The club has a good selection of equipment, with trainees taking first call in it’s use, and this will be available throughout your training. The basic equipment that you are encouraged to buy is only :-
1. Mask and Snorkel
2. Set of Pool Fins
Even if you don’t complete your training and take up the sport as a regular activity, these can be used on any beach holiday.
When you complete your pool training, you will then need a drysuit to complete the Open Water assessments of your training. This can be hired from local dive retailers.
Once training is complete and you want to continue diving, it’s much cheaper in the long run to buy your own gear. It’s up to you how much you spend as second hand gear can be just as good. Check local papers, internet dive forums, ebay or club members about the following :-
• Gloves and Hood.
• Diving Fins (try these on with your drysuit on).
• Drysuit (a club member will be happy to come with you to advise you on this).
• Regulator/demand valve.
• Knife/line cutter.
• Pony (independent air supply).
• DSMB and Reel (a lot of boat charters won’t let you dive without this).