Diving is an equipment intensive sport and there are many choices. This page should serve you as a practical guide to making the right choice when buying your dive equipment. While Divewerkz does not promote or directly sell any particular dive equipment models or brands themselves, all of our customers can enjoy a 15%‑discount on dive gear at one of the leading and biggest dive shops in Singapore.
Simpy contact us and ask for your dive equipment discount voucher – there is absolutely no obligation of any sorts whatsoever for you (it’s free and there is no minimum spending or any other catch). The 15% discount is applicable for all dive gear brands like for example Aqualung, Body Glove, Cressi, Dive Rite, Halcyon, Mares, Oceanic, OMS, ScubaPro, TUSA, Zeagle (and many more) and for all dive equipment including wetsuits, BCD’s, regulators, masks, fins etc. (cash/NETS payment), but excluding items on sale, electronics (like underwater cameras etc.) and dive equipment servicing.
For most new divers and even more seasoned ones, shopping for their dive gear is a confusing and mind-boggling experience. With many designs and technical specifications to chose from, many divers feel bombarded with too many choices. Therefore Divewerkz would like to give you some practical tips that hopefully help you what to focus on when choosing your dive equipment. Of importance for example are:
- type of diving
- servicing and technical support
- comfort and fit
For the novice diver concerned about budget, we often recommend investing in an just above average BCD and a balanced regulator. There is often little justification for the novice diver to invest in the top of the range equipment unless budget is not an issue or you are very sure that you will be a very active diver. For about less than a thousand Singapore dollars, you can buy a decent set of BCD and regulator with all the essential gauges. With proper annual servicing, this investment will last you for a long time. Try not to go for the very cheapest models – you always get what you pay for…
Type of diving
Generally speaking, your choice of equipment depends on the nature of your diving activity.
If you are diving in mostly warm waters similar to Singapore’s, a 3mm wetsuit and a BCD with an average lift of 25 lbs should suffice. The colder the water, the thicker your wetsuit should be. For cold water diving, a 3 piece wetsuit or dry suit is necessary. If deep diving is your cup of tea or you are doing a lot of dives per day, you should at least have a 5mm wetsuit.
If you see yourself doing technical diving with twin tanks and/or diving with task such as lifting objects, you will need a BCD that is of the toughest quality and enough lift for you and your objects. If you see yourself doing a lot of deep dives, a balanced regulator is more appropriate as the air flow is smoother and ‘automatically’ tuned to the surrounding pressure. Obviously for night dives you’ll be needing a underwater torchlight and a backup light.
Servicing and technical support
Dive gear brands vary in market dominance from country to country. For example, Sherwood, a leading brand in the US is hardly present here. Choose a brand that is represented by a least one reputable dealer in Singapore who is equipped with a full fledged servicing outlet. You don’t want to be stuck with dive equipment that you cannot have serviced or repaired locally. Have your dive equipment serviced by an authorized service centre annually.
Comfort and fit
Of course one of the most important considerations when buying dive equipment are comfort and fit. Buy only equipment that fits your size and you feel comfortable in. Even within the same size, some designs suit you better than others. This is true for wetsuits (should fit snugly, but not too tight), BCD’s, masks and fins. For the well-endowed lady, the for-ladies-only BCD that is styled with a cross BCD may be worth the money for the perfect fit.
You are advised to invest the time and money to get appropriate gear for you, taking above points into consideration. What is better than diving with dive gear that feels like your second skin and extension of your body? Happy Diving
Note: The points discussed here are based on our experience and are our personal subjective opinion