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Most divers wait with purchasing their complete equipment until they have obtained their certification. However, the instructor may demand that you have certain personal equipment items when you start your training. The basic set, also called ABC-set, contains glasses, snorkel and a pair of flippers. The ABC set is not only used by beginners. Many divers use the ABC set to snorkel along the place where they dived. Want to know more about the three components of the ABC set? I’ll explain it to you in this blog.
If you have ever tried to see something underwater with open eyes without a mask, you know that it is impossible to see clearly. Our eyes have been developed to focus in air. A mask ensures that there is a layer of air between the eyes and the water, so that you can see the objects underwater sharply. The big difference between swimming goggles and a mask is that the mask also covers your nose. Because your nose is also covered, you are able to equalize the pressure that increases as you dive deeper. You may know the pressure on your ears from a flight with an airplane. This pressure can also be felt during diving: the deeper you go, the more pressure on your ears. When the pressure increases you must be able to ‘clear’ (also called equilibration). The glasses must be fitted with hard tempered glass. Of course there is a silicone strap on the glasses, so that it stays on your face. You can replace this band as an upgrade with a neoprene band.
Another element of the ABC set is the snorkel. A snorkel allows you to breathe normally while viewing the beauty underwater. It brings your breathing organ to behind your head (like a dolphin), so that you can breathe with your face underwater. Even small children can perform this fun activity with ease. The snorkel ensures that you can save your energy – and the air from your compressed air bottle – every time you swim on the surface. There are various versions of snorkels available. The basic snorkel is a tube in the J-shape, with a mouthpiece and a curved end. When purchasing a snorkel it is important that the mouthpiece is made of silicone, because it is comfortable in your mouth.
The last element of the three-part set is the flippers. They take care of your propulsion or way of moving yourself through the water. With your flippers you can use the longer muscles in your legs to swim and you have your hands free to do other things. There are two basic types of flippers: the ‘closed heel flipper and the ‘open heel flipper’. Closed heel flippers are especially suitable for snorkelling in warm water. The pedestal of the flipper encloses your entire foot. Open heel flippers also have a pedestal, but the back of the pedestal is open with an adjustable strap over that opening. You should wear diving boots with open heel flippers for extra comfort and warmth. You can use open heel flippers for diving in all water temperatures. Flippers are available in different materials and styles. It depends on your personal preference and type of dive which flippers are most suitable for you.
Would you like personal advice about which goggles, snorkel and fins are most suitable for your diving and/or snorkelling activities? I would like to help you further!
If you are used to diving with a wet suit, diving in a dry suit can be quite a change at first. A dry suit can be recommended in cold water (water below 13℃). Would you like to dive in wrecks and caves? Then you really need a dry suit. Today, I will tell you everything about the accessories that are important if you want to go dry diving. Do you want to know more about dry suits first? Then read this blog.Read more
In cold water (water below 13℃) we always advise divers to go diving with a dry suit. A dry suit is completely waterproof and provides insulation via the air space in the dry suit. This air space, combined with the under suit ensures that you stay warm and can dive comfortably. It is important that you adjust your under suit to the temperature during and the depth of your dive. In this blog you can read everything about dry suits.Read more
Getting out of the water completely dry after a dive, as we may have seen with James Bond. This is one of the convenient advantages of a dry suit. In addition, a dry suit is an excellent way to keep you warm. In this blog, I would like to tell you more about dry suits.Read more
A good breathing regulator is essential for proper breathing during diving. Lucas Divestore has regulators by several brands, including Apeks, Aqualung, Halcyon, Mares, Mares XR, Scubapro, Seac and Tusa. Which brand is most suitable for you depends on your wishes, budget and diving activities. Many professional divers choose for a Mares regulator.Read more
Are you looking for a dive compressor, but are you in doubt which dive compressor is most suitable for your professional or recreational diving activities? We happily provide you with a personally tailored advice. Lucas Divestore offers a wide range of compressors of the brand Bauer.Read more
The Scubapro MK17 Evo is known for its balanced technology. This makes the air supply of the Scubapro MK17 Evo consistent, and breathing very easy. The first stage is surprisingly resistant against the cold, better than any other membrane first stage.Read more
The Mares Icon HD is a very popular dive computer. Previously, the dive computer was a passive receiver of information, but thanks to the new Mares bi-directional technology for sending and receiving, the Mares Icon HD can actively communicate with the cylinder module. This create an unprecedented level of safety and user-friendliness. The Mares Icon HD offers the possibility to dive with 3 gas mixes.Read more
You can come to Lucas Divestore for various Scubapro M2 products, including Scubapro Mantis 2. The Mantis 2 can be purchased separately at Lucas Divestore, but you can also choose for an extensive set including transmitter and heart rate belt. Whatever your wishes are, Scubapro M2 dive computers offer beautiful functionalities that make the heart of every diver beat faster.Read more
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