Personal Equipment


Equipment can be broken down into three basic groups: - Basic, Essential, and Useful/Nice to have.

Basic Equipment: - Is described as equipment that is essential for both Scuba and Snorkel Diving. It is the minimum that is required to get the Diver underwater to see all that can be seen on one breath of Air. Expect to pay in the region of 140 for a set of Mask, Fins, Snorkel and Booties.

Basic Equipment
Description Picture Approximate Cost

Mask

The Dive mask should fit snugly and comfortably. Masks come in many shapes and sizes and range from single lens, double lens to prescription lens and full face.

Picture of Dive Mask

Approx.
40.00 - 80.00

Snorkel

Come in many varieties. The simplest form is a straight pipe. More complex versions have one-way valves, drain valves, etc.

Approx.
10.00 - 30.00

Shoe Fins

A good set of fins will provide maximum propulsion for minumum effort and should work as if they were an extension of one's feet. Available in varying degrees of flexibility and shapes the Shoe Fin is designed to be worn on the bare foot quite confortably

Approx.
55.00 - 75.00

Strap Fins

Available in varying degrees of flexibility and shapes the Strap fin is designed to be worn over a neoprene Booty or the boot of a drysuit. Not designed to be worn on the bare foot.

Approx.
80.00 - 180.00

Booties

Worn as insulation for the feet and used in conjunction with the Strap Fin

Approx. 40.00

Essential Equipment: - Is described as Equipment, which in addition to the Basic Equipment, is essential to enable the Diver to stay down for longer periods of time underwater.

Essential Equipment
Description Picture Approximate Cost

Wetsuit

The wetsuit is worn to provide protection from the cold and also from abrasions whilst underwater. In Ireland it is recommended that a Wetsuit of 7-8mm neoprene is recommended. The suit comes in many shapes, the one pictured here is a one piece lightweight suit more suited to tropical climates.

Approx.
350 - 550

Buoyancy Compensator

The function of the Buoyancy Compensator is to provide buoyancy to the diver at different depths and also to allow the diver to float fdace up on the surfaceif resting.

Approx.
300 - 700+

Weights and Weight Belt

Lead weights and a weight belt are necessary to neutralise the buoyancy effect of the diving suit

A picture of weightbelt will appear here Approx. 50.00

Regulator 1st and 2nd stage

The regulator is the mechanism by which a diver is able to freely breathe air from the Dive Bottle at the pressure appropriate to the Divers depth. Modern regulators normally consist of two stages connected together by a hose. A number of additional outlets on the first stage of the regulator allow air to be supplied to other pieces of equipment, e.g. the Buoyancy Compensator and the Drysuit

Approx.
300 - 1000

Dive Bottle

Contains the air required to sustain a diver underwater. Made from either steel or aluminium with a capacity of 10-15 litres, the Bottle can hold air at a pressure of 200-300 Bar.

Approx.
250 - 500

Depth Gauge
(Middle Gauge)

Used to determine the the depth of the Dive

Approx. 80

Contents Gauge
(Bottom Gauge)

Used to determine the amount of air remaining in the Dive Bottle.

Approx. 80

Useful/Nice to Have Equipment: - Is described as equipment although useful is not strictly necessary to take part in Diving

Useful/Nice to Have
Description Picture Approximate Cost

Drysuit

 

Approx. 750 - 1200

Knife

 

Approx. 50.00

Computer

Approx.
250 - 1200

Compass
(Top Gauge)

 

Approx.
50 - 200

Safety Marker

 

A picture of Safety Marker  will  appear here Approx. 50

Kit Bag

 

A picture of Kit Bag will appear here Approx.
50 - 100