What you need when you start?
Each Diveris required to have the following equipment and supplies. This equipment list is discussed in detail at each Academic Orientation. All diving equipment is required by the 5th week of training, for the first day of the Light Weight Introduction Class. Estimated cost of the required, basic dive equipment is $3,800. (This is based on equipment and package deals offered to BDA students by NW Dive Supply and other dive shops in Seattle).
Dry Suit with Inflation Whip: Must have to pursue requirements for Canadian Certification (CSA Z275.4). We also recommend wrist and ankle seals. You DO NOT need a wetsuit for training purposes at BDA.
Undergarments: A wicking layer is needed to be worn under the dry suit.
Five Finger Diving Gloves and Hood: Either dry suit or wet suit five finger gloves and a dry suit or a wet suit hood will work.
Snoopy Cap: A snoopy cap is a custom made liner to wear under dive helmets. Because the snaps must be configured to fit different BDA training helmets, we recommend purchasing this through BDA.
Safety Harness and Safety Snap Shackle: Must be a minimum five-point harness. Safety shackle will be attached to the weight integrated harness. Note: Can be purchased through BDA
Dive Knife with harness clip: Stainless Steel, folding, and locking knife.
Lead Weights (minimum of 40 lbs)
Dive Watch: Water resistant to 200 meters. Must have stopwatch function or a rotating bezel. You must be able to see it underwater.
Mask, Snorkel, and Fins
Underwater Flashlight with batteries
Bail Out 1st stage assembly w/ protective case
Chafing Boots: Attached to suit or overboots. (For protection of the feet and booties)
Leather Work Gloves
Safety Boots/ Shoes: Topside, steel toed all leather work boots.
Optional AdBDAional Equipment
Coveralls: Mechanics style coveralls are worn over the wetsuit or drysuit for protection
Wet Suit: We recommend 1⁄4 ‘’ (7mm) “Farmer John” style wetsuit. Note: When using a wet suit at BDA, it must include hood, booties, and five finger gloves.
Blue palm gloves
Important Information about Personal Equipment:
- Your hard hat and safety glasses will be provided to you after your first module.
- The only markings allowed on your hard hat are your name, emergency sticker and a small BDA sticker.
- Put your name in/on ALL Dive Equipment & Tool Bag.
- Students are responsible for their own school supplies. This includes items such as pens, paper, calculator, and number two pencils.