When starting out in scuba diving, the club can furnish you with basic equipment during your training. This equipment is sufficient for all your basic pool training needs and initial open water experience.

During the pool work you may find yourself wanting to start purchasing your first pieces of equipment, having your own, that is well fitted becomes increasingly important as you progress. You would start by buying Mask, Fins and Snorkel.

Though the club will provide you equipment while carrying out Ocean Diver training, once you are at open water training level and the bug has bitten, you may want to start seriously considering purchasing additional equipment. This will possibly include your first cylinders, regulators and BCD. You may wish to consider your own dry or semi-dry suit. Generally the club recommends diving in a dry suit in UK waters. Suits are often the most important thing to start with, hired or borrowed dry suits rarely fit properly!

Below are some guidelines on the type of equipment that you’ll will need as you progress your diving, an estimate of cost new is included. Many items are available at discounted prices from the web. Some items really need to be bought from a shop, masks for example as they have to be of the correct fit so trying them is critical.

There is a significant second hand market for diving equipment (especially on eBay), much of which is very robust and will last for many years. British manufacturers in particular are renowned for producing highly durable equipment. But before buying remember that diving cylinders need to be in test, which may mean extra cost once bought, regulators will need a service for peace of mind and so on – factor this into your costs when buying.

  • Mask & Snorkel
  • Fins
  • Regulators
  • BCD
  • Cylinders
  • Weight Belt
  • Diving Suit
  • Torch
  • SMB
Mask and Snorkel

Mask & Snorkel

Cost New: £20-£50,
Secondhand: Not Advised (A mask needs to fit you properly)

Fins

Fins

Cost New: £30 – £100
Secondhand: £10 – £50 Check on Ebay

Regulators

Regulators

Cost New: £250 – £400
Secondhand: £100 + Check on Ebay (Apeks / Poseidon / Scubapro)

Cylinders

Cylinders

Cost New: £150 each
Secondhand: £50 +

bcd

BCD

Cost New: £250 – £350
Secondhand £75 +

Dry Suits

Dry Suits

Cost New: £400 – £1000
Secondhand: £200 + (and probable modification / seal costs)

Torch

Torch

Cost New: £15 – £300
Secondhand: £10 +

SMB

SMB

Cost New: £50 – £100
Secondhand: £30 +

Belt

Weight Belt

Cost New: £15 – £70
Secondhand: £10 +