Welcome to a new series, where we showcase the scuba gear that our instructors and divemasters use. If it’s good enough for them… well, you get the point. Curious to know how a piece of gear performs? Just ask them during your next TSC course, refresher or practice session.
Matt loves his orange Zeagle mask. Functionally, it seals very well, even when he sports a moustache. He also loves the bright colour so students can identify him easily.
Technical divers gravitate towards rubber fins like the Apeks RK3 fins, but these are great fins for all divers because they’re not too heavy. Also available in a heavier fin for drysuit divers.
Matt swears by Shearwater computers. Since he loves air integration and large screens, he opted for the Perdix.
For the pool, Matt uses the Henderson Access 3/2mm wetsuit, the same wetsuit TSC rents to students. It’s an affordable suit, super flexible, and just warm enough for the pool.
Matt swears by the Henderson Aqualock line of wetsuits and accessories. The seams are taped to prevent wear on the stitching. It’s a premium wetsuit with a premium price, but the quality makes it last!
This is the hood Matt pairs with both his 7mm wetsuit and his drysuit. One of the best hoods you can buy.
Matt uses his Atomic M1 in backmount configuration for open water training, and reconfigures it when he dives sidemount.
When students were requesting drysuit courses in the winter, Matt stayed toasty warm (and looked really cool) in this Fourth Element undergarment.
Matt prefers to use wet gloves with his drysuit, so he uses these Fourth Element gloves. The 5mm thickness is very warm, and the Kevlar palm prevents cuts from zebra mussel shells when diving locally.
When boat diving, Matt packs all his equipment into this large mesh backpack. Big enough for a full set of scuba gear, including a drysuit. It also includes a dry compartment to keep a towel or clothes dry.
Matt uses these Lualoha Turkish towels both as his bathroom towels and as his camping towels. They come in stylish colours, and they dry out really quickly.
Matt has 4 (and counting) of these rash guards and swears by them, especially as sun protection in tropical destinations. Made of 85% recycled polyester, each rash guard prevents 7 plastic bottles from going to the landfill (or worse, the ocean).
Do you use any of this scuba gear? Let us know which gear you love best in the comments below!