Diving equipment

Further information: Equipment (disambiguation)
Diving equipment

Two display dummies dressed in surface supplied diving equipment at a dive trade show

Surface supplied commercial diving equipment on display at a trade show
Other names Dive gear
Uses Facilitate underwater diving operations

Diving equipment is equipment used by underwater divers to make diving activities possible, easier, safer and/or more comfortable. This may be equipment primarily intended for this purpose, or equipment intended for other purposes which is found to be suitable for diving use.

The fundamental item of diving equipment used by divers is underwater breathing apparatus, such as scuba equipment, and surface supplied diving equipment, but there are other important pieces of equipment that make diving safer, more convenient or more efficient. Diving equipment used by recreational scuba divers is mostly personal equipment carried by the diver, but professional divers, particularly when operating in the surface supplied or saturation mode, use a large amount of support equipment not carried by the diver.

Equipment which is used for underwater work or other activities which is not directly related to the activity of diving, or which has not been designed or modified specifically for underwater use by divers is excluded.

Classes of underwater breathing apparatus

Personal diving equipment

This is the diving equipment worn by or carried by the diver for personal protection or comfort, or to facilitate the diving aspect of the activity, and may include a selection from:

Underwater breathing apparatus

Exposure protection

Thermal, sting and abrasion protection.

In-water stabilisation and movement

Equipment for dive monitoring and navigation

Vision and communication

Safety equipment

Surface detection aids

The purposes of this class of personal equipment are to:

Surface detection aids include:

Personal tools and accessories

Norwegian diving pioneer Odd Henrik Johnsen with underwater camera (1960's)

Diving team tools and equipment

Surface equipment connected with diving and underwater work

Informal Recreational diving flag

Special equipment for underwater work not carried by the diver


Basic scuba diving equipment

This picture shows some of the basic scuba diving equipment and controls:


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