When you are new to Scuba Diving one of the common thing’s students get worried about it the equipment, what they use and how to put it together. During your PADI Open Water Course you will get full Instruction by your PADI Instructor and you will also find information in the PADI Manual and the video you will watch as part of your course. You really have nothing to worry about. During your PADI Course you will put your Scuba unit together and take it apart many times and it really won’t take long to get used to it.
During the PADI Open Water Course you will be shown and get the opportunity to learn all the different parts of your Scuba unit and also use it in the practical sessions you will do with your PADI Instructor. You will also get to learn the importance of checking your equipment and doing the safety checks you should do when you assemble and also prior to diving. It’s really important you put safety first because if you are safe while diving you will have fun.
Here is a list of the components of a Scuba Unit:
Yes, only these 3 pieces of Equipment make up your Scuba Unit. I will now explain in some more details about each.
- The Air Cylinder – the Cylinder or Tank is usually made out of Steel or Aluminium and they vary in size. The most common size for recreational Scuba Diving is 12 litres. These Cylinders and then filled with compressed air to a pressure of 200bar. This would be classed as a full tank and what you would use to go Scuba Diving. You will learn more about this in your PADI Open Water Course.
- The BCD (Buoyancy Control Devise) – The BCD is a jacket that you wear when Scuba Diving. The Jacket holds the cylinder on your back and also attaches to the Cylinder by the Regulator and low-pressure hose enabling you to inflate you BCD. Your BCD acts as a life jacket and is inflated when on the surface and deflated when you when to descend under water. Its also used to add air for you to become neutrally buoyant in the water. Again, you will learn more when doing your PADI Open Water Course.
- The Regulator – The Regulator is made up of 5 parts, the First stage, Second stage, Alternate air source or Octopus, the Low pressure hose and a Submersible pressure gauge or SPG. Again you will learn the Importance of each part, what they do and how to use them in your PADI Open Water Course.
- The First Stage is what screws into the Cylinder and the First Stage, SPG, Octopus and Low pressure hose connect to.
- The 2nd stage is your primary breathing regulator.
- The Octopus or Alternate air scorce is your secondary breathing regulator.
- The SPG or Submersible pressure gauge shows what air pressure you have in your cylinder
- The Low pressure hose connect to your BCD to enable you to add air to your BCD when required.
Please note – you should never use nor try to Scuba dive without the correct training or supervision. Scuba Diving can be very dangerous and without the correct training doing could be fatal. Diving is very safe and fun but you need to learn from a professional PADI Instructor and take the correct PADI Courses.