Get to know your diving equipment

A good diving equipment is essential to dive safely and comfortably. The equipment will help you breathe underwater, protect your skin, regulate buoyancy and make swimming easier.

Every diver must have at least the following equipment:

  • Diving tank: It will provide you with the air (or the appropriate mix according to your type of diving) to breathe as well as to manage your buoyancy devices.
  • BCD: It is one of the most important elements since it will ensure us a good buoyancy.
  • Regulator: It is your source of air, it carries the air from your bottle to your respiratory system. Diving regulators are designed fail-safe, which means that in the unlikely event that they have a problem, they will provide you with more air than normal, but in any case, always air.
  • Neoprene suit: It’s important that the size is correct to be comfortable, and the appropriate thickness depending on the water temperature. Do not forget that water transmits the temperature 20 times faster than air, so it is very normal to get cold even if the water is warm.
  • Mask: We must ensure that the mask adapts well to our face to prevent water from entering and that we don’t need to be constantly adjusting it.
  • Fins: There are several types of fins depending on the objective and your experience. You can consult a professional to choose the ones that best suit your purpose.
  • Weights: It’s very important to have the right amount of weight in order to maintain a proper buoyancy.
  • Dive computer: It is the main element that provides security. They monitor the dive time and guide you so that you never cross the limits.
  • Protective elements: You can include hoods or gloves to protect you from the cold. The head is a very significant source of temperature loss. Keep your head and extremities covered to be comfortable and keep the body temperature well managed.
  • Marker buoy: Warns the surface of your presence below before making the final ascent. Ideal for direct boat pick-up.
  • Diving knife: It will help you to free yourself or your companion after being entangled in an element such as a net, a set of algae or plants.

It is very important to know your equipment well in order to react correctly to any risky situation. Familiarize yourself with the different elements, ask an instructor any questions you have, and practice, practice and practice different skills to find any item or equipment quickly, which will help you to always react correctly.

And if you can afford do buy only some parts, I recommend two elements clearly. The mask, because it gives you visibility, and it is very important that the mask fits well and we feel comfortable (and sometimes it is difficult to find a mask that seems designed for us). And the dive computer, because it is the element that directly watches over your safety!

 

Jellyfish invasion in Barcelona

Hello jellyfish!! Today we did a dive with hundreds of jellyfish and thousands of jellyfish larvas and polyps. Jellyfish look like aliens… their smooth movements are really weird but very beautiful! The whole situation, swimming through living particles, was definitely like being in another world…

 

 

Video by Oscar Cobo (@oscar.bhb) of Buceo Hispania Barcelona!

 

Some benefits of diving

PADI uses the slogan of “Diving is fun”. I totally agree with that concept… Check the faces of people coming out of the water after a good dive and I’m sure you’ll buy the concept too 🙂

But, there are many other benefits that might occur around diving. Here some examples!! Have you experienced some of them?

  • Enjoy the great sensation of being in touch with water. Our bodies are 50-70% water… imagine how we feel in this surrounding!
  • Improve your physical and mental state by combining exercice and entertainment.
  • Boost your coordination and spacial orientation by controlling your balance underwater.
  • Burn your body fat with an activity that involves many body muscles.
  • Speed up your methabolism while your body releases the nitrogen you breath underwater.
  • Improve your blood circulation, increase your lung capacity and release toxines by breathing deeply and slowly. This will have implications in your breathing on the surface too!
  • Forget about the stress and the speed of the daily life. Enjoy the silence and flow with the ungravity.
  • Become a better social player by sharing activities, knowledge with others and caring about your fellows. Build stronger relationships with people!
  • Increase your self-confidence by achieving new challenges and succeeding in new situations.
  • Improve a language while you share a dive using a language which is not the one you speak usually.