Swimming Competition & Diving Equipment
There are several types of equipment that can be used when diving. The items you’re looking to buy will depend upon your usage and the environment into which a diver is likely to go. For instance, diving in cold water requires more protection than in warm water. Diving can be done for a variety of purposes, and there’s obviously a big difference between diving in the shallow end of a pool for a swimming badge, uses in swimming competitions, and offshore diving with full wetsuit and oxygen tanks.
Here’s a list of a few of the main pieces of equipment you may need for diving.
– Masks: A facemask is the primary diving equipment, enabling a swimmer to see underwater. With a good quality mask, there is a watertight space created between the face and the outside water, which helps the diver to see properly without the mask clouding up. Modern masks are very durable and well designed, with masks available across a wide price range. Cheaper masks are usually simpler in function, while the more expensive range have additional features such as a built-in communicator. Another key consideration is the recommendation on how deep you can dive with a particular mask, with more expensive ones usually able to withstand the higher water pressures that come with deeper dives.
– Wetsuits: Wetsuits are for the complete protection of your body from external factors such as cold temperatures, scrapes, stings, and infection. The main aim of a good wetsuit is protecting a swimmer from different water temperatures, but depending upon your type of diving you should look carefully at the thickness of the suit. You could have several different diving suits, but it can become expensive. Instead, you can buy one adaptable suit with an ideal thickness of about 5mm.
– Fins and Snorkel: Fins facilitate the swimming in the water. Fins for scuba diving make it easier for divers, to propel themselves as they kick through the water. They are usually worn over waterproof shoes. Snorkels on the other hand help in breathing underwater without making the swimmers pull their head out on the surface for breathing. Both of these diving equipment types are highly beneficial to divers who want to keep their view below the surface for more than a few seconds.
– Weights/Bricks: For those running diving exercises in a swimming pool or practice pool, it’s useful to purchase weights of various sizes to be used as items to collect from the bottom of the pool. These weights can also be bought in various colours to aid with visibility or to denote when different divers should be picking up particular items in a competition.