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 under water. Scuba diving equipment helps to transform you from being a land-dweller and to 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 or you’re an experienced scuba diver looking for new equipment, you’ll find helpful suggestions and tips on this web page. Keep in mind fit, comfort, and suitability are the three most important considerations when choosing gear. Portsmouth Scuba is a fantastic place to get more information and assistance with finding the scuba gear best for you.

​What Equipment Do I Need to Dive?

​Choosing and using your gear is part of the fun of diving. The staff at Portsmouth Scuba will help you find the right equipment to meet you diving needs. Each piece of equipment performs a different function, and collectively provides the equipment needed to adapts you to the underwater world. Read below to learn more about the standard equipment required for recreational diving.

​As a minimum, you will want your own mask, boots, fins and snorkel. This set of equipment is commonly referred to as your basic dive gear. This gear has a personal fit, and Portsmouth Scuba will help you choose ones that have the fit and features best suited for you. It’s recommended that you invest in your equipment when you enroll in the open water course because:​

  • you’re more comfortable learning to dive using gear you’ve chosen
  • you’re more comfortable using gear fitted for you
  • Divers who own their own gear dive more
  • having your own gear is part of the fun of diving

​Does the Environment Affect What Kind of Gear is Needed? 

​How do I know what the best gear is?

There is no best gear. But, there is the best gear for you. Scuba equipment comes in a wonderful variety that accommodates a broad range of needs, interests and sizes.

The staff at Portsmouth Scuba is trained to help you find gear that best matches your preferences, fit and budget. We can fit you with the right stuff, plus provide the service and support for years of enjoyable diving.