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Gear list?

Discussion in 'New Divers & Those Considering Diving' started by Scubanoob222, Jun 13, 2020.

  1. Scubanoob222

    Scubanoob222 Registered

    Newly certified Diver and noticed when I Google my thread title it takes me to websites that tell me the gear I need for just blindly following along others.

    I'm looking for a list of what you bring diving if it's just you and a buddy and your leading the dive.

    Don't really trust my LDS since I've read lots of reviews of them trying to upsell and when I contacted them about group pool events I was told everyone would need there own mask and snorkel for health reasons but they sell those there.

    That kind of turned me off because the regulator goes in your mouth for the longest but those are safe if covid-19 is the issue?
  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Do you have any gear? Where are you diving? What I take for diving the Great Lakes or one of the cold Midwestern quarries is going to be different than for a tropical diver.
  3. Scubanoob222

    Scubanoob222 Registered

    Great questions, I'm great lakes as well so mostly that type of diving with occasional tropical dives.

    Haven't bought anything yet but considering the aqualung axiom i3 with Sherwood blizzard pro and still looking at computers/gauges to try and narrow down options.

    What I'm trying to get with this thread is the stuff I'll completely forget about like knife, weights, dive flag, etc.

    I'll gladly take any opinions on the gear I'm already considering though or other options.
  4. CuriousRambler

    CuriousRambler Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Montana
    Basics are basics. On every dive, I have:

    - Regulators
    -- Primary
    -- Secondary (octo)
    -- SPG
    -- LP Inflator Hose
    - Exposure protection - wetsuit in appropriate thickness? Drysuit? Swim trunks? Up to you/your dive conditions.
    - Mask
    - Fins
    - Gloves/hood/booties
    - BCD
    - Knife
    - Dive light
    - Computer
    - Compass
    - Weights
    - Tank
    - SMB

    That's all you really need, and some of that's even debatable.

    I also take:

    - Save-a-dive kit/spare parts - this can get extensive. Spare mask, tools, o-rings, etc.
    - Logbook
    - Tables
    - Snorkel (pretty much lives in the gear bag, but sometimes it comes out)
    - Wetnotes
    - Anti-fog
    - Garden hose to LP inflator adapter for rinsing my wing out
    - Nitrox analyzer, if necessary

    Depending where you're diving, a flag/float may or may not be required.
  5. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    Having to buy your own mask fins snorkel when you start is pretty normal.

    What else you bring depends on your diving.

    For BC rent or borrow for a while. Try each of the 3 types and see what you like best.

    The above mentioned are the basics.

    For knife/ cutting tool look at where you are diving. I carry at least 2 sometimes 3 cutting devices because we have a lot of entanglement hazards here.
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  6. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Curious Rambler spelled out the basics. You may add or subtract from that according to where you dive and what kind of diving you want to do (I have a mesh bag for shell collecting and poke spear for spearing flounders). Occasionally I take my foldable snorkel in my pocket. If nasty current may happen I take my "Dive Alert", which is like a siren if you're lost at sea. I may also take my inflatable "sausage" for making it easier for a boat to see me.
    Once you get settled on your basics, keep what you take in one place (or different places, but you know where everything is for each dive). People talk of a check list, but you won't need that if you are well organized.
    Local diving and travel diving most likely will change a few things (notably, exposure suit).
    For charter boat diving I always take a "dry bag" and find out where it goes on board.
    I take my "save a dive" bag driving to local sites, and a trimmed down version for travel.
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  7. GJC

    GJC Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southern California, USA
  8. Ukmc

    Ukmc ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    I agree. Buying your own mask and snorkel is pretty standard here too. I remember the LDS guy telling me that if do not end up getting into scuba (silly statement), then at least you will have quality equipment for snorkeling :)
    Scubanoob222 likes this.
  9. Scubanoob222

    Scubanoob222 Registered

    That's good but there are still a lot of basic safety or requirements missing for some places like a sausage.
    I think the list you provided and some suggestions here cover pretty much everything.
  10. Scubanoob222

    Scubanoob222 Registered

    This LDS doesn't normally require mask and snorkel but is using covid-19 as the rationale to change their policy. This is also for a possible corporate event.

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