FAVORITE FREEDIVE GEAR!
Updated: Jan 16
Hello mermaids and freedivers!!! I have created list of all of my favorite freedive and mermaid gear that I personally own! This is all specific to my preferences and what I love, not everything might fit you the same! But if you are new to the community or looking for new gear, this should help you on your way!
First and most importantly on the list is a mask! For freediving we want to look for a low volume mask that is easy and comfortable too equalize in. I have a couple favorites and i am always trying out new ones when I can! Cressi and Hammerhead make great masks that I personally own and love. If you can, I recommend trying masks on before you buy them. Each mask has a different fit and shape and no face is made the same. Mask comfort is extremely important in diving and ensuring that you have a perfect fit!
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With a mask comes a snorkel. Now this is up to each individual and their preference as to whether they like to wear a snorkel. The purpose of the snorkel is to allow you to breath on the surface between your dives. Snorkels also help conserve energy and you can use them for your breath up while holding onto the dive float. While diving you will want to remove the snorkel from your mouth!! I always keep a snorkel handy, but depending on where I am diving - I don't always choose to wear it. The snorkel that I have is by Hammerhead. It is a simple design and works great. For freediving we want as little fuss with our equipment as possible.
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On to my favorite part of the gear - the fins! If you have not owned a pair of freedive fins yet, you are in for a real treat! They are so fluid and fun to dive in! This is probably one of the hardest pieces of equipment to buy because all fins are so different from each other and there are so many options on size, shape and material. I don't want to confuse you to much with all the different kinds so I will just share a couple pairs I enjoy! If you have seen my photos online, chances are you have seen my DiveR fins in the abalone print. I love these fins so much! Not only are they beautiful but they are quick and fluid and very comfortable. Comfort is a huge part of choosing your fins so I recommend slipping into a local dive shop to ensure the foot pockets you choose are the best option for you! Most of the time you will buy the fins and foot pockets separate unless they already come together. Other brands that make reputable fins are Cressi, Mares, Hammerhead, Seac and more. Freedive fins can be quite an investment and should be purchased once you are sure you will be diving often!
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Here is a great little blurb on how to choose the right fins: https://www.freedivershop.com/freediving-fins-articles/choosing-fins-for-freediving-and-spearfishing
For my mermaids reading this blog, this section is for you! In addition to having a set of bi fins. You will also want to have a strong and capable monofin. I use a Finis Shooter in both my silicone and fabric tails. It can be used with the tail or by itself and it has great propulsion. Getting the right size fin is so important in the comfort and success of your kick. Other monofins that will work are the Finis competitor, luna and foil. When choosing a monofin, be sure if works with the tail you are using as well! It is important that you choose a fin that is sturdy and professional with comfortable foot pockets.
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Next on the list is weights and a weight belt. These were such a game changer for me when I started diving with weight! I am naturally a very buoyant person and I would use up so much of my energy just trying to fight the buoyancy on dives. A simple belt with weight will make all the difference on your dives! Choosing a belt and weights is not as challenging as some of the other gear. As long as you are buying a belt and weights that are designated to diving, you should be good to go. I personally like the rubber belts and own one myself. Being weighted is extremely important for the success of your dive and your safety. I like to have a couple 1lb and 2lb vinyl coated weights on hand so that I have the ability to create a weight that is perfect for me depending on the body of water.
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Another important element to diving is a wetsuit. I don't always need one because Florida gets pretty warm in the summer, but I use one whenever I dive in springs, lakes or in the ocean during the winter. It is great to keep a couple wetsuits on hand so you are prepared to dive in most conditions. The thickness of your wetsuit will depend on what you need it for and how quickly your body becomes cold. Like any piece of clothing, there are tons of styles and options for wetsuits. Take your time in shopping around for these! I recommend having a full body wetsuit and a shortie in the mm appropriate to where you dive most often.
For warmer waters I absolutely love my Oceaner Spring Suit with a full back. It fits like a glove and keeps me warm for most of the dives I do. It is also very easy to get in and out of unlike some of the other wetsuits.
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There are so many wetsuits out there! These are just general recommendations to get you started on your search! Here is a great article on how to choose a wetsuit!
I highly recommend investing in a good dive watch as well! Dive watches let you know depth and time on dives and they track them for you so you can look back at all your dives. Some of the higher end watches even have GPS and many other features useful to diving and your safety. There are many watch options on the market from basic to professional level. For beginner divers, you might not need all the bells and whistles. If you are a scuba diver, you might want to consider a combination watch. I have the Aqualung i200 and I love it for both freediving and scuba diving! I also purchased the Suunto freedive watch for my partner and it has worked great.
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Now for a bag! With all this gear you will want a good dive bag! I chose a bag to fit my long freedive fins and everything else you see listed above. It will even fit my partners set of fins as well! I recommend the Beuchat Mundial 2 Long Fin Spearfishing Backpack with Insulated Cooler Compartment. Other great bag brands are Cressi, Riffe and Koah.
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Other things I love to have in my dive bag
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I hope this blog helps you on your journey as a mermaid and freediver! If you have any questions, feel free to email email@example.com!
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