|Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)
A buoyancy control device, or BCD, is an inflatable vest that can be orally or mechanically inflated with air in order to regulate your buoyancy in the water.
Scuba diving is a safe and enjoyable sport when the correct safety procedures are known and followed. That is why completing a scuba diving certification course is required before a person can dive.
|Fins, masks, and snorkels
Proper diving equipment should include a quality mask, snorkel, and fins. Masks come in a variety of styles and shapes, but must include the nose inside of the mask for proper equalization of air pressure.
|How to get certified
In order to obtain compressed air, buy or rent scuba equipment, or participate in diving activities, you must become certified by a nationally recognized certification program.
|Planning your dive
Proper planning helps to ensure a successful and enjoyable dive. It can also prevent disappointments due to misunderstandings, forgotten items, or poor conditions.
The air tank or scuba tank is a cylindrical (sill-LIN-drih-cuhl) metal container used to safely store high pressure air for breathing. Scuba cylinders are available in a variety of sizes and pressure ratings.