Most equipment problems will come from inexperience or a lack of knowledge relating to the equipment. In other words, the problem comes from the diver rather than the equipment. Generally, these problems are related to the following.
- Improper equipment modifications
- Improper equipment servicing
- Equipment that does not fit correctly
- Trying to use specialized equipment that is beyond the diver’s training and/or experience level
Consult your dive center or instructor for information on correct equipment for your diving. They can also make sure your equipment is in good working order, is serviced regularly, and fits you correctly.
Any specialized equipment, such as drysuits, reels, cameras and twin cylinders, require further training to be proficient and safe in the water. Gain experience, log some dives and add to your dive gear (and task loading) slowly and carefully.