Want to know more about the equipment used when octopus diving in St. Martin/St. Maarten? Read here so you can be prepared.
Diving can be an overwhelming experience. There is a lot to be concerned about, and it is recommended to do your research, before choosing a destination. Choosing a destination, and a type of diving which suits your wants, needs, and previous experience, is crucial. For diving in St. Martin/St. Maarten, using a company like us, which provides safe and enjoyable courses, tours, and professional accompaniment, is important to ensure your safety. We also offer snorkeling in SXM on a flexible schedule with great affordable prices.
To be better prepared, and more aware of the equipment you will be using when you dive, you should know all there is to know about the key pieces of gear used in diving.
Below is a list of the most important gear used in diving, and its primary functions. When octopus diving in St. Martin/St. Maarten with us here, we ensure the use of only the best quality equipment which is constantly upgraded, inspected, and tested.
Mask & Snorkel
Your dive mask is used in diving for you to be able to breathe underwater. It also creates a pocket of air in front of your eyes and nose so you can see clearly underwater and equalize the pressure on your ears and sinuses as you go deeper. These functions are vital for proper, and safe diving. Snorkels are breathing tubes that allow you to inhale and exhale when you’re swimming face down on the water’s surface. Snorkels do not allow for diving, and should not be used in any diving manner.
Despite what people may think, warm water conducts heat away from your body 20 times faster than air. Wetsuits provide insulation against this cooling effect, which comes with diving. Common wetsuit details will include 3mm-thick suits in both full and shorty (bare arms and legs) styles for warm water; full-length 5mm or 7mm full suit with a hood and gloves for cold water. Be sure to ask one of our professionally trained staff members, if you are unclear as to which suit is best for you during a dive.
Scuba fins translate your kicks into smooth efficient movement, allowing you to swim with more speed, and better control. Full-foot fins go on your bare feet; open-heel or adjustable fins require that you wear neoprene booties for a proper fit.
Your regulator will allow you to breathe underwater. It connects to your tank, delivering air to your mouth when you inhale. An octopus is a backup regulator. It usually has a longer hose and a bright yellow body so it’s easy to find and can be used by others in an emergency.