Scuba regulators are what make diving possible.
Forget every other piece of equipment; if you have a reg and an air source you can dive.
When Jacques Yves Cousteau and Emile Gagnan modified a welding regulator into a pressure-sensitive demand regulator in 1943, they opened the mysteries of the underwater world to anyone willing to discover them.
Although there have been a few innovations since those first scuba diving regulators, today's modern regulator is essentially the same piece of equipment.
This guide shows you how to review diving regulators and select the right one for your diving needs.
Although there are dozens of different brands and models of diving regulators to choose from there are only 3 basic types.
Each of these types has their own characteristics, benefits and drawbacks.
Diving regulators have a host of features, all of which you need to consider before spending your hard earned cash.
From how your regs attatch to your air tank to what you should look for in a second stage, everything from top to bottom needs to be looked at closely.
An important consideration most people overlook is maintenance.
If you buy an older model second hand regulator, or some exotic piece of equipment, you may have a hard time getting it serviced.
Scuba regulators should be serviced annually and if your local shop can't do it you may have just bought yourself an expensive paper weight.
You have to think not only about your local shop, but what if you have a problem on vacation? Will you be able to get your diving regulator serviced on site?
If you stick with a fairly new regulator of common make and model you shouldn't have any trouble with service, home or abroad.
Before you buy your first set of scuba regulators you have some thinking to do. Not about the nice shiny new toy you are going to buy, but about what kind of diving you do and what kind of diver you are.
If you dive mostly on vacation in warm tropical waters on shallow coral reefs you will require a far less robust, and expensive, diving regulator than if you are plunging to the cold depths on mixed gas.
Be honest with yourself.
Make a checklist of what you are looking for in a scuba diving regulator.
Start reading reviews and manufacturers specifications.
Do your homework and you'll have scuba regulators that you'll enjoy and be able to dive with for years.