The Three Essentials | Scuba Diving Gear For New Divers

First of all – congratulations! Welcome to the magical world of scuba diving! You’ve just passed your diving course and enjoyed every second of it (okay, maybe not removing your mask underwater, but you mastered it in the end). Maybe you’ve decided to start doing some diving in your home town or you might be thinking of taking the next course. But to go any further, there are three pieces of essential gear that every scuba diver – even beginners – should invest in.


I think most divers would say the first and most important piece of equipment to buy would be a mask! Masks come in so many different shapes and styles so it is super important to head into a store and try them out in person. A good fitting mask should stick onto your face without any air gaps to ensure there are no leaks underwater! You can get clear, coloured or black skirts depending on your preference and with either one joined lens or split lenses, which can be fitted with prescription lenses. Pop a mask strap cover in your basket as well which protects your hair from being pulled out as you put your mask on and off!


Depending on the water temperature you’ll be predominately diving in, you can choose from open heal or closed heal. Closed heal, for warm water, slip on without any booties so are a good choice for tropical diving and travelling. Open heal fins must have booties with them, keeping your feet warmer and better for shore dives and cooler temperatures. Paddle fins, those with one continuous fin, are good all rounders which is why you’ll see them most often at dive shops. Make sure to try your new fins out before heading off on your trip, just like shoes, fins can rub and cause blisters if they are too tight or loose, so give them a wiggle, stretch your foot out and make sure they don’t hurt your feet or slide around.


And the final essential piece of equipment you will want to have with you is a snorkel which you will need at the surface before and after your dive as well as those between dive snorkels. You will mostly likely get one to match your mask and it should be flexible towards the mouthpiece so it can push out the way when on your dive. In some countries, having a snorkel with you is mandatory but I would also have one for your own comfort, especially if the water is a little choppy, you’ll be glad to have it.

So what are you waiting for? Pop into your local dive store and grab these three items to start your journey into the underwater world!

Hello my lovely mermaids,

When I first breathed underwater it was strange, a little scary and honestly took me a few moments to relax my mind and feel okay. I don’t think I will ever forget the moment I first jumped into the ocean and started descending, and if you have taken your open water course, you too will know this feeling. I hope the course taught you just how capable and strong you are. And I hope you have many more diving adventures in your life.

Enjoy your ocean x

Dive In Style With These Five Cute Ocean Brands

We all want to have cute clothes that make us look and feel good, and that is no exception for diving! I’ve found some gorgeous brands that make ocean inspired swimwear, wetsuits, leggings etc etc to make your dive wardrobe that much cuter.


In collaboration with Ocean Ramsey, Xcel Wetsuits sell wetsuits, rashvests and leggings with ocean inspired prints including whale shark, tiger shark, water ripples and dolphins! Xcel Wetsuits use lots of eco initiatives including using recycled plastic yarn and repurposing old neoprene – you can read more about the steps they are taking to become more sustainable on here. Check out their Ocean Ramsey Collection and follow them on Instagram @xcelwetsuits.


A Finnish swimwear brand with the cutest style one and two piece sets, there are so many styles, colours and patterns and best of all they are ethically made in Bali! Have a look at their full range at Lilja The Label or click on their About Us page to read all about the production and sustainable steps they are taking.


One of the most popular dive leggings are from Waterlust – with many different ocean patterns and styles, it will be tough to pick just one. Waterlust also dontate 10% of their profits to the related cause, so when you buy something cute, you’ll know some money is going to research – find out more at Waterlust Causes. Their instagram is @waterlust and their full collection can be found on their Waterlust Website.


Hello swimwear made from regenerated ocean plastics! Founded by Natalie Glaze & Zanna van Dijk, this London based company is eco-consious is everyway possible – carbon neutral shipping, no plastic packaging and making every piece in their London warehouse ensuring a real wage for the workers. Beautifully designed double layered bikinis and swimsuits, these swimwear pieces really are worth the price tag. Head over to their website and follow them on instagram @staywildswim


Started by Mads St Clair Baker, Nรผ Wave stocks swimsuits, sports bra & leggings, beach towels and rash vests. My favourite is the whale shark one piece but there are so many cute designs! Follow Nรผ Wave on Instagram and check out her online store at

What are some of your favourite ocean brands? Share them below!