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What Do I Need?

Choosing and using your gear is part of the fun of diving. Your local PADI Dive Center or Resort will help you find the right equipment. Each piece of equipment performs a different function so that collectively, it adapts you to the underwater world.

As a minimum, you want your own mask, fins and snorkel when you start diving in the PADI Open Water Diver course. These have a personal fit, and your local PADI Dive Center or Resort will help you choose ones that have the fit and features best suited to you.

Many dive operators provide the rest of your gear for all or part of your PADI Open Water Diver course as part of the enrollment fee check with your local PADI Dive Center or Resort. It’s recommended that you invest in your equipment when you start your course because:

  • you’re more comfortable learning to dive using gear chosen
  • you’re more comfortable using gear fitted for you
  • divers who own their own gear dive more
  • having your own gear is part of the fun of diving

What kind of gear you will need depends on conditions where you dive: Tropical, Temperate, Cold, Technical.

How Do I Know What the Best Gear Is?

Easy. There is no best gear. But, there is the best gear for you. Scuba equipment comes in a wonderful variety that accommodates a broad range of needs, interests and sizes. The professionals at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort are trained to help you find gear that best matches your preferences, fit and budget. These professionals can get you set with the right stuff, plus they provide service and support for years of enjoyable and dependable use.




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