Open Water Equipment Checklist

What You Need to Dive

Here is a checklist of the most common equipment and personal items needed for PADI training in an ocean or lake environment. Always check with your Divemaster or Scuba Instructor regarding any special equipment unique to your class.

SPECIAL NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Aquatic Adventures will not rent or loan masks, snorkels or defog to any divers until further notice.

Scuba Equipment

  • Personal equipment
  • Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Gear bag
  • Medical Mask
  • Defog

Exposure suit

  • Wetsuit (pants and jacket or full jumpsuit), or
  • Dry suit and undergarment

Exposure suit accessories

  • Boots, Hood, Gloves

Scuba kit

  • Regulator (primary and octopus)
  • Instruments: SPG, depth gauge, compass
  • BCD (with weight pockets if integrated)
  • Weights (10% of your body weight plus 6 to 10 lbs for cold water diving)
  • Weight belt (if using a non-integrated BCD)
  • Tank (2 or more are needed for most training)

Dive planning tools

  • Dive computer, or
  • Watch and RDP (table users only)

Regulator hoses

  • LP inflator hose
  • Dry suit inflator (dry suit divers only)


  • Signaling devices (1 visual, 1 audible)*
  • Knife (or diver tool for cutting)**
  • Light (required for night dives/recommend for deep dives)
  • Logbook
  • Personal Items

Swimsuit (wetsuit divers)

  • Towel
  • Jacket
  • Extra clothes
  • Money (for entrance fees and tips)
  • Lunch
  • Blanket or Tarp (for equipment assembly)
  • Sunscreen
  • Face Mask
  • Hand Sanitizer

*Aquatic Adventures will supply all beginners with a signal tube and whistle during their open water training. All others must have these devices with them during training.

**Not required for beginners. All certified divers should have a knife with them unless diving in a marine park or sanctuary where having a knife is prohibited.