How to Fit For Dive Equipment

How to Fit For Dive Equipment
Wearing scuba gear that doesn't fit you can ruin a dive trip. A poorly fitted fin can end up floating away during your dive, while a mask that's too big or too small can mean that you spend more time clearing it than actually taking in everything around you. That's why it's important to properly test-fit your gear before a dive trip. If you're unsure about sizing, ask a qualified dive shop employee to assist you.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Scuba mask Dive bootie Open-heel dive fins Exposure suit BCD
  • Scuba mask
  • Dive bootie
  • Open-heel dive fins
  • Exposure suit
  • BCD
Step 1
Lift the strap up on scuba mask and gently place it against your face. Inhale through your nose and remove your hand. A properly fitted scuba mask should still adhere to your face without you having to keep breathing in.
Step 2
Try on dive booties, choosing ones that match your regular shoe size. Your foot should fit comfortably inside and your toes should not feel cramped.
Step 3
Choose open-heel dive fins that are one size up from your normal shoe size, and try them on while wearing your dive booties. The top of the fins should line up with your instep, while your foot should not extend more than 2 inches past the fin's heel.
Step 4
Shake your foot to see if the fin feels too loose or if it pinches. If it's too loose, go one size down, and if it pinches, go one size up.
Step 5
Try on a wetsuit according to your clothes size. The wetsuit should fit you snugly but shouldn't inhibit movement in your arms and legs. If it feels like it is too tight, try going one size up.
Step 6
Test-fit your buoyancy control device (BCD), wearing it over your wetsuit. BCD's are sized small, medium, large etc. When testing the fit, tighten down all the straps and buckles.

Tips & Warnings

 
Most stores won't allow you to try on mouthpieces for regulators and snorkels. However, if you are the type of person who has trouble keeping your mouth open wide at the dentist, it's probably a good idea to purchase smaller mouthpieces for your snorkel and regulator to prevent jaw fatigue.
 
Most stores won't allow you to try on mouthpieces for regulators and snorkels. However, if you are the type of person who has trouble keeping your mouth open wide at the dentist, it's probably a good idea to purchase smaller mouthpieces for your snorkel and regulator to prevent jaw fatigue.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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