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10 Things to Bring on Your First Dive Trip

You are interested in underwater photography and ready to capture some amazing shots for your next dive trip. But do you know what exactly to pack for your first underwater photography adventure? Here are 10 essentials we recommend.

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1. Underwater Case

An underwater case is necessary to protect your camera from getting wet. The Canon waterproof case WP-DC56 is designed for PowerShot G1 X Mark III, which allows the camera to go down to a depth of 40 metres. It also gives you access to most of your camera functions, including the adjustments of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and more.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III on wooden table

2. Camera

Delivering DSLR quality in a compact body, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III is equipped with 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor to produce high image quality even at low light conditions, Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system that is perfect for capturing fast moving underwater subjects up to 9 frames per second, so you will not miss out on any good photo opportunity.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

3. Batteries and SD Card

Be sure to bring along enough camera batteries because it may be difficult to find charging stations out in the sea if your battery goes flat. The spare ones will keep you going throughout the day. Empty your SD card to allow maximum storage space, and bring more if you intend to take a lot of photos.

4. Dry Bag

As its name suggests, a dry bag keeps your belongings dry. Accidental spray from the sides of the boat or rain may cause undesirable damages to your personal belongings. When out in the sea, keep your mobile phone, spare batteries and other electronic devices in a dry bag as you proceed to dive.

5. Rash Guard

The close-fitting top and bottom for swimming or diving protect you from sunburn or getting rashes caused by abrasion from your wet suit. The rash guard also protects you from jelly fish stings and other injuries.

6. Sunscreen

The importance of sunscreen should never be underestimated. You may be out in the sea for several hours a day during your dive trip, which means that you are subjected to harsh sunlight in between your dives. Putting on sunscreen is one way to prevent yourself from getting sunburnt.

7. Mask

A good mask is necessary for diving and underwater photography to give yourself a great field of vision. Comfort is everything underwater, so make sure that it is comfortable to wear and leak-proof, because you wouldn’t want to adjust your mask constantly, which can affect your experience underwater.

8. First Aid Kit

From food poisoning, sea sickness to bruises and cuts, anything can happen on your dive trip. Having a first aid kit helps to ease minor injuries and illnesses, and make the trip more tolerable should you encounter such problems.

9. Sunglasses

Like the sunscreen, sunglasses are necessary to protect your eyes from the blazing sun. Use them to shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays, which may cause serious damages to your eyes in the long term.

10. Dive Computer

A dive computer is often described as a diver’s best friend. It is a device that provides real time dive information, and helps you measure the time and depth of a dive to keep you safe from decompression sickness (reduction in ambient pressure when ascending from depth). In other words, it tells you the maximum bottom time before going into decompression.

Learn more about underwater photography in 10 Tips to Get You Started in Underwater Photography

 


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