Open Water Equipment

The list below is intended to serve as a helpful checklist of what equipment is needed for safe open water diving in the UK. Diving equipment is expensive, and with a huge variety of options available. It can be daunting not knowing what to buy and where to start.

We strongly recommend speaking at length with a number of instructors to get an idea of what may best suit your needs and budget, and to ideally try out as many types of kit as you can before buying.

Dive shops can provide great advice and after-care, while the internet offers competitive pricing. If in doubt, ask an instructor to help!

The list below is a minimum to safely enter the open water.

Exposure protection suit

  • Dry Suit – Membrane and Under Suit, or Neoprene with thin under suit or similar, socks or thermal booties, ankle weights – pool training is required before using a dry suit in the open water.
  • or Semi-Dry with boots, swimming costume, towel and wind proof jacket.

Wet suits are not suitable for UK waters.

Everything else

  • Hood (if not integral with semi-dry suit)
  • Gloves
  • Knife
  • Fins
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Weight belt
  • Buoyancy compensator with backpack
  • Cylinder
  • Demand Valve – 1st and 2nd stage with contents gauge and octopus
  • Net (goodie) bag
  • Depth Gauge
  • Watch
  • Food and lots of soft non-fizzy drinks

Optional extras

  •  Dive Kit Bag
  • Compass
  • Net cutter / scissors
  • Torch
  • Surface Marker Buoy + reel
  • Set of tables
  • Slate to write on / submersible tables
  • Computer
  • Tool kit