Oceans have always been something full of wonder and mystery. They cover nearly three quarters of our planet and unveiling all their secrets to this day is a mission impossible. The diversity of major groups of animals that live in the oceans by far outnumber the major groups of animals that live on land (28-11). The water surrounding Australia is a homes to some of the most popular diving sites in the world – Fish Rock Cave, The Wreck of the SS Yongala, Rye Pier, Osprey Reef – all a sight to see if given the opportunity.
If you are drawn by the mysteries of the ocean and have a genuine interest in diving, then a whole new world awaits you in the depths of the oceans. But know that diving is not something that should be taken lightly. You need the right equipment and the right mental state to dive into the depths. There is a huge diversity of freediving gear Australia retailers sell, and you have to make a difference between what is essential and what is optional.
However, the term essential can vary depending on a few factors. How much are you willing to commit to diving? How deep do you intend to explore? What’s your budget? These are just a few questions you should ask yourself before purchasing the gear, which will give you a clear idea of what you actually need. Either way, there are a few items that you should buy nonetheless, namely – a mask, fins and a wetsuit. And for deeper and longer dives – an air tank and a regulator.
The mask creates a seal against the face of the diver and enables the nose and eye area to be free of water so the diver can see clearly underwater. The tank and regulator work as a team to provide a constant stream of air flowing to the diver, allowing him to freely inhale the necessary oxygen. Otherwise, he will pass out while under the water surface (pretty obvious).
Swimming fins are equipped on the feet and act as leg extensions while diving. The diver moves his feet and the large body of the fin gives him momentum, which in return gives each and every swing with the feet extra power, causing the diver to move much straighter and faster through the water. The freediving gear Australia market is flooded with different types of fins nowadays, however, the most common type are the non-split body and open heel fins.
And last but not least – wetsuits. A wetsuit can either be a full body suit or a partial including short sleeved shirts, vests, and long sleeved shirts. Divers who dive in the colder weather need the protection from the full body wetsuit to help them regulate body temperature. Short sleeved models and vests are typically used for when the water is warmer as well as for more shallow dives.