In the PADI Scuba Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.
The club has a number of sets of open circuit scuba diving gear for use on our training courses but we do encourage you to try to acquire your own equipment as soon as possible. Basic items such as mask, fins and snorkel are popular items for initial purchase.
Our Chief Instructor will be happy to talk to you about the equipment you will use during your initial training and what to look for when you are ready to purchase your own equipment.
Much of our diving is conducted in UK waters and as such it is necessary to wear specialist drysuits which are designed to keep you dry and also provide thermal protection while underwater. Two examples of typical diving drysuits are shown in the picture below.
While drysuits are not difficult to operate they do require specialist training and our Chief Instructor will make sure you are properly prepared before you make your first dive using a drysuit.
The Open Circuit Scuba System
At Forth Diver Training the majority of our diving is carried out using what is known as an Open Circuit Scuba System. This is the most common system used for recreational diving and is the type of system which students will use during their training.
The diagram on the right shows the main components of an Open Circuit Scuba System. At the end of their PADI Scuba Diver training students will be completely familiar with this equipment and with supervision from qualified PADI Professionals will be fully competent to use it safely above and below the water.
The club has a small stock of drysuits which, subject to the correct fit, you may use during the early stages of your training.
Alternatively it is possible to hire a drysuit and undersuit at preferential rates from our equipment partner Splashsports.
If you need to hire a drysuit please complete and return via email the drysuit measurements form.