If you have booked a beginner-friendly tour, your team will most likely provide all the equipment and apparel that a new diver needs – of course, every tour is different and it pays to investigate further. Some convenience items (like lip balm) are not on traditional packing lists. This quick guide will help you cover all the most important diving equipment basics.
Quick Notes About Rentals
Tanks and weights are standard rental fare, but size-specific items like wetsuits and BCDs might cause a problem for the unprepared diver. It pays to find out well in advance. The most beginner friendly tour companies provide it all, so you might be able to pack extra lightly. Make sure to contact the tour provider well ahead of time to find out what they do provide.
If you are looking for the best scuba diving in Hawaii with all equipment provided, you’ll find several suitable places in Oahu. Obscure locations tend to cater to the pros but tourist destinations are often very beginner-friendly.
Remember to follow all instructions for testing the gear you rent or receive from the tour guides. A reputable scuba tour team will never allow worn-down or nonfunctioning equipment into the water. They will not have time to cover everything, so check those zippers and pocket fasteners yourself. Look out for any abrasions or worn spots that might not show up during a function test. Always speak your mind with any concerns.
Regardless of what your rental company suggests that you bring, some diving essentials never seem to make it onto the packing lists. We’ll help you decide which items to pack along for comfort and convenience in the next section.
Diving Equipment Essentials
If you are planning to enjoy your first diving trip at a major tourist location, you can rest assured that the local dive shops will have nearly everything you forget to pack – but sometimes it just makes more sense to bring your own essentials in an effort to save time and money once you arrive at your destination.
The diving mask is the most obvious concern. These items are available to rent just about anywhere, but it is next to impossible to find a model that fits on your first try. We highly suggest setting aside some time before your trip to pick one out. Make sure to test for fit and leaks. If the local dive shop does not have a demonstration pool, ask about the return policy and use a public pool. Do not forget your defogger!
Wetsuits are another great item to own. Rentals are notorious for their used odor, and it’s just so difficult to find a rental that fits correctly – especially if you are not entirely sure what size or fit you are looking for yet. Remember to bring your own booties and gloves unless you want to pay tourist markup at the destination.
You may also want to consider investing in a dive alert whistle or safety sausage. These safety devices are extremely important during any diving trip. Your instructors will likely have a few available, but it is always better to have your own in case the dive crew is low on extras. Think about bringing your own dive watch, compass, and depth gauge if you are confident that you will use them again.
Making Your Trip Even Better
A diving tour vacation is very different from your average beach excursion. If you are going to spend more days on the water than you will on land, consider bringing multiple swimsuits and towels. You will want the highest-grade sunscreen you can find, as you will be out on the water and very likely without a hat. Bring along some burn salve just in case you do catch a little too much sun.
You will be spending a lot of time getting in and out of the water. If you have long hair, make sure to pack a small hairbrush and some seriously strong detangling solution. If you are a man with facial hair or stubble, bring some petroleum jelly to create a better seal on your mask. Eye drops and UV resistant lip balm will help to soothe any irritation caused by harsh exposure.
Has this guide helped to get those packing list ideas flowing? It’s extremely important to plan early to ensure that those hard-to-find items make it into your suitcase on time. Don’t forget to call your tour provider with any questions – the sooner, the better!
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