freediving equipment guide

If you just got into the world of freediving, you probably spend a lot of time researching what freediving equipment to buy? Unlike scuba diving, to be able to freedive you don’t need to have tons of gear. This guide introduces you what are the basics, additional extras and safety accessories that you have to buy and worth to get for a safe and comfortable underwater experience.

Freediving equipment list – The basics

This section includes what belong to basic freediving equipment that a beginner freediver kit should include.

Mask

A mask is an essential part of your freediving equipment because this provides you with the ability to see underwater. Without this, you won’t be able to dive safely because you don’t see the environment, rocks and marine creatures under the sea. (However, you might see that competitive freedivers sometimes dive without mask too when attached to the line, but this is a different topic).

Freedive masks have some features and advantages over normal dive masks such as low internal volume and soft silicone material that make them ideal for freediving. Our recommendation is to buy a good quality product from trusted freedive gear manufacturers like Mares, Cressi, Omer or Salvimar that will last for years. It is good to have a secondary mask too just in case you lose or break the main one. Read this how to choose a freediving mask guide for a detailed explanation, or check the best freediving masks.

Snorkel

Using a snorkel provides you with comfortable breathing while swimming on the surface. Some freedivers prefer to breathe-up through snorkel, while others rarely use it. It is up to you what technique you apply (practice both and decide which one is more comfortable) but a snorkel essentially is a worth-to-buy part of your freediving equipment even if you won’t use it all the time. For freediving, you don’t need expensive and fancy snorkels. Go back to the roots and look for the simplest models that don’t feature purge valve nor dry-top. Read what are the best freedive snorkel models!

Fins

Freediving fins help you to achieve optimal power transfer. They are longer, more flexible and responsive than scuba or snorkeling fins. Beginner freediving equipment kits usually include, plastic freediving fins that are cheap and durable. Later on, it is good to change to fiberglass fins with long blades that are more powerful, while at a professional level, carbon freedive fins work the best. To learn more in this topic, read how to choose freediving fins or go to our freediving fins for beginners post.

Freediving wetsuit

A good suit might not seem to be that important, but in fact it is also a crucial part of your freediving equipment. It keeps you warm when diving in cold water, but also provides you with physical protection against the elements. Depending on your needs and budget, you can choose between classical neoprene suits, open cell models or smoothskins. To learn more about the pros and cons of the different type of suits, jump to our freediving wetsuit guide!

Weightbelt and weights

Weight belts and weights are also essential part of the freedive gear to compensate your buoyancy. Recreational divers and competitive divers might use different weighting systems, but on beginner and advanced levels, the best is to use a classical rubber freedive weight belt with small, evenly spaced weights on it. To learn more about how to weight yourself correctly, our freediving weighting guide summarizes all the information you need to know.

Advanced freediving gear

When you progress, you will need some freedive gear accessories that help you to improve your skills and contribute to a safe and comfortable experience in the water. Find here our freediving equipment recommendation that advanced freedivers need!

Computer

A freediving computer has several practical and safety benefits. It supplies you information such as depths, dive time, water temperature and more important, that it contributes to staying safe while diving thanks to depth alarms and by calculating the surface recovery time. The selection is wide from affordable to professional models. If you plan to invest in a freedive watch, make sure to read this freediving computer guide.

Fin bag

Buying a freedive bag that is designed to fit longfins will not only protect your valuable gear from unwanted damages, but also makes carrying them easy. Depending on your needs, you can choose from simple fin bags to waterproof backpacks that can hold all your freedive gear and speargun too, the choice is yours. To learn the pros and cons of the different models, refer to our best freedive fin bags post.

Neoprene socks

Wearing neoprene socks not only contributes to an enjoyable diving experience when in cold water, but also makes foot pockets more comfortable and ensures better fit. If your rubber foot pockets ever caused you rubbing, wear them with 2-3 mm thick socks!

Gloves

If you are diving in cold water, get neoprene gloves too! They also come handy if you need to climb on rocks or have to grab something sharp in the water. Make sure that your gloves are thick enough to keep you warm yet still flexible so you can move your fingers freely and won’t restrict you in equalization or dealing with your gear.

Nose clip

Some freedivers prefer to use swim goggles with a nose clip over freediving masks. A nose clip can provide you with great benefits while pool training or deep-dive session too such as hands-free equalization and air-saving, but you might need some time to learn the way of using it on the right way.

Freedive gear safety accessories

Safety is a crucial point in freediving. In order to minimize the chance of accidents, consider getting this safety freediving equipment!

Buoy and line

At some places, it is already mandatory using a high-visibility surface marker buoy with a ‘Diver down’ sign and dive flag attached, but even if it’s not, think about your own safety and get one. Inflatable freediving buoys are important not only in terms of safety, but can also be useful when you get tired, so you have something to rest on. There are smaller and bigger buoys available, but the important is that it has to be buoyant enough to support the weight of the diver and the attached line (and weight if there is). The line should be strong, highly visible in the water (preferably orange, yellow or white) has depth markings and comes a weight/bottom plate.

Lanyard

A freediving lanyard is an accessory that connects the diver to the diving line using a quickly releasable carabiner. It is a mandatory safety accessory in competitions (in case of emergency, the diver can be brought up with the line) but also highly recommend to use when diving in poor visibility conditions.