so if this is your first time scuba diving you may want to test out the suit for comfort before purchasing. 
 
Fins

Fins are the long, webbed shoes scuba divers wear. The importance of this apparel is to aid in mobility and agility. There are different types of fins to choose from, so it’s best to fit your need of comfort and efficiency to the correct type for you. 
 
Scuba Gloves

Scuba gloves work the same as drysuits and wetsuits to keep your hands warm and protected during your dive. 
 
Scuba Tank

You will definitely need a scuba tank, as it serves as a breathing apparatus component. With this piece of equipment, you will be able to transport oxygen into the ocean with you. 
 
Regulator

The regulator connects to your scuba tank to allow you to breathe the oxygen. It is similar to other diving apparel in that you must pick out the most comfortable one for your needs. 
 
Navigation Equipment

The depth gauge, submersible pressure gauge, compass, and dive computer are all essential diving equipment that will keep you informed of your location and the safety of the area of water you are in. 
 
There are plenty of other pieces of equipment that can make your scuba diving experience differ, but these are the essential pieces needed for diving at any skill level. 

About the author: Corey Russell