|Here at Timuna Sea
Scuba Diving Centre we are more than happy to help
assist you in the choices for buying your dive gear.
We will help you every step of the way, from beginners,
right up to seasoned divers. Our experienced staff
and instructors are on hand to answer all your questions
and offer advice. Choosing your kit is one of the
most important steps you will take on your road
to becoming a diver and Timuna Sea can offer you
all the help you need .
Feel free to drop by our Padi Dive Centre in Canary
Wharf, East London and we can help you in person.
Alternatively just pick up the phone and call Timuna Sea
on 020 7719 9444
we'll be happy to chat about your requirements. Padi Dive shop
Mask and Snorkel
The most important factor with masks is that they
feel comfortable to wear, that they fit and seal
well around your face and that you have good vision
through them. Another factor important for those
who wear glasses or contact lenses is whether or
not the mask can be fitted with corrective lenses.
A good snorkel certainly needs to have a purge valve
at the bottom. This aids clearance of the snorkel
and will make snorkeling a much more pleasurable
and easy experience. It's also good if it has a
wave deflector or chamber mechanism at the top which
will help to prevent wave splashes entering the
snorkel too readily.
For most diving situations adjustable heel fins
that require you to wear boots of some description
are best, but if you are doing a lot of warm water
boat diving full foot versions may be more suitable.
Split fins are becoming more popular as they offer
more efficiency in the water but are generally more
The basic rule of thumb with selecting a regulator
is to go for the most expensive you can afford.
The more you spend the easier the breathe. When
purchasing your regulator you will need to buy the
three major parts - the 1st and 2nd stage, the alternate
air source and the instruments. The BCD inflator
hose is supplied when you purchase your BCD. There
are several type of regulator, piston or diaphragm
and balanced and unbalanced systems.
A good quality BCD will improve your buoyancy control,
weight distribution, and comfort in the water. Generally
speaking the more you spend the more features your
BCD will have. Ladies should certainly seriously
consider lady BCD's, they offer a shorter length
of jacket, integrated weights (to stop the bruising
to your hips) and a better fit all over.
Dive computers will extend your time underwater
by calculating true multilevel diving profiles.
In some areas of the world dive computers are now
mandatory. Few divers who have used a dive computer
ever look back, taking advantage of safer profiles,
and longer diver times. Dive computers will show
you your current depth (within 1m of your actual
depth as opposed to 10% inaccuracy with traditional
analogue instruments), remaining time allowed underwater
and ascent rate. Dive computers are not a replacement
for dive tables and should be used in conjunction
Wet and Dry suits
The temperature of the water you are planning to
dive in will determine what suit is best for you.
Wetsuits range from 1.5mm in thickness to 7mm and
when a wet suit will not keep you warm enough you
may want to consider a dry suit with under suit.
As with everything you get what you pay for, seemingly
bargain suits will tend to be made of synthetic
neoprene which although looks identical breaks down
quickly in sunlight, needs replacing frequently
and is less flexible than real neoprene suits.