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Scuba Diving

 Terminology

General Scuba Information Diving Programs for Kids Scuba Tank Care
Scuba Terminology Best Scuba Diving Locations for Beginners Tips for The Beginner Diver 
Types of Scuba Diving
Dry Suit  

A water-tight garment that keeps the diver's body warm by providing insulation with a layer of gas, such as air, for diving in waters that are too cold for comfortable wetsuit protection, usually below 65'F.

 

Scuba gear bag Used to carry your dive equipment to the dive site.
 

 

 

Whistle  

Signaling device used to get the attention of other divers or the dive boat from a distance.
 

 

Logbook  

A record of the dive history of an individual.

 

Dive flag/float  

Keeps boaters away from where you’re diving.

 

Dive knife  

A handy tool as well as an important safety device.

 

PADI  

Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

 

NAUI  

National Association of Underwater Instructors.

 

Depth gauge  

A device that indicates how far a diver is below the surface

 

Dive light  

Used to look into cracks and crevices, and for diving at night.

 

Buddy  

Diving partner

 

Fins  

Allow you to swim using only your powerful leg muscles.

 

Dive watch  

 Used to measure the dive time.

 

Snorkel  

Allows you to  breathe at the surface with your face in the water.

 

Scuba The acronym for self contained underwater breathing apparatus.

 

 

Scuba unit  

The heart of your equipment consisting of a regulator, tank, buoyancy control device –harness and instruments.

 

Bootie  

A piece of foot protection used when diving.

 

Bends  

A form of decompression sickness caused by dissolved nitrogen leaving the tissues too quickly on ascent.

 

Wet suit  

Protects from cuts and scrapes and retains heat by trapping a layer of water between the diver's skin and the suit so you stay comfortable.

 

Mask  

Allows your eyes to see clearly underwater.
 

 

Weight system  

Offsets your tendency to float so you can descend gently underwater.

 

Scuba Equipment