If you are looking to scuba dive Antarctica you need to know what equipment you’ll need. Most if not all liveaboards going to Antarctica require you to bring your own scuba diving equipment. So what scuba dive equipment is needed for Antarctica? Let’s take a look…
What scuba diving equipment is needed for Antarctica in 15 seconds…
The scuba diving equipment you need for Antarctica includes the following: Drysuit and hood; Thick drysuit undergarment; Dry gloves or thick wet-gloves; 2 separate freeze protected regulators; Pressure gauge; Buoyancy control device; Depth gauge, dive watch or dive computer; A compass; Diver’s knife; Dive torch; Mask, fins and snorkel; Plus your own weight belt but not the weights.
What scuba diving equipment is needed for Antarctica?
- Dry suit with hood, where the hood can be separate from the dry suit itself. The hood is as important as the suit and will stop you losing too much heat from your head. It also avoids head-freeze!
- Two sets of thick and warm drysuit undergarments with a high tog rating to keep you warm underneath your drysuit.
- Dry gloves or adequate thick wet gloves – these are needed to make sure your hands are kept warm in sub-zero waters.
- 2 separate freeze protected regulators. The reason for two regulators is because you’ll be diving with special 12 litre bottles which have two separate outlets which are are fitted with a “Y” or “H” valve configuration, with DIN or Yoke (INT) adaptable connections.
- Pressure gauge to measure the amount of remaining air in your tank.
- A stabilising jacket or some kind of Buoyancy Control Device with quick release clips. Which means that you cannot only trust your drysuit for buoyancy control but will also need to use a buoyancy control device too.
- Depth gauge, dive watch or dive computer.
- A compass.
- Diver’s knife.
- Dive torch.
- Mask, fins and snorkel.
- Plus your own weight belt, but don’t worry it’s only the belt as there are weights on board.
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