When it comes to scuba diving, the cost of the necessary equipment can vary greatly. From budget-friendly options to high-end gear, the type of diving you do will determine the type of equipment you need and, ultimately, the cost. You don't have to buy all the gear at once; you can start with the basics (mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit) and work your way up to more advanced items (BCD, regulators and dive computer). There are a variety of diving certification courses available, from beginner to advanced, that you can take to get certified. A BCD (buoyancy control device) is essential for scuba diving as it keeps your gear in place, allows you to carry a tank with minimal effort, helps you float on the surface and enables you to achieve neutral buoyancy at any depth.
In addition to the basic diving equipment, there is also a difference between gear for recreational and professional purposes. Other expenses that should be taken into account include oxygen for diving tanks, any underwater photography or video equipment you want to rent, and additional insurance. A dive gauge is also important as it tells you how much air is left in the tank so you can finish your dive before it runs out. No, the diving certification does not expire and it is not necessary to renew it every year. The cost of renting diving equipment will vary depending on the number of dives, days, location and duration.
Depending on the diving conditions, you may also need a dry suit or neoprene suit, diving gloves, a splash protector and a safety sausage for added safety. Dive centers usually have diving equipment available and some dive shops offer equipment rental as a service. Some diving manufacturers have created lightweight gear for diving trips which can help avoid excess baggage charges.