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Scuba Diving Equipment List -A prologue to diving in Krabi

Krabi, a divers dream-come-true, located in West Thailand is popular among novice and experienced divers alike. Before venturing into the paradise below, here is a check-list for you to tick off.


Diving mask

A diving mask for scuba divers is different to a regular mask in many ways. It is necessary to wear one in order to have a clear view of the wonders of water, for which you are taking the leap. More importantly, a diving mask provides an air-filled space for the diver's eyes, which is required by the human eye to adjust properly.



To swim with the fish, one needs to be equipped like the fish. Fins make it easier to swim under water, the increased surface area providing the necessary force. Without fins, a fully equipped scuba diver would be too heavy to move forward under water.



If you are new to the field of aqua-adventures, and you seek help from a Krabi luxury resort to learn what you are to do – which is a good idea, as some of the resorts such as Anantara Si Kao Resort have their own "schools" of teaching and even offer certifications – it is likely that you will encounter the snorkel at the very beginning of your training. Used to breathe when the diver is closer to the surface, this is used by scuba divers so that the oxygen in their tank can be preserved for when it is needed the most: deep under the sea.



A proper, functioning regulator is a must-have, for this is what helps you breathe when diving. Connecting the oxygen tank to your respiratory system, a regulator ensures that you are provided with just the right amount of air needed for the expedition.


Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)

BCD can be of many forms, the most common being a jacket-like wearable. It is essential for the diver to control their buoyancy when diving. A diver is in need of three types of buoyancy: negative buoyancy to descend; neutral buoyancy to remain at constant depth, and positive buoyancy to rise to the surface. BCD, with its air-filled bladder, is what enables the diver to control and direct his diving.


Diving suit

Being warm-blooded creatures, humans require intervention to stabilize the body temperature at the proper level. A diving suit's function is to achieve exactly this, making it a wet-suit, a semi-dry suit or a dry-suit depending on the temperature of the water.



Tank, or scuba cylinder, is the container in which the air for diver to breathe is carried. There is a wide choice for scuba cylinders out there, so make sure you are through with each before deciding on your lifeline under water.


Depth gauge, Pressure gauge and diving watch

Three little devices that are usually strapped to your wrist, they are essential for any diver taking on deep sea diving. Depth gauge measures the current depth of the dive – an obligatory piece of equipment to maintain a proper diving profile. Pressure gauge informs the diver how much air is left in the tank, a must-know to plan a safe diving experience. A diving watch is used to track how long the dive has been for, and in cooperation with the other devices, helps to make a safe and efficient diving experience.