Diving is not just a kind of sports, but is a great way to spend time with the family and friends. Scuba divers feel excited when they get under water and they experience the thrill they dreamt about when they were kids. When you scuba dive you can meet many scuba enthusiasts who are passionate about this recreational activity which can be rightfully considered extreme.

Snorkeling is the most common way to experience the amazing underwater world. Snorkeling is a popular and exciting water activity which is affordable for everyone. When you snorkel you can experience zero gravity and see the unknown world closer. The fantastic underwater world impresses with its incredible beauty even those who have dived many times before, let alone beginner divers! Of course, what they see can take their breath away and they may tell some fun stories about their adventures. Fish, polyps, corals, jelly fish, shellfish, caves and other prominent “delights” of the seabed area are just begging to be captured on camera or video camera. Luckily, modern technology allows for that.

As kids we all dreamt about seeing a sea turtle or colorful dwellers of sea reefs up close. Diving will help make the dream come true as well as delight with tons of unforgettable emotions and experiences.

You can have some of the best diving experiences without leaving the USA. There are many amazing sites to scuba dive in the U.S, where you can explore the great diversity of marine life.

But before you start your exciting dive trip make sure you plan what scuba diving gear you will need. To help you pack for your next dive trip we have compiled a complete dive travel packing list:

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TravelBCD

We recommend using a traditional BCD which is lightweight and can easily fold down to save you some room in the bag. Cressi’sTravelight, the Aqualung Zuma and the ScubaPro X-One are good options to consider.

Lightweight Regulator and OCTI

Scuba diving regulator is an indispensible element of diving gear. It is a well known fact that a person can breathe when the pressure of the environment and the inhaled air differ no more than 0,14 atm. However, even at the depth of 3 meters there is pressure of 0,3 atm and it continues to increase fast when you dive deeper. To ensure comfortable breathing under water the pressure of the supplied air and the water pressure should be equal. And scuba diving regulator deals with that. This diving gear accessory is commonly used for underwater fishing, diving and swimming. When choosing a scuba diving regulator consider paying attention to the following characteristics:

- Your safety is of paramount importance, so opt for gear made by well known manufacturers producing reliable gear;

- The regulator must ensure comfortable and easy breathing;

- Good performance. The regulator must supply the diver with air even when there is a small amount of air left in the tank;

- Affordable technical maintenance.

Pressure and Depth Gauges

Since full gauges are pretty heavy consider purchasing some small pressure gauge like Cressi Mini SPG to take with you on your dive trips.

Fins

Aqualung Hot Shot and Hollis F2 are great fins that can easily fit into carry-on luggage.

Booties

If you are going to dive in warm water you can skip booties and bring just full foot fins. Preparing for cold water diving experience, make sure you bring with you booties that will keep you warm and can help prevent having blisters from wearing full foot fins.

Mask & Snorkel

Of course, you can dive underwater without any special gear, but you can stay under water longer with a snorkeling tube and mask.

Scuba masks have excellent hydrodynamic properties that make moving underwater at fast speed easier. It is also important to have a reliable mask that fits well. Modern scuba masks feature either one glass or 2 separate glasses, or you can opt for a glass with diopters.

In case you are going rent scuba diving gear you had better bring your own mask with you. A rental mask that leaks or fits bad can spoil your dive.

Dive Computer

Having your own dive computer is preferable because the chances are you may get confused about some alarms or settings in the rented device. Moreover, these days there is a great selection of watch style dive computers that won’t take much room in your suitcase.

Gloves

When you dive in the sea or the ocean you will immediately feel the difference of temperature on the surface and deep under the water. In this case you will need a wetsuit and gloves to get protected from cold.

Charmed by the beauty of underwater world a diver may hit some driftwood, pointed stones, bits of shells and corals. But if you wear diving gloves your hands will stay protected. Diving gloves will also ensure good protection against representatives of underwater fauna that can not only burn you, like jelly fish, but even sting you! A small colorful fish may seem harmless but may turn out poisonous even to touch! Dry diving gloves will serve as an excellent barrier against undesirable mechanical influences.

Such gloves can be classified according to several criteria. First of all, there are three finger and five finger gloves. Then, depending on the size this type of gear is available in various numbers so every customer can find the size that fits perfectly. Modern neoprene gloves can be from 3 to 7 mm thick.

Wetsuit

Of course, a wetsuit is the bulkiest gear of all and transporting it presents a real challenge. On the other hand, by bringing your own wetsuit you can be sure that you will enjoy the diving experience wearing the suit that fits you perfectly.

Surface Signaling Devices

You will need surface markers and whistles to signal to the boat captain or crew team.

Dive Light

If you want to dive at night you had better get prepared for your night time adventure and pack your dive light too.

Mesh Bag

You will need a strong mesh bag to transport your gear to the dive resort or the boat.

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Things to Consider When You Purchase Dive Gear

Scuba diving gear is not cheap but we have found ways to save on scuba gear. Before you purchase your scuba gear make sure you consult the specialists. When you choose your scuba gear you should know where and in what weather conditions you are going to dive (warm or cold water) so you could make a sound purchasing decision.

We also recommend purchasing tools that will help you assemble your gear on your own, such as O-rings for the scuba diving regulator and the tank.

It is important not only to use but also store your scuba gear right when you transport it. So consider using special mesh bags and rucksacks during your dive trips.

Now when you are ready for your diving adventure I would like to share with you one quotation: «Diving is like meditation! A person feels every moment and every inhale. Just imagine that you can live like that all your life – enjoying the full life every single moment… every single moment…» (from the movie «ZindagiNaMilegiDobara»)