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Danangscuba_Mask

A mask is one of the most important, and personal, pieces of scuba diving equipment you own because it lets you explore with your eyes. More...

Danangscuba_Snorkel

A snorkel is a very personal piece of equipment. It lives with your mask, spends time in your mouth, and lets you breathe while you look below, until you’re ready to submerge on scuba. More...

Danangscuba_Fins

There are fins for swimming, snorkeling, free diving and body surfing. More...

Danangscuba_BCD

Imagine scuba diving while hovering, weightless underwater – eye to eye with a fish. How is it possible? It starts with your buoyancy control device (BCD). More...

Danangscuba_Weight_System

Most people float, which is great if you like to stay at the surface. However, scuba divers want to descend and need a weight system to help them offset this tendency to float. More...

Danangscuba_REGULATOR

If you think about it, breathing underwater is pretty remarkable, and it all happens because of the regulator. The scuba regulator is a great invention that delivers the air from your scuba tank to you just the way you need it to breathe. More...

Danangscuba_SPG

Your SPG displays how much air remains in your tank so that you can end your dive well before you get too low. More...

Danangscuba_divecomputer

You can track your dives using dive tables, a depth gauge and dive watch, but most scuba divers use a dive computer – it’s easier. More...

Danangscuba_Dive_Watch

In the 1970s and 1980s, divers wore dive watches because it was the standard way to track bottom time while scuba diving. More...

Danangscuab_Dive_Knife

A dive knife is a general tool that scuba divers occasionally use to cut entangling fishing line or rap on their tanks to get a buddy’s attention. More...

Danangscuba_Lights

It’s obvious that a dive light is necessary to scuba dive at night to help you navigate, see your gauges, and observe interesting aquatic life. More...

Danangscuba_Bag

Whether you’re driving to your local dive site or getting on a plane headed for the tropics, a sturdy gear bag will help you organize, protect and carry your scuba diving equipment. More...

Danangscuba_Suits (1)

It’s called exposure protection because while scuba diving you’re not only exposed to water’s cooling ability but also to things that can scrape, cut or sting. More...

Scubadanang_Photography

With the rise of digital photography capabilities, there are now numerous options for capturing images underwater. More...

Danangscuba_accessories

An accessory is defined as an item that can be added to something else to in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive. More...

Danangscuba_Float

A dive flag indicates that scuba divers are nearby. In some areas, flying a dive flag while scuba diving is required by law, but in general it’s a good idea for safety reasons. More...

Danangscuba_Signaling

In the unlikely event that you’re at the surface and need to get the attention of someone on shore or on a boat, you’ll be glad you have a surface signaling device. More...

Danangscuba_Tanks

High-pressure cylinders are relatively small, yet very strong containers that hold large volumes of compressed gas. More...

Danang_Sidemount_Gear

Scuba diving with a sidemount configuration simply means that you carry your tanks at your sides instead of on your back. More...

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Signaling Devices

In the unlikely event that you’re at the surface and need to get the attention of someone on shore or on a boat, you’ll be glad you have a surface signaling device. Signaling devices are important safety equipment that help scuba divers be seen and heard if they need assistance. The recommendation is to always carry at least two devices – one audible and one visual. Visit or ask Da Nang Scuba's experts to get advice about surface signaling devices.

Visual Surface Signaling Device Styles

  • Inflatable signal tubes – These brightly colored inflatable tubes – usually orange or yellow – stand more than a metre/yard above the surface to make you more visible. They are required equipment in many areas worldwide and highly recommended everywhere else. They roll up compactly and fit in your BCD pocket when not in use.
  • Delayed Surface Marker Buoys (DSMBs) – Similar to inflatable signal tubes, DSMBs are attached to a line and reel and can be deployed from underwater or at the surface.
  • Signal mirror – By reflecting sunlight with your mirror, you can attract attention and even signal an airplane overhead. A small signal mirror easily fits in your BCD pocket.
  • Signal lights and flashers – Although most effective at night, lights and flashers can also be used to gain attention at the surface.

Audible Surface Signaling Device Styles

  • Whistles – A whistle, like the PADI Whistle, is small, easy to carry and effective, which makes it the most common audible surface signaling device. It’s standard practice to attach your whistle to your BCD inflator hose where it’s easy to find if needed. The sound from a two-toned whistle carries a long way over water.
  • Air horns – These devices use air from your tank to make a noise usually much louder than a whistle. There are a variety of different styles available that usually attach to your BCD inflator hose. Because you need air in your tank to use them, it’s a good idea to also have a standard whistle.

How to Choose Your Surface Signaling Device

The great thing about choosing a surface signaling device is that you can’t have too many for safety. Considering that you should have at least two – one audible and one visual – you may start with a whistle and inflatable signal tube or DSMB (if required in your area). If you’ll dive in more remote destinations, add a signal mirror and air horn to your kit. Ask the dive professional at your local PADI dive shop about which devices divers use in the local area.

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