A good BCD means everything. After I became certified, I have only gone diving a few times where I have not used my own BCD. Those were trips where an unexpected dive opportunity arose or I just couldn't take mine because I couldn't bring it with me. I like using my own BCD, I know exactly where my lower dump value is, where my inflator is, and that I have a torch in my left pocket. If I need to adjust my buoyancy during a dive, it requires little thought.
When the diving bug bites, it bites hard – plenty of divers will tell you that. As you start buying equipment and learn more about diving through PADI courses, you’ll find that taking a careful approach will help get you ready for years of diving enjoyment – with much less stress. One key component in your gear is your dive computer – learn more about this important piece of equipment before you make a purchase.
When it comes to buying dive and snorkelling kit, one of the most important pieces of equipment to own is the right mask. Not only does the right mask allow you to see marine life underwater clearly, it is also vital for being able to see hand signals and for reading gauges when scuba diving.