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scuba gear SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) diving equipment has come a long way since Jacques Cousteau invented the aqualung in 1943.  Today's divers have a wide variety of scuba equipment that is designed to make their time underwater fun, safe, and educational.

The first scuba diving equipment was developed in 1943 when French naval engineer and diver Jacques Cousteau developed the first automatic underwater breathing device with French engineer Emile Gagnan.  During the last 60 years, scuba equipment has become more efficient and comfortable to wear, so that today a wide range of scuba diving gear is available for various diving conditions ranging from the Great Lakes to the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.

scuba equipment Basic scuba equipment includes a face mask, a pair of fins, a snorkel, a weight belt, and a buoyancy compensator device (BCD) as well as an exposure suit, a compressed air cylinder with valve and regulator, and several submersible instruments.  Face masks help divers to see more clearly underwater, fins help divers swim through the water efficiently, and snorkels enable divers to breathe comfortably with their faces below the water surface.  Weight belts help divers compensate for the buoyancy of their bodies and equipment, while BCDs enable divers to adjust their buoyancy as they dive to different water depths.  Exposure suits, in the form of diving wetsuits or drysuits, help protect divers from the elements.  Compressed air scuba cylinders, with their valves and regulators, enable divers to breathe underwater.

All scuba divers need instruments to track their current depth, their bottom time (time spent under water), the current air pressure in their air cylinder(s), and the maximum depth they have reached during their dive.  Submersible pressure gauges, depth gauges, and dive watches are all used to provide this information.  Other accessories, such as diving compasses, underwater lights, knives, tools, and spare parts, may be appropriate for certain situations.

female diver wearing a full wetsuit prepares to scuba dive in a tropical sea
Young Woman, Wearing a Full Wetsuit, Prepares to Scuba Dive features a directory of scuba shops and scuba equipment manufacturers for your shopping convenience.

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    Find a broad selection of diving gear including buoyancy compensators, dive lights, underwater propulsion, and underwater cameras.
  • Princeton Watches
    This online retailer features a good selection of dive watches at competitive prices.

Scuba Diving Information and Training Resources

  • Scuba Diving Magazine
    Explore the scuba sport in depth with a Scuba Diving Magazine subscription.
  • PADI
    This scuba diving portal offers information about diving courses, scuba adventures, and scuba diving resorts.
  • NAUI
    Naui Worldwide is a diver training agency that was organized to support and promote dive safety through education.

Scuba Equipment Suppliers

  • Aqua Lung
    Well-known manufacturer of scuba diving and snorkeling equipment.
  • ScubaPro
    Premier manufacturer of scuba gear and accessories.  Find everything from regulators, buoyancy compensators, and dive computers to wetsuits, fins, masks, and snorkels.
  • Sherwood Scuba
    This California-based company features an innovative line of scuba valves and regulators as well as precision dive computers, advance technology fins and masks, and functionally elegant buoyancy compensators.
  • Dive Aeris
    This California firm offers a complete range of innovative and feature-rich scuba and snorkeling equipment.
  • Mares
    Based in Italy, this firm features a line of scuba gear that includes regulators, buoyancy compensating devices, wetsuits, fins, masks, and snorkels.
  • Zeagle Systems
    Offers a wide range of diving equipment for recreational, professional, and military use.

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