How much weight do you need to wear as a diver? Correct weighting depends on your personal buoyancy needs and is influenced by a number of factors — from the composition of your body to the thickness of your wetsuit. You can get a rough estimate of how much weight you need by using our buoyancy calculator.
Buying your first scuba diving mask? Ideally, you'd be able to try various models on while in the water. If that's not practical or possible, follow our dry-fit tips for finding the mask that's perfect for your face.
• The major downside to beach diving is all that sand will sneak into your wetsuit and attack your reg if you give it half a chance. To avoid that, gear up at your car, then grab mask and fins and make a beeline for the water.