Scuba diving is a gear intensive activity. For maximum safety and enjoyment, it's essential that the gear you select is comfortable and appropriate for the scuba diving activities you'll be participating in.
This chapter focuses on the equipment that's essential for scuba diving. You'll learn why each item is needed, what to look for when selecting gear, and how to take care of it after your dives.
The knowledge you gain during this chapter will enhance your safety, increase your enjoyment, and protect your checkbook! If you've already purchased any of your required gear, you're aware that dive equipment is a serious investment. However, when you make the right choice the first time and properly care for it, your equipment will provide years of enjoyment.