Putting on your diving gear

Putting on your diving gear

The mask, snorkel and flippers should be prepared and the equipment should be properly fitted and marked. This will save time and prevent confusion during the class. The rest of the equipment, the BCD and weight belt, will be adjusted just before it is put on. If you need assistance or have any questions during the fitting process, contact your instructor.

Adjusting the BCD

Regardless of the type of BCD you use in confined watersWhatever type of BCD you use in on-the-water training, it should be fitted until it feels snug and comfortable. Adjust the BCD according to the row described in the section on BCDs above.

After adjusting the BCD, check the controls and become familiar with their operation. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact your instructor. Adjusting the weight belt – In a confined water training session, you may be using a weight belt.

In this case, the instructor will tell you which belt you will need. Distribute the weights evenly over the belt and adjust it so that it fits around your waist and is no longer than 15-20cm longer than necessary.


Putting on equipment

Knowing how to put on your gear will help you have a leisurely and efficient training session. The instructor will explain to you the finer points of using your equipment, so never rush to put on your equipment before the instructor’s permission.

As a rule, the order of donning equipment is as follows: waterproof suit, buoyancy compensatora set of scuba gear, and a weight belt, mask snorkel and flippers. Waterproof Suit – A “wet” suit jacket or vest can be used in class and training in a confined water area.

The boots should be put on slowly, gradually, bending, unbending and turning the foot.
When putting on the wet suit, put each hand in it in turn. Put on one sleeve up to your armpit before putting on the second sleeve. Try to pull on the seams as little as possible and not to stretch them. The first time you put the jacket on it will seem difficult, but further practice will make the process easier.

Zipper up the gusset of the jacket (if there is one) to connect the two sides of the jacket at the bottom for a zipper up. If the suit fits snugly and restricts movement slightly, then it fits you. The feeling of restriction will be alleviated in the waterand after some time in the suit the suit you’ll get used to the feeling.

If you use a wet suit jacket or vest during the class, it is recommended that you wear some sort of clothing such as a t-shirt, sweatshirt or elastic tights.

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