Technical Diving Gear
Be a Smart Diver and a Smart Consumer
Technical diving is marked by significantly more equipment and training requirements to manage the additional hazard this type of diving entails. When it comes to equipment, it’s a good idea to take at least your first course before you buy anything.
There are lots of pitfalls, equipment that looks like it’ll do the job but in fact might be nothing but a waste of money or even a liability in the water. Until you understand the demands of the diving it’s very hard to make an informed choice.
Get together with an instructor with a good background in varied technical diving environments and listen to his advice. A classic mistake for example, is to buy a huge and oversized wing, in the belief it’ll be needed to support the divers extra equipment. The lift capacity of these will often far exceed what really is necessary and end up doing nothing but complicate buoyancy and ascent control.
Equipment needs to be simple, reliable and streamlined and user friendly. If at the end of the day you find you have a piece of gear that isn’t helping you in the water, you must change it!
"Doing it Right"
A good DIR scuba equipment configuration should allow for the addition of items necessary to perform a specific dive without interfering with or changing the existing configuration. Diving with the same configuration not only helps solve problems, it prevents them.