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Your Personal Diving Equipment

Once you are certified, start on your new career and look for a job, as a working dive professional you will almost always be required to own your own equipment. This includes:

Basic Dive Equipment

  • Fins, mask, snorkel
  • Buoyancy control device with low pressure inflator
  • Regulator with alternate air source and submersible pressure gauge
  • Depth gauge
  • Wetsuit
  • Slate and dive table (you get with DM and OW materials)
  • Weight belt

Additional Items

  • Timing device / dive computer
  • Compass
  • Knife/diver’s tool
  • Two surface signaling devices
    • one audible (whistle, air horn, etc.)
    • one visual (inflatable surface tube, flare, signal mirror, etc.)

Optional Extras

  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Pocket mask (required for IDC Candidates)

Weights and tanks are usually provided by your dive shop.

You can rent the basic equipment for the duration of your course. For some courses you will be required to have some or all of the Additional Items - these are not available for rent.

An optional extra is to buy your own set of equipment. We have a standard package that is complete with everything you will need to work as a dive professional. You will get all the Basics and the Additional Items. This package is priced at over a 20% discount of RRP, especially for our interns.

The majority of equipment in our intern base package is name brand equipment made by Cressi Sub of Italy with a Suunto computer.

Cressi-sub is regarded as the world's largest primary manufacturer of molded diving products, specializing in high quality equipment for the serious diver. Manufacturing these products from scratch ensures the highest quality and best designs. More about Cressi.

Upgrading to better Equipment or Downgrading to Budget Equipment

The components of your basic package are of high quality and are a great basic entry level diving kit. They should last you a long time in your new diving career. However there are many other options available and a wealth of dive gear to choose from. If you wish to upgrade you can do so. If you wish to save money but want your own kit, there are some budget options available for equipment including ex-rental gear. Please contact us for more information.

Standard Dive Equipment Package

The components of our standard equipment package are listed below. Final items may vary due to supply issues, but will be of a similar quality.

BCD: Cressi Start

BCDIf you're looking for a durable, strong and almost bulletproof BCD jacket than the Start is what you are looking for. Constructed from extremely strong 500 and 1000 denier Cordura, with excellent buoyancy, even on smaller sizes the Start full jacket BCD fits the bill. Designed with the demanding use of Dive Training and Rental Facilities in mind this BCD will give the sport diver years of dependable use. All three can be manually dumped two with pull cords and the other with the power inflator mechanism. There are two plastic D-rings and two additional snap hooks for attachment of instruments and accessories. BCD has two large accessory pockets with Velcro closures, and the adjustable sternum straps along with both torso adjustment straps are equipped with quick-release buckles. The back pack is rigid for support and stability of the cylinder, yet is fully padded for comfort.

We also offer the Aqualung Wave.

Regulator: Cressi XS2

Regulator

First stage

The XS2 comes with the traditional Cressi AC2 piston model. This is a non-balanced first stage with such high performance that it can be compared to lots of excellent balanced models.

The small number of components, the low weight and the excellent materials make it the strongest Cressi first stage, and the most steadfast to maltreatment, a real “working horse” amongst regulators.

An ingenious bush system allows easy and rapid external regulation of the intermediate pressure.

It comes in three versions: INT, DIN 200 bar and DIN 300 bar. INT comes as standard with all packages unless otherwise requested.

Second stage

The body of the 2nd stage is traditionally sized, made from hi-tech polymers. It has a lateral valve downstream system with adjustable orifice. it is simple and extremely reliable.

A flow of pilot air is channeled to the mouthpiece by injection, enhancing the performance. The 2nd stage comes with a a flow deviator that acts on the Venturi effect, with dive/pre-dive function.

Constantly reviewed over the years, this regulator has lots of admirers in the world due to the fact that it is extremely simple and strong, its features make it easy to use and it has low-cost maintenance. Performance levels are high, and it is suitable for any kind of dive.

Technical features

Octopus: Cressi XS

Octo

The Octopus XS2 is the same as the second stage of the XS2 model, the only difference being the yellow front cover.

Technical features

 

 

Gauge Cressi Sub 3 Mini 3 Gauge Console with Compass

ConsoleThis small and compact 3 gauge console combines a marine brass constructed SPG and depth gauge, with an easy to read and shock resistant oil filled compass on the back. The small size makes it easy to streamline, creates less drag and is easy to transport.

 

Dive Computer: Suunto Zoop

Whether diving in familiar waters or exploring unknown oceans, safety is essential. Suunto Zoop is packed with solutions enabling safe and responsible decisions underwater.

Suuntos are the dive computer of choice for instructors all around the world.  The is a great entry level model and is an excellent choice for a new Divemaster or Instructor. Upgrades are available to any other Suunto models.

Key features:

  • Air and Nitrox modes
  • Extensive memory functions
  • Suunto RGBM model
  • Audible alarm
  • Phosphorescent display
  • Easy and reliable push-buttons
  • User-replaceable battery
  • Ability to add PC interface

Technical features

Wetsuit: Cressi Lui/Lei 2.5mm

LUI

This wetsuit is for diving in warm seas and for snorkeling. It is made with double lined neoprene (2.5 mm thick). It has a waterproof zip for ease of wearing/taking off its wrist, ankle and neck seals are watertight (not waterproof). Lui for males, Lei for females, each is shaped for a better fit.

 

 

 

Fins: Cressi Frog & 5mm booties

A classic fin in the extensive range of Cressi fins, the Frog has been one of the world’s best selling fins for years. The unique combination of materials results in a powerful and comfortable fin.

This fin comes with adjustable straps and you wear them with booties. They are much better suited to serious divers than full foot fins. Comes in Blue or Black.

We also may offer the popular Mares X3s.

Your booties are by Cressi. They are hard wearing and protect your feet from rubbing of the fin straps on your heels.

Mask and Snorkel

Mask: Medusa, Onda or Perla
Snorkel: Gringo or Aropec

There are usually other masks and snorkels to choose from on site.

Weight belt

Your weight belt buckle is made of stainless steel which is much more effective than plastic buckles. Your weight belt will be 55 inches long which is standard size, but they come in longer lengths if you have larger than average waist size. We do not provide weights as they are heavy to carry when you leave and in most place you will just use the weights provided by the dive shop.

Accessories

  • Knife - stainless steel BCD knife
  • Slate - flat slate with pencil
  • Whistle
  • Surface Marker Buoy brand- excellent quality of SMB

 

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