Want to dip your toes in the water of freediving? When it seems like there’s so much kit just to get started and the dollar signs start haunting your dreams I can understand why so many people don’t take that extra dive.


I will type this until my fingers bleed: don’t fall into the mindset that the best gear means having the best time. Every hobby has different gear at different price levels and watching people spend $400 (and upwards) on a wetsuit can be intimidating if you’re just trying to give it a go. I find that SO many people have some kind of dive gear hidden in their garage that’s been bone-dry for years; it’s a hobby that tends to drop off some radars as life and age moves on. Ask around!


My dive bag is possibly the most inexpensive set of gear I own because I’m not opposed to second-hand or older pieces. I will be completely transparent why it hasn’t cost me much however I understand that not everyone will be able to source free gear like I have. Here are the names, brands and prices of the gear I have in my beginners Freediving bag to get you started on taking the plunge.


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Fins

Rob Allen Scorpia Fins

Bought from Splash Auckland - $119.00

These fins glide through the water and are such high quality. They’re longer than your typical pool or snorkeling fins because longer fins displace more water per kick meaning you can swim quickly while using less energy and oxygen. Fins are one thing you may need to purchase brand new unless you’re lucky enough to be gifted fins your exact size. One size smaller or larger could be made to work with 3mm or 5mm neoprene fin socks.


Fin Socks

Atlantis Vertex 561 3mm

Bought from Splash Auckland - $39.90

Wetsuits

Short Sleeve Wetsuit Quiksilver-3mm

Peak Wetsuit Long Sleeve-3mm

Gifted from my Sister

A good wetsuit will mean more time spent in the water comfortably. My long sleeve wetsuit has served its purpose for me so far but it is pretty old being a hand-me-down and lets some water in through the seams so I’ll be looking to upgrade this summer.

Mask & Snorkel

Atlantis scuba Lunar - $69.90

Gifted to me by Dad

An even more affordable mask and snorkel is easily sourced and you can upgrade for quality as you want to invest more in the hobby. There is this Mirage M29 Tropic Mask that looks like it’ll do the job initially! Pair it with this Mirage S23 Silicon Cruise Snorkel

Weight Belt

Gifted to me by Dad

If you’re confident wearing a weight belt in the water it can mean the difference between bobbing on the surface and really immersing yourself effortlessly underwater. A perfectly weighted belt will suspend you, not sinking but not floating, allowing you to enjoy the beauty around you. My unbranded weight belt is just a simple strap of webbing (Click here for a close match) that my Dad gave me along with six 3kg weights, only four of which I freedive with (Click here for similar weights). This was my Dad’s old dive belt and I highly recommend seeing if someone you know has this piece of gear they don’t want anymore. 

(Click here: Weighting yourself for Freediving)

Gloves

Prodive Dive Gloves-$29.99

Gifted to me by Dad 

Gloves aren’t necessary if you’re purely diving Marine Reserves to sight-see. They’re more for scuba diving, spearfishing, crayfish and other ocean hunting activities. I plan to use them for this this summer but don’t reach for them often at the moment. 

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